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Fall of Our Discontent

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I did not feel at all like writing yesterday when I saw the prompt, so I waited.  Hope it was worth it! This is for Friday Fictioneers hosted by the lovely Rochelle.

Fall of Our Discontent

By Scott L Vannatter 100 Words

The ice had come early. Last several years had been off. Everyone said not to worry, it had happened before.

“Bullshit!” thought Karohl. She was 42 and it had never been quite like this. Worldwide was changing. Badly.

Now, she was bundled, backpacked, and heading. The familiar yellow vehicle stopped, not full with children, but with people heading out. Heading South. Away from … this.

As they pulled away, Karohl looked the sky. The icy blackness would be here by nightfall. She just hoped they were far enough away before 6 inches of ice came down. It was October 10th.




I watched an interesting movie today:  4:44 (R-rated, um not for the kiddies and, no, the picture above is not from the movie – I just liked it!).

It is an apocalyptic movie.  I love those.  It stars Willem Defoe and Shanyn Leigh.   You know by now that I don’t like spoilers, so I will not tell you the end at all.  As for the rest, you would have to watch it and then there might be spoilers, but it is like that.  You just don’t know what you might get out of it and what you might concentrate on while you watch.

The movie is about Al Gore (wow!) being right.  The ozone layer falls completely apart, basically, or will, at 4:44Am.  The movie is mostly about Willem and Shanyn, a Bohemian couple who learn a lot about themselves and each other as the time approaches.

What fascinated me was the concept that, not only did we know within seconds when the world would end, but it was almost totally accepted.  No major person was denying it.  It was what it was and couldn’t be stopped.  Therefore, everyone did things knowing there was no tomorrow.  Oh, there were some in denial, Willem’s ex-wife, for instance.  However, almost all people had this aire about them that just said, “Tomorrow is not coming for me.”

It was not a horribly fast-paced movie.  That wasn’t what this was about.  I had trouble focusing on it a lot because I kept thinking about what I might do if I truly knew.  I mean, think about it, we are done.  There will not be tomorrow, so just live for this one day.

What would you do?

What would you do differently?

Who would you want to be with?

What would you say?

All of this kept going through my head.  Once acceptance to a certain death sets in, I think you have an entirely different perspective.  You know, so there is no escaping it.  I wonder if you live more or less.

I know I would deal better with it now than I would have before the stroke.  I understand death better than I did then and I am not, particularly, afraid of it.  I don’t want it to come, but if it was coming, I would hope I could handle it better.

It is a 2012 movie, but seems older.  The filming looked older.  I give it 3 1/2 stars.  I enjoy a bit more action in a movie.  This one was almost straight drama.  Good, but not totally my cup of tea.  If you like a good story plot and development as well as thought-provoking scenes…watch it.



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