Happy Earth Day

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This week’s awesome photo is by fellow writer Doug MacIlroy. Thank you, Doug!

Photo Copyright: Douglas M. MacIlroy

Photo Copyright: Douglas M. MacIlroy

Happy Earth Day

by Jan Brown

“The humans have their lights on again. Why? Is their eyesight weak?”

“Perhaps it’s affected by the cold. They’re not permanent residents like us. They need time to adapt to the harsh conditions.”

“Harsh?!? What’s harsh is the fact that our icecap is melting at an alarming rate. And it’s their fault!”

“OK, calm down.”

“I’ll be calm once our continent is not collapsing under our feet. They come here to measure the damage. They take videos of the disaster they created. But they’re helpless to stop it.”

“Yeah, happy Earth Day.”

With that, the penguins waddled away.

“Adelie Penguins on Iceberg” by Jason Auch – originally posted to Flickr as IMG_0760. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons


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40 thoughts on “Happy Earth Day

    • Thank you, Amy. I think you’re right! If we could hear the truth directly from the poor animals we’re affecting, we’d have to take the problems more seriously.

  1. excellent perspective. thought at first, it was aliens – you did well disguising it. Good dialogue. Nice.
    Sort of a Penguin’s version of “Yankee Go Home” but fix the problem you’ve created.


  2. I love the way you focus on global warming here, Jan. You present the plight of the penguins in a very meaningful way. The dialogue between them is excellent and reallly gets to the truth of the matter. Well done!

    • No, it’s best to write an intro that briefly explains this is your first foray into FF (and add that you’re happy to get feedback, if that’s the case). After that, you’ll probably develop your own unique standard intro. Some weeks you might like to tailor it with some background on your story idea.

      • Yeah you’re right, I’ll end up wanting to change it around. If I take a moment to think about it I can probably come up with something that fits me better. I’m so nervous about trying this!

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