#Three Line Tales: Fresh start

This short story is for Sonya’s Three Line Tales, based on the photo prompt © Fabio Mangione via Unsplash


Before they left, they made sure everything was neat and tidy, fresh paint on the façades, the boats on the canal toe to tail as if for an admiralty inspection.

They knew in their heart of hearts they wouldn’t be coming back, but they wanted to take a picture of peace and prosperity with them to treasure in the darkness of the unknown.

As the new day dawned and the departing rockets merged with the sunlight, the clocks, set back a hundred years by the cosmic fairy godparents, ticked into motion again, and humanity crawled out of its post-apocalyptic slumber ready to make a second attempt at getting it right.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

12 thoughts on “#Three Line Tales: Fresh start”

  1. I wonder where, in reality we could actually set the clock to get a realistic chance of getting it right second time around. A thought-provoking little tale and that picture is particularly perfect!

    1. It is a ‘perfect’ picture 🙂 I wonder too. A hundred years would certainly not be enough, but given the architecture in the photo, it would have been difficult in this story to turn it back much further.

      1. Of course it would have been. I simply find myself musing on the deeply uncomfortable history we lay out behind ourselves, the repetitive nature of our errors and our consistent refusal to learn from our very obvious mistakes. 😟

      2. At an individual level we may learn. Other animals manage to. It’s as a collective unit, we chose leaders who plough stupid destructive courses regardless of what we as individuals know to be wrong. I doubt there was ever a time when humanity functioned differently. We were a bad idea altogether.

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