Strange Things – Sunday Photo Fiction

Photo by: Joe Owens

Strange Things

“That’s strange,” said Allen.

“You bet it is,” said Marsha, adjusting her parka. “I don’t remember seeing that, ever.”

“Yeah. I mean, how often do you see seagulls around snow?”

“Oh, right. I hardly even remember snow. Anyway, I was looking at the gas prices. Look at that! $2.42 for mid-grade.”

“Whoa! That is weird.”

“What’s so strange about it?” said Sean.

Sean’s parents looked at him suddenly. The twelve-year old had remained silent for most of the family sight-seeing trip to Manhattan. Like many children his age, he already knew everything and was easily bored. Now, at the strangest moment, he showed interest.

“Well, it’s a strange price,” said Allen. “I haven’t seen that in…Marsha?”

Marsha shook her head. “I’ve never seen that price!”

“Well it’s waaaay high. That’s a price from the Global Warming scare. Gasoline is only 75 cents a gallon now.”

“Global Warming?” winced Sean.

“It’s Climate Change, Allen,” corrected Marsha.

“At first, it was called Global Warming.”

Marsha rolled her eyes. “Whatever.”

“Anyway,” said Allen, looking back at Sean. “At first, they called it Global Warming. Scientists said the planet was heating up and would increase temperature by three to six degrees. ‘That’s really bad,’ they said. So people read this, stuck their heads out the window into seventy degree weather and thought, that’s not so bad. They figured that meant a few degrees increase, evenly, across the world. How bad could a few degrees change things?”

Nobody was that naive,” scowled Marsha. “Everybody knows climate behavior isn’t that simple. You’re exaggerating.”

“Seriously! They did. In the end, nobody believed the scientists who said the changes would be terrible, so no one tried to fix the problem. Later scientists renamed it to Climate Change to eliminate confusion, but by then no one was listening.”

“That’s strange. Why would people ignore scientists? ” grimaced Sean. “You said we should always listen to them.”

“Honey, people listened to scientists then too.” said Marsha. She shot a warning look at Allen. Stop scaring him! “It was the Politicians who ignored them.”

“Ah! You told me about Politicians. Why didn’t people put them in jail with the other criminals?”

“It was a strange time,” sighed Marsha.

“Okay, but why is gas so much cheaper now?” asked Sean.

Allen shrugged. “Nobody uses it anymore.”

Allen turned the boat wheel. Marsha threw the family boat’s bow line to a man on the pier. The wooden structure extended into the water from the old building. “Here it is!” said Allen, gesturing at the towering edifice above them. “At last, something that isn’t strange. Something familiar.”

“What is it?” said Sean, looking bored again.

“The Empire State Building,” grinned Allen. “There’s a great museum inside. They even have pictures of Manhattan from before it was under water!”
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This is my answer to another Sunday Photo Fiction writing challenge. The photo above is the prompt for the week. Look here for more stories answering the challenge: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/sunday-photo-fiction-march-1-2015/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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16 Responses to Strange Things – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. JED says:

    Simple yet scary thought about what the future could be. I liked it.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Let’s hope we start listening to Scientists (who study climate), instead of Politicians (who study how to lie convincingly) and with some luck, it won’t happen at all [fingers crossed]. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks!

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  2. Oh no! The glaciers melted! And that will be the truth if it continues. Great story! Something we all need to be concerned about.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. Personally, I’d like to keep Manhattan the way it is. I vote that we listen to the experts on climatology, rather than politicians who are expert at deceiving people. 😉 Glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks much! 🙂

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  3. I was wondering where you were going with that. Great punchline. Hopefully it’ll never come to that, but whatever happens, you can bet we’ll adapt to it some way or another. Great story. 🙂
    -David

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    • EagleAye says:

      I was saving the best for the end. 🙂 It’s true, we will adapt. Human beings are good at that. I just hope we won’t have to adapt too much. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks, David! 🙂

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  4. julespaige says:

    Ah …that very tip of the Empire State Building was once supposed to be an airship or blimp dock.
    How fitting you have it as a boat dock now…
    I went a tad dark with this one:
    https://julesinflashyfiction.wordpress.com/2015/03/01/power-3-1-f/

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  5. Joe Owens says:

    A doom filled story I see. Glad to have you along again E.A. Thanks for supporting Sunday Photo Fiction each week. With writers of quality like yourself we are sure to succeed and grow!

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    • EagleAye says:

      A cautionary tale. Just doing my part open eyes. 🙂 Thanks so much for the encouraging words, Joe. I appreciate it. I’ll be here again next week. It’s always a lot of fun. 🙂

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  6. Indira says:

    Your stories are thought provoking also. I was wondering where you are going to end this one.

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  7. Ellespeth says:

    Oh to be 12 again and know everything…The ending of your piece is shocking and funny.
    Of course, it won’t be so funny when it happens, eh?
    Ellespeth

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