Short-Lived Light

In Fiction on November 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

It’s a day late, a dollar short, and a good 25 words over weight, but in the interest of maintaining some semblance of a normal posting schedule during NaNoWriMo, I present to you this week’s Friday Fictioneer’s story!

Short-Lived Light

“The specific energy of a lithium battery is about a million joules per kilogram,” Grandfather said. “The human body, meanwhile, requires six to eight million joules each and every day.”

My grandfather was always a very bright man.

“So it would take about 15 pounds of lithium batteries to sustain a human life for one day—you see?”

He lifted his jar and beckoned me to follow. He opened the door to the basement, flipped on the yellowish light, and descended.

“One hundred joules per second,” he said, pointing to the bulb. “Same as you and me.”

At the bottom of the stairs, he pivoted and scooted the jar into the corner.   The room was full of hundreds upon hundreds of jars, glinting sadly in the short-lived light.

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and this week’s photo prompt was provided by Sean Fallon. Check out both their sites (and Sean’s 100-word novel project, which is cool), then click the little blue dude up above to read more of this week’s stories!

As always, let me know what you think below. Happy (rest of the) weekend!

  1. A little creepy, Brian. Also, well written. Good job. How’s the NaNo going?

  2. Some of us got a little creepy this week.Good story. Glad you could join in, Brian. Better late than never.

  3. Grandfather was a very bright man? Bright? Ha!! And were those the family joules? I guess the long drive today made me a little crazy but since the story was a little crazy, too,(in a good way), I don’t feel so bad. 🙂

  4. Late is better than never… liked your story.

  5. Hmmmm.
    One wonders what Grandpa had in mind.
    (You actually made me do some mental calculations 🙂 )

  6. I kinda like the old man. Nice work.

  7. Dear Brian,

    There was something wonderful about the words you used for this story. I guess that , “..short lived light.” will have to be my favorite. Good turn of phrase.



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