January 6th, 2018

frustrated mother of teenager

A Good Day Out

This is my third story for the Apocalypse Bingo, and the prompt was "Giant Solar Flare." It came in at 1,040 words.


Claire and Ned went parasol shopping to celebrate Ned's successful cataract operation. When they were younger, before the flare, parasols were only for slightly odd women who wanted to keep their skin pale, and a man like Ned would never have owned one. Now that ultraviolet light was more of a menace than before, everyone used them. If you were rich, you had sunglasses too, but those were difficult to source because of their materials. Manufacturing was still being rebuilt, and prescription lenses had priority over non-prescription lenses.

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