Call of Duty

The rugged mountainous path was filled with signboards, asking us to stop, to reconsider.

PHOTO PROMPT © Björn Rudberg

But I had no time to read those stupid signs. I had to follow my family, my friends, the people closest to me.

They knew what they were doing, they’d always known what was best for me.

And so, I followed them as they started running towards the edge of the cliff, and followed them as they accelerated, and followed them as they jumped, into the void.

Like generations of lemmings before me, and generations that would follow, blindly.

For that’s what we always did.

*************************************************************************************99 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a short story of 100 words or less, based on the photo prompt given above. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Note: I know, I know, lemmings don’t really commit mass suicide, but the myth is ingrained in popular culture and belief, so I decided to use it in my little allegorical tale.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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59 Responses to Call of Duty

  1. Fandango says:

    Oh, lemmings. I thought you were writing about Trump voters. 😱

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Reminded me of the Lemmings game I used to play on a computer when I was younger. Good fun.

  3. James McEwan says:

    I know it just keeps happening. Why are they not extinct? A solemn read.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this clever take on the picture.

  5. Anna Rymer says:

    Ha ha! It made me think of the lemmings game… but the comments offer other insights and I can see it as a powerful story about how easy it is to act without independent thought… nice one!

  6. When I was a child I often said, “But everyone else gets to do it.” And my mom or dad replied, “If everyone jumped off a cliff would you follow?” Uh, no. Great story.

  7. draliman says:

    Sometimes you just have to say “no, you guys do that if that’s what you’ve always done, I’m going to try something different”…

  8. pennygadd51 says:

    I like your take on the prompt. It makes a great allegory.

  9. Dear Anurag,

    Myth or no myth, there’s a lot of truth in your little allegory. Well done.



  10. ceayr says:

    Very clever story about very stupid people

  11. Alice Audrey says:

    You’d think the only ones left would be the mavericks who refuse. Yet still they jump.

  12. goroyboy says:

    And you led us to the edge with that story! Well done

  13. fabulousread says:

    Great piece of writing!

  14. granonine says:

    Oh, WONDERFUL main character, loved the voice.

  15. plaridel says:

    this is exactly what brainwashing can do to people. follow blindly without question.

  16. Dale says:

    Well done, sir! How many people just blindly follow, not even knowing the why or what.

  17. lisarey1990 says:

    This is really clever. Love it.

  18. Laurie Bell says:

    Gosh the empty life of a lemming!

  19. In some ways we are all lemmings… with V8 engines

  20. Moon says:

    This was amazing!
    Makes me wonder as to why we are so scared to act out of common sense and opt for a new, unique path.

  21. Lynn Love says:

    A strong allegory for something we’re all prone to from time to time – blindly following others. Great story

  22. It sounded like it was going to be an adventure. Then, all gone. ~~~ : (
    I suppose blind following can have severe consequences. Good take on the prompt.
    Isadora 😎

  23. Sarah Ann says:

    So clever – a story to make you smile, but looking back at the title it becomes one to make you think. A great read.

  24. Jan Vanek says:

    Very clever take, and rather allegorical, too. Enough said. 🙂 Thanks for a fun read!

  25. Susan says:

    Very creative on your part. So many interpretations.

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