Walking the Walk

Photo copyright: J Hardy Carroll

Photo copyright: J Hardy Carroll

You can walk down many streets in any town and see redundant sports facilities. For there is only one game played now. A game of life and death for four players. If you come first you gain another full year of life, come second and you get six months, come third and you get three months. But come fourth and you are given the red seed of death. The worlds leaders say that it is the fairest way of controlling the population. But what I want to know is why the leaders and their political advisors are exempted from the games.

Footnotes: Some stories just seem determined to be run on or be told. This week’s offering stands alone, but can also be seen as a follow up to my last story for Friday Fictioneers, called ‘Freyja will deliver the torch’.
I am unfortunately still unable to use the ‘like’ button, but I do read all stories posted on FF.

Michael Humphris.

This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    This sounds to me like Hunger Games… very dystopian…

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Bjorn, it was interesting to speculate on how competitive sports will develope

  2. James

    I think this describes war in general.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you James, At first I did not see it in that light, but by the end I agreed with you.

  3. jillyfunnell

    Leaders and their political advisers exempt from the bad stuff? Who’d have thought it!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you jilly, who would have thought it.

  4. Iain Kelly

    The over-population of the planet is as big a threat to humanity as anything else. Here is one solution at least…

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was interesting to speculate on how the future might deal with population growth. But this is not a solution that I approve of.

  5. Sascha Darlington

    Like Bjorn, I immediately thought of the Hunger Games. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sascha

  6. James McEwan

    Yep, the leaders and political advisors never go hungry. But then again when their heads roll we all cheer.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you James

  7. anuragbakhshi

    Dystopia, here we come.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hopefully it will never come to pass.

  8. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I thought Hunger Games, too. However, that last line is a sucker punch to the gut. Politicians do seem to be exempt from…everything. What’s up with that? Well done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle. I am glad that I never took up the trade of a politician.

  9. granonine

    Like the American Congress exempting itself from Obamacare. The people in charge get to play by their own rules, I guess.

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly seem to have their own agendas

  10. pennygadd51

    You give us an interesting thought, that people might lose interest in other sports when there was a compulsory game with life or death stakes.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Penny,

  11. Spicedmullings

    Reminds me of The Hunger Games.
    Yes it is true that what applies to all doesn’t really apply to all!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, I am glad that I did not become a politician

  12. Norma

    I’m reminded of Hunger Games… Gladiator… I think, we need to be Terminators.
    There’s the good question by the narrator towards the end.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Norma, the question is one that I ask myself,

  13. Dan Bohn

    World leaders can play some very wicked games.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dan, wicked indeed, I often wonder what type of politician I would have been.

      1. Dan Bohn

        A very good one, I’m sure.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you Dan

  14. Sarah Ann

    This does stand alone, but I’m not keen on your game stories. It’s just typical that the instigators of the games are exempt from participation. Very well told and unsettling.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sarah. Did not mean to unsettle you, I do wonder what sort of politician I would have become.

  15. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    I had to be #4. Interesting way you traveld with this one, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sorry Isadora.

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