“Mother, why is the sky brown?” he asked. “Because it’s reflecting off the ocean, honey,” she sighed. “Now, eat your fries.”
A not so happy view of the future.
I felt the title was a bit heavy-handed (even for somebody who ostensibly shares the author’s outlook towards environmental issues). But on the whole, it works, thematically, in the context of the story.
I’m partial to the “show, don’t tell” approach, when it comes to depicting ecological issues in fiction. And that makes it especially difficult in microfiction with such a precise character limit. So I must give credit to Ms. Torres for pulling it off quite so effectively. It’s a concise, damning critique of contemporary lifestyles, which (rightfully) recognizes the complicity of ordinary citizens. And she presents it in a way that feels organic to the story; it reads a narrative with a socio-political conscience, not microfiction that’s been force-fit to accommodate the writer’s causes.