100-Word Challenge for Grownups # 186

Julia has offered us another 100-word challenge this week with the following prompt:

“… looking back, I remember …”

I have to confess that I’ve cheated a tad. I’m about 19 words over, but I just didn’t have any more time to spend cutting it down further.

 

COMPUTER READING - TRQUS

STARTING OVER

“Looking back, I remember how easy everything was – especially communication.”
“Tell me, Grandpa.”
“Computers ran everything, including phones and automobiles.”
“Really!”
“And almost everyone could be reached by Internet.”
“I’ve heard about Internet.”
“It’s been twenty-two years since the grids went down.”
“And that shut everything down?”
“Yep. Nothing could be manufactured, vehicles couldn’t run, almost all communication shut down. Our nation had been attacked by E-bombs, and our irresponsible government had no back-ups.”
“Did we fight back?”
“Couldn’t. No way to fire missiles, no planes. And once we were down, other free nations were attacked. The whole free world reduced to walking, writing with wooden pencils, and bartering goods for food and water. Grandson … your generation has a big job ahead of it.”

 

 

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WordPress Daily Prompt: Without

Life without a computer?  Well the story I wrote a few months ago for Julia’s 100-Word Challenge for Grownups takes things one step further, but I think it fits the requirement of the prompt nicely:

QUILL & SCROLL - sepiaThe Written Word

The quills were ancient. She’d found them locked in a closet of the abby. But the points were sharp, the monks having taken great care of them.

Mara sighed.  Remember, Robert? … Computers and photocopiers?  It was all so easy?”

Yeah … life before the E-bombs. Who would have dreamed our electronic infrastructure was so unprotected!”

If the new dictator hadn’t confiscated all the manual typewriters and pencils as well, we could at least communicate to some extent!”

Picking up a quill, Robert replied: “Well, this is how our ancestors printed letters and books. We come from the same stock. So –” dipping his quill into the ink – “let’s get started.”
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100-Word Challenge For Grown Ups – Week 90 — ‘The Written Word’

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The prompt this week:   “… the points were sharp …”

 

 

The Written Word

The quills were ancient. She’d found them locked in a closet of the abby. But the points were sharp, the monks having taken great care of them.

Mara sighed.  Remember, Robert? … Computers and photocopiers?  It was all so easy?”

Yeah … life before the E-bombs. Who would have dreamed our electronic infrastructure was so unprotected!”

If the new dictator hadn’t confiscated all the manual typewriters and pencils as well, we could at least communicate to some extent!”

Picking up a quill, Robert replied: “Well, this is how our ancestors printed letters and books. We come from the same stock. So –” dipping his quill into the ink – “let’s get started.”

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Julia’s 100-Word Challenge For Grown Ups is a lot of fun. Hop over to her site to get the instructions for how to take part:
http://jfb57.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-week84/