Photo Copyright: Jules Paige
Happy New Year 2018 to all! Let’s hope it’s far better in many ways than 2017.
This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–December 31st, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes provides a picture prompt taken by himself or sent in by one of the other participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was sent in by Jules Paige. Thanks, Jules.
To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.
The link to the other stories this week is as follows:
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Word Count: 200 Words
HAIL STORM by P.S. Joshi
It was a summer when temperatures soared above 99 degrees. A huge metal dish sped over fields worldwide too rapidly to be detected.
The next day hail began to beat down and continued for an hour.
In the state of Illinois Jed Smith’s son, Bobby picked up one of the hunks of ice and examined it.
“Hey dad, there’s little black specks in this stuff.”
His father paid little attention.
“Don’t fret son. It’s probably dirt from the factory. That place spews it out most of the day.”
The rains began and the fields turned green with the new shoots. Unlike other years, there were black shoots as well. Agricultural labs in most countries tested them.
When soaked and ground they produced a charcoal-like substance that was found to clear the air. Filters containing the powder were produced and placed all over the world.
On Planet X28 the scientists were joyful. Their experiment had worked.
“Now,” said one scientist, “we’ve cleaned the air on the water planet and can send ambassadors there to negotiate terms. The inhabitants of that planet need our help before they totally destroy it.”
Specialists in the U.S. Space Program began receiving messages.