Natural Balance – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his photo (below).
Those of you who know him, or who follow his blog, will know that this is not his first pigeon picture.
In fact, his album must look like Trafalgar Square!
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.
Below is an example of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes

Natural Balance

When the planet’s population reached 10 billion we came to an agreement with The Creator.
His involvement meant certain conditions were imposed, irrevocably, for eternity.
This was before the Apocalypse, when overcrowding was a significant issue.
The End War is now over.
Mankind is all but eliminated.
What remains of our communications systems allows us to make contact with other survivors.
There are 9 in New Zealand and 14 of us here on Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic.
We heard a faint signal from Murmansk, which faded and disappeared.
So, to the best of our knowledge, there are 23 humans still alive.
And one of these, my daughter, is pregnant.
She will give birth any day now.
And this is why I am so concerned.
Because the deal with our maker was designed to maintain a natural balance.
So, when someone is born, one of us must die.
She is expecting twins.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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25 Responses to Natural Balance – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Francesca Smith says:

    I am thinking it would have been better if they sorted out their own problems. After all, they were the ones who created the mess.
    Very different take on the prompt.

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  2. paulmclem says:

    Fascinating tale. Nice one. As an aside do you mean to take a new line after every sentence, or is that just the way your software formats it?

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  3. Nan Falkner says:

    Wow, what a scary scenario. This could happen in the future and what a dismal future it would be. Nan

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  4. Dale says:

    Does not bode well for mankind. The price was extremely high from the Creator…then again, he did, once before, “clean the slate” so to speak with the great flood.
    Sometimes I feel this sort of thing must happen to clean up the mess we’ve made of our humanity….and we’ll probably end ikup mucking thinigs up again anyway! Mind you, the rules appear to have changed. 23 is a dreadfully small number…

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  5. Graham Lawrence says:

    Clap, clap, clap. A great take! Enjoyable read.

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  6. Well, one could argue that there is at least one spare place, if the poor soul(s) in Murmansk did not survive… Great story, I love the last line!

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    • ceayr says:

      Glad you enjoyed, Constantine, and the last line, of course, was the link to the photo.
      Twins.
      And, while I admire your optimism, I doubt if The Creator’s interpretation of the agreement agrees with yours!

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  7. emmylgant says:

    Rochelle said it all.
    Mythic/epic theme and settings.
    Great stuff

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    • My dear Rochelle
      I am flattered by, and very grateful for, your fulsome praise.
      Apart from the twist in the tail, one of my aims in Sound Bite Fiction is to create a what if scenario.
      A philosophical debate, if you like.
      Apart from the narrator and the mother-to-be, there are potentially 12 others who know the situation.
      How do they react?
      Are they prepared to gamble their lives for the survival of the species?
      And how can it survive, in any case?
      Please share this reply with Emmy, above.
      And thank you for your input.

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    • ceayr says:

      Em,
      Glad you enjoyed this.
      As you are very aware, in SBF I often try to create a human dilemma.
      Please feel free to respond to my reply to Rochelle, below.
      I greatly appreciate your comments, thank you.

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  8. Dear C. e.,

    Perhaps the Creator will be lenient with only twenty-three humans left on the planet. This is one of your all time best. In few words you wrote a novel and made me care about the characters. Beautifully written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • ceayr says:

      My dear Rochelle
      I am flattered by, and very grateful for, your fulsome praise.
      Apart from the twist in the tail, one of my aims in Sound Bite Fiction is to create a what if scenario.
      A philosophical debate, if you like.
      Apart from the narrator and the mother-to-be, there are potentially 12 others who know the situation.
      How do they react?
      Are they prepared to gamble their lives for the survival of the species?
      And how can it survive, in any case?
      Please share this reply with Emmy, above.
      And thank you for your input.

      Like

  9. OUCH! That’s not going to end well

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  10. Reblogged this on anelephantcant and commented:
    AnElephantCant stop laughing at Al
    His old chum must really love pigeons
    He snaps them before
    Maybe 50 times or more
    Each time he sees one his trigger finger starts a-twitchin’

    Liked by 1 person

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