I’ll explain where the idea for this story came from at the end.
Every week a photo is used as a prompt for writing a story in around 200 words. This is called Flash Fiction – as opposed to Flash Gordon who has nothing to do with this. If you want to have a go, then head off to Sunday Photo Fiction (link opens in new tab) If you want to read other stories, then there is a little blue icon that you can jump up and down on. Also opens in new tab.
Gregory and Janine ran ahead of their dad, laughing. He stomped along behind them imitating a huge monster. “I am the dupoled” he said in a deep, mock menacing voice. Seven-year-old Gregory squealed, “Not the dupoded!” and tried to hide on the other side of his sister, one year his senior.
The laugh and smiles slid from his face though when he saw her staring at something. He turned and staggered back. “What is it daddy?” the boy asked. The elder man knelt down and looked at their find. “It’s a flower. But that’s impossible.”
Janine frowned, “flowers aren’t like that, and they are open. This one is closed.”
“No, this is a REAL flower. There haven’t been any around for decades.” He gently ran his fingers up the stem to the bud. “We can’t let anyone know this is here. We can’t tell anyone.”
Gregory looked downcast, “not even mummy?”
“Especially not mummy” he warned.
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Later, as their father set dinner out, removing food from the cryo-cooler, their mother returned home looking pleased with herself. “You should be happy with mummy today. I found another piece of grass so we can build more houses.”
Janine thought of the flower bud they found beside the raised air rail, and decided it would definitely be their secret to try and bring some nature back to their planet that was now covered almost completely in buildings.
The idea of this story came to me when I was watching the news this morning, and they were talking about building houses on green belt land. If they start doing that, then it will end up looking like something from a sci-fi film where no land can be seen. An example of that is Coruscant from the Star Wars films.