‘People are gonna want what we have. It’s inevitable. Look at this here water, no one else will have a supply of clean water like this.’

The water looks dirty to me, but Grandpa keeps digging, huffing and puffing.

‘But Johnny Peters whispered the word “prepper” to Maggie Griggs and I didn’t like that. I didn’t like that at all.’

‘Little Johnny Peters is a snot-rag, and that good-for-nothing father of his will be the first one banging down our door. They’ll be laughin’ on the other side of their faces when the shit hits the fan. Mark my words.’

PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer


This piece was written for the Friday Fictioneers hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple.

Each week a photo prompt is given and the challenge is write a flash fiction piece of no more than one hundred words.

Find other Friday Fictioneer stories here.

Author: Jennifer Kennedy

Mother, teacher and writer. I love all my jobs but writing holds a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy reading my short stories as much as I enjoy writing them!

11 thoughts on “Preppers”

  1. rochellewisoff – Missouri – A Kansas City native, Rochelle's been married to her first husband Jan for nearly 50 years. A trained graphic artist, her passion is creating not only watercolor paintings, but word pictures as well. Her most recent novel about a middle-aged woman battling anorexia is under contract with literary agent Diane Nine
    rochellewisoff says:

    Dear Jen,

    Sounds like a feud a-brewing. Nicely done.



  2. neilmacdon – I have published stories in several magazine, including Structo and Gold Dust. I am the author of five books about Latin America and the Caribbean, and most recently Cautionary Tales for Development Folk, a collection of humorous and instructive stories drawn from a career in international aid. I have had a varied working career including science, journalism and publishing until I settled into the aid world. He is now turning to fiction writing full time, and have been serving an apprenticeship to the craft. I was born in Scotland, raised in Jamaica, and have lived and worked in England, the US and South Africa. I now live in a cottage in Surrey, England together with my wife and the obligatory cat and dog.
    neilmacdon says:

    Grandpa is a man with a vision

  3. Apparently visionaries get treated with disrespect because people prefer a ticket for the ghost train as opposed to the speak your weight machine!

  4. kirstwrites – Yorkshire – Mum and charity worker by day. Blogger and aspiring author by night. Probably a bit sleep deprived.
    kirstwrites says:

    I like how you’ve pretty much told the whole story in dialogue – created Grandpa’s character and a picture of the local community too. Nice one!

  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) – I love to write poetry in all forms and matters. Almost unpublished but busy writing poetry daily. Love to see the music and color in words and grab my poetic license with English.
    Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says:

    No friendship among neighbors… there should be well-being with a well like that.

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