Sunday Photo Fiction — The New Earth

img_1400They did everything they could to make it seem natural. Artificial light shining through the windows along the long hallway provided the illusion of sunlight. The opening at the end of the corridor led into a vast open area with high ceilings, green plants and trees, and a large pond fed by a waterfall. All artificial, but very realistic. It helped to make us all feel as if we were still living on the surface.

It was difficult to remember that people once lived on the surface. I was born here in the catacombs and all I knew of the old world I learned from my parents, who learned from their parents. And from books that had been salvaged, although it was hard to distinguish anymore between fiction and non-fiction.

Fortunately, those with foresight saw what was coming and began to construct these elaborate catacombs deep beneath the surface of the planet. But they could accommodate only about 100,000 of the planet’s nine billion inhabitants. A lottery was devised and my grandfather was one of the lucky winners.

Severe storms and catastrophic floods destroyed those left behind. But we are the lucky ones who must carry on.

Or are we?

(199 words)


Written for today’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt. Photo credit: Susan Spaulding.

18 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — The New Earth

    • Fandango May 20, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Unless we do something about the climate, it might be.

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  1. Sight11 May 20, 2018 / 10:55 am

    I wonder if living like rats made us more or less human in this scenario.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong May 20, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Our favorite meteorologist congratulated me on having done a really perfect description of what climate change really means.

    Now, about those catacombs …

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  3. baddadcartoons101 May 20, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    Lottery, my ass, I’m sure money or favors were exchanged to secure a spot in the catacombs

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  4. Susan May 24, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Nice use of the prompt. Hopefully this remains fiction.

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