In 99 words (no more, no less) write about the day the earth turned brown. How did it happen? What else might be going on? It can be dramatic or even humorous. It can be the greater globe or a localized ccurance. It can be an aftermath or a revival. Follow where the prompt leads you.
Charli Mills’ prompt is in sepia tones, here. It feels a like a throwback to a different world but her own take on the prompt points to a possible dystopian future.
For my take we go back to Mary North, watching her parents’ garden being destroyed by the police forensic team as they hunt for other bodies. Here is the story so far. And here is this week’s episode.
Darkest before the dawn
Mary stared at what was once her parents’ garden but now looked like the Somme. Figures in white suits, like choreographed aliens moved slowly between trenches. A group were struggling to raise a tent to protect the current working area.
She heard her half-brother say, ‘They’ve not found anything. The detective said they should be finished by the weekend.’
Mary watched the clouds roll in, the first of the promised rain dropping on the turned earth. Finished by the weekend? ‘It’ll never be finished.’
Her husband put his arms around her waist. ‘Yes it will; you wait and see.’