‘What’s that?’ Jessie pointed outside at the stars and stripes fluttering on the flagpole.

‘That used to mean something.’

‘I like the colours, it’s pretty.’

‘It sure was. Ready for your food?’

‘I can’t wait to try it. You used to eat these ‘hot dogs’ all the time, Gramps?’

‘And burgers, chips, pizza.’

‘This food sure smells nicer than the supplements we get now.’

Gramps breathed in the familiar aroma of his childhood.

‘Why don’t we have them anymore?’ Jessie asked.

‘Turned out they weren’t so good for you, or the world.’

‘Same as pretty flags?’

‘I guess so.’

Copyright J Hardy Carroll

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.


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72 responses to “NOSTALGIA CAFE”

  1. No more flags may not be a bad thing, but no more comfort food sure is. The way it is produced though… Great story, Iain, subtle story telling but hopefully not a prophecy.

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  2. Times change as does points of view. What used to be tasty before, is considered not good for health. Same goes with perception of the flag. What once represented the land of the free and home of the brave, is now looked at differently. in essence, things remain the same. We change.
    But cows, pigs and poultry always felt the same. No one asked them ever.

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  3. Your stories are always rich and filled with underlying meaning. I look forward to reading them each week. A timely piece, especially the flag. I have to admit to having hot dogs, chips, and apple pie today. But, not good for me or the earth for sure.

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  4. A good story and well written, Iain. I’m not as worried about enough food as I am enough breathable air. We should be planting trees, not cutting them down. Also, enough water. Try living and growing food without it. —- Suzanne

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  5. Unfortunately believable. I don’t see hot dogs disappearing, though. On the Fourth our town nearly had a riot when it was discovered that not one booth had hot dogs! A miscommunication only, between the Boy Scouts and another vendor, but let’s hope that’s all it was. Lots of story underneath, my favorite style.


  6. This is thought-provoking. I can see positives and negatives to this new world. I’d probably rather have supplements than hot dogs, but don’t take away my hamburgers. Well done.

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