Blowout – Friday Fictioneers

Here is my latest entry into the weekly challenge brought to us by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Here are the rules: Use the photo as inspiration, write a hundred(ish) words – and share! Here goes my offering for this week – and I welcome your comments again!


Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

– Blowout –

You’ll damage your eyesight, watching TV in the dark.

That’s what Mum used to say. She would turn the living room light on and destroy my fantasy hideaway.

Mum’s gone now, they all are. I am forced to make a choice. Should I use what little power I have managed to conserve on light, or on connecting with the outside world?

Candles it is.

I shiver, pulling my blanket close, cold fingers rasping against the harsh fibres. The gales are nearing hurricane force again tonight, the wind turbines have been shut down for weeks.

So much for a cozy hideaway.


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29 thoughts on “Blowout – Friday Fictioneers

  1. The coming of the Climate Change-related avalanche of crises. I love that she uses what little power she has for the supremely civilized act of … READING! It’s what I would do, at any rate.
    Very creative story, indeed!

  2. The choice between seeking physical comfort and connecting with the outside world? Hmmm… tough choice.

  3. A scary look at what the future could hold. I love the irony of the wind turbines that are shut down in the hurricane. We have a lot of wind turbines round here that can’t cope with the wind. In the last year a few have blown over and one had a huge blade break off in a storm.

  4. Dear Freya, Good story – dark but good! I would choose to use the net also and save the candles for when my computer wasn’t working. I think she is lonely, but enjoys her ritual with the computer. Nan 🙂

  5. Freya, Good, well-written story. It’s hard to be alone in threatening weather with little electricity. We depend on it so much. You made us feel her lonliness. Well done. 🙂 —Susan

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