After a week off, this is my Friday Fictioneers submission for April 18th. It probably has its origin in thisarticle by John Harris in the Guardian which drew me in Yesterday. In a former life, Harris edited Select Magazine which gave the world Britpop and is this responsible for killing of the far more interesting musical phenomena which sprung up in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Thanks for reading (110 words)
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Once the gentrification process was complete in inner Atlantis, property values soared. Ordinary Atlanteans, unable to afford the exorbitant cost of living were pushed to the outskirts. Commentators asked if nothing been learned from the examples of Ys and Lyonesse. Others pointed out that central Atlantis had one of the most vibrant cultural quarters in the ocean but Atlantean keyworkers, forced to hotbed with penguins and Octopi, this was of scant consolation.
In the end, the government did what governments always do and outsourced the problem. A sink estate was built in the Falklands. Concerns were, predictably, raised but the Prime Minister scoffed, what, he asked, could possibly go wrong?