Friday Fictioneers — Warning Signs


It had been three years since Calvin had abandoned the modern world. He had found a natural cave on a mountainside far off the beaten path where he slept. During the days he would hunt for food using his handmade bow and arrows and his crude wood fishing pole.

He didn’t miss civilization, but he worried that civilization would soon find him. So he made a handful of warning signs and placed them strategically along any paths or trails that might lead others to him.

When civilization finally caught up with him, though, Calvin had become more creature than human.

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Björn Rudberg

24 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Warning Signs

    • Fandango March 23, 2018 / 10:51 am

      Aren’t we all capable of losing our humanity at some point?

      Liked by 2 people

  1. Sandra March 23, 2018 / 9:54 am

    I’m told it happens. I hope the transition back is not too painful.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. She March 23, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    Very interesting. Would love to know more! 😁😁😁

    Liked by 1 person

  3. anuragbakhshi March 23, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Hope he managed to escape, there’s nothing much to go back to in the human world.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. athling2001 March 24, 2018 / 11:28 am

    Apparently, the signs didn’t work. Happens that way sometimes. Warning just make some folks more curious.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango March 24, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      True. It becomes that much more of a challenge.


  5. Dale March 25, 2018 / 7:34 am

    That is a side-effect of cutting yourself off…

    Liked by 1 person

  6. pennygadd51 March 25, 2018 / 11:03 am

    Some people just want solitude. I suppose he could have been a hermit, once upon a time.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango March 27, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      There’s something to be said, especially these day, for being off the grid.

      Liked by 1 person

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