Image copyright: Marie Gail Stratford

Image copyright: Marie Gail Stratford

It was a sure-fire Nobel Prize winner – collect tears from children, convert them into peace crystals and dissolve these into all the drinking water systems around the globe: instant peace.

And it worked, and the clever scientists were duly invited to Oslo that December and were given the diploma, the medal, and lots of lolly.

But, as happens with most of mankind’s fiddling with the natural order, things went badly wrong when the absence of war, the downturn in fatalities, and blossoming familial happiness caused the supply of tears to drop dramatically and, well, we’re back to square one.



This for Rochelle Wishoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word picture challenge. Visit it here.

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41 Responses to Sad

  1. Margaret says:

    What a predicament! Love the circularity of this.

  2. Ah.. there has to be a way to make children cry.. there has to be…

  3. Dang it! If only that could have worked 😉

    Very clever story… I loved it !!

  4. Deliciously ironic and creative, Patrick.


  5. Very imaginative take on the story! Well done.

  6. Dear Patrick,

    Very clever story. I guess there’s a cloud for every silver lining. But what about tears of joy?


    (no ‘h’ in Wisoff 😉 )

  7. Amy Reese says:

    I’m tickled, not sad, because this is such an inventive story, Patrick. Mankind always seems to be back at square one. Or, progress is really two steps back, as it turns out.

  8. plaridel says:

    i guess it happens when people start hoarding their tears of joy.

  9. ahtdoucette says:

    Can’t win for losing. Great concept and story Patrick.

  10. mjlstories says:

    Don’t you just love unforeseen consequences?
    Great take on the photo.

  11. Wonderful spin on the circle of life!

  12. draliman says:

    Sounds about right. There’s always a catch somewhere along the line. Great take on the prompt, very imaginative.

  13. storydivamg says:

    There always is a catch. Great work, Patrick.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  14. Joe Owens says:

    Very imaginative Patrick. I thought you might be headed toward overpopulation and starvation, but glad you kept it light. Now you see how my mind works. I love the various directions everyone goes with the Friday Fictioneer photos. It helps us to see how we can limit our own scope.

  15. Nan Falkner says:

    ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT WRITING! Love this story and isn’t it just what would happen when things are moving along peacefully – someone has to stir the pot up! Excellent! Nan 🙂

  16. And so it goes when we try to fix anything besides ourselves. Well done.

  17. yaralwrites says:

    That is what happens when you drain the world of war or other misbehaving s, No more tears.
    Well done.

  18. Sad indeed. An excellent story

  19. afairymind says:

    What an unfortunate cycle. Good story. 🙂

  20. Sandra says:

    Ain’t it just? Good job Patrick.

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