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FF – Second Chance?

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo comes from – ooh, I just checked, Rochelle as well!

I’m afraid I’ve gone eco-warrior again. You know, one of those ones who pontificates from their armchair before roaring off in their 6 litre 3 miles to the gallon pimp-mobile.

 

“Wow, Mum! This virtual reality headset you got me’s great! The sky’s all blue!”

“That’s the colour it was on Old Earth, apparently.”

“Is it like that still?”

“No. That’s one thing everyone agrees on. Nobody can live on Old Earth now. It’s all destroyed.”

“How, Mum?”

“We’re not sure. The record tapes were damaged when the first refugees arrived here and nobody remembers. It must have been quite the disaster, though. Now, come inside, quickly. It’s looking like rain and with the wind coming from the Factory District we don’t want another of your t-shirts dissolving, do we?”

 

  1. March 1, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Very well written… sort of a warning to all of us. Excellent tale Ali!

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    • March 1, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks! Let’s hope we pay heed 🙂

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  2. March 1, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Glad it’s just the t-shirt that might dissolve! How did you resist the temptation?

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    • March 2, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Ha, yeah, I could have put “remember what happened to your brother” 🙂

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  3. March 1, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I like your eco-warrior stories, they always strike a cord. This one had a touch of horror with that dissolving t-shirt. Great writing, Ali.

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    • March 2, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Thanks, it is a pretty grim picture. I’m glad you liked it!

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  4. March 1, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    New Earth doesn’t sound great, best start taking better care of this one! Nice take.

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    • March 2, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Yes, it’s already on the brink I think. I’m glad you liked it!

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  5. March 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Another serious one this week. 😉 Good thing I also enjoy your apocalyptic tales! ☺

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  6. March 2, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Thankfully this new planet was accepting refugees.

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    • March 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Yes – we’ve just got to try not to muck it up!

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  7. March 2, 2017 at 2:13 am

    At least, it seems that skin has become more resistant than fabric. Thank goodness for tiny post-apocalyptic miracles…

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    • March 2, 2017 at 9:30 am

      It appears we’ve evolved a little bit. Getting rid of the pollution would probably be a better step forward, though 🙂

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  8. March 2, 2017 at 3:20 am

    I’m trying really hard not to go off on a rant about the current political situation in the US and my disgust over the pending destruction of our Environment Protection Agency, (I’m not a fan of the Orange Overlord) so I’ll just say – Nice story, Ali. Alas, Old Earth, I knew thee well. 😉

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    • March 2, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Yes, I read about that and couldn’t believe it. I had to double-check the source. And at a time when all other developed countries are trying desperately to clean things up…
      I’m glad you enjoyed the story, anyway!

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  9. March 2, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Oh… I don’t like that rain! Dissolving t-shirt? No thanks! Then again, if the Old World is gone, what choice have we? Good one!

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    • March 2, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Looks like we screwed up another planet… 😦
      I’m glad you liked the story!

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  10. March 2, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Sounds like humanity hasn’t learnt a thing… another planet to be lost.

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    • March 2, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Humanity – ravaging its way across the galaxy, one planet at a time…

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  11. March 2, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Hey, the acid washed clothing trend might come back some day!

    I hope you don’t mind the shameless self promotion (since I would NEVER do that!), but it reminded me of this comic I did long before many people were reading me:..

    https://evilsquirrelsnest.com/2012/12/06/evil-squirrels-nest-comic-32-12612/

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    • March 2, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Streaks and holes are very “in” 🙂
      Fun comic (before my time). Promote away!

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  12. March 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    That’s what I’ve long suspected. We’ll take our destructive ways with us to ruin other planets. Good writing, Ali. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • March 2, 2017 at 2:28 pm

      Sadly I can’t believe we’ll change our ways 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  13. March 2, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Dear Ali,

    That’s a rain to avoid. Loved your intro this week. 😉 A great read all the way around.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • March 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I figured labelling myself an “eco-warrior” would be a tad hypocritical (though in reality my car is only 1.6l, not 6!).
      I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      Ali

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  14. March 2, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it. Great story!

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    • March 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      For sure – they’ll make the same mistakes again 😦

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  15. March 2, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    History repeats itself nice job.

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    • March 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Unfortunately I bet this would happen 😦
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  16. March 2, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    What a horrible thought!

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  17. March 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    The last line made me laugh – I hope that’s O.K.
    “Old Earth” made me cringe. Well done.

