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Friday Fictioneers – Orca

21 August, 2015

There are lots of songs about Saturday – the night especially – and quite a few about Friday. But noone (as far as I know) has written one about 8.30AM on a Wednesday.Which is surprising because for more than a hundred writers worldwide, that’s the moment Rochelle‘s email pings into our inboxes and the week’s prompt pic is revealed.

Here is this week’s:


and if you click here you can read the fiction it inspired.

Or if you read on, you can read my 100 words…


The promise of employment and prosperity lured hundreds to the redeveloping city. The centre-piece was to be Orcopolis, a sanctuary for those few whales still surviving despite the polluted seas and unscrupulous hunters.

But when the last wild Orca joined the pod, the disease it carried brought an end to its life, and to the lives of the other whales. And to the redevelopment.

The Orcopolis Hotel stayed half-built; no funds remained for its completion or its demoltion.

So its carcass stands as a tribute and a warning. And a shelter for the hundreds unemployed, failed by the broken promises.



  1. Interesting that the last wild Orca brought disease instead of the other way around. Love the name of the hotel!

  2. Dale permalink

    How awful to be the last one in and the first one to destroy…

  3. Hey, that’s a good take on the pic. Come visit me someday, and I’ll show you some real Orcas. I’m writing my first story since last Feb. Couldn’t pass up this prompt.

    How’ve you been? I haven’t been around much and hope you have fared well without my excellent advice. How is your love life?

  4. I’ll try to be around more. It is pretty cool to see them when they surface and jump.

  5. I feel like Orcopolis needs a super hero.
    Whale Man?
    I’m sorry, I am blabbering.
    That’s my brains speaking.

  6. How sad. There’s no stopping nature.
    I like the name Orcopolis….I think there’s a future for your Whale Man….

  7. Orcopolis sounds rather too close to necropolis, prophetically so. Well done.

  8. Very sad, and also realistic. A diminished, weakened population is susceptible to disease… love the Orcopolis hotel, and the take on the prompt in general. Great story.

  9. Dear RG,

    The last paragraph says it all. Well written and frightening.



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