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My story is a cautionary tale. It begins after Alastair’s picture below.
Genre: Dystopian SciFi
Word Count: 150
The Great Mistake
“That’s an oil refinery, hun. They still use it to make petrol to run their cars,” he said.
“That’s stupid!” Said youngest daughter. “Everybody in the world uses electric cars.”
“Not everybody. Some backwards nations use the old ways.”
“But why don’t they use the new technology like everybody else?” Asked oldest son.
“They waited until after oil became too expensive to be usable. Their economy crashed. Now, they are too poor to afford any newer technology.”
“They don’t sound very smart,” commented youngest daughter.
“They are smart, actually. So don’t be rude to them,” he said glaring at his children.
“Do they have internet at least?” Groaned eldest daughter.
“In the hotel, yes.”
“Can they speak Chinese with us, Daddy?” Asked youngest daughter.
“Yes of course, Jia Ying. They all must learn Chinese in their schools. Now remember, the Americans are poor, but they were once proud. Be nice.”