Withered Flowers and Broken Hopes

Time for another entry in Friday Fictioneers challenge, courtesy of Rochelle Wissof-Fields. If you want to give it a try, check the info on her blog. 100 words more or less, inspired by a photo, here we go….


 Copyright – Janet Webb

As the sound of his steps bounce off the cracked walls, he says: “I wonder how many times in history people believed the future tales would paint a different picture about their present.”
“You are there to observe, not to ponder.”, a reply comes over the comm.
He studies his reflection, the old mirror distorting his already distorted frame. “Do you think we will find the cure in this timeline?”
Silence that greets him offers the truth too close for comfort.
“Oh my, they had flowers here.”, his heartbreaking whisper travels into a distant future. “Always wondered how they smell.”

41 thoughts on “Withered Flowers and Broken Hopes

  1. Dear Lore,

    This was an excellent story. So much going on behind the scene and all around just in that timeline and you’ve left the door open to many… Very well done.




  2. That was one hell of a story! The time-travel element, the heartbreaking fact about a lack of flowers in the distant future, the time-traveller’s need to tell a story or make a comment being squashed by the omniscient voice telling him to observe and not to ponder, and the bleakness of that distant future were powerfully conveyed — and in 100 words? How DID you manage that?


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