Friday, July 28, 2017

Paradise Lost

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

“I am struggling here”, the brittle-tongued voice sounded on the verge of tears.    
               
“Oho!” I replied, hoping my answer conveyed some empathy while I struggled to identify the caller. 

Meanwhile on the other end of the line and emotional battle was raging.

I heard disjointed words between the sobs.

“Holiday bawaah...”

The story coming through indicated a holiday booked online that promised Paradise along with all the accompaniments that Paradise entailed. And now there was trouble in Shangri–la.  The island lacked modern communications.  There was no mobile internet.

“I can’t even Instagram my food waaah...”.

I cut the line.

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Written for Friday Fictioneers Word Count : 100.

Back again at another day in Friday Fictioneer's Paradise.  The photo for this week is that old communication device, the payphone.  The news in Australia is that the payphone could be dead by the end of the year.   I mean all you can do on that is make a phone call.  Soon it will exist only in a museum.

To read the other stories this week click here

21 comments :

  1. Dear Subroto,

    Life is tougher some days than others, isn't it? We don't know real hardship. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. You are right. Real hardship is having dialup broadband these days. Thanks for your comments Rochelle, I am glad you liked it.

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  2. So funny. With that last whinge I think I'd've cut the line too. Why can't people just eat food anymore? A lovely topical story.

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    1. Cos food tastes better with Instagram. Thanks for your comments Sarah, I am glad you liked it.

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    1. It is indeed. Thanks Keith.

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  4. What a waste of a holiday in paradise. My paradise would be exactly that - being cut off from the online and mobile world1

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    1. Paradise to many is a 100Mbps internet connection ;-) Thanks for reading and commenting Iain.

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  5. Isn't that one of those scams they pull on older people? Either way, a good time to hang up.

    Great story. Come see mine here.

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    1. In this case it was a cross connection, but yes it was time to hang up. Thanks for reading and commenting Alice.

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    2. I did get the cross connection. :)

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  6. I ran off to the mountains literally to be away from the mobile madness. Guess this person needs to learn appreciating things other than the social media.

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    1. True, but some want to be connected 24X7. Thanks for reading and commenting Varad.

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  7. Good scene! I think this attitude is what folks nowadays refer to as entitlement. :)

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    1. Absolutely right, the culture of entitlement. Thanks for your comments Christine.

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  8. Oh, so funny! Unable to send pics of the food---it just doesn't get any worse than that!

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    1. Oh, the cruelty of it all. Thanks for your comments Linda, I am glad you liked it.

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  9. So lost without a net .... lovely word picture of the mindset.

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    1. And without google showing us the way. Thanks for your comments YS I am glad you liked it.

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