Thursday, 9 January 2014

FRIDAY FICTIONEERS - THE NEW COASTLINE - MY 100 WORDS BY LINDA PALUND



THE NEW COASTLINE

            “Let’s go, Jesse,” Dad shouted.  We'd had a month without rain.
            Mom handed me granddad’s shotgun.  Dad never learned to use it.  We'd been against hunting before.           
            Hunting was a necessity now.  I’d been pretty good at the arcade, so shooting rabbits was easy.
            We weren’t vegetarians anymore, either.
            We picked our way down the mountain, through the ruined landscape, ignoring the bloated bodies.
            The new coastline appeared out of nowhere.
             “Look at that!” Dad marvelled, but I was looking out over the endless sea.
            The big storm was over.  We'd better be ready for the next one.

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31 comments:

  1. Dear Lindaura,

    Amazing how necessity will change dietary habits, isn't it? Desolate, apocalyptic feel to this. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  2. I loved that photo. Could have written novels about it. But thank you for your wise comments.

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  3. it's sad when the storm's over and all you could think of is the next one. great piece.

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    1. Yes, but one must be practical at the end of the world...

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  4. "We weren't vegetarians anymore."

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    1. It's going to be hard for me - I've been a vegetarian for over 30 years, but I'm also a survivor, so hey, needs must...

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  5. Following the past couple of weeks of storms and frigid weather, this story seems very relevant! Well done.

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    1. Yes, but the storms we've been having lately just keep on coming...

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  6. A timely piece Linda - we've got a few new coastlines in the UK after the recent storms, and a number of houses are a lot closer to the sea now, if not actually in it. There was a bleakness about the scene here, beautifully captured

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    1. Thanks, Sandra. Sorry about the bleakness, because I really warmed to the photo...

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  7. Oh I really loved this dystopia. We can get used to anything and quickly when we need to. And it also points out how being a vegan and being opposed to hunting is really just a luxury.

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    1. Yes, you are so right - but although a luxury, because we have the choice while things are abundant now, I feel we should choose ethics now, and if we don't NEED to eat other living things, we should definitely choose NOT to. That's just my opinion.

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  8. I guess shooting at the arcades can be good practice, as long as the barrels are bent on purpose by the carnies. Looks like these people are in for a rough ride from here on. It's a get tough or die environment now.

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    1. Well when the going gets tough, the tough eat rabbits!

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  9. I have always said I would have a tough time adjusting if I were ever stranded out in the wild - I'm such a picky eater. Nice dystopian take on the prompt!

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  10. Hi Linda,
    With plenty of bloated bodies around, that's lots of good protein, so I wish they'd leave the bunnies alone. Why is our vision of the future so dark? I guess it wouldn't be very exciting if it was all sweetness and light. Ron

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    1. Well, those bodies have been sitting around for a month. Don't think they'd be too healthy to eat. As for the bleak vision of our future, I guess we have to go further into it. Once all this has washed away, maybe we would get a new dawn. Sadly, I am not too happy with the whole cosmic joke of being alive in the first place. I never liked the ending planned for us.

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  11. If even the Jews are hunting wabbits, things must have really gone haywire! Nice apocalyptic vision ....

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    1. Aren't we allowed to eat rabbits? they don't have cloven feet? Are they bottom feeders? Personally, even when I was a carnivore, I could never it the bambi foods, like rabbit, bear or venison. I never made the connection between steak and sweet young steers, so I ate meat, but a bunny rabbit! that's just plain sick!

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  12. Well done! This apocalyptic vision is so bleakly realistic. Nice job.

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    1. Thanks. I loved that photo and wished I could have come up with something lovely instead of bleak, but there you are...

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  13. Apocalypse changes feeding habits
    from broccoli to furry rabbits

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  14. The apocalypse would definitely change one's eating restrictions. Nice feel to this one. You packed a lot in.

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    1. Thanks. And you can imagine how much I had to delete!

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  15. Storms give and storms take away coastlines. I'm sad they had to eat the bunnies.

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    1. Yes, good thing the bunnies were still there.

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  16. We weren’t vegetarians anymore..great line!

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    1. Thanks. Let's just hope this doesn't turn into The Road and they have to flee the cannibals!

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  17. Time to build a big strong boat. Caulk it with rabbit fat!

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