The Trade In

PHOTO PROMPT © Jeff Arnold

“Why don’t you trade that in for a computer?”

“I don’t trust computers.  I’ve heard horror stories of people losing their work because of some glitch.  No, I’m sticking to this handy typewriter.  It has been good to me for all these years.  I’m not going to trade it in for a computer.”

“It looks so archaic and tedious.  A computer’s better.” 

“What if computers didn’t exist?”

“Fortunately, they do.  And they’re more reliable.”

“How so?”

“Well, you can archive your work online in case something happens.”

“Nothing will happen.”

Days later, a fire broke out and he lost everything.

100 Words

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt here . To read other stories or to participate, click here.

10 comments

  1. That data in the clouds can come back to haunt a person someday also. And what if the electricity goes? It surely doesn’t hurt to have a manual. Hoping it didn’t get melted in the fire!

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    • I have never used the cloud. Not everyone is comfortable around computers and laptops and new technology. And you’re right, what if the electricity goes off. I think the MC is right about having a manual but unfortunately, for him it probably got destroyed in the fire.

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  2. That’s heartbreaking. I’ve lost everything on my computer once. Now, I use multiple drives and a pair of online options. It will take a major catastrophe for me to lose everything again. If that catastrophe happens, my writing will be the least of my problems.

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