Flash Fiction Friday – Future Words

February 20, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about what it means to be a literary artist. You can use your experience to re-imagine the idea or embody something else in a character. Be playful, go deep, and let your story flow. Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

Future Words – by Hugh W. Roberts

By the time 2042 arrived, literary artists were rare.

They were the only ones with the power to write compelling stories that could alter reality.

The government had strict regulations on using this power, but there were always those who sought to abuse it.

I was one such person who discovered a way to use obsolete blogging skills to control the minds of others.

A team of elite agents was dispatched to stop me.

It was a battle of words and wills, but the power of creativity prevailed. I was captured and sentenced, and the world was safe again.


Image of a mountain top floating in the air
Image credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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35 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Future Words

        1. Yes, I heard about it but didn’t feel anything. We had one a few years ago which I did feel, but it was around lunchtime that it happened. The one last night was just before midnight.

        1. I’ve heard of it but never seen it. I had to look it up and see it’s about a father and daughter who can bring characters from stories to life. My flash is more about writers being able to alter people’s lives with what they write rather than bringing characters to life. But I see the connection you have made.

        2. Yes, you had a different take. I unfortunately didn’t see it all, just half an hour or so. Now I’m looking for it as the story was quite interesting.

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