Friday Fictioneers for 8 February 2019

It has been a very long time since I’ve written for Friday Fictioneers.  After a three-year hiatus I find I miss the challenge and the fun of it.  The rust and dust on my writing faculties will only be removed with use.  So you will forgive my meager attempts as I begin again.


  • Write a complete story, beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less.
  • Take time to proofread and edit.
  • Make every word count.
  • Include the photo prompt and Linkz on your page and link your story URL.
  • Read and comment.  Reciprocation is half the fun!

It’s not what you look at that matters it’s what you see.  ~ Henry David Thoreau


PHOTO PROMPT © Anshu Bhojnagarwala


Word count 100


Needs Must

When science brought back the dinosaur they said it was miraculous.  When their novelty became very successful they panicked.  The carnivores quickly consumed the masses while herbivores worked on the plant life.  Eventually predator and prey leveled out leaving what was left of human life to fend for themselves.

During the day Nessa’s family stayed hidden with others in the library building. At night the elders tended the fire to keep predators at bay. However, fuel for fire was quickly being consumed.

“The Ingalls family burned cow chips.” Nessa offered.

“No cows!”  the elders chastised.

“Plenty of herbivores.” she countered.


For some really great takes on the prompt, please click the little blue frog!

NOTE:  the Ingalls reference is from the book Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder


38 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers for 8 February 2019

  1. Dale says:

    Welcome back, Lynda. Since I’ve been here about three years, maybe our paths did not cross…
    Nothing good comes from bringing back things from extinction. At the rate they are going, humans will be next to join the ranks of those that are no more! Well done.

    • Lynda says:

      Draliman, scientists are actually messing with DinoDNA. I’m not sure if it is a god complex or if they have some other scheme in mind. I do wonder; which came first? The idea to do it or the movie? 😉 As for Ingalls, I think we all read that in 5th or 6th grades here. It was considered great literature back then.

      Note: I haven’t heard anything for a while on the DDNA topic. Perhaps it has fizzled?

  2. rochellewisoff says:

    Dear Lynda,

    Welcome back! This puts me in mind of Jurassic Park. Probably not a good idea to resurrect the dinosaur. I loved Nessa’s reference to Laura Ingalls. I don’t know why dinosaur chips wouldn’t work as well as cow chips. Imaginative piece. Nicely done.



    • Lynda says:

      Dear Rochelle,

      Thank you!

      The Jurassic Park theme is palpable here. As I mentioned to Draliman, Which did come first? The movie or the scientific studies being performed on Dino DNA? I hope for all our sake that in this instance science does not get its way!


  3. gahlearner says:

    Welcome back! 🙂 Hm, what an original story. Just imagine how many steaks you could cut out of a dinosaur… and these bones would burn as well…

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Gahlearner, it is good to be back.
      Yes, a giant lizard could feed quite a crowd! But probably best not to burn the bones… it’s the smell. Well, on thinking, I have no notion as to the smell of herbivore dung when it burns. Could be equally evil to your olfactory senses. 😯

  4. Dawn Quyle Landau says:

    You did it! Welcome back Lynda! I think that once you dip your toe in the water, the addiction will come right back. 😉 Really enjoyed this creative take on the prompt. The reference to LIW is wonderful, and the imagery of carnivores and herbivores all competing, is wonderful! See you next week.

  5. granonine says:

    I got the Ingalls reference right away–wonderful stories she told!

    And I think the idea of dinosaur chips is a good one, if you’re brave enough to go hunting for them 🙂

    I’m a newbie since you stopped contributing, so welcome back!

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