THE PLANT

 

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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.

To read the other stories written by group members just click on the link below, then click on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/sunday-photo-fiction-april-10th-2016/

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.

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12 thoughts on “THE PLANT

    • Thanks, Diana. It’s truth in a fictional setting. I’m so pleased you liked the story. This scenario has played out too many times in real places. It’s a present-day tragedy. What makes me read and feel disgusted is the fact the officials in these places say the mystery of dead fish floating on the surface is “being looked into”. They most certainly know the reason. If they don’t, they’re in severe denial. —- Suzanne

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  1. A sad truth in a fictional setting, to be sure. Corporations and politicians tout the “jobs” angle of industry and deride those who have the foresight to show concern for the environment. Even when caught and faced with the consequences, most companies won’t accept responsibility or even show remorse. A wonderful and tragic take on the prompt, Suzanne.

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