#FF — Still we dance

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Neither machines nor prophecies warned us. It’s been two centuries since Earth suffered a decade of pelting by radioactive rubble from an exploded sun.

During the first months, humans dug underground habitations – and that’s where we’ve stayed. Most surface life that wasn’t allowed in or able to survive died out. The rest adapted like we did. Who knew that fungi would be our partners in survival? It filtered out radiation from water, provided food, and generated electricity.

We live in darkness. Surface stories are kept alive through our art. We know one day we will return.

[97 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the receptive host of Friday Fictioneers.

54 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I hope they kept a seed bank to restock the earth

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Me too! Seeds can lay dormant in soil for a long time, waiting to sprout again, even if they didn’t have time to do it.

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  2. Sandra says:

    After the last few months, it’s so much easier to identify with the sentiments in this piece. Lovely take on the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sandra.

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  3. Sadje says:

    Good story Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        A pleasure Li

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  4. Dear LIsa,

    Let’s just home the virus doesn’t drive us underground. Doesn’t seem like a pleasant existence. Well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, I hope not also. Thank you.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m glad they are confident that they will return one day. I’m not sure I would serve their confidence! Good story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Iain.

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  6. Surface stories are kept alive through our art. What a great concept ~ surface stories. This flows very nicely. A long history wrapped up in 100-words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you much, Alicia.

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  7. plaridel says:

    it’s a future we’re not looking forward to. hopefully, it doesn’t happen in our lifetime. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment. Same here!

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  8. Dora says:

    A dystopic vision – but with some hope for the future. Gee, sounds like 2020 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Exactly, Dora 🙂

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  9. Oh wow, Li. I love the power of your imagination. Great tale!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Shweta.

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  10. Nobbinmaug says:

    I love a good sci-fi story, and that was a good one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. pennygadd51 says:

    Good take on the prompt. Living underground becomes the new normal…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Penny.

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  12. The troglodytes shall inherit the earth, literally! Good stuff, brilliantly observed

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Shrawl, many thanks!

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  13. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Let me have my Beatles albums underground please…

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  14. michael says:

    Mole says they are getting smaller each decade.

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  15. Great story! Devastation with a sliver of hope.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Why thank you 🙂

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  16. A lovely story of survival and co-existence. Seems almost possible. Nicely done, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Jolly.

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  17. You ended on an optimistic note – just what we need right now!

    Here’s mine!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Keith, yes we do.

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  18. Bill says:

    No Sun? Oh, dear. The end is certainly near. Nicely composed. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bill, not Sol, some other sun many light years away. Thank you much and glad you liked the story.

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      1. Bill says:

        🙂 Whew. Close call.

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  19. doodletllc says:

    I love the surface stories reference…hope this isn’t a peek into the new world….wait, maybe we’re almost already there.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      We’ll have to wait and see…

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  20. draliman says:

    I wonder what they will be returning to, though? Nice one!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, I wonder also…

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  21. siobhan1967 says:

    I’m not sure I’d want to live like that, without the light. Great story and I think you’re right about the funghi.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment.

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  22. Jules says:

    Kind of reminds me of a relative I have that is living with dementia… she’s already in the dark and it is only her memories that seem to sustain her.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Wonderful comparison, Jules.

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  23. ahtdoucette says:

    What a creepy, yet fascinating story. Saved by fungus. Who knew?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Add it to your survival tips journal. You never know…

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  24. granonine says:

    This could easily be seen as a metaphor. We’ve certainly been driven “underground” in the last several months. Good storytelling 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Linda.

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  25. subroto says:

    Nice. Sounds like the ultimate ‘survivor’ show. Our middle-age sun is about halfway through its lifetime, another 5 billion years to go 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Subroto, the sun in the story is not Sol.

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  26. Intriguing! Although a bit cold?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Going through the motions, in the dark, trying to keep hope alive. It’s not exactly warm fuzzies, is it.

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