I wrote this in response to Carrot Ranch’s weekly flash fiction challenge
When he pulled up the data, I was gobsmacked. Sure, I’d been there. I’d seen what was left of civilsation. But I’d had no idea of the scale of it all.
“It’s like an iceberg.”
He cocked his eyebrow at me.
“We’ve only been able to see, what, ten percent of the actual remains? This new technology changes everything.”
I budged him out the way to marvel at the new discoveries. Markets and homes, all made from easily rotted thatch that had now disappeared, retaken by the jungle. Only the indentations in the land mark the once sprawling empire.
Thanks to Carrot Ranch for creating a weekly flash fiction prompt! And thanks to Norah Colvin for introducing me to Carrot Ranch. The weekly challenge is open to all writers!
What was the prompt for this week you ask?
March 25, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) include a juxtaposition between the ordinary and natural worlds. It can be civilization and nature; an edifice and a nest or cave; a human act and a natural occurrence; acculturation and adaptation. Compare or contrast as the prompt leads you to write.