FFfAW Challenge-Week of September 19, 2017 – When the Lights Went Out


Image: Pamela S. Canepa.

No one was sure why it was in the middle of the day the lights all went out.  Well, save for a few cars and the emergency lighting in the buildings around.

Aliens was the initial cry, one we had feared would happen sooner rather than later. People understandably panicked though no one was sure why. Sometimes people need something to worry about until they stop and learn the facts.

The darkness lasted all afternoon, and as so much of the power was out, it was hard to get any information as to the cause.

By peak afternoon the lights came back on, but the sun didn’t.

We hadn’t realised it was more than the initial power outage that was the problem.

It was then we felt the cold. The wind turned icy, the rivers froze, our lives took on a whole new direction. Careers ended as survival took over.


Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/fffaw-challenge-week-of-september-19-2017/

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23 Responses to FFfAW Challenge-Week of September 19, 2017 – When the Lights Went Out

  1. any1mark says:

    My little town lost internet for 12 hours. Stores & gas stations closed. We were a ghost town. I could see everyone missing the whole Sun missing thing.

  2. We had a lengthily power outage on the day we arrived back from overseas. Really horrible. A lovely piece of fiction around this picture.

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice take. I thought on power outage from the prompt too, although in a different direction. If the sun goes out there’s not a whole lot we will be able to do to survive. Scary stuff.

  4. Moon says:

    That would be so terrifying.
    Very well written, Michael .

  5. James says:

    Initially, I thought of the 1951 film “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” but then with the sun going out (not sure how that would happen), I thought of an entity created by DC comics called the “Sun Eater”. In about 1966, the teenage Legion of Super Heroes (set in 2966) had to join forces with an infamous gang of superpowered villains to stop a creature that ate suns.

    In the 1990s, DC dusted off the concept and had the creature consuming Earth’s sun which, of course robbed a solar powered Superman of his powers. I can’t recall exactly how the sun was regenerated.

  6. Chilling story Michael! The day the sun doesn’t rise….basically the end of the world. Great story!

  7. The Chad says:

    Oh god. I’d hate to get caught up in the aftermath.

  8. Joyfrida says:

    Gosh! survival mode doesn’t sound very pleasing in this context. brilliant writing as always.

  9. Nice story and commentary.

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