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Friday Fictioneers: The Future

For the second week in a row I am participating in Friday Fictioneers. (Could I be starting a new habit? )  For those of you who don’t know about this weekly challenge, click on the link to read more and find information on how to take part or read  other how others interpreted the photo. 

Photo by EL Applby

The Future

“What is that, Mom?” Griffin asked, his hand squeezing mine.

I thought  about how best to explain what had occurred within the last two decades, but fitting for a four year-old. He had to know because this would be his world.

“Scientists are working very hard to uh,” I wondered if I could lie to my son about the experiments.

“He’s kind of cute,” Griffin dragged his long, furry, paprika colored arm over the fence.

“Stop!” I said, rushing toward him, afraid of what that beast might do.

Griffin stroked his trunk. The creature trumpeted. Smiling, Griffin smacked his lips.

word count: 100


21 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The Future

  1. Please tell me that last line doesn’t mean Griffin is thinking of eating this cuter critter!! Please!! And Griffin’s arm gave me pause as well as much to think about.

    As for starting new habit, once you start FF, you’ll probably need an intervention if you want to attempt to stop. 🙂


    • I am going to let a few more readers see if they know what I had in mind. If no one outs me, I’ll let you in on what I was thinking.
      Maybe FF will become like my coffee:)
      Thanks for reading!

  2. I meant “cuter critter”, of course. I’m probably just being dense, so I’ll try to remember to check back to see what I missed figuring out. Maybe I should have had my tea before reading. 🙂

  3. I got the eerie feeling that Griffin is thinking of eating it too! I can’t think of another reason someone smacks their lips (of course, with four year olds, you never know!)
    I included a young boy in my story too. 🙂

  4. Like Janet, I’m wondering about that last line, but my thinking is that her son is also an “experiment.” The hairy arm and lip-smacking behavior are characteristic of a chimp or similar primate. Very intriguing!

    • Yes Janet, your knowledge has helped you crack the code. I’m thinking I should have named him “Tan”ner instead. He is part of the future of “mixing”. Griffin is part orangu”tan” and part human…..

  5. Dear Amy,

    I have not missed a week of Friday Fictioneers since I wrote my first story a year ago April when it was hosted by Madison Woods. Addictive. And you see what happened to me. 😉

    Intriguing story.



  6. Great to see that you writing your FF again – as others have suggested – it is addictive! I liked this story I was worried about some sort of food chain too!

  7. i guessed that Griffin was part monkey-ish, with the lip-smacking and all… a great imaginative take on the prompt 🙂 with a hint of sadness, cos i found myself suddenly thinking of how the kid would adjust..

  8. Sounds like a very Dr. Moreauvian future. Telling your son that he’s a scientific experiment would be even harder than the “you’re adopted” speech, I think. 🙂

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