Currency

We were warned.  

It all started in only a few places. Far-off waterways clogged with trash. Places where the populace had no choice but to draw water from putrid smelling rivers to drink and to cook with.  The same waters where factories dumped their waste.  

As populations grew to bursting, potable water grew scarce everywhere.  It was hoarded and guarded.  Only the powerful owned it in abundance.  

It became our currency.  Potable water for a sack of potatoes or a head of cabbage.  They say whoever owns the water, controls the world.  

We were warned, but we did not heed.  

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we are to write a 100-word story.  The very interesting photo this week was provided by Anne Higa.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here.

Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, stay well!!

56 Comments Add yours

  1. Really good. You set the stage, and the reader fills in actions with their mind. Love the ending sentence, so prophetic.

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    1. Thank you so very much for your kind comments. The story poured onto the page (which isn’t normal for me). I wasn’t too sure if it worked. Again, thanks so much, Eugenia!! =)

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  2. A warning indeed! One we are not listening to right now. Great stuff!

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    1. Thanks so much. I’m glad you enjoyed. If only we would listen! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and are staying safe!

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      1. I know, we never seem to learn do we! Thank you, yes we are – so far so good 🙂 Restrictions are being eased here now but I’m still being very cautious. Have a lovely weekend!

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  3. Bear says:

    Forewarned indeed! We HAVE been warned, and yet… Great and timely story this week.

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    1. Unfortunately, we don’t often listen until it is too late. Thanks so much, Bear, for your kind comment! =)

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  4. michael1148humphris says:

    This is a real fear for the future. Water can carry imprints from each time it is abused.

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    1. It is a very sad truth. Thank you for commenting, Michael.

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    Some of the wars of the future will be fought over water

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    1. It’s certainly true, Neil. There are water conflicts today that point to war in the future. Thanks for commenting!

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  6. ahtdoucette says:

    Unfortunately, so true for certain parts of the world even today. Great story.

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    1. Having lived in various locations in Asia for most of my adult life, I’ve witnessed this sad reality. Thank you so much for your kind comment on the writing, Anne. Very interesting and thought-provoking photo you provided for this week. =)

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  7. plaridel says:

    as things go, it won’t be surprising when potable water becomes more precious than oil.
    how sad.

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    1. Indeed true and very sad! Thanks, Plaridel, for commenting.

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  8. Ann Coleman says:

    Very good, and more than a little bit scary!

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    1. I agree. It’s really scary. Thanks so much, Ann, for commenting. Hope you are well!! =)

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  9. draliman says:

    A warning of things to come, perhaps. Nice one 🙂

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    1. It’s a very real possibility. Thanks, Ali, for commenting! =)

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  10. Tannille says:

    Wow, quite the warning. Westerners take clean water for granted. The horrible part is, your story isn’t that far-fetched.

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    1. Not far-fetched at all, though, of course, there’s always hope for a turnaround. Scary how we do take clean water for granted. What happens on one side of the world will inevitably affect the other. Thanks so much for commenting, T!

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      1. Tannille says:

        It’s amazing now Mother Nature can heal herself if humans let her.

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  11. Iain Kelly says:

    Water will become the new oil, maybe we should start taking care of it a bit more! Great stuff Brenda.

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    1. Thanks so much, Iain, for your kind comment on the writing. I do fear for the future in this regard and try to waste less water, but it really is a big problem in some parts of the world. Clean water is so scarce already. Sort of one of my “soapboxes.” Have a nice weekend! =)

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  12. pennygadd51 says:

    To a certain extent this is polemic, and it’s powerful. Nevertheless, you succeed in keeping the story to the fore and writing an attractive narrative. Well done!
    In the UK we are currently campaigning in local elections. I agree with the message of your story so strongly that I’m out pushing envelopes through doors on behalf of the Green Party.

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    1. Hmm, I had to look up the word “polemic.” I love to learn a new word. And, I very much appreciate your passion for a healthy environment, Penny. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comments!

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  13. jenne49 says:

    Such a good, compact story that contains all we need to know to start paying heed… To water and to so many things. Those who already have will always be the first to gain even more and keep the power. It’s a beautiful piece of writing, Brenda.

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    1. It is a sad reality that there are those who have in abundance and those who do not have. The gap increases between the two. It’s about power for sure. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments on the writing, Jenne! =)

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  14. Spot on … a timely write, indeed.
    Let’s hope we can learn from the past issues and become more conscientious about the most basic of items … water. Have a wonderful weekend … Isadora 😎

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    1. Thanks so much, Isadora! Yes, I do hope we can learn and do better. I hope you have a nice weekend as well. Take care! =)

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  15. GHLearner says:

    This is so true, it isn’t even speculation any longer. This is what will happen.

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    1. I believe so too! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

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  16. Thats a scary reality!

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    1. It really is and one that might come true if… Thank so much for commenting, Mason!

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      1. Indeed, You’re welcome.

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  17. msjadeli says:

    I like your vivid, gruesome examples, and there is no question we are heading that way…

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    1. Unfortunately, so … thanks much for commenting! =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome.

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  18. Conserving water deserves much more attention. A poignant tale.

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    1. It really does. Thanks so much for commenting, Susan!

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Who ever controls the water controls the world. A terrifying thought. You have written a scary piece here. Great sense of despair.

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    1. It’s a scary prospect indeed. Thanks so much for commenting, Lauri!

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  20. Dear Brenda.

    I hope this isn’t prophetic, but fear it is to some degree. Evocative and well written as always.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. There are so many extremely water stressed places in the world already. It’s sad. Your kind comment about the writing made me smile, though, Rochelle. Thanks! =)

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  21. subroto says:

    They say the wars of the future will fought over water. The scary part is that this story will probably be true sometime in the future.

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    1. I believe it’s highly likely given our trajectory. Thanks much for commenting!

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  22. Dale says:

    Wonderfully written and a scary possibility in the not too distant future…

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    1. Thanks so much, Dale. It is indeed scary.

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  23. Nobbinmaug says:

    The problem with warnings is, not enough people care until it affects them. Then it’s a problem. Too late. Well done!

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    1. Unfortunately so. Thanks so much for commenting!

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  24. granonine says:

    I saw a TV show some time ago in which water was trucked in under guard to each community, and rationed according to the number of people living in each dwelling. Trying to get extra got you shot. No questions asked.

    It was chilling, to say the least.

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    1. Wow, chilling indeed because it could be true. Thanks for commenting, Linda!

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  25. earthskyair says:

    A cautionary tale. Well done.

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting! =)

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  26. A very timely story Brenda, it rings true. I like the understated tone that you use.

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting! =)

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