Tree Search Exclusive Tours, Ltd.

“And this…” he paused, turned, faced the group with the red sun at his back and ash clouds beneath his boots. “Is where trees once stood.”

If the group had breath to gasp between their regulated air streams, perhaps they would have gasped. At least they stood in silence. Wearing the most stylish protective suits and SCBA money could buy, they stood in silence.

He shook his head inside his own, more functional suit. What good did these exclusive tours do, anyway? Surely these people, heads of companies responsible for the radioactive waste around him, did not actually care…


Imagined and lamented for Carrot Ranch‘s prompt: a story that goes in search of trees.

May 16, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that goes in search of trees. It can be one particular tree, a grove, woods, or forest. What makes the tree worth seeking? Go where the prompt leads!

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© 2019 Chelsea Owens

23 thoughts on “Tree Search Exclusive Tours, Ltd.

  1. It’s kind of like how the rich people in France, right before the revolution, would pay to do tours of “peasant places” and pretend to enjoy “the simple life of the poor,” except in your universe the poor are all dead, haha.

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    1. Thank you. That was much of my motivation for going that way with the prompt. I don’t think it’s possible to kill them all and still inhabit Earth, of course, but think reminders of their importance are vital.

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  2. Poignant postmodern dystopian fiction with a lucid message Chelsea. Now that you’ve mentioned trees, the city I live in used to be cool because of all the beautiful trees. Now, industrialization has made it humid and unbearable. Soon, it’ll probably be a radioactive waste. Find me an idyllic place in the mountains please? I may not be able to pay rent, but I won’t complain as long as there are tools for writing and lots and lots of books!

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    1. I know the entire Earth would not be liveable without trees. 🌳 Maybe they’d be funding surface excursions or a planetary visit.

      I’m sorry about them taking the trees where you live. Have you tried a Johnny Appleseed approach?


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