100-Word Story – That lost world.

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

The class gathered around the table in the Museum.

“These fragments are all that we have left of a sea creature that used to be common all over the world before the sea became too hot. It was called Coral.”

Jaxon put up his hand to ask a question.

“Yes, Jaxon what is it?”

“Was this another animal humans killed when we failed to tackle our pollution. Before we had to start living underground?”

“Yes, Jaxon, I’m afraid it is.”

The teacher couldn’t help shedding a tear for that lost world she’d loved, that these children will never know.

[99 words]


This story was written for the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

See here:

5 October 2018



Published by


People are far too complicated to be able to describe in a few words so I am not even going to try.

32 thoughts on “100-Word Story – That lost world.”

  1. Wonderful environmental take on the prompt (I almost wrote about manatees – we only have a couple hundred left and they keep getting wounded or killed by boats)
    Anyhow – interesting that underground is the refuge place –

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Future non-human palaeontologists will probably look back at this great wave of extinctions and wonder how one species could be so selfish and so stupid. Your story brought the reality of pollution clearly into focus.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. We take the beauty of the natural world for granted. I can’t even imagine living without nature. It looks so resilient ya know? Growing in cracks and patches. But its so fragile at the same time.

    Keep it up man 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Aye! A tale we can all identify with. This morning on the news they were speaking of the “red tide” plaguing the beaches of Florida. Have to wonder when the day will come that all tides are deadly. Such a loss it will be.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Perhaps if we think of what the exhibits will look like, the ones that record our own time on earth, we would be more careful…Now you have me singing the “Paelontologist” song by They Might Be Giants in my head, I worked for a summer in a paleontologist lab in a museum, and it was pretty cool work. I loved scraping back the plaster to reveal the underlying fossilized bones and teeth: like a treasure hunt. The digs, in the Florida heat, were another matter. Kudos to you!

    Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.