A Forlorn Hope

Once again, I’ve actually made the attempt to partake as one of the “Friday Fictioneers” over at Madison Woods’ blog.  Once a week she posts a provocative or intriguing photo, and the challenge is to come up with an appropriately provocative or intriguing narrative to go along with it, in  100 words.  So, here’s this week’s entry for me!


A Forlorn Hope

Madison Woods - Grapevines

“It’s dying.”

Jaelen gasped in dismay. “Are you sure?!”

Nehla just dropped her gaze and shook her head.  “I’m sure.  You can see it in the leaves, the stems.  It’s almost summer, and not a single bloom. Not a single grape.”  She heaved a deep, shuddering sigh. “It didn’t work.”

That was it then.  All hope was gone.  Genetically engineered to withstand the radiation, toxic soil, and blight which had destroyed so much of the Earth’s crops, this should have been their way back.

“We need to tell the others.”  They turned, and reluctantly headed back down into the tunnels.

~ Eskewpe


9 thoughts on “A Forlorn Hope

  1. Adam Ickes says:

    Sounds like they’re in a heap of trouble. Hope it gets better for them at some point.

  2. rochellewisoff says:

    A tale as frightening as the genetic engineering of our food sources. You certainly captured the the desolation. Nice job.

  3. rgayer55 says:

    What a sad dissappointment. I do hope they try again. Rarely is something this challenging succesful on the first try.

    Thanks for visiting mine. Here’ the link for others

  4. Sandra says:

    Another post-apocalyptic slant. Nicely done, it took me straight into the piece with that opening.


  5. Brian Benoit says:

    Ah, an interesting take on the post apocalyptic. The question is, will they try again? You hint at a bigger story, and an interesting one at that.

    Brian (http://pinionpost.com/2012/07/20/terroir/)

  6. billgncs says:

    bleak and stark… enjoyed it.

  7. rich says:

    nice job. best one i read so far.

  8. So sad. Sounds like years of research and hard work just dissipated.

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