Kip and Dredge in the 22nd Century

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers, when writers from around the world post 100-word stories based on a photo prompt provided on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.  This week’s photo is by Danny Bowman.

The object in Danny’s photo is quickly becoming obsolete. It’s rare to find one in working order–and working or not, they will soon qualify for antique status.  Think how rare it would be to find one in 100 years. It’s just the type of thing that my favorite slackers, Kip and Dredge, would pick up while dumpster-diving. But in a cleaned-up, high-tech world of the future, there may be no dumpsters.  How would our laid-back protagonists forage for discarded treasures? And how far could they perfect the lazy art of slackitude? Hmmm….

As always, I encourage you to read other Friday Fictioneers’ work by clicking the link that appears below my story. Enjoy!

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Kip and Dredge in the 22nd Century

by Jan Brown

“What is it?”

“It’s an antique communication device. I was the high bidder!”

“Communication? Are you kidding? That thing is bigger than a humanoid head! How would they implant it?”

“This was before the 88th amendment.”

“Which one is that? ‘Equal Rights for Clones’?”

“You really suck at history! It’s ‘Universal Tele-Implants.’ My point is, it’s an external device.”

“What does that mean?”

“Operated manually, outside the body. It was known as a pay phone. Its predecessor, the home phone, was the first device that enabled humans to talk to their friends without leaving the house.”




42 thoughts on “Kip and Dredge in the 22nd Century

    • You’re right, of course!

      I had a few other ideas for future constitutional amendments, but the word count limitation kept me from getting too far off track–as always.

  1. You know, part of my thinks this will actually be a conversation one day. Nearly there with the advent of Google Glass! Really enjoyed your take on the prompt.

    • Thank you, Sarah! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Regarding the continuing fitness of the human race (or lack thereof), I think one of the other 88 amendments to the U.S. Constitution would probably be “Equal Access to Weight Loss via Infusion, Surgery or Gene Therapy.” 🙂

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