dVerse — prosery 12 — Alive

Above Digital Art - Above The Clouds City Dome by Dan Collier
“Above the Clouds City Dome” by Dan Collier

They lived above the clouds, far from the germs and messiness they’d lied and cheated themselves away from. Luxury abodes with multi-dimensional holodecks immersed them in fairytale landscapes, where things were flawless. Blossoms never wilted; butterflies immortal. Crystal springs gurgled and the insects never bit. Lovers always smiled.

When the virus hit on the planet they weren’t worried. Social distancing had been their privilege for decades. The Overlords’ sky abodes were linked to each other in a wagonwheel configuration, all joined to the Platform. The Platform was the umbilical cord of life to the Overlords. Water, food, drugs, medicine, electricity, wifi, etc. all rose through the pneumatic machinery of the Tube under it. The hum of it throbbed like a heartbeat.

One morning they woke to silence. No one left and no one came on the bare platform. Now facing reality, they felt alive.

 

Sarah is today’s host of dVerse.  Sarah says:
For this prompt, we ask you to write a piece of flash fiction in 144 words or less, including a quotation from a poem.  This week’s quotation is:

No one left and no one came on the bare platform.
— from Adelstrop by Edward Thomas

40 Comments Add yours

  1. I love a bit of sci-fi! I think the bubble has popped. I’d love to read more of this story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sarah.

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  2. I wonder how it would feel to feel so sated… maybe you wish for the virus to come in the end.

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  3. Very imaginative JadeLi. The futuristic upgrade to celebrities gated communities.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Len! Glad you “got it.”

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  4. rothpoetry says:

    Great story Lisa. I thought your ending was going to be panic and pandemonium!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe that’s what’s next? Or maybe a quiet acceptance…

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        Sounds like sheep to the slaughter!!??

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        1. msjadeli says:

          They are trapped in a device of their own creation. Maybe they’ll find a way to survive.

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          1. rothpoetry says:

            I like your positive imagination!

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  5. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    The sky is certainly not the limit for your fertile imagination. There’s a Sci Fi film out there called ALETA: BATTLE ANGEL that uses a similar premise. Some religions look at Heaven that way.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s a common theme in sci fi and anime. Where this differs is there are no sky ships to get off and no means of communication for a rescue. Who knows, maybe the earth dwellers simply got tired of their sh*t and pulled their plug.

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  6. This is fantastic Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, thank you!

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  7. calmkate says:

    interesting fantasy but it was Tom Hanks and his wife who were first infected here … sometimes they have to venture out and then the bubble bursts! Great write

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Tru dat. Maybe some will try to rapel down the tube… Thanks, Kate.

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      1. calmkate says:

        you totally cracked me up … as an ex-speleologist I somehow doubt that, but with your imagination anything is possible 😎

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  8. memadtwo says:

    I think this may be very close to reality for many of the 1%. Not sure they remember how to feel alive though…(K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You are probably right, K.

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  9. someone popped their little bubble, it seems … Nicely painted!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Na’ama!

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  10. I love these journeys you take me on Lisa! What a fun story you tell! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy to oblige, Christine 🙂

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  11. OOOOH! What an imagination!! Felt like a prologue to a dystopian novel!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You never know…

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  12. Reena Saxena says:

    Wow! The rich may adopt this as a way of life in future. I like the idea of a wagon wheel configuration.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You can bet they will, if we don’t exterminate ourselves first.

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  13. badfinger20 says:

    That is some imagination Lisa…that was creative. I mean “wagonwheel configuration” and “multi-dimensional holodecks immersed them in fairytale landscapes”… great job Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Glad you enjoyed the tale, Max, thank you.

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  14. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Intriguing story. I am impressed when others can make up imaginary worlds. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ali 🙂

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  15. If being alive is knowing vulnerability then they now know life. good thing too!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Insightful comment, Petru, thank you.

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  16. kim881 says:

    I enjoyed your science fiction ‘utopia’, Lisa, ‘above the clouds, far from the germs and messiness they’d lied and cheated themselves away from’. Who were these liars and cheats who left everyone else to die? I can imagine… Serves them right.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kim, glad you enjoyed the story.

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  17. Gillena Cox says:

    A story according to the gospel of change. Bravo
    Easter Blessings

    Much🌼love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gillena thank you for reading and your wonderful comment ❤

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