Friday Fictioneers: I Remember

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.

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot


Click the picture of Kermit and God to see more stories or add your own.

I Remember

My mother wanted to name me Susan. My father, Steven. Neither would happen.

I was taken from my parents shortly following my birth. I never saw them again.

I was brought to this building. This is where they did the experiments. Not in the building but deep beneath it.

I escaped during the purge. I was one of the few. I escaped but only physically.

I remember everything… everything with a clarity only rivaled by what one sees with one’s eyes.

I am SG9783210. I will stop them. I will have my revenge because I remember. I remember everything.


I hope this doesn’t come out too much like the opening monologue for a crappy ’80s show:

“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.

If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…

… The A-Team.”

“Dr. David Banner: physician; scientist. Searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths that all humans have. Then an accidental overdose of gamma radiation interacts with his unique body chemistry. And now when David Banner grows angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis occurs. The creature is driven by rage and pursued by an investigative reporter. [Banner:] “Mr. McGee, don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” An accidental explosion took the life of a fellow scientist and supposedly David Banner as well. The reporter thinks the creature was responsible. [McGee:] “I gave a description to all the law enforcement agencies; they got a warrant for murder out on him.” A murder which David Banner can never prove he or the creature didn’t commit. So he must let the world go on thinking that he, too, is dead, until he can find a way to control the raging spirit that dwells within him.”

“Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished… He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home…”

27 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: I Remember

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    1. That was not my intention. I realized it sounded that way when I reread it. It’s the monologue that opens every episode to refamiliarize the audience with our hero’s journey. Thank you.


  1. There’s nothing wrong with that even if there is. It sounds like the beginning of a hero’s journey, whether that hero is on TV or back in the days of Ulysses. You’ve spoken for an archetype and did a good job of it.

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      1. Somebody famous and successful said they didn’t want to read his work because they didn’t want to get stuck into the formulas, and if he was following them, he didn’t want to know it. I don’t remember who that was, but I agree. Joseph Campbell’s right about the hero’s journey and such, but formulaic writing is horrible.

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    1. I was thinking about you as that plan was coming together. I remember you making an A-Team reference before. I just wanted to poke some fun at some shows I barely remember from my childhood. Seth MacFarlane made a career out of that.

      Thanks for saving the frog gag for me. I love when a gag comes together.

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  2. Actually, I rather liked this. Brought to mind some of the lifestories I’ve heard from Halocaust survivors over the decades. Some were but children at the time of the war… brought to mind the many times I’ve been shown their numbered tats… Children who did not have names, only numbers…. Then, I think of modern day… of what we’ve done to immigrants, to the families in the current wars… sigh… will we never learn???? Sorry, This was a great write that provoked a lot of thought across the spectrum.

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  3. Being able to remember EVERYTHING would be such a curse, even if one has a good life overall. I’ve heard of people who remember every single moment of their lives, and I don’t envy them. Imagine if all of us remembered everything that ever happened to us… would we be more vindictive, more forgiving, or more or less the same?
    Can’t comment on the 80’s shows, but your story is chilling and intriguing.

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    1. You don’t have to comment on the 80’s shows. That’s was just a joke.

      I think it would be one of those gift and curse scenarios. One would have to learn to focus on the positive and let go of the negative. The major joys and pains will stay with us and shape our outlooks regardless of how good our memories are. I think we would be more or less the same. Those prone to being vindictive would be and those who are forgiving would continue to be.

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      1. I would’ve commented on the 80’s shows if I knew any of them (a bit before my time). 🙂

        Yes, having an infallible memory would be a gift and a curse, just like having psychic abilities. You wrote: “Those prone to being vindictive would be and those who are forgiving would continue to be.” That reminds me of the saying “haters are going to hate”; I’m inclined to agree.

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      2. Don’t discount anything just because it’s dated. A kit of my favorite entertainment is from before my time. Knowing 80’s shows will help you get a lot of jokes on Family Guy.

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