#FF — “I’ll take her.”


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Polar ice was gone and the land filled up like an empty ice cube tray, leaving stranded islands of humanity. Most folks traveled by kayak, canoe, and small watercraft, waiting for the government to fix things.

She remembered a place where the river reached the mountain, the smooth rock path, and the cave.

She stocked up on food and petrol and looked for a sign; not realizing it would be a literal one.

The man’s long white hair and beard hid his age.

She’s gotten me through travails no person could be expected to survive.”

I’ll take her.”

[100 words]

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

53 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    But will she take him?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      haha! Good question! 🙂

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  2. Sadje says:

    Good story Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Well done. We’ll all need boats like we have cars at the moment in the future!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      YES. Thanks, Iain.

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  4. James McEwan says:

    She seems resourceful and self-determined, does she need the wailing on some old hermit?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      James, I’m not sure I understand wailing in this context? If the old guy is who I think he is, he may come in handy on a long — say 40 day — boat trip 🙂

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      1. James McEwan says:

        Ah, so he might be able to build a boat. I saw him as a hermit praying guru who preferred isolation until she came along. Just making up my own story now..

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  5. Dear Lisa,

    Was this man someone she was seeking? I’ll admit to being confused and unsure of who’s taking whom. I hope this melting ice isn’t our future but it does seem to be our present.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, sorry if it wasn’t clear. She knows where, but not how, to get to safe shelter and trusts in the cosmos to provide a way. When she happens across the pontoon boat for sale, she knows this is the way. She calls the number and the man selling it is the guy with the long white hair who may or may not be Noah…

      Thanks for reading and your feedback.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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      1. trishsplace says:

        And on everybody’s minds!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thanks, Trish. Really wish it wasn’t so.

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  6. Dale says:

    Love your take on Noah’s ark. Seems she met up with the right dude!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dale. Yes, she did. Neil’s comment got me to thinking maybe she ought to take Noah with her. He knows the ropes of long water journeys.

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      1. Dale says:

        If she’s smart, she will!

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  7. I guess climate change was very much on your mind today, Lisa. And, yep, if she’s smart, she takes that boat AND the old man!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Christian. The old man will travel with me — if he wants to go!

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  8. Badfinger (Max) says:

    The old man is a must travel companion lol.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Can you imagine pontooning with Noah? That would be some trip!

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        You would feel protected with him for sure. Imagine the stories.

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  9. granonine says:

    Oh, I really like this one. There are so many possibilities!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, thank you very much.

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  10. memadtwo says:

    Great first sentence. (K)

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  11. Sandra says:

    Seems like she’s got some heavy responsibility ahead of her now.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sandra. Yes, where getting to safety means life or death.

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  12. I bet that old gentleman has more knowledge in him than she suspects. I say, Throw him in the boat and zoom away. Well done.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Alicia, I think I’m going to re-title my story to “Take him!” 🙂 I think you’re right. Thanks 🙂

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  13. plaridel says:

    will he still rise to the challenge? that’s the question. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know what you mean. He is, after all, selling the boat! He may have had enough.

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  14. Bill says:

    Love the ice cube tray analogy, Lisa. Nicely done.

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  15. Waiting for the government to fix things might not be the best idea. Best to stock up and get going. Glad she received a sign and could purchase a boat. Nicely done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Brenda!

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  16. “I’ll take her – and you too”! A great tale, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Keith.

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  17. CGraith says:

    Love the ice cube tray metaphor and the ‘Noah’ hint. Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, CG! 🙂

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  18. seanatbogie says:

    That’s a good take on the beginning of the end of the world as we know it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sean.

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  19. Vartika says:

    Sometimes you have to believe. Good story

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Vartika.

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  20. Laurie Bell says:

    A scary thought for the future. The flooding at the moment is a tragedy.

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  21. Michael Humphris says:

    A strong image of a dystopian landscape

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Michael.

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  22. The bigger question is, “are there any animals on that boat?”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 I’m guessing there will be…

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      1. She should’ve packed some more supplies 😉

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