It started with the dead fish floating in the river.
Then the cows in the fields started to get sick and the dogs started acting wild.
Then a doctor at the local hospital started noticing the cancers.
Something wasn’t right.
It was in the water. The water that they washed in, brushed their teeth with, cleaned their clothes with and cooked with. It was in the water that they drank.
They could see the smoke stacks. Ten miles up river, billowing into the sky.
The factory employed most people in the town. We took them at their word.
We shouldn’t have.
Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).
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A JUSTIFIED STATE – THE STATE TRILOGY BOOK ONE
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