Who would have thought it? Montreal was the answer to human salvation.

Due to its specific geographic location, prevailing winds and ocean currents and distance from any of the active fault lines, Montreal was the one place where the air was still breathable, the climate was habitable and the landscape stable.

Peering through the curtains I thought about the journey we had survived to get here.

The Canadians had been welcoming, despite the overcrowding. Every house was packed with refugees.

There would be questions in the future about sustainability, food and water, law and order.

For now, the sun rose over Montreal.


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Copyright Dale Rogerson

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

91 thoughts on “MONTREAL – WHO KNEW?

  1. My goodness, after reading this I thought; is Montreal the last place on Earth? Then again why not. I like the shift from a dystopian view to one of futuristic optimism. A fine flash fiction piece.

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      1. You are right, of course.
        According to Nevil Shute, some 60 years ago, Australia was the last to go.
        But it makes sense that somewhere like French Polynesia will be as safe as it gets.

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  2. I’ve read Canada’s immigration laws and it’s not so easy to get in. I’m betting even a nation as big as Canada, in such an environmental emergency and with abundant but still finite resources, would circle the wagons and severely restrict or stop all immigration to their nation.

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  3. I love a good apocalypse tale. Also, I like the way you portrayed Canadians as helping and sharing. Although, I am not sure every country would have this attitude when such tragedy hits us.

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  4. I’ve just started reading the stories, after writing my own. I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of apocalyptic stories this week. Enjoyed yours very much. Montreal is a wonderful place.

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  5. I too had an apocalyptic idea, but didn’t use it. Something about that setting sun. Loved your take. Montreal hey? Would never have guessed, but then again Canadians were the most welcoming to refugees in recent events.

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  6. Well told, Iain.. I was talking to my husband last night about the possibility of our kids being exchange students, and my husband asked where they would go. I immediately crossed USA off the list, but we thought Canada might be okay. So, I could get the idea of people ending up in Montreal.
    Meanwhile, I live just North of Sydney almost at the beach. So, you’re all invited to my place if the end comes. I think it’s a better bet.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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