Second Chance

Welcome to Friday Fictioneers! We are a community of writers from around the world who post 100-word stories each week, based on a photo prompt provided by our effervescent leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s photo is by Erin Leary. Thank you, Erin!


Second Chance

by Jan Brown

This planet was engineered to resemble Earth. It was our second chance to get it right.

But it was designed by cyborgs who don’t need oxygen to breathe, or food to eat, or water to drink.

They don’t laugh or make love or raise families. They just exist.

The planet is dying–as am I, and our small human enclave. I trudge along the soggy perimeter and breathe the poisoned air. I limp. I gasp. I cry.

I weep for my fellow Earthlings.

We no longer laugh or make love or raise families. We just exist.

And soon, we won’t.


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49 thoughts on “Second Chance

  1. Impossible conditions but you’re still there. Don’t completely give up hope. you know what they say–it springs eternal and some earthlings may evolve. Good fantasizing.

  2. A sad ending to a beautiful life. We should enjoy earth’s bounty while we can. If we could only learn to give back. Only then could we hold off the end…a little while longer. A good reminder of our errant ways as human beings.

    • Perhaps successive generations will understand and give back. My niece and nephew give me hope for the future…they are very environmentally conscious, as are their friends. Maybe humanity is evolving 🙂

    • You’re right. I have a feeling they’re not trying to prolong their existence anymore…not so much “giving up” as accepting reality.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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