99 Word Prompt: Solstice

(A flash fiction piece prompted by carrot ranch. The theme for this prompt is solstice, and I used the occasion of this summer solstice to bring up the subject of self preservation. Link below.)

https://carrotranch.com/2021/06/19/june-18-flash-fiction-challenge-3/

As the wheel of the year once again reached its midpoint of light’s apex and increasing darkness, humanity stood at a precipice. Going forward on its current path meant certain destruction. Turning in either direction was safer but still treacherously close to the same steep edge. Reversing away from the precipice was the safest option, but counter to the prevailing forward inertia.

At the earthly turning point the instinct for group preservation fought against the forces of self enrichment. And those attempting to save humanity tried to get across that when at the precipice, progress is a step backward.

©2021 Robert Kirkendall

14 thoughts on “99 Word Prompt: Solstice

  1. What a treacherous balance, self growth or preservation of the whole. Generational traumas are common and cling tight to large groups, only those focused on self healing can help the whole to grow. We can only hope those we love follow along and break away too.

    Wonderful take on the prompt Robert.

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