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Money Isn't Everything

Updated on September 28, 2016
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Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher. He wrote for IHPVA magazines and raced these vehicles with his father (who builds them).

"It’s the answer to our troubles!”
"It’s the answer to our troubles!” | Source

“Hey Joey!” Johnnie screamed from within the market. “You gotta check this out!”

Joey Lane squinted in the afternoon sun and peered into the store. Somewhere behind the empty and collapsed shelves, he made out the outline of a hole in the wall.

“What is it little bro?” He yelled back as he scanned the street in every direction.

“It’s the answer to our troubles!”

Joey gritted his teeth. He was on guard for a good reason. Now, he had to enter the store. He brought his shotgun up to his shoulder, ready for action and stepped through the shattered storefront. He meandered through discarded and empty cans and bottles.

"The market was located in a strip mall near a bank, and that hole opened up to that bank. Joey had a clue what his brother found."
"The market was located in a strip mall near a bank, and that hole opened up to that bank. Joey had a clue what his brother found." | Source

The market was located in a strip mall near a bank, and that hole opened up to that bank. Joey had a clue what his brother found.

He reached the hole and spotted Johnnie. There, Joey saw his brother basking in an ocean of dollars and coins. Even Joey, once a stockbroker, had never seen so much money.

“Think what we can do with this!”

Joey relaxed and stood there looking at his teenage brother. At one time, he would have felt the same exuberance, but Joey had other things to worry about.

“Hey, we can probably get everything we need, now!”

Joey shook his head: “Leave it.”

“What?”

“Unless you want to use it to start fires, it’s useless.”

Johnnie ruminated. After a while, he sighed and grabbed his rifle and backpack. He smirked: “ I guess money isn’t everything.”

Johnnie pleaded: “Come on! There’s got to be somebody out there that still use these.”

“We need food and shelter,” Joey said as he glanced behind him. “I think those clouds we saw above the mountains were radioactive.”

“But,” Johnnie uttered.

“No buts, little bro,” Joey interrupted. “You know how it is: Once that sun sets, all the crazies come out of hiding. And if the wind changes those clouds spell more problems.”

Johnnie ruminated. After a while, he sighed and grabbed his rifle and backpack. He smirked: “ I guess money isn’t everything.”

“Sure isn’t ,” Joey responded. “Let’s get out of here.”

And with that, the two walked away from what was once worth millions.

“We need food and shelter,” Joey said as he glanced behind him. “I think those clouds we saw above the mountains were radioactive.”
“We need food and shelter,” Joey said as he glanced behind him. “I think those clouds we saw above the mountains were radioactive.” | Source

Post-Apocalyptic Literature

Lately, many of my flash fictions and short-stories have elements of a post-apocalyptic world. That's no accident. It seems lately, that the trend in science fiction and fantasy is to explore a "what-if" scenario. The "if" can be nuclear war, environmental disasters, alien invasions, zombies, or a pandemic.

So why the interest? Possibly, everybody seems fascinated with it. Possibly, it's a major concern or fear that many have when they see how dangerous the world seems to be on the nightly news. Or it could be a hidden fantasy some have of seeing a complex society fall apart,and in which they can rise up and be somebody in a new world. Of course, there's another possibility: it simply plays well in a story, movie or television series -- considering that people will always pay attention to life-or-death conflicts that these stories tend to bring.

There are plethora of reasons. However, one thing is certain, many themes of these stories tend to question social issues, ideologies, and the priorities in life.

A Collection of disaster and monster films (LA gets clobbered)

© 2014 Dean Traylor

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Quite an interesting and free-flowing flash fiction..left me wanting more.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      Very nice flash fiction. Interesting from start to finish, full of surprises, trendy and thought provoking.

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