Flash Friday – What’s the World Coming To?

“Can you believe the amendment passed?”

“No! I didn’t think they could possibly get enough votes!”

“It seems almost unbelievable, it’s so unnatural!”

“You’re absolutely right, goes against all decency.”

“It just makes me afraid of what’s coming next, you know?  I mean, when does it stop?  It’s going to be the end of society as we know it!”

“Well, I don’t know about that…”

“You don’t think so?  Just think about it!  Today they let a woman keep her own baby, tomorrow they let the mother and father live together… Before you know it, they’ll be letting people get married again! What’s this world coming to?”

FLASH! It’s Flash Friday, the day when Seeking New Earth authors write short stories up to 1000 words (“flash fiction”) or 110 words (“microfiction”). Both are sure to instigate the imagination and stimulate the synapses. Did you like what you read? Want to explore the story some more? Or maybe you want to try your own hand at some flash fiction? Leave us a comment below!

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6 thoughts on “Flash Friday – What’s the World Coming To?

  1. I’m good, except for the “again.” That “again” indicates that these people are at least aware of the historicity of marriage and the “nuclear” family. Is this in a setting like Brave New World?

    I like that it’s old ladies (at least by the picture) that are talking. It puts the story in a very different position — not people trying to change, but those trying to maintain the status quo. And if the status quo is no marriage, no commitment even to children, well, that status quo must be maintained!

    1. Jon, Brave New World was actually going through my mind as I was writing this, although it wasn’t the intention at the outset. More like I just thought of our elections this past week, and some of the decisions made in certain states in regards to social issues. I thought about what would be different if things were reversed, and if what is “decent” is the opposite of what is considered decent now. In that situation, how would the people who stump for the “freedom to marry” or the “right to choose” cast their votes?

  2. Reminds me of the Red Dwarf episode, “Holoship”

    (WARNING: There’s no bad language, but this is rather forward, plainly stated, what have you. I wouldn’t let a small child watch it. A spiritually mature teenager, maybe.)

    Of course, as the episode progresses, Rimmer and his companion discover that it isn’t so easy to have that sort of “care-free” relationship after all.

    Red Dwarf was always an interesting show. Certainly written by agnostics/atheists but with a keen understanding (rather than denial) of human nature.

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