Materialised overnight, huge lump of coal in garden border. Inked carbon slick with rainfall, December too warm for snow.
Genre: Post-apocalyptic science fiction
Word Count: 100
ART INSTALLATION, AD 2316
Welcome to the tri-centenary celebration of life on Old Earth.
Item 1: Wooden desk, whitened with paint to disguise the murder of a tree.
Item 2: Plastic writing implements to poison the oceans and scribble out fish.
Item 3: Metal paperclips to imprison tree-paper.
Item 4: Sticky substance to glue tree-paper to tree-paper.
Item 5: Two soft toys…
“Mother, what are they?”
“They’re birds called penguins. They used to inhabit the South Pole of Old Earth before it boiled.”
“Are those two the only ones we rescued?”
“No, my child, there were real living penguins…”
“Without deflector shields, you mean?”