Allison thrust her arms around the trunk of the tree. “Trees are integral to our survival,” she said. “You can’t cut them down willy-nilly and expect it to not affect climate change, soil erosion, fewer crops, flooding, increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and a host of other problems.”
“You’re such an innocent young lady it’s almost cute,” the man with the chainsaw said, a smirk on his face. “We have a permit to clear-cut this forest to make way for luxury condominiums. So do you seriously believe that one naïve tree hugger will stop us?”
Allison called out to other like-minded individuals who emerged from within the forest and who all wrapped their arms around other tree trunks. “No, I don’t believe that one person can defer your plans to pave paradise, but perhaps dozens can.”
“You people are twisted,” the man grumbled. “You can’t stand in the way of progress.”
“Progress?” Allison said. “You think destroying Mother Nature is progress? You think making our home planet inhospitable for human life is progress. Now who is being naïve?”
The man took out his cellphone and spoke with someone. Then he yelled back to his crew, “Pack it up boys, we’re done for the day.” He looked at Allison and said, “This ain’t over, bitch,” and then he and his crew left.
“Break out the bubbly,” Allison jubilantly called out to her friends. “We won today’s battle. Maybe tomorrow we’ll win the war.”
Using the genre of environmental fiction, this post was written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Eberhard Grossgasteiger on Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (thrust), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (integral), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (innocent), Your Daily Word Prompt (defer), Ragtag Daily Prompt (twist), Word of the Day Challenge (bubbly), and My Vivid Blog (genre).