Fantastic Fables

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Challenge #02754-G197: Panem et Moribus

There are always people who do what people in positions of authority say, just because those people are in positions of authority. There are also always people who stop and think before they act, but rarely do anything to try to stop the first kind of people from screwing themselves over. And then there are preppers.

Preppers stockpile. They stockpile food. They stockpile toiletries. They even go so far as to fret over all the different ways that civilization could collapse around them.

They seem pretty crazy, right up until they get proven right. All but the craziest of them are less than pleased about having been correct. -- Escla

Some people just like to be prepared. They see which way the winds of change are going to blow and they ready the sails so they can -at least theoretically- navigate their way through the storm. Some believe in revolution. Some believe in a global pandemic. Some believe in a literal disaster as the stars fall.

Most of them seem to believe they can solve these incoming problems with a combination of bunkers and bullets. There are, however, the rare few who truly think about things and actually prepare to help as many others through the storm as they can. Some of them just drift into this via other occupations, like Extreme Couponing.

When the revolution came in the arms of a plague, Cassandra had been predicting it for years. They had been working on systems to manufacture emergency supplies on the spot since they saw it coming, some decades prior. Old, slow technology that was carefully maintained. Newer technology in the same state. Non-perishables by the crate. Things and methods and instructions that could be of use when the time came. Of course, everyone watching Cassandra from the illusion of safety thought they were overreacting. Until the inevitable, of course, happened.

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Challenge #02465-F275: The Folly of (Rich) Man

with a wave of his finger and flick of his wrist, he cracked his neck and grinned like a bitch -- Anon Guest

[AN: Ugh, the prompts that make me think about my new D&D character who didn't exist when this was submitted... Not doing that noise. Keep it professional...]

There's two ways to go when the forces of fate conspire to brand you for the sins of your father. One, of course, is to sink even deeper into sin,

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Challenge #02409-F219: Escape From a Hell-Planet

It's also worth pointing out that [Name] and Considering Long Term Consequences have a distant, if cordial, pen-pal relationship. -- RecklessPrudence

It's hard to think long-term when your long-term is what other people call 'tomorrow'. Living through the day was challenge enough on the world I used to call home. Planning a week ahead was madness. If you had asked me, there and then, what my plans would be for the weekend, on the day before it... I would have stared for

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Challenge #01333-C238: Pick of the Three

"You can have it done well. You can have it done fast. You can have it done cheap."

"Pick any two!" -- Anon Guest

"You dare talk to me like that?"

The artisan didn't look up. "I talk to everyone like that. Fast and well is not cheap. Well and cheap is not fast. Cheap and fast is not well. Is there more that needs explaining?"

"Do you know who I am?"

The artisan spared a moment to look up. She regarded

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