Blinking Red and Blue

102. Another day from hell. All we wanted was an afternoon swimming, escaping the cockroaches that crawl out from their holes whenever heat intensifies, littering all shorelines with screeching and trash.

Blinking red and blue, stopping and turning everyone around.

“Is it closed to recreation?” I asked.

“Absolutely, there’s a fire.” Goddammit.

Driving to the next fated spot, short-lived and teaming with their drunkenness, the stench of spilled PBR mixed with humidity unbearable.

Papers the next day told of the wildfire, the idiots that ruined our day with irresponsible play.

A pity natural selection failed to do its job.


This blog post is part ofย Charli Millโ€™sย Flash Fiction Challenge issued by Carrot Ranch Communications. July 29, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that is ripped from the headlines. Look at local, regional or global news. You can link to an article if you choose to. Put your own fictional twist on it to make it unique to your story-telling.

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16 thoughts on “Blinking Red and Blue

  1. Awwww…that’s even worse, when the fire is irresponsibly ignited! I have a swimming hole I love, but so do many others. I can’t fathom why they trash it! And numerous times we’ve put out other people’s fires amidst their cheap empties. We bring finer local brew and pack out our bottles. Must have to do with the level of one’s taste! Great, but sad flash.

    1. Yes. Hence the SLIGHT bit of rage in my flash haha. I’m aware wishing the fire had wiped out those responsible is a tiny bit melodramatic (and… maybe a little bit evil), but it was the emotion in the moment! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      You and me both. We always have an old, plastic grocery bag in our packs for trash and guess what? EVERY time we visit some of these places we have a number of “cheap empties” in the sack.

      I’m right there with you on the level of taste. We pack in the fancy brews as well. When you live in the PNW how can you not?!

      1. We were actually in Northern Idaho for the first 3 nights of our honeymoon, en route to BC! Camped on Lake Pend Orielle the first night, then stayed in Bonner’s Ferry the second two nights! Then I was in Coeur d’Alene last summer for a wedding.

        I would love to meet up the next time I’m in the area! We seem to have quite a lot in common, like-minded ladies ๐Ÿ˜‰

      2. You went right by our place! We are on HWY 95, 15 miles south of Bonners Ferry! Yes, next visit, I’d love to meet up. Like minds, indeed! And if it’s summer, I’ll show you some fine swimming holes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I confess I laughed out loud at the ending. Who doesn’t wish for swift retribution?

    Is it just me or does it seem that “natural selection” is favouring the idiot and thoughtless lately? Their abundance in numbers is staggering.

    1. Tehehe. I’m glad that seems to be the reaction that ending is getting out of people! ๐Ÿ˜€

      And yes… natural selection is most definitely siding with the morons as of late… I should have snapped a photo of the shoreline we went to. No joke, there wasn’t a single free space of beach, or even water to dip into. Sitting, laying, standing in the water. THEY WERE EVERYWHERE!!!

      1. Amen, sista!! We typically go backpacking on longer weekends to escape the crowds and trash. My idea of a good time is sipping on some fine wine or brew lakeside, hanging in my hammock in solitude. BRING ON LABOR DAY! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. HAHA! I was debating putting the last line in there! Don’t want people thinking I’m a horrible person! (Even if I am from time to time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Glad to hear it went over well!!

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