This piece of creative writing is for the purposes of the Sunday Photo Fiction challenge, which runs each Sunday with a photo prompt and the task of writing a story in less than 200 words. I hope you enjoy!

My mother once told stories of a place where grass grew beneath your feet. She said the air was so pure, you didn’t need a mask to walk outside. She told of the animals, too; beautiful creatures that roamed the lands in search of food.

12 J Hardy Carroll 06 August 2017
Credit: J Hardy Carroll

I’ve only seen birds before. They fly above the city sometimes, keeping their distance as they dive past. The other animals – the wildcats, the fish and the antelope – well, they just don’t exist in my world. Tarmac and pollution are my animals. They’re the only things to watch, after all. Even on the TV – the broken, old set at the back of the front room – it only ever shows more tarmac. I might as well stare out my bedroom window.

I’ve seen grass before, though. One day, I’d had an argument with my mother and stormed off in a temper. I can’t remember where I’d run – if I could, I’d visit – but there was a corner of the road where the paving slabs were coming loose, and, from between them, crept this strange, green shimmer that I could only recognise from my mother’s stories.

Life, I called it.

Word Count: 193

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Excellent take. Let’s hope there isn’t a generation that grows up like this!

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    1. Let’s hope! I’m sure it’s not that unlikely when you think of what some of the cities are like, even now! 😦

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  2. Ellora says:

    There was something fantastically eerie to this piece that I just loved – a striking, clever dystopia in a teeny-tiny package. Great work! 🙂

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  3. Good story Emily. I hope this doesn’t end up as a life that out descendents have to live with.


  4. Joy Pixley says:

    Great use of the word “shimmer” — I can imagine that’s exactly what any sign of life would seem like, to someone in the world you describe.

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    1. Thank you, Joy! It would seem very strange, indeed.

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  5. James says:

    Makes me think of the film “Wall-E.”

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    1. I love this reference! Thanks for reading 🙂

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  6. A glimpse into the future? I hope not. Great little tale though!

    The Other Side – my story

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    1. Thank you!! I hope it isn’t, too.


  7. A very bleak futuristic scenario you have created. Just hope this isn’t the future that awaits mankind. Fantastic story, Ellora.

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  8. A sad world, well told. Makes us think of all we take for granted, which might not be one day.

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    1. Very good point! Thanks for reading 🙂


  9. Al says:

    Bleak, but wonderful!

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