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SHE’S GOT THE BLUES
(genre: historical fiction)
PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
By Neel Anil Panicker
A week ago Asha watched on TV the heart wrenching visuals of countless Blue Whales swept ashore, their glistening gargantuan lifeless forms on the sandy ocean bed.
Quite a few had turned this vista into a photo-op, clicking selfies while poking, nudging, pricking at the creatures in a misplaced show of braggadocio.
Watching the horrific grainy images, Asha had dropped more than a tear,
her heart breaking out in silent prayers for the departed.
A week later it was revenge time; the blue whales played a game on her only son.
A mother paid the price for a son’s hubris.
©neelanilpanicker2017 #FF #fiction #she’sgottheblues #100words
Blue Whale (game)
The Blue Whale Game (Russian: Синий кит, Siniy kit) also “Blue Whale Challenge”, is an Internet “game” that is claimed to exist in several countries. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.
Blue Whale began in Russia in 2013 with “F57”, one of the names of the so-called “death group” of the VKontaktesocial network, and allegedly caused its first suicide in 2015. Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student who was expelled from his university, claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin stated that his purpose was to “clean” the society by pushing to suicide those he deemed as having no value.[