Evening all – I am excited to be presenting you today with the very first instalment of my new (although not very original) feature: FICTION IN 50! Cue rousing orchestral music! I apologise for not having whipped up a cute little meme image to go with it, but rest assured this will eventuate…eventually.
Fiction in 50 will be a semi-regular feature requiring participants (comprising, at this stage, of just me) to create a piece of fiction in 50 words or less. I think this is what people refer to as “flash fiction”.
For this inaugural fiction-flashing I have selected “Dystopia” as my theme. This piece is set in a reasonably distant Australia, and features a main character who, after having been cryogenically frozen at some point in the past, has recently been cured, defrosted and released into the world at large.
***There are some specific cultural references included in the following story, so for those unfamiliar with the foodstuffs mentioned, I have included some contextual information sourced from Professor Wikipedia. Click on the images below for information***
Without further ado, I give you….
Travels in Dystopi-Oz
Ravenous with thawing, seeking nostalgic snacks, I entered the supermarket.
“I’m after Vegemite?”
“Sorry – there’s been none since the company collapsed in 2032.”
“Oh. Sorry. I’m newly defrosted… Milo then.”
“Not since ’36.”
“Ah. Tim Tams?”
Grief battled with confusion, as I emerged, snack-less, into some brave new world.
If anyone else wants to join in and pop out their own Dystopian themed Fiction in 50, you would be more than welcome – chuck it in the comments below or do your own post and link back here! If enough people want to participate I’ll set a regular time and set up some form of linking device…otherwise it’ll just be little ol’ me….
Until next time – yours in new ventures!