September 12, 2022, prompt: Write a story about balloons on a bumper in 99 words (no more, no less). Is it a spectacle, an occasion, an eccentricity? Why are the balloons there? Who is involved? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.
Future Things – by Hugh W. Roberts
“Why pink balloons?”
“I feel that in 50 or so years, pink will be the colour for people like us,” replied Giles.
“I hope they don’t damage the bumper of my new Ford Model C Ten,” responded Roger.
“Damaging the bumper of your new car is the least of our worries. What happens when we get there matters more.”
“Yes, you’re quite right. We may not be married in law, but the reaction of our parents when we tell them we married each other is something I dread. I wonder if same-sex marriage is a thing of the future?”
Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.
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16 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Future Things”
Always a bumpy ride, I imagine, but I like how your characters imagine a more tolerant future.
Thank you, D. Hopefully, they will have both still been alive when same-sex civil partnerships became law in the UK.
Nicely done, Hugh, on bringing the future to now. ~nan
Thank you, Nan. Glad you enjoyed this trip to the future.
Yes. For the future. The future is now!
Thank you, Norah.
Will done Hugh. I like your use of the car to establish the Era of the story.
I’m so pleased you picked up on the car’s age, Will. I was hoping somebody would. Thank you.
SS marriage has made so many people happy and helped quell legal issues, Hugh. Nice touch with this.
Thank you, Terri. I hope that one-day same-sex marriages will be legal everywhere.
Thank God, it is in many countries already, when even it is sad that there is still a long way to go until no one cares who marries who.
One day, it will never matter who a person chooses to love and spend the rest of their life with, Erika.
I believe so too!
let us hope so!