HUMANITY By Kai Basseches Grade 6 Humanity was no longer safe. With gorillas in control, the world smelled of rotten bamboo shoots and more gorilla delicacies. New York City had fallen to ruins, and the few structures still erect were inhabited by the more dominant gorillas. The broken humans still remaining survived in the crevices ; the abandoned vans, the swampy bogs, the run-down shacks, the rainforests of South America, the deserts of Africa. Gorillas were ruthless. If humans were found by a group or an individual, so the stories told, they would be killed, torn to pieces. No one could bring the human race back up to par. It all started when a German scientist messed up a crucial experiment. The year was 2056, and Germany lead the world in science and biological engineering. They had created rats that walked on two legs incessantly and kangaroos that walked one foot in front of the other. A scientist named Niko Schreiber had been trying to create an intelligent gorilla that could reproduce frequently. At that time gorillas were becoming extinct. If successful, his experiment would have been one of the most important steps in engineering human intelligence. But the experiment failed. In Schreiberâ€™s damp and musty laboratory, it was easy to get uncomfortable, especially in the confined cage the gorilla was kept in. The gorilla was getting uneasy (after all sitting in a cage all day with nothing to do is not fun) until it couldnâ€™t take it anymore. It tore up all of the equipment, and destroyed the place, and it escaped into the African wilderness. Luckily, a tracker had been installed in the gorillaâ€™s left arm, but after a few days, the signal disappeared, and any sign of the gorilla was terminated forever. Nothing happened for a while, until 20 years later, when the growing gorilla population could not contain itself anymore in its shrinking habitat. So they were forced to attack humans as we did to them. Instead of us destroying their habitat, they were forced to destroy ours. With every coming decade, the gorilla population grew larger, and the humans were forced to slip away into hiding. Soon enough, Southern Africa was taken over. The whole of Africa. The Americas. Gorillas had found their way to Eastern continents, too, like Australia. Even Parts of Asia and Europe. But in spite of the technology, humans were losing this battle. 74 years later in 2150, gorillas had taken over the entire planet. Vast sites of gorillas attacking in large groups had appeared everywhere, and the gruesome and even fatal events were often enough to force people to run away to the few safe and secure places.
Literary Art Magazine Pierson Middle School Sag Harbor, New York May 13, 2019