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Thirty Days, Day 20 - Fast Fiction Challenge 2010: Once Within Memory
Title: Once Within Memory
Word: truffle
Challenger: zapaper
Length: 200 words exactly
There had once been something called a chocolate truffle.

The younger of those present would snigger at the tales when they heard older people mention them with fondness.

There had once been hamburgers.

Less tolerance of this was expressed by the younger generations at what was regarded by them as an abhorrent practice. This had less to do with the rights of animals and more because of the now widely held belief that humanity at least now possessed common human dignity.

There had once been universal education.

And again, as they did upon hearing the older generation reminisce about long extinct qualifications, those who had been born more recently would sigh, as if to excuse the stories, and the people who told them.

There had once been naturally born children.

And those without navels openly laughed at their forebears, blatantly mocking the ugliness and blemishes that everyone of the older generation carried on their bodies.

There had once been elections.

Only the very old remembered these, and their recollections were either listened to with barely disguised impatience, or with irritation that was not disguised in the least.

There had once been freedom.

But no one talked about that any more.


© Lee Barnett, 2010

This story is part of the 2010 Fast Fiction Challenge, written for the Thirty Days Project. New challenges can be made here.

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regie From: regie Date: June 20th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn. This might be your best yet...
budgie_uk From: budgie_uk Date: June 20th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks - I'm rather pleased with it, I have to admit.

Edited at 2010-06-20 03:40 pm (UTC)
zapaper From: zapaper Date: June 20th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Really great.
budgie_uk From: budgie_uk Date: June 20th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
My pleasure... glad you liked it.
emma_emily From: emma_emily Date: June 20th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really liked this one. Kind of reminded me of the Children of men type apocalyptic (sp?) view of the future.
budgie_uk From: budgie_uk Date: June 29th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's a movie that presents an optimistic view of the world to come as far as I'm concerned.

No matter how bad a future is painted, the history of the world tells us that in some ways, normally ways we can't imagine at the moment, it'll be far, far worse. In other ways, equally unimaginable, it'll be far, far better.

And of course, there'll be debate after debate as to whether individual changes are for the better or worse.

Anyone from sixty years ago would be utterly scandalised by the relative sexual freedom people have these days, for example.
drwildhare From: drwildhare Date: June 21st, 2010 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Amazing. Really felt like I could be reading a news article the not to distant future. Chills, man. Eloquently written.
budgie_uk From: budgie_uk Date: June 29th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks - it was a good one to write.
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