Write a post-apocalyptic story triggered by climate change.
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“Salty Tales From Seaview Terrace” by Howard Halsall
On the first floor landing, Sammy and G.G. pull on the hoist ropes while Pops pushes the canoe up the stairs from below. A paraffin lamp in the stairwell casts flickering shadows of three figures on the flyblown plaster walls. The rising waters have compromised the coastal flood defence across the road. A furious storm and high tides have caused a surge of water during the late afternoon. It’s a perfect storm or, as Pops...
“Burn the F*cking House Down” by Lina Oz
This story is inspired by the wildfires burning through my state of residence and the west coast of my country. The fires were in large part initiated by humans, as well as lightning strikes, and they have killed thousands upon thousands of animals, destroyed countless acres of land, and demolished peoples’ homes. My aim for a funny story is to try to provide a sense of light and humor in the midst of all the chaos.///“Paul. Hey. You know what time it is?”“I do, Wizz. I really...
“Behind the Walls” by ℤ ℍ☮️
The building is a tall candied strawberry, it glints in a powerful way. In a colour that can never fade, an exuberant scarlet. Next to it, is a bright slicker yellow one, it’s edges are curved and each window is circular and gleaming. Through the windows, one grey desk sits in bright white light. On the desk is a complex yet simple spotlight that towers over a thick stack of fresh paper. As I look right, I notice that every room is the same. With the same thickness of paper and the exact brightness of the light. The street is l...
“Summer Snow” by Jamela Faye
You know...My father once told me that the world will end in the year: 2051.According to scrolls and old paintings from Egypt, the sun will slowly die...Possibly, it actually might explodeBut if I finish the sun, as the whole solar system will also get destroyed, then there's no story from here...***Jones and his mates, as a journalist, they traveled to Egypt for one specific experiment. They checked the pyramid of Giza, since it's ...
“When Roses Cannot Cry” by Aveena Bordeaux
We stepped over the debris and shattered glass, looking at the homes and buildings that were now strewn chunks of wood on the ash-encrusted ground. I inhaled the dingy air and wrapped a scarf around his nose and mouth, bending down to meet his eye.“Everything’s going to be okay, Elliott.” I squeezed his shoulders and planted a kiss on his forehead.He looked at me through his wavy overgrown hair with wide fearful eyes. “I don’t like it here, Rose,” he said, lip...
“Bread, Milk, and Eggs” by Regina Perry
“Ready?” “All set, sir. Everything’s in position.” “On my command… three… two… one… NOW!” A set of explosions rocked the earth. When the dust settled, there was nothing but rubble. “You can’t still have that garage!” Simon wrenched the offending object away from his li...
“A Gravestone” by Dustin Softman
Laying down on the dull patch of ground by your headstone, I can’t help feeling guilty. It’s not an easy thing to visit the grave of someone both so young and to who you have been so cruel. Maybe you feel the same way I do. Feel the same justified disappointment at our pairing. Of all the people who could have survived to come and visit you, I would be low on your list – but the...
“Don’t You Cry” by Karen McDermott
Even when I was a child, when this country’s surface was still cool enough to walk on barefoot, I didn’t get on with other children. Mother and Father’s friends, relatives and neighbours would pay visits, bringing with them their droppings, pudgy lifeforms incapable of moving in a straight line, that I was expected to entertain. To form immediate bonds with all, merely owing to being of similar a...
“Coming clean [pt1?]” by You'd Think A Writer Would Have A More Creative Name .
The earth is angry with us. Spitting rage and unbending fury courses through the very soil we're on. My hazmat-protected hand reaches up to the heavens. A gesture of peace. In return, a faraway clap of thunder makes me jump. I land in a sitting position. The fishing supplies around me shake a jostle eagerly. All their containers are cracked or splintered, depending on the material. This is exciting, I can almost hear them whisper, we've never been on an adventure before.The road is bumpy and uneven. The...
“Oceanic Isolation” by Brandon Johnson
The stillness of the waves failed to produce noise and told me I was truly alone. The sun shined far in the sky and nearly scorched me with its lashing rays; it would have succeeded if it wasn’t for the crisp wind blowing off the water surface. I took a deep inhale and smelled the refreshing breeze; it was a clean smell with a hint of salt, which was the perfect combination to calm my nerves. I sat up and looked around. I was standing on my Seahome; only a few of these were made and I was lucky enough to “acquire on...
“Dee's Gift” by Morgan McHose
The blades of grass recoil from her bare feet. I watch with fleeting sadness as they blacken and shrivel. I follow close behind her trail of destruction. Our sisters will be waiting for us in the forest.Sure enough, at the fringes of the wood I glimpse Thunder, absently twirling a dagger on its point with a dainty finger. Her head has been shaved clean. She insisted its long raven locks would impede her flight. No one dissented, but I’m secretly mournful to see her head bereft of its usual midnight tendrils.“You two took you...
“The Last Glacier” by John Steckley
The Last Glacier? It had the tragic beauty of a rare animal about to become extinct, or of a fire sparking brightly only to fizz out in the only source of home heat in the middle of winter . It was the last glacier on earth. For thousands and thousands of years it had lain in a valley that could not be seen at as it was covered with layers of long frozen ice. Now the valley was visible. And the glacier was shrinking, alone, without fellows in its demise. From not far away a solitary scien...
“Where There's Water” by Iris Silverman
Leeroy Altman was on his fourth Mountain Dew of the day. All he had to drink was that sickly yellow liquid. It dribbled down his chin and settled on his protruding collarbones, with a stickiness that could only be removed with a shower. Too bad that wasn't an option either. He had the major hots for his neighbor, Fiona Royal, but he smelled too gross to approach her these days. He tried drenching himself in colog...
“Ember” by Sampada Sharma
Ashes. His generation had inherited ashes and stones. Mathis kicked the half burnt plastic bottle and watched it skid stop against piles of rubbles and plastics. His mouth scrunched in distaste as he spied paper buried among the piles. Denims. Metals. So many accursed manmade debris. Mathis laughed. The bitter sound coated his tongue like the gray hazy fuzz coat...
“Kingdom of Joy” by Saige Severin
Death was not involved in this, though you will blame her anyway. You will stare up at the reddened sky. You will look down at the cracks beneath your feet. You will scream and swear and sweat and blame, blame, blame. The cars and the factories were not Death’s invention. She is older than invention itself, as old as the first particles of the universe that crashed together and created annihilation. She di...
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