The Tennessee Petroglyphs

My challenge is to finish the story using 100-150 words, not including the sentence provided. I won’t forget to use the opening sentence… This challenge runs from Monday to Sunday!

The photo below is from Barb Beacham, our host, with her bit of flash and a link back to the post.

Finish the story begins with: “The petroglyphs told the story of an unusual event.”

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Genre: Sci-Fi Flash Fiction

Word Count: 149

(c) Barbara W. Beacham

The Tennessee Petroglyphs


“The petroglyphs* told the story of an unusual event.” Found on a Tennessee mountain, they told a fantastic story of how the humans had believed they would live forever but then came the calamity. Fire rained down in the South and West and floods in the North and East. All were wiped out. Nothing survived.

The new Earth inhabitants from Pluto discovered the petroglyphs. The Cremnon traveled here in search of other planets to inhabit because overpopulation was a problem. Their goal was to grow in numbers until they could occupy the galaxy and beyond.

The stupid humans did not heed the warnings about global warming and climate change. Add to that, they warred with others and did not show compassion one to another. Yes, they believed they would live forever and always own the Earth. Those who cautioned about global warming were ridiculed and ignored by the humans who thought their predictions were ridiculous. 

They were mistaken.


I read an article earlier today about the heat way in India which asked the question, “Is this a glimpse of Earth’s future?” That article is what prompted me to write my flash fiction story. One thing is for sure, The earth is warming and increasing droughts, temperatures are evident throughout the world.The Artic is losing its ice caps, the ocean is rising at an alarming level and many countries and continents from the middle east, Africa to Australia, and the Americas are experiencing changes in temperatures and either too much rain or not enough.
One other fact is known if you Google search “climate change” or “global warming” is that no one can agree about the cause. They seem to agree only on disagreeing with some in denial and others strongly reporting on climate change and its future ill effects. The article I read, “The heat and the death toll are rising in India. Is this a glimpse of Earth’s future?” in The Guardian stated:
Roads have twisted in the heat. Hospitals are overwhelmed by thousands of dehydrated people, the poor, the elderly and children among the worst hit. Urgent instructions to wear wide-brimmed hats and light-coloured cotton clothes, use umbrellas and drink lots of fluid have been issued by the government.
India is struggling to cope with one of the deadliest heatwaves to hit the subcontinent. And its attempt to do so is raising a question for the whole planet – how can humans cope with the kinds of temperatures that scientists fear may become ever more common?
In only 10 days, the death toll is reported to have reached around 1,800, a 20-year high. The brunt of the burden has fallen on the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, where 1,300 people have died, the highest loss of life due to heat the state has known, according to officials. By comparison, 447 people in the state died from the heat last year.
What do you think?