Sunday Photo Fiction – Children Of The Earth

Every week a photo is donated to use as a prompt to create a piece of fiction in around 200 words which is called Flash Fiction.

If you would like to have a go, click on the Sunday Photo Fiction image, and if you want to read what others have written, then click on the blue frog image.


 “The world was a lot different then,” Paula stated to her students. “We thought we could control the course of the planet. We thought by reducing our energy we could save it. Some felt otherwise and stood against climate control. They claimed it didn’t really exist”

 “We tried to turn solar power into life-saving formats. They worked for a while, but the planetary resources no longer existed and the planet became unstable. Quakes became so regular; you could set the time by them.” Looking down at her notes, Paula thought back to the days before the quakes. The days when sitting in the sun did not kill.

“Some people said following the path of Noah, and building an ark, heading for pastures new.”

“Of course this started arguments across the world as to who would or should go in the ark and who would lead when the world ended.”

Looking out the bubble to Earth 7, HD13931 system, Andromeda galaxy, she wondered how long until it all happened again. Who would become the next Children of the Earth, as she had become one when humanity destroyed the sixth planet to share the name, like the five now destroyed predecessors?

12 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction – Children Of The Earth

  1. I was just reading an article about how some parts around New Zealand that are not above water may actually be more of a, well what might have been a larger continent.

    I wonder if there are or were other Earths…with everything out there – there’s got to be something… I also read that most animals only satisfy their needs, where humans attempt both needs and wants… and maybe that is what has gotten us beyond ‘trouble’.

    • I think it is conceited of people to think that we are the only living beings in the whole universe. Just because there may not be life in our star system, some people look at that as being the only proof they need.

      I play a space exploration game on my xbox, it’s one of the ways I keep in contact with people. the galaxy is made up from what we know about the galaxy already. I have friends who are part of the development team, well, they are part of the next phase of the development, not part of the original, but there are so many “ELP”s out there. “Earth Like Planets”. And then of course there are the creatures that aren’t “ugly bags of mostly water”.

    • Thanks Alejandro. It has just occurred to me that this is the second story of this ilk in recent weeks. I think I need new story focus

    • I hope so as well. This was so hard to write. There was so much more to it. Originally she had been in stasis for years and was officially 724 years old as she made the trip from the Milky Way to the Andromeda galaxy. I may have used that from a little excitement I have for an Xbox game coming out next month lol

      • I know what you mean — so many of these flash fiction pieces are only the tip of the iceberg I’m imagining, limited by the word count. And what fun to be inspired by an Xbox game; I’m jealous!

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