Friday Auctioneers: Sold!

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields who provides us with a photo prompt. Each week’s challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo. There’s also a frog involved. This week’s is an odd one. I’m not sure why anybody would see this and feel an undeniable compulsion to photograph it then share it. I’m now very curious about the photo selection process. Rochelle?

PHOTO PROMPT © Ronda Del Boccio


The fight began over dishes. It ended with Julia in cuffs.

“Why can’t you soak the dishes?” asked Julia.

“Why are you always nagging?” asked Alex while searching the net via implant.

“It’s easier to clean the dishes if they’re soaking instead of the food drying and hardening on them, which you would know if you ever did dishes.”

The electrocuffs appeared on Julia’s wrists, seemingly from nowhere. She screamed and struggled before giving Alex a look that would kill if it could. “You can’t.”

“I did.”


“Somewhere in Somalia.”

The credits appeared in Alex’s account as Julia dematerialized.


I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry about Alex. He’ll buy someone else to take care of him. The real question is in a world where one can search the internet in one’s mind, sell someone in seconds, and transport them across the world instantly, why can’t we make a dishwasher that actually cleans dishes?

I woke up with this idea in my head, before I even saw the picture, what if we could buy and sell people? Anyone. A friend, relative, random person on the street. What if Capitalism becomes so powerful and human life so cheap, not unrealistic, that it becomes legal to sell each other just so the government can collect the tax? It’s like a duel. The first one to click sell can sell the other. I wanted to build the world and set rules, but there’s not time for that in 100 words.

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  1. Every time you replace a domestic appliance it’s got more bells and whistles on it than the last one and more than you could possibly need. Except for dishwashers. Very little new there, including the fact that not only can they not clean off dried residue, they then bake what is left well and truly onto the surface. A nice fantasy trip there and a unique take on the prompt.

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  2. Inventive, and experiments done where people think they can give others electric shocks and do proves it isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Can you imagine having to always behave or risk being sold? I think I’d be an outcast/fugitive in that kind of world…

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  3. Scary! What a great opening line… I thought it would be a couple’s fight getting out of hand. Love the unexpected way the story developed.

    Do you know the series Black Mirror? The futuristic nature of this story, as well as Julia being Alex’s servant, reminded me of one of Black Mirror’s episodes, White Christmas. A small part of the episode shows technology that makes digital clones of people, stored in an egg-shaped object. These clones aka “cookies” are trained to be personal assistants. If they refuse, they are isolated for as long as it takes until they agree to serve. After watching that episode, I had the same unsettled feeling as I feel now after reading your story. (That’s a compliment, by the way.)

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    1. Thank you very much. It’s fun when a story tells you what’s going to happen but still manages to surprise you. I’m glad I could pull it off.

      I love Black Mirror. I don’t remember that particular episode, but I take the comparison as a compliment.

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