Flash Fiction: Power to the Future

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PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Other stories featuring the prompt can be found here.


Welcome to the future. Ground congestion fixed… The air, a nightmare. Hovering cars wait for hours, needing to charge up. A constant shadow casts over cities, blocking the sun, creating a constant chill even in summer. Only the rich can afford rooftop apartments and have direct access to the sky. Sunbaking an expensive hobby, restricted to boutique hotels. Skin cancer read about in the history section on tablets. Hello vitamin D deficiencies. Add more crap to the water supplies, along with fluoride and B12.

Beep, beep. A vacant power bank. Just a little to the left, a little to right, a little lower. Not that low. Shit, this is worse than reverse parking.


  1. I have seen the future – my future. This is it. For those of us born before the fifties, the future held such promise, but like your future written here. promises are broken and what looks like a wonder becomes a curse. Let’s go back to 1950, tomorrow.

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    1. I was born in 1951. In the UK, the fifties held smogs, which killed tens of thousands every year. Women who were nurses had to end their career when they married. Women teachers had to quit when they became pregnant. Gay men were beaten up and couldn’t seek legal redress – in fact, it was often the police who did the beating.
      Our society today has some very serious problems, but we are actually better equipped to solve them now, both technically and sociologically. And these little portable camera/computer/phone thingies are ruddy marvellous!

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  2. Hmmm… Never realised that flying cars would have this many problems. At least one problem persists throughout time — parking.

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