Friday Fictioneers: Part One: But A Door

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 or just read more stories.


“Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I’ll be back.” – Prince Vigo von Homburg Deutschendorf

Part One: But A Door

My father was dead. He was cremated in 2019. It’s the “was” that makes this story interesting.

When deceased people started returning, it was a shock to everyone. Everyone was overcome with elation and confusion, both the living and “reliving.” Opinions ran the spectrum from a miracle, the Rapture (reverse Rapture?), to demons, zombies, clones, robots, mass hallucination, an alternate universe…

Tests showed they were themselves, healthy, normal, human beings.

Every day more arrive. Every day our resources grow scarcer. We’re running out of space. Forests have been razed so skyscraper apartment buildings could be raised. Pollution is rampant.

Friday Fictioneers: Part Two: But A Window

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  1. Having read and heard stories like this so often over the years I so agree. Without death, mankind would have to deal with a living Hell. Pain, terminal disease, accidents, suicide attempts, wouldn’t go away. They would merely lead to the ultimate nightmare.

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  2. The elation was quickly replaced by despair. How will this place house and care for so many people, the living and the reliving? I must say, I’m glad there will be another part. Intriguing story from the very beginning!

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  3. Well, that’s thought provoking. We’d probably all be selective in who we wanted back. And just imagine the tangled webs of obligation. The daughter’s mother, who’s had half a lifetime of being cared for, coming back just when said daughter thinks she has some freedom!

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