WEP: The Horrible Harvest

***Year 2019**”

It was a beautiful night.

“Chriiiiirup… Chriiiiirup… Chriiiiirup” could be heard as dusk settled and the locals walked home.

***Later***

The sound of an electronic saw pierced the air. Crash! went the sound of the first one, then the second and then the third. Peace changed to chaos as activists were arrested, others detained as they tried to get home.

Social media and news channels were full of it but who could stop the forces of development?

***Year 2069***

An old man struggled to get home with an almost empty oxygen cylinder. A good Samaritan saw him collapse and rushed over to give him a breath of fresh air from his own cylinder.

Thankfully the ‘life-saving’ cylinder refill van was just around the corner.


Word Count 126 : FCA

This month’s WEP theme is ‘Horrible Harvest’. Join us for a spooky time!

50 responses to “WEP: The Horrible Harvest”

  1. Let me try this using my Facebook account. WordPress hates me and won’t publish my comments half the time.
    You made excellent use of a very few words to create an all-too-plausible dystopian scenario. Well done!
    ~Cie~

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    1. Thanks Cara 🙂 I understand that sometimes WordPress can make things difficult.

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  2. Wow! The Aarey crisis and its ramifications nailed in such a teeny tiny wordcount. Well done.

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  3. Hi,
    Beautiful job. The consequences of the disrespect of nature. We humans can be quite arrogant until we realise the consequences of our arrogance.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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    1. That’s right. It’s time we worked to solve it.

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  4. Evocative and all too likely to happen

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  5. The damage we humans can inflict in such a short span of time is terrifying!

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  6. A truly horrible harvest indeed.
    One which I fear we will all reap – and bottle and can.

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    1. Maybe it’s time to think about setting up oxygen bottling businesses.

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  7. Oh, that’s just horrible. You always write such powerful stories in so few words.

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  8. It’s amazing how much impact you have with so few words! Humans tend to wreak havoc on nature without considering the long term consequences. Being at the mercy of the refill van would be horrifying. How much does a refill cost, I wonder?

    Well done!

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    1. Well, I didn’t have enough time to take a look at the rate card (my time machine’s ready to stay in a place only for a limited period of time).

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  9. So few words with so much impact. Wonderful- a scary and probable future, the stuff of nightmares or perhaps just our own destruction.

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    1. If we keep on the same course I’m expecting that it’s gonna be the second.

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  10. You said so much with so little. Well done!

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  11. So we need to listen to the Climate Extinction activists and take action. Seems governments won’t listen or are too slow to act. Easier to call these citizens ratbags. One day your story could be the truth. (((shivers))) A great tale for Horrible Harvest.

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    1. Unfortunately, it already seems to have started 😦

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  12. This is so sad and so possible. Harvesting trees with no thought for what it means. Very strong message in a very tiny story.

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  13. A short tale, a summary of what could happen in the span of 50 years, frightening when you actually think about the consequences of our actions now.

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  14. A future that may not be so far-fetched indeed if humanity keeps on a going the way we are. Sure packed a punch indeed.

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  15. Hi Bernadette – so many thoughts here … but your story could ring true so easily and in a very short time … we need ‘to do’ and to understand … and encourage everyone to realise what’s at stake – and what it’ll take to fix things … all of us – passive watchers, activists without killing or breaking things/people et al … we need to work together …. brilliantly written with so few words. Good for you – cheers Hilary

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  16. Sounds like a good example of you reap what you sow kind of story!

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    1. Hmmm, never actually thought of it that way.

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  17. Short and powerful green message. Tragically, that future is becoming too real.

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    1. Well… There’s still some hope, hopefully.

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  18. Congratulations Bernadette. In a nutshell, you nailed it. May there be more and more organic harvests and not horrendous ones. March to stop pesticides, fuel powering, littering, plastic.
    Have a sweet Halloween.

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  19. HUGE congratulations on your totally deserved WEP win.

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  20. Good Morning!
    Congratulations on winning the WEP October Challenge.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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  21. Congratulations on well deserved win. Let’s hope the outcome for our world is positive too.

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    1. If we all work together, it should!

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  22. Congratulations on your award. It’s well deserved. Can’t wait to see your next submission.

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  23. Hi Bernadette – congratulations on winning this month’s WEP … it is a brilliant story ,,. as Toi says – I too can’t wait for your next story … cheers Hilary

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  24. Great job with the prompt, though I sure hope you aren’t prescient!

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    1. I hope too. Thanks for reading 🙂

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