Persuasion – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

The Friday Fictioneers is a writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The task of the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Reciprocation is the life of this challenge!

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A room with book shelves and childrens books in them. A sign hangs from the ceiling with children's library written on it.
Image © Ted Strutz – Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Ted Strutz’s permission. Thank you for the image!


“Come on Casey, stop crying.”

“I want my books, Mum.”

“You’ll get something much better when we’re on the ship. There’ll be a room full of interactive Holo-panels, you can read, listen, play, or watch a movie. And once we’re on the planet you’ll get your own panels.”

“But I want my dinosaurs. And Pooh.”

“They’ll be there.”

“But they’re in the computers. They aren’t real.”

“And the ones in the books are?”

“U-huh. They step out of the books and really play with me. Not like some boring program…”

“All right. Take one book. I’ll leave something else behind.”

(100 words)

Thank you all for asking, I’m feeling OK again.

My muse needed a lot of tickling this week. She told me she’s tired and needs some rest, but I insist on the Friday Fictioneers story at least…

42 thoughts on “Persuasion – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. I keep wanting to tell you that your header picture (I know, not yours) is so stunning.

    OK. that’s out of the way, I can focus on your wonderful story. That kid knows of what he speaks! It is different holding a real book vs looking a screen. So glad Mum is allowing at least one 🙂

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    1. Thanks Dale. I plan to put a stunning landscape picture from Pixabay in the header every month this year. There are so many…
      And I hear you on the books. I love ebooks, but I also like to hold a paper book. I used to hug them, fall asleep on them when I was a kid. I try to avoid that with my tablet. 😉

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      1. It’s truly amazing.
        Yes. E-books are great for travel and at night in bed because I can turn off the light and read anyway… I try not to fall asleep with it. Would hate for it to fall to the floor. (Not that I can ever remember falling asleep with a book…)


    1. Thank you Bill. I don’t think she is rejecting it, just not giving up on books. I wouldn’t either although I love my tablet and the many ebooks I can carry around easily. And it’s not the same. Swishing is inferior to turning pages, marking places with the fingers, dog-earing… sure, we have bookmarks, but it’s just not the same…

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      1. It is not the same. Old books, reference or instructional books, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, and those I comment (write) in must be paper. But I love my e-books too.


  2. I love a good interplanetary setting so you had me from the start. Casey has discovered that when we read our imagination brings book characters to life more powerfully than when they’re on a screen. I bet that one book will be well thumbed.

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  3. Very interesting story with the futuristic setting. I agree that books bring characters alive more than holo-grams and movies. So glad the mother listened and took one with them. It will be a treasure for the others as well I bet!

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