The difficulty of looking ahead is difficult not only for Charli but for me as well. I am, after all, a memoir writer and in order to write life narratives the events must already have happened. It was easy to look back in time as instructed by last weeks prompt. This week poses a far greater challenge as we are heading into the future.
I’d love to be able to write about the future where those humans still surviving live underground in tunnels like ants where they bemoan that their forebears didn’t take action on climate change. Huge cockroaches are the only thing inhabiting the deserted cities above ground where fire and extreme heat are the norm.
Alternatively I could write about a society that no longer has a memory. Identities have been lost as stories handed down through the ages can no longer be retained by the shrunken brain that the now ancient technology had removed any need to remember and also made societies concentration span so small that they couldn’t be bothered remembering these events anyway. They hadn’t realised that these stories of forebears and self gave them an identity and without them they became mindless robots.
That is about as far as I can travel forward. Fantasy and sci fi are not high on my reading lists and to try and make a futuristic story from these skeletons of stories just has my head reeling. I do need to connect my characters to the past. A future without a past makes no sense at all. For my flash this week I am going into the future but from a past that makes sense, to me anyway.
“The only way you can pay ma’am is with your mobile phone.”
“I haven’t got a mobile phone.”
“Your kids’ll have one?”
“I haven’t got any of them either.”
“What about friends ma’am?”
“Dead. They’re all dead.”
“Who helps you then if you ain’t got kids and you ain’t got friends?”
“I help myself.”
“Then you need a mobile phone. No cards since last week and the banks’ll only talk to you on the mobile phone set up for your accounts.”
She left the store with purpose. At last, a use for the length of rope in the garage.
If you want to join in July 2, 2014 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a futuristic story that looks ahead. What possibilities inspire your writing? Do you need to connect your future characters to the past or is it freeing to write something previously unimagined? Is the future bright or bleak? Write a future near or far. Tell that story in a flash. Respond by noon (PST) Tuesday, July 8 to be included in the compilation.