Lowther Park Lytham

Photo copyright: Fatima Fakier Deria

Photo copyright: Fatima Fakier Deria

It’s July 1904 and a bright day: so I sit under a tree. I find myself wondering about the future. They say that two brothers in America have invented a successful flying machine. Whilst in Germany a chap called Karl Benz is building something they call an automobile.

Yet around me I see the gorgeous flowing dresses, the fluttering parasols, and the majesty of the horse. Whilst I listen to the quiet murmur of bicycles. But I find myself fearful for the future. For already iron rails carry steam trains and trams into towns and villages.

Footnote: Genre – Thought Stream

barbers

Mike prior to his visit to the barbers.

This Post Has 41 Comments

  1. Lynn Love

    Your MC doesn’t know the half of it! A nice contemplation of the past while the future rushes towards him.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Lynn, I did set out to write a time travel piece, but found that I could not fit every thing in.

      1. Lynn Love

        My pleasure Michael

  2. Moon

    You showed me what a person standing at the transition point between two eras thinks.
    Great, unique take, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, the first few years of twentieth century have alway interested me.

  3. neilmacdon

    That was a lovely idea, Michael. It really needed more than the 100 words you had, to make it immersive. It would make a wonderful short story

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neil, after I had played around with this story for three hours, I gave in and posted it. The story I had planned to write certainly needed a higher word count.

  4. Iain Kelly

    It’s difficult to pinpoint a time when we started heading down a worrying path. The industrial age brought with it so much good and prosperity and advances in health and science, but when you look around at the state of the world now, it does seem that it swept in a lot of bad things too. Nice contemplation Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain, you are right about the worrying path.

  5. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Your MC has every reason to fear progress. With every convenience and technological advance came the drawbacks. Airplanes made warfare even more deadly…and the list could go on. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, this was one time when I really wanted to use a few more words. I had to really fight to not use ten more words

  6. athling2001

    Progress can be a horrible things and, at the same time, wonderful. I can, however, imagine how he felt. My Grandmother went through all the changes of the last century and the thought amazes me. In the first sentence, I would take out the semi- colon or the word so.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you athling, my fathers mother told me so many tales about the ten years at the start of the twentieth century. This time I really struggled staying within the hundred word limit. In the end I just posted the story, even though I was not happy with the first sentence.

  7. Tracey@MyBajaKitchen.com and TraceyDelaplainMD.com

    A great take on the prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was pleased to read your comment, thank you Tracey.

  8. lisarey1990

    Great story. Very good job.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was glad to read your comments, thank you.

  9. Dale

    Well done, Michael. So many changes happened in a short period of time. It must have been mind-boggling for those who witnessed it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dale, The ten years at the start of the twentieth century have always interested me. Perhaps because I heard so much about that period from my fathers mother.

  10. Keith's Ramblings

    If this were to be rewritten in 50 years time, I wonder what it would say! Excellent Michael.

    Click to read my 99 words!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Keith, the ten years at the start of the twentieth century interested me. Perhaps because I heard so much about that period from my fathers mother.

  11. yarnspinnerr

    Great take MH. There were other frightening things at the World’s Fair in the same year.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you yarnspinnerr, the years at the start of the twentieth century interested me. I heard so much about that period from my fathers mother.

  12. plaridel

    such is life. you lose some and win some.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The First World War certainly brought to an end a golden period for many people.

  13. Alicia Jamtaas

    Oh! The balance between airplanes and automobiles, gorgeous flowing dresses, the fluttering parasols, and horses. What a world you have created.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It certainly was a golden period for Europe, but it ended in the First World War!

  14. anuragbakhshi

    The wheels of change had turned dramatically fast in that period. I can empathize with the confusion that it would have created in the ordinary people’s world-view.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Confusion and wonder, which sadly ended in the First World War.

  15. granonine

    Effective, especially for those of us born before cyberspace became a normal part of life. So many changes in just one century!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Granonine, The ten years at the start of the twentieth century interested me. I heard so much about that period from my fathers mother.

  16. gahlearner

    This is great, and timeless. You could sit down a protagonist today and muse about robotics, artificial intelligence and everything that comes with it. Things happen frighteningly fast, back in the past just as much as now, just different things. We have to be aware of the bad part to appreciate and protect the good part.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true, sadly the golden years at the start of the twentieth century ended in war. Thank you gahlearner.

  17. Sarah Ann

    Lovely imagery of flowing dresses and horses. The fear of steam of your narrator comes across well so I can only imagine how they might feel in a few years…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Yes sadly that golden time ended with the start of the First World War.

  18. Dan Bohn

    Your character is very knowledgable and observant. He will do well. Good story Mike.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dan. I hope he will survive the coming World War 1914-1918

  19. Fatima Fakier

    You did well with the word count. The imagery of dresses and parasols, are almost like a final goodbye to the previous era whilst the iron rails bring forth the future.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Fatima, I am pleased to hear that the contrast came across. For the golden period (for Europe) at the start of the twentieth century ended in war.

  20. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    The first steps towards Facebook… can you stop it maybe?

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is true that the progress of humanity brings many things to the table. Even Facebook.

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