Friday Fictioneers: Hungry

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. Click here to play along.


PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This is my 200th post. It better be good. Oh, dang it. It’s not.

Remember the word refrigerator? That was a lot of word. We used to have big words like that. It was a multisyllabic word. Now, it’s a fridge. Why did we shorten it and add a D? Why’s the D there? “Frige? That’s too short. Put a Q in it.” “How about a D?” “Sure, but we’ll keep it a secret. It’s a silent D.” I bet the English did it. No, then it would have been a U. Colour? Behaviour? Televisioun? Refrigeratour? All right, I could only think of twou.

Hungry

Maggie stood in the kitchen, crying. In the other room, the baby cried. Alicia was moaning that she was hungry. Even the refrigerator looked hungry.

It had been seven months, two weeks, three days, and 17 hours since the Cancer consumed Brian and the fight consumed their savings. He never even met his youngest daughter.

The landlord gave Maggie a break on rent, but she still had to pay the doctor and hospital bills. The market didn’t take sob stories in exchange for food.

Where could she turn in a society that cared more about the economy than people’s lives?

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    1. That’s where the story originated. It was frustration with this push to reopen things while we’re dealing with this pandemic because the economy is more important than the people. “I’m not saying anything is perfect. Yes, will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country opened and we have to get it open soon.” I just don’t want to write a corona story.

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      1. You’re welcome. I’m sorry that it came out “in deed” rather than indeed. Why doesn’t WP let you fix your errors? Personally as a proficient punster, I will say there are not bad puns. I love them all! It takes talent to be a punster that few have the acumen for.

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      2. If a writer can’t forgive another writer’s typos, we’re all doomed. I just saw the opportunity for a pun and ran with it. Maybe it’s those who are less proficient at puns who give all puns a bad name.

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  1. Even the fridge was hungry – love it.

    Great story message. I see capitalism just as bad as communism, both don’t seem to care about people. Health care should be a right and not financially ruin a family. A middle ground system is best.

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    1. I was particularly proud of that line. Thank you.

      Agreed. Health care should not be a business. My neighbor was the original owner of their house. Last year, he had some health issues. Lost their house.

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  2. Sad story, because it’s true. Yep, now that the worst of the pandemic is (allegedly) over, we’re going to paying for it for decades to come, thanks to governments run by, frankly, idiots.

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    1. I don’t know about the UK, but I’m going to assume it’s the same. Here, the government is run by corporations. To the corporations, money is always more important than people. They know goddamn well that COVID is highly contagious and until we have a vaccine it’s going to spread and kill. The more people are out, the more it’s going to spread and the more people are going to die. Corporations lose money when people stay home. Sorry. I’m so frustrated by this flippant disregard for life in favor of money.

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  3. U raised an important quuestion here u. 😉 I see it slightly different. It isn’t the economy that’s the problem, but the system put in place to achieve plenty. It’s always for the people, but ideological. Which means we’ll be ok if we do as I say. To me the answer is to whittle away at the parties, preferring independent politicians, and then mix the ideologies.

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    1. Economy is just code for the wealthy accumulating more wealth. They have so much the money’s meaningless. It’s a game of numbers. We absolutely need to overhaul the political systems. They’re just businesses, too. That again would mess with the numbers game, which isn’t allowed.

      I see what U did there. Well played.

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  4. A political conundrum. One the one hand people bleating about loss of liberty, on the other people too frightened to venture out. Just glad it’s not for me to solve.

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  5. It is such a sad story all around. All too similar to my own story only I was lucky my husband has had own company that provided for me for a good year and a half and my kids were older and I worked… But there are so many who are not so lucky in their unluckiness.

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    1. It was based on you. That’s not true at all. My best friend/roommate’s a medical biller. We talk a lot about how the medical system needs an overhaul. Our neighbors lost their house because the husband/father had a medical condition. Our current situation is making it more obvious how much more important money is than people to those in charge.

      I’m glad you came out of your situation as well as you did.

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      1. The American approach to health care is, “Don’t get sick. If you do, buy your meds from Canada.”

        I have a feeling you’re a strong person who will conquer most adversity.

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    1. I’ve seen a similar situation play-out from across the street. A family lost their house over medical bills. Our current times shine more of a light on how much business trumps (no pun intended) human life. It is heart-breaking. It’s frustrating, infuriating.

      Thank you.

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  6. Nothing has ever changed, we are ALL guilty either by being nonchalant or by trying to help with bad intentions. We’re staying inside as much as possible. I hope you stay safe too. Nice and thoughtful story.

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    1. Thank you. We can hope we all come out of this more away and ready to make the reforms we desperately need.

      I am doing my best to stay safe. Thank you, again.

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  7. A sad but all too realistic story of too many, even in so-called ‘developed countries’ like the USA, where refusal to see healthcare as a human right means many do go hungry when someone in their family – or they themselves – gets ill. It is a madness.

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    1. Yes. Greed is the real sickness. I mentioned it in a few of the comments, my neighbors lost their house due to an illness. It’s mindblowing, depressing, and disgusting how we treat people as if they’re disposable.

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  8. Want to know how old I am? I remember when I was little calling a refrigerator on icebox.
    The term came from my mother when she was little and there were boxes with blocks of ice in them.

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  9. I came across this quote the other day “When saving the economy is more important than saving lives, we don’t need a virus, we are already sick.” Nice piece of realistic almost non-fiction.

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