Sacrifice For Progress – Friday Fictioneers

Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about sharing the sacrifices we make, begins after the photo.

Genre: Specualtive Fiction/Humor

Photo by: B. W. Beacham

Sacrific For Progress

Oil magnate Benton Sands made marine biologist Fran sick. Unfortunately, she worked for him. As they observed the spill she said, “It’s almost cleaned up.”

“Good,” said Sands. “This is costing me money.”

“It’s costing the environment more,” she noted.

Smiley snorted. “It’s the sacrifice we make for progress.”


She answered her phone. Tom was asking where he should dump the oil collected from the spill. She turned to Sands. “Should I deliver my final report to your home?”


“What’s the address?”

She repeated Sands’ address to Tom and hung up. She told Sands, “You’re right. Sacrifices are necessary.”

Each week, the Friday Fictioneers meet to write 100 words of flash fiction from an image prompt. This week’s prompt may be found here:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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30 Responses to Sacrifice For Progress – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    The satirist hard at work. Well played, darling.


  2. Lyn says:

    Oh I so want to be there when the “final report” is delivered 😀


    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Me too. Or maybe to his face when Sands realizes the sacrifice “we” must make that he so blithely mentioned suddenly means “him” too. That would be a true Kodak moment. Thanks for the visit Lyn!


  3. Sorchia D says:

    It’s only fair. Splendid dialogue and perfect conclusion!


  4. Good for Fran! Perfect delivery in every sense Eric:)


  5. Very cute. She may be out of a job but Sands will be more polluted than the sand in the Gulf ever was!


    • EagleAye says:

      Exactly. She didn’t go out in a blaze of glory, she went in an ooze of black gold. Now Sands’ trophy wife knows what a seagull feels like! Thanks much, Perry! 🙂


  6. Jan Brown says:

    Wickedly funny; justice is served! Great story.


  7. Dear Eric,

    Oil delivery to his swimming pool would be a good place. 😉 Yep, that’s progress. Good one.




  8. Oooooo, so good, Eric. Turnabout is fair play and the royal “we” is not “in” these days.



    • EagleAye says:

      So true! I never was a fan of that “royal we” thing at all. I thought it was about time folks understand the meaning of “we” they way the rest of us know it. Thanks for the visit, Janet!


  9. Honie Briggs says:

    Awesome. Truly.


  10. Great!! Cannot say more than that except I am still smiling!! 😀


  11. Eric, Hopefully Benton won’t be at home when the surprise arrives. I bet that makes the news, possibly CNN and/or YouTube. That should go viral. XD Well done.



  12. Great end! Very mysterious yet not so much. Good one!


  13. Indira says:

    Right from the title everything is lovely about this story. Terrific. Today’s first smile from you, thanks.


  14. If only. Such poetic justice. We can only dream.


  15. Shey says:

    Look who’ll get served. 🙂


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