THE WETLANDS

 

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Here we are for another week. Today we’ve gathered on a virtual boardwalk over  virtual wetlands. Our hostess for this weekly gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story  with no more than 100 words, not including the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt is a repeat supplied by Adam Ickes and requested by Sandra Crook. Thanks, Adam, and Sandra.

Except for a few minor changes, this is the same story I wrote for this prompt in March of 2014.

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

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/12-august-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE WETLANDS by P.S. Joshi

George asked his dad, “Why is there a bridge over the land?

Well, son, it looks like land, but it’s called a wetland. You’d sink down and get stuck if you walked on it.

Could they drain it?

Yes. They could. It’s been done. There’s a lot of life there, though that would be destroyed. Also, if a bad storm comes, the area can flood.

He remembered having been shown homes built on drained wetland.

The agent said, “We never get bad flooding here. Never happened.”

A few years later, people from those homes had to be rescued by boat.

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50 thoughts on “THE WETLANDS

    • Thanks, Ali. You’re right. I think they can be likened to those who used to be called “snake oil salesmen” in the old U.S. West. I have sympathy for the wildlife. Many people couldn’t care less. We’re losing something valuable. I’m glad you liked the story. —- Suzanne

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  1. True picture. Exactly what has happened to my city of Chennai. Dec 2016 saw an unprecedented flooding of the city. Reason? Turning waterways and lakes that allowed rainwater to drain into the sea had been converted into real estate!

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  2. Wetlands are certainly worth protecting. I used to live next to one, with beautiful birds… They drained it and built a house on the higher ground, so no flooding. But I never saw any of the unique and beautiful birds again.
    Wishing you a wonder-filled weekend. Huge hugs.

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  3. So… it’s better to go with the flow? 😉

    What gets to me are the flood plains on mountain sides. I can understand that you don’t want to build in a wash, but they are always restricting places that are high ground and rarely see water at all.

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  4. Thanks, Alice. I always suspect land developers in this mix. I think some of it is politics. There are some hills that shouldn’t be built on, though. The hills here in Pune are called the “lungs of the city”.Building there I would guess restricts the flow of air carrying off pollution. I’m pleased you liked the story. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Sally. I don’t know how some people can sleep with their guilty consciences Some of those houses along the coast like the one the salesman tried to sell to us were bought by people who had retired and sold their older homes further north along the coast. They were looking for a warmer place further south to live in retirement. I told my husband that what was a wetland once could be again. A large storm came after that, and people in those areas had to be rescued by boat. Really sad. —- Suzanne

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