Light and Darkness

Welcome to 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 Doug MacIlroy. Thank you, Doug!


“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the
day.”    – Vincent Van Gogh

Light and Darkness

by Jan Brown

The human species is hungry for light. Human history is commemorated with it: the bright lights of Diwali, the miracle of Chanukah, the warm glow of Christmas.

Even the tragic consequences of air pollution and nuclear waste pale in comparison to the limitless human desire for light.

It wasn’t difficult to pervert that desire and illuminate the Earth with our version of “light.” Our technicians worked for years to remotely control the power.

Our species is different. We are sightless by human standards. We perceive this to be an advantage.

Tonight, the earth will be irradiated, and darkness will prevail.


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32 thoughts on “Light and Darkness

  1. As somebody who’s getting increasingly irritated by his neighbours leaving their Christmas lights on all night, I loved this. Even if I hadn’t been a hypocritical part-time environmentalist, though, I’d have loved it.

  2. Dear Jan,

    As I’ve always suspected. it’s florescent lighting, right? Only sadistic aliens could invent something to cold and aesthetically grating. Good story. I enjoyed it.



    • Thank you, Rochelle! And yes, fluorescent lighting is a giant conspiracy…but I think it was perpetrated by the cosmetic industry (which may or may not be run by aliens).


  3. Dear Jan,

    Wow! This is up there with your best. Unique, original, unsettling, you name it, Light and Darkness has it. Love the correct use of the word ‘irradiated’, too. This could happen so easily. The title is brilliant and the POV is perfect. Wow again.



    • Thank you for the glowing comments, Doug! Very gratifying.

      Funny that you mention the correct use of “irradiated.” Sadly, I originally typed “radiated,” and didn’t notice until the story was posted. My email subscribers thus received it with the error. Damn. You might have to reconsider the “Wow.” 😉



    • Yes, I think we’ve already pulled the switch–albeit inadvertently–ourselves!

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Bjorn. Always a pleasure to have you visiting my blog 🙂

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