Infected and Insatiable

Copyright-Sandra Crook

They said this day would come, but those neurotics were quickly disregarded by me and everyone else who believed these apocalypse threats were merely a marketing ploy for the entertainment industry.

These sirens have been screaming for weeks.

As the Americans gnawed themselves to death, all CDC specialists fled to the UK to collaborate with the world’s brightest. If anyone could cure contagious cannibalism, it was us.

My hunger for human flesh grows intolerable.

Scalding blood corrodes my veins, as I carve this chronicle in stone.

If humankind is ever to return, heed this warning:

Never resort to mass-producing your food.


I hope you enjoyed my post for this week’s Friday Fictioneers, hosted by the wonderful Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. A special thanks to Sandra Cook for the lovely photo prompt. I strongly suggest you read some other fabulous flash fiction from fellow fictioneers by clicking the link below! Thank you so much for your reading and support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31 thoughts on “Infected and Insatiable

  1. Taken literally, this is a wonderful bit of Soylent Green-esque Science Fiction. Could also be read as an interesting social metaphor about mass-production of music and art and literature and movies, how we’ve cannibalized our culture in order to produce bland homogeneous products — and it’s killing us.

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    • Very intriguing expansion on the interpretation of my story, Helena. I wish I was clever enough to say that I intended such a true and shaking metaphor. However, I tend to shy away form metaphors, as I’m worried no one will catch-on to my implications. I’m really glad to know that my story had enough merit to give way to such interpretation. Thank you so much for reading and for the very thought-provoking comment, Helena.

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    • Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts, Claire! I thought it was a rather vivid description as well, so much it almost gave me the shivers writing it. πŸ™‚ I’m really glad to hear that you enjoyed my gruesome image!

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  2. LOVE! I’m a huge fan of the italicized thoughts put in just the right places. I feel like those are the type of things that really make you feel THERE when reading a good story. Good work…apparently, you work well under pressure. πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much for saying that, Jen. I was slightly worried about those italicized thoughts. I didn’t have them there at first, but the story was seriously lacking. Then when I added then, I had to rearrange them several times for the fear that they were too disruptive. So, it means the world to me that you said this and allows me a sigh of relief. Pressure, what pressure? πŸ™‚ I’m putting up that post tonight, I swear! I was just waiting on someone,but I don’t think it’s going to happen!

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  3. Dear Adelie,

    My head also went to Soylent Green. I have to wonder if it wasn’t the Genetic Modification of our food that caused cannibalism. At any rate no good can come of it IMHO. Well written story with generous serving of creepy.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Rochelle!
      Thank you so much for reading! Yes, relying too much on that processed food can have some serious consequences, and you never know…… πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, again!
      Adelie

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  4. My hunger for human flesh grows intolerable.
    Well, that’s a lovely thought. Great story to make the blood run cold. Well done! And I agree with Jen, the italicized thoughts work very well.

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    • Thank you so much for reading and for reflecting on my story. I’m glad to head that the italicized thoughts were able to fit in. And I’m glad that my first attempt at a zombie/ apocalyptic story wasn’t a blunder. You’re too kind!

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    • Susan, thank you so much for reading and for the thoughtful comment. πŸ™‚ I hope this remains fiction as well, though sometimes I worry that I’m dismissing this apocalypse stuff too quickly. I guess we’ll see… πŸ˜€ Thanks, again!

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  5. I always love being disturbed by a good short story. The images of flesh-eating Americans will stick with me a while. I wonder if it’s just the American’s, and why the people of the U.K. are not feasting on each other? So unfair! πŸ™‚

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  6. I have mixed feelings on the subject matter, having been raised on our own vegetables growing up. I hated zucchini, by the way. It was fine, but we had SO … MUCH … OF IT! Good story.

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    • Thanks for reading and for the entertaining story! I’m not a huge fan of zucchini, and I can imagine that it would be very easy to get sick of! I just bought a new utensil the other day called a vegetti that is supposed to shred all sorts of veggies (like the wonderful zuchinni) into pasta. I’m not sure if it works, but I figure it might help me eat my veggies! Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

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  7. Great horror story – very well written! I too, thought of Soylent Green as it was so disturbing to me when I was young. But, some up and coming entrepreneur could make a mint on snacks for cannibals. They could make so many different flavors. EWE! creepy but possible. Nan πŸ™‚

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    • Hah! Quite the innovative ideas you have there, Nan! Might that entrepreneur be you? It sounds like you’ve got it all figured out! If so, please let me know what you’re going to name your product so that I don’t buy it! πŸ˜›
      On a different note, thank you so much for reading and for giving me some delicious thoughts to chew over!

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