A YEAR UNDERFOOT – entry #58

A Year Underfoot


September 21, 2033

The fires still burn in the south, but their advance seems to have slowed considerably. In fact, it seems to have stalled out altogether. The thick cloud of black smoke hanging overhead has grayed a bit and it looks much less menacing than before. Come nightfall it’ll be easier to gauge the fire’s condition by the intensity of its glow. With any luck there won’t be one at all.

But, why would the fire stall?

The conditions are perfect for an epic blaze.

If it has indeed, stalled, I suspect the Threak have something to do with it. It’s the only scenario I can imagine which makes any sense. The days have been windy and dry and there’s certainly no shortage of fuel in the forest to feed the beast. I can’t see any other way. There’s not a cloud in the sky, nor a firefighter on the ground, what could be standing in its way?

The Threak.

They have a stake in this too. The soot from the fires can’t be good for the warbirds, and who knows what the increased carbon levels are doing to their respiratory systems. Maybe, it’s effecting them adversely. Maybe this is the planet’s way of fighting back.

Go Earth!



About paul nevins

Fiction writer, reader and baseball fan.
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