Drabble: Global Warming by Anne E. Johnson

by specklit

The blue and green planet’s atmosphere wasn’t ideal, but Ashea was in emergency mode. She landed her ship in a wide desert. Because there was too much gravity and oxygen for her to function, Ashea hibernated, letting sensors track revolutions around the sun and climate changes.

Three hundred revolutions she waited in the sand before the flood came.

“Glaciers melted,” she realized upon emerging. In the new ocean, Ashea could stand and breathe. Debris of a ruined civilization floated by. Occasionally she even saw a bipedal body, its soft skin swollen from the waves.

“Their gods were angry,” she knew.

Author’s note: This story is meant to show the consequences of abusing the Earth’s environment, from the point of view of an alien visitor.

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