Flash Fiction – 98 words

For Friday Fictioneers               PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll





They separated, the males and the females.  Not just the humans, but males and females of all kinds and species.  They  looked across the great divide between them, and bristled.  The sweet magical urge and pulse of survival had evaporated.  The vulnerable, having shared family or infatuation, were most guarded.  No one likes to be vulnerable to the enemy. And so it had crystallized, the letting go, the giving up, evolution’s insistent tide reversed in on itself. But the bacteria!  The microbes!  Sexless, they will endure as the roulette wheel goes round and round again until it stops.

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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6 Responses to Flash Fiction – 98 words

  1. Did you mean to link this to Friday Fictioneers? It’s applicable to the photo-prompt posted this week. If you did I’ll talk you through how to do it easily? Wonderful story. This reminds of one of Doris Lessing’s later novels about why there’s such a war between the sexes.


    • Nan Mykel says:

      Yes. But I even have problems knowing what “link to” means. Frst I’ll try and get the photo with the poem.

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      • Let me know if you need help. ”Link to” means when you click on the blue froggy creature of Friday Fictioneers on Rochelle Wissoff-fields’ blog to put in the url or web address of your story/poem. At Dverse it is the green Mr Linky which you’ve done successfully before. But let me know, I’ll talk you through it. Did you get my email?


      • To get the photo onto the post, press edit at the very bottom of your post, probably where you put the tags, which will get you to the place where you can click on the picture icon to add a photograph. Not sure this makes sense. Not even sure that all blog themes work the same?


  2. This is like Noah in reverse.. maybe it’s time for plants and bacteria to take over.


  3. Dear Nan,

    Looks like you linked fine and managed to get the photo in. Well done. I deleted the link that didn’t work. 😉 Welcome.




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