I’d like to remind you that the following is a work of fiction. It’s a conversation between a dad and his little girl.
What’s that creature, daddy?
Oh, this one? That’s a green sea turtle, Mia.
Turtle, darling. Sadly, we rarely get to see them anymore. Scientists even fear that they might be extinct.
Extind? What’s that, daddy?
Remember when I told you about dinosaurs? That although dinosaurs lived on the Earth millions of years ago, now there are no living dinosaurs.
Oh, so they only exist in story books and museums now?
Haha, that’s a good way to put it, Mia darling. You’re not altogether wrong.
Is it because of humans, daddy? Did we kill off the tuurttles too?
For the ease of understanding, I’ve put Mia’s dialogues in italics. Her dad’s dialogues are not in italics.
This time, I’ve stepped into a relatively new genre for me. Telling a story through a conversation. Hope you enjoyed it!
The green sea turtles are not extinct, yet. However they are a threatened species. Harvesting of their eggs, loss of nesting sites, getting caught in fishing nets, hunting of adults apart from their own natural predators are pushing them towards extinction. Hopefully, none of us will have to endure a future where we have to tell our children or their children that the green sea turtle was driven to extinction. ☹️
This post was written in response to the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge for September 12. The challenge is to write a story in exactly 99 words based on the given photo prompt.
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