Rochelle’s weekly one hundred word flash fiction challenge, prompted by the picture:

They made a fuss about anything cuddly. All the tigers and polar bears were dead: in the great scheme of things, it barely mattered. Great swathes of species, that folk didn’t identify with, but that were essential for life as we know it, on earth, went extinct. Then all the ice melted and the sea level rose fifty metres. Three quarters of habitable land turned to sea or salt marsh. The war was inevitable, I suppose. A world that couldn’t agree to control climate change, could hardly be expected to cooperate under such circumstances. I guess we’ll never learn now. (100)

PHOTO PROMPT – © Dale Rogerson


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46 Responses to Cuddly

  1. Margaret says:

    Chilling. I’ve enjoyed your three stories – all so different.

  2. penshift says:

    That would be an outcome that wouldn’t entirely surprise me, the way the world’s headed. Bleak, but liked it. 🙂

  3. Seems there will be few left to learn the lesson and fewer to remember it probably.

  4. rgayer55 says:

    I’ve been called Cuddly. I hope I’m not the cause of the next war.

  5. Perhaps today will see some results on taking some real action on climate change. Good piece.

  6. hafong says:

    We see the writing on the wall, but we still do the same old, same old. We are hopeless. 😦


  7. Dave says:

    No one ever writes the “apocalypse averted” tale any more.
    Of course, sitting in a cubicle farm just might be worse.

  8. We never seem to agree on anything except our supremacy and even that still divides us. Is there hope? I like to ‘hope’ there is.

  9. gahlearner says:

    Yes. That. Life on the planet doesn’t need us, it will change, but there will be life. We need the planet and what’s around it. Destroy it and we’re goners, too. Good, sdly too timely, story.

  10. Too close to the truth, that is. There’s little hope of countries agreeing on these issues.

  11. subroto says:

    Eep! This might turn out to be non-fiction in the future. Now that’s scary.

  12. Corina says:

    Well written.

  13. Alas, what you depict will, I fear, come to pass. A painfully true story. Well-written!

  14. I’m afraid we’re really not seeing the writing on the wall. Well done. Alicia

  15. Sightsnbytes says:

    as a race, we seem to learn from our mistakes only when it is far too late. Nice piece

  16. Sandra says:

    Good story. Very depressing thought though.

  17. I guess there are two humans left, one would kill the other…

  18. Dale says:

    We can be quite dense… good piece!

  19. We are so arrogant to think life on this planet will stop if we go extinct. I think all the other species will just breathe a huge sigh of relief. Great story with a powerful message.

  20. ceayr says:

    Cheery little piece here, Mick.
    I liked it.

  21. Dear Mick,

    I don’t hold out much hope for us learning. Nicely done.



  22. Good story, and interesting view into the future, Mick. Now let’s hope it doesn’t happen that way. Well done. — Suzanne

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