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    • March 3, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Laugh away! It’s quite a funny image, the poor lad coming home one day with his t-shirt all burnt through 🙂

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  18. March 3, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Hm, it sounds like our descendants didn’t learn from our mistakes. I’m certainly glad we haven’t progressed to t-shirt dissolving rain here on old Earth yet!

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  19. March 3, 2017 at 4:02 am

    I like the grimness mixed with humor. And yeah, good thing it’s only the t-shirt that dissolves…

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    • March 3, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Possibly they’ve evolved tough acid-proof skin. I hope so, the way things are going on their new world.

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      • March 3, 2017 at 2:08 pm

        That would definitely be a useful adaptation. Let’s hope for nictitating membranes protecting our eyes, while we’re at it.

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      • March 3, 2017 at 2:21 pm

        Hmm, tougher skin, nictitating membranes – they’re lizard people!

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      • March 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm

        Although maybe evolving into cockroaches would be a better long-term solution. 😉

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      • March 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm

        Meep 🙂

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  20. March 3, 2017 at 4:48 am

    it looks like it’s happening again in the new planet. when will we ever learn from our mistakes?

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  21. March 3, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Some things will change, others disappear, But at least we’ll still be wearing tee shirts

    My 100 words

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    • March 3, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Yes, that’s the main thing. I’ve never liked the look of those unflattering sci-fi B-movie skin-tight jumpsuits.

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  22. March 3, 2017 at 11:36 am

    A story with a warning, I suppose. Well written.

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  23. March 3, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    The humans do not change …. they destroyed the New Earth too. Nice take.

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  24. March 3, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    History repeats itself, that’s a reminder we all need these days. I love the humour in the horror though, and a dedicated armchair environmental warrior is 1000x better than some people who are in charge these days.

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    • March 3, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Mentioning no names… 🙂
      I’m glad you enjoyed it! I expect before long a new set of refugees will be leaving their planet in search of number three.

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  25. March 3, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Oh, that’s a goooooood one! Maybe they’re on that new planet in that new solar system they discovered a week or so ago. Heard about it on the news.

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    • March 4, 2017 at 11:07 am

      I heard about that too. I think they said there are several planets there that they can ruin 😦

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      • March 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm

        Maybe it’s good that it would take generations to get there.

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      • March 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm

        Give us a chance to have a good long think.

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  26. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover
    March 3, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Those poor refugee fleeing to a planet that is also being destroyed. I loved the dark twist in this, although I am afraid it is all too true.

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    • March 4, 2017 at 11:07 am

      I’m afraid of that too. Maybe it’s best if we just stay home and try to fix this planet.

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  27. March 3, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    If those humans ruined the Old Earth, no doubt they will do the same with the New Earth 😦
    (retreating slowly back into the ocean….)

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  28. March 3, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Our future on New Earth doesn’t look too great in your little tale! T-shirts that dissolve on contact with the polluted air and a sky that isn’t blue…! Perhaps our descendants will be confined to ‘biospheres’ after all – so someone should take good care of the design plans for the Eden Project.
    An excellent bit of sci-fi, as well as a reminder of the way this planet is heading.

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    • March 4, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Biospheres sound like a good idea. Not to protect us from the environment, but to protect the environment from us…
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  29. March 4, 2017 at 12:11 am

    No, we try to keep the kids out of that nasty t-shirt dissolving weather! :o)

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    • March 4, 2017 at 11:10 am

      It’s very expensive on the clothes bill. Maybe some form of acid-proof umbrella…

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  30. March 4, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Good God! To think it could actually come true is quite scary! Good one!

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    • March 4, 2017 at 11:11 am

      If we survive long enough to develop interstellar travel, just think of the the planets out there we could ruin.
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  31. March 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Sounds like they’ll need another planet soon, will we never learn?

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    • March 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

      I may be a bit pessimistic but no, I don’t think we’ll ever learn.

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  32. March 4, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Wow, it is what happens when we don’t learn from the past ( which is usually the case with us humans). This is not only a well written story, but a powerful message.

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  33. michael1148humphris
    March 4, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Acid and Factories- sounds bad, great story.

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  34. March 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

    The dissolving T Shirt made me laugh. Great take on the prompt.

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    • March 5, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      A fun image, not so great if you’re wearing it at the time 🙂
      I’m glad you liked my story!

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  35. March 6, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Such a lovely usage of picture to put that message! Greatly done.. 🙂

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  36. March 9, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Loved the dissolving t-shirt!

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