This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction — April 10th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words and inspired by the prompt.
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Genre: Realistic Fiction
Word Count: 2+200=202 Words
THE PLANT by P.S. Joshi
When the chemical plant first decided to build in Shaffertown the townspeople were delighted.
“There’ll be more jobs for our citizens,” boasted Mayor Markem.
There were long lines at the application office. Job interviews and hiring began.
Joey Wister saw the company president grocery shopping one day. “He looks like a big hungry wolf,”–he thought as he put groceries in his own cart.–“I can almost see fangs, and the hungry look in his eyes is the same a wolf gets when it spies a sheep. I remember the one I saw when I was in the mountains with Dad.”
“Joey,” his mother said when he told her–“you have a big imagination.”
The plant had been up and running for about six months when the overpowering stench from the river was noticed. Then a glut of dead, swollen fish started floating downstream.
Inspection by the Fish and Game Department found the plant had been dumping chemicals straight into the water. A court case was filed that went on and on.
Swimming was prohibited.
Dave Jenkins found his well water was contaminated, undrinkable. He had to put in an expensive filter system.
It was next discovered Shaffertown’s ground was poisoned.