Climbers overnight cliffside huts--Al Forbes--july-24th-2016

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–July 24th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Sci-fi Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


My grandfather had disappeared back in 1950 in a complicated machine he called his Time Traveler. No one saw him until he arrived in it in 1955. He was considerably aged and only lived for a year after that.

The first night back he wrote the following message. He had little energy to do more:

“To family and friends I impart this information. I’m destroying my machine and beg you not to try and fix it. The world in which I found myself was that of 4545. People had managed to survive but had to use every bit of their knowledge to do so. They were living in well-designed caves on the face of a large cliff. They had burrowed deep inside and stored all their goods and equipment to last for hundreds of years. The only sign they were there were the transparent bubbles on the cliff side letting in air and sun. They had a water source deep in the caves and a machine that supplied even more of an artificial light source. They lived like this because the creatures above and below were mutants who would eat anything, even them if possible.” James Forestall




Written Act of Kindness Award



15 thoughts on “TRIP INTO THE FUTURE

    • Thanks, C.E. I know it’s gloomy. It seems it’s not healthy either as her grandfather aged considerably just being there for five years. I hope for my children’s sake we’ll get to 2045, but I won’t be around then unless lifetimes are extended by medical science. It sounds like something not covered by U.S. Medicare so there’s little hope for me even then. I’m pleased you found the story interesting. 😀 — Suzanne


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