Dead. The forest was dead. The ancient tree’s smooth branches were devoid of bark and leaves emphasising that it had been dead a long time. Cunningly, the government had placed a false backdrop behind it of a luscious green forest. As the biologist walked along examining one dead tree after another, thick hazy heat arose from the sand, enveloping him in sadness and despair. Pollution, chemicals and carbon dioxide had poisoned the trees. All was lost. 

        Then he fell to his knees in astonishment. A Green Turtle was laying eggs in the hot sand. Hatchlings would survive. Life went on.

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Kaylee Shin
Kaylee Shin(@kaylee-shin)
5 months ago

I’m glad that your story ends on a happy note, but environmental pollution is definitely an issue more people should address on the media!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
5 months ago

Such a sorrowful but true tale Margarida, but one that leaves us with hope at the end. Nicely done

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

It is the saddest reality nowadays, but the hopeful end makes a difference. Nicely done, Margarida.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Margarida Brei
5 months ago

You’re welcome, Margarida.

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

Margarida, your story portrays an important message, something, like Kaylee said, that needs attention. I’m very happy that it had a hopeful ending.

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
5 months ago

This story is beautiful. Having your protagonist watch the Green Turtle laying eggs at the end was so moving. Yes, life does go on, in one marvelous way or another. Great writing, Margarida.

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

The end of this story was fabulous. Thankfully, life finds a way to go on. This was fantastic writing, Margarida.

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