Thursday, January 6, 2011

Future History Lesson

“Science teaches us that life on Earth emerged from the seas millions of years ago,” Mr. Finny began. “Our ancestors crawled out of the waters, entering a world brightly lit by a star during the day, and by a moon and more distant stars at night.
They discovered remnants of an ancient, barbaric civilization. Dwellings taller than the world loomed over them. They wondered what sort of creatures populated the planet before.
Then, they found the pictures.”
Mr. Finny held one up for the class to see. 
The children squealed in mock terror, covering their eyes with their foremost tentacles. 

23 comments:

  1. Icy,

    Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. This is another of the drabbles of mine that was recently published through Luna Station Quarterly.

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  2. Very clever. It's amazing, isn't it, that humanity ended up (evolved) the way that it did.

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  3. I'm glad the squidlords of the future have such a healthy teacher-to-pupil ratio.

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  4. Hehe too cute :) I imagine we will be quite terrifying to whatever comes after us.

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  5. Forgot to say that the twist made me think twice for a second in a good way.

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  6. Alan;

    Thanks! Yes. I would be very afraid to travel forward in the future to see what humanity evolved into.

    Rachel;
    Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    John;
    Yes, that's important. All those hands that are raised, though. That would be difficult, maybe.

    Seleste;
    We are terrifying now, so yes, I imagine they will create stories and movies to scare themselves silly like we do with dinosaurs!

    Julio;
    Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!

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  7. I can only hope that the pictures of us have clothes on.

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  8. Tony;

    Good Lord, yes! Or no wonder they screamed!

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  9. Melissa;

    Thanks! I'm glad you loved it!

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  10. What fun this story is Maria! Thank you for the smiles. :)

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  11. Hahahaha, Nice Micro Maria, thanks for the giggle. :D

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  12. Deanna;

    Thanks! I'm glad you smiled. The future cephalopodkind are happy. :)

    Steve;

    Glad you got a kick out of it! Thanks for stopping by & for the comment!

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  13. "...Dwellings taller than the world..."

    I love this phrase. It, for me, characterizes the huge change in perspective.

    And, indeed, the children are right to squeal in terror - what horrors those pictures would reveal!

    Well done.

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  14. I love it! Short and sweet, and the illustration is perfect!

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  15. Aw, that's was adorably awesome! Loved how you set up us!

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  16. Cute story. Loved the set up for the picture.

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  17. Very cute and fun story. Can't help thinking it'd be good to evolve into an octopus - one tentacle for each window open on my computer and it would make texting so much easier!!

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  18. This has everything a really short flash should have: a whole world (in this case, a whole NEW world),good writing and a great funny twist. Fantastic. .

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  19. 100 words of entertainment and creativity...yay, you rock!

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  20. Cute, enjoyed the name of "Finny". Mock terror is nicely ambiguous and I like the way it leaves me wondering about these jaded students.

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