IMMORTALITY IN THE MODERN WORLD

I wrapped my arms around Kyle. We turned and watched the parasail disappearing in the distance.

‘There he goes, my crazy brother’ I sighed.

‘Maybe he’ll come back safe.’ Kyle suggested, more in hope than expectation.

The clouds on the horizon had been gathering. The storm would make landfall imminently. It had been downgraded from a hurricane, but was still expected to cause widespread damage.

The coastline had been evacuated. When the Governor made the order to leave, Seb had come up with his plan.

He had a million followers.

‘I ride into the storm on a parasail, and film it all for YouTube.’

He couldn’t be dissuaded. He needed a viral hit to keep the advertisers. He needed more views than the other vloggers out there.

‘You might die,’ I pleaded.

‘On the contrary, the footage will make me immortal.’

His ever-faithful friend, Bubs, agreed to drive the speedboat.

Kyle started the engine and, as the small speck in the sky disappeared, engulfed in the bank of rolling clouds, I got into the car.


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Copyright Michelle DeAngelis

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story or poem in around 150 – 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

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36 responses to “IMMORTALITY IN THE MODERN WORLD”

  1. You always have such timely stories. Crossing fingers for Seb and all the people in the way of the storm.

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    1. Thank you Janet, here’s hoping it passes without too many casualties.

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  2. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were people out there debating doing this very thing when they heard about the storm. As always, a well-written story Iain!

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    1. Exactly my thought Jade, thank you!

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  3. Another story that I would like to say was far-fetched, but unfortunately in these times ,nope! I can see someone wanting to do this exact thing!

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    1. I’d be amazed if someone hasn’t tried it already 🙂

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  4. Who would benefit from the ad revenue? The people getting into the car?

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    1. I think Seb thinks he can survive his stunt – as all these crazy vloggers seem to!

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      1. Yes. It is getting dicier by the day.

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  5. I have read about daredevil youtubers who met an unfortunate demise doing something crazy. This is kind of like that, only, I hope, with a happier ending.

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    1. I’m sure someone has tried it already!

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  6. It seems hopelessly idiotic, and yet people die in similar ways all the time. Funny how humans can be so disengaged from their own mortality, isn’t it? A really imaginative take on the prompt, Iain

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    1. Thanks Lynn – I do wonder what they are thinking when they do these things – especially right at the moment when it starts to go wrong…

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      1. Can’t imagine how terrifying that is, what goes through your mind. Can’t bear to think of it to be honest. Great tale Iain

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  7. True, footage him make him immortal.

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    1. Except that he may be dead by that time! 🙂

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  8. Kalpana Manivannan Avatar
    Kalpana Manivannan

    A highly imaginative tale but sadly in these times, we do read about so many people trying these daredevil stunts…Its terrifying to know what makes them do this. Great story Lain.

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  9. I wish Seb lands safely and his hopes fulfilled..

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    1. I do too, but I fear not!

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      1. really Iain? quite a sport guy you are and so are your tales always 🙂

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  10. Oh my gosh, what some people will do to keep their followers! Great story, Iain!

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    1. Exactly PJ. Thank you! 🙂

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  11. Another telling comment on today’s times.

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  12. blogitwithsurabhi Avatar
    blogitwithsurabhi

    Quite imaginative tale! How far one can go to get Viral 😉 Hope he succeeds in his stunt.

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    1. Thank you – part of me hopes he doesn’t, as a warning to some of those vloggers out there!

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      1. blogitwithsurabhi Avatar
        blogitwithsurabhi

        That’s a strong message for them!

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  13. Great story Iain! Looks like we both opted for a social media/reality twist.

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    1. Thanks Jo, heading over to read yours!

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  14. Does fame mean anything after his demise? stupid person.

    https://ideasolsi65.blogspot.com/2018/09/parachute.html

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    1. Certainly seems to be the way a lot of the younger generations think though.

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  15. It is sad that people (think they?) need to go to such lengths. The advertisers won’t appreciate the sacrifice.

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    1. True. The advertisers will move on, but will be happy with anything that brings them more profit.

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