QUICKSILVER

Shimmering silver on the sand, the last chance to grasp it.

Too late, it recedes and is gone, disappearing into the distance.

Once it had been gold. Then, oil. Now it was water. The most valuable commodity in the world.

Now he was left with just the sand. Worthless sand that covered the earth in abundance.

It wouldn’t keep him alive.

He trudged on, following the diminishing line of silver on the horizon in the vain hope he would catch up with it.

His throat burned as the sun beat down upon him.


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Copyright Sue Vincent

This is a response to the #writephoto Prompt: Silver curated over at Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by the image.


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35 responses to “QUICKSILVER”

  1. I can see this in the future Iain.

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    1. Certainly feels like it today, for sure!

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  2. It may well happen, if we continue to treat the planet with such disrespect.

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    1. Let’s hope the pandemic has taught us something, but I fear not.

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      1. We need to see some good come out of it.

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  3. Nice, Iain, I enjoyed your take on the anticipated water shortages.

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    1. Thank you Robbie 🙂

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  4. Very imaginative story. But maybe not too far from the reality.

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    1. Who knows where we will end up.

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      1. No one, but people are making lot of guesses

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  5. Excellent take on the prompt. Hopefully this won’t be a sign of thing to come.

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    1. Thanks Michele – let’s hope not.

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  6. This will happen if humanity continues to disrespect their planet.

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    1. I don’t see us changing our behaviour anytime soon I’m afraid.

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  7. I love the sand at the sea, but in this story, which once again seems to close to reality, not so much!
    On a brighter note, I am enjoying a certain book, though you have made me gasp a couple times already and say “No!” , you also have made me smile! 🙂

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    1. Glad you are enjoying it so far 🙂 Look forward to your final view. 🙂

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      1. I look forward to hopefully a happy reunion between a mother and son??? 😉

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      2. I am giving away nothing!

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      3. LOL! I had to try. 😉

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  8. Forever searching, while dying of thirst. Complete story.

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  9. ‘His throat burned as the sun beat down upon him.”
    Oh, I love this line!

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  10. An excellent take on the prompt. This could be a reality soon.

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    1. Thank you Shweta – let’s hope not.

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  11. Oh! My I feel you have just looked into our future. It would be wonderful if we could learn from this pandemic… But we are humans and history says differently. We never learn 💜💜💜

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    1. It already feels like people are forgetting… Thanks for reading

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      1. I think they are too💜

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  12. Excellent, Iain. And hopefully not prophetic.

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    1. Let’s hope not. Thank you.

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  13. Very insightful to a list of problems this planet faces with no one leading us to safety. Well done! 🙂

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