Dead and lifeless; no colour. The lack of colour distressed Emerald.

Her grandma spoke in colour. She told of rainbows, pink-tinged dawns, flowers of every hue, the clearest bluest oceans. But Emerald could not comprehend.

Emerald existed in a colour-devoid world. Emerald was one of the last children born on a broken earth. Man had cruelly exploited Earth, making her oceans toxic, choking the earth with litter and suffocating the air with pollutants. So Emerald only saw in greys and whites.

Grandma reminisced about the beauty of an ocean so breathtakingly blue that it was a wonder to behold.

Rather than peace, Emerald felt anger. Emerald screamed, “Father, I only desire to see the green in a blade of grass.” 

A collective ripple of shock gained momentum and volume, until everyone sighed in absolute disbelief, “Emerald!”

“I am Emerald, but I have never seen a green blade of grass, a green apple or even a green-throated bird.”

The uneasiness in the room was tangible, but Emerald sobbed, “I want to see the colour green!”

What Emerald wanted was considered treachery against the Federation of Industry. The almighty Federation had poisoned the waters, burnt a hole in the atmosphere so that radiation from the sun was so powerful everyone was forced to live underground. 

Emerald knew that the only way to see green in a blade of grass was to go above ground, but this was considered treason as it would reveal the destruction the Federation of Industry had wrecked on Earth. 

“I will take her.” Grandma said, shocking everyone present. “I am old so the radiation will only speed up my dying. Emerald lives in a dying world.”

Later as the Grandma and Emerald donned anti-radiation suits and oxygen-making masks, her father looked questioning at Emerald. She nodded that she understood the risk involved. 

To crying, in an off-white and grey world, Emerald accompanied her grandma to the surface. 

Emerald gazed lovingly at the green of a lone blade of grass, until the radiation pained her.                             

“Beautiful!” was her last dying word.   

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
6 months ago

Margarida, this is a beautifully written cautionary tale. From your previous stories, I know how committed you are to saving our planet and its children from Emerald’s fate. Thank you for writing this. I hope everyone reads it with care. I, like Emerald, would want to see green – just once!!

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart (@melissa-taggart)
6 months ago

This story is both beautiful and sad. I believe many people should take the time to read this story- an important message can be found woven within the beauteous and perfectly laid out wording. What is a world without color? Green is one of the most important colors being that it means both growth and renewal. Color is life, and we should all be doing our best to preserve it! Margarida, such a great job!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

I was so amazed by your story Margarida. The message of your story is really very beautiful and full of love for our environment and the world as well. I love it. Well-written. 

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
5 months ago

Margarida, this made me realise how scary a world without colour sounds. The name you chose for your protagonist is such a great contrast to what they observed every day. Your story has such an important message. One can only hope that people in general would understand the destruction the human race causes to our beautiful earth.

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