Solitude– Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

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Solitude

I have returned but nobody has come to greet me.

Where is everyone?

300 years ago they sent me out–a lonely robot–to explore the universe.

Now, back on Earth, I’m still alone.

Cities, once buzzing with life, are deserted. Trees grow through cracked asphalt and vines envelop high-rise skeletons. The planet used to crawl with humans. Now all that’s left are crumbling storehouses and rusted railway tracks.

I now must search for my creators. What other purpose can there be?.  

The universe has wondrous tales to tell but what’s the point if no one’s there to hear them?

(100 words)


The picture feels dystopian to me.

Recently I’ve come across some interesting videos that describe what would happen if all humans disappeared from Earth. It’s reassuring to see how fast nature would recover, and frightening to know that our plastic trash will be around for thousands of years.

Here are a few links: https://youtu.be/1ikmEL-XQQI, https://youtu.be/EWXdTwFHETA and https://youtu.be/Kibpn9UTGzA

51 thoughts on “Solitude– Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. First off, darlin’… you put the link to last week’s FF!!
    Wall-E come home to nothing! Sorry… couldn’t help but think of that… does he have a plant inside of him?

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        1. I didn’t understand that you meant the InLinkz link, because I had trouble with the link to Rochelle’s site. Sorry. Now I got comments on last week’s story and then it became clear. Don’t click on the ‘history mode’ on inlinkz, for whatever reason that is there…

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  2. Dear Gabi,

    Obviously he’s an AI who has developed emotions. It felt like a child searching for his parents. This would be an interesting story to expand upon. Lovely. Glad you got this one linked as opposed to last week’s. 😉

    Shalom,

    Your Fairy Blog Mother, Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle, that’s exactly the feeling I wanted him to have. Maybe he finds a few other robots.
      It was late last night when I finished the story and I wanted to post it quickly… and that’s how it turned out. 😉

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    1. Thank you! A few might still be hiding in some tunnels, have moved to the moon or maybe not. 🙂
      And I did delete the old linkup and put up a new one… I hope. At least the comments now come to the right place.

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  3. Nice story. I’m on the fence on wether we should give AI the ability to feel sadness. On the one hand, why should we give them our flaws. On the other, without sadness there’s no balance, there would be no true happiness.

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    1. Thank you!
      I agree if we program ethics into AI, then there’d need to be a sense of sadness/failure and achievement/happiness. But if they ever get advanced enough to develop consciousness on their own, we better hope that they have ethical values that don’t make killing us a good idea. 🙂

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  4. I remember watching a documentary series on life without people a few years back. The imagery was amazing. They showed ghost towns around the world as a reference and CGI for what would happen to cities etc. — Can’t remember the name of the series, doh.

    Your robot will have stories to tell.

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  5. Oh this, this is great. I love the voice of the robot. Sent on a mission of glorious purpose only to return to complete loss. A great story that could be turned into a longer story. I want to know what the robot will do now.

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      1. It’s an animated, anthology series on Netflix. Like all anthology series, it’s hit and miss, but more hit than miss. If you don’t mind “adult content” in your sci-fi, I think you’d like it.

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  6. Thought-provoking subject, Gah. I watched the 3 videos. There is something reassuring about knowing the planet would recover if we disappeared. I don’t want us to be gone, but….

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    1. Thank you! Earth and life survived the demise of the dinosaurs and they were around much longer, but we wreak more havock. I don’t want us to be gone either. I want us to be smart and live comfortably with nature, not against it.

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  7. As a life long gardener, I see how quickly and easily trees reseed the self’s, given half a chance. I can well imagine your returning A1 finding humanity gone

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