The initial idea had been so simple.

Now it was a reality.

Dale stood before her innovation. Three giant prongs extending into the sky.

The metal forks would extract moisture from the atmosphere and turn it into electricity.

She proudly hit the switch to turn it on.


It took Montreal months to recover from the damage that Dale’s Hydro Extractor caused.

The swirling mass of clouds drawn towards her machine had caused an atmospheric storm that brought cyclones, monsoons, flooding, severe electric shocks and untold misery.

Buildings were swept away, thousands perished.

The three-pronged extractor survived. Dale didn’t.

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).

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  1. Oh, man, you are such a meanie… killing Dale that way. (shakes head, closes eyes, and prays for your wayward soul.). Great story, though… and an interesting idea…what if we could extract electricity that way… without the damages, of course.

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  2. Yanno, Iain… that Dale is a tad precocious to say the least. No lab tests? No testing on American soil near the Whitehouse? Honestly… to blow up a lovely city like Montreal is blasphemous. You sure she didn’t make it to her home on the south shore of Montreal? She’s done for, for good?
    Sad day…

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  3. Oh, poor Dale. Montreal will never be the same. Wednesdays on this blog will never be the same. Check again and see if she’s still there somewhere. If it was me, I’d be in hiding. Funny disaster story, Iain. Even Dale enjoyed it. 😀 — Suzanne

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  4. Oh Dale! Perhaps some good will come out of the Dale’s Hydro Extractor, modified; it could be used to control the weather and the climate. So who’s working on the invention now?
    A fun and light hearted read.

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  5. Energy crisis solved! If we destroy civilization, we don’t need energy. It’s kind of an odd workaround, but good job, Dale. Problem solved. Next job, try to solve American politics. The same method is acceptable.

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