Temperate forests were mostly the hotspots for escape. Stuck in hiding, though, humans had nothing they could do. Of course, there were brave people who stood up to the giant apes, but it was no use. That is, until two teenagers, deep in a forest in Africa found something that would save our species. Gina and Felix were out on a walk admiring the view of the water until they saw something hiding in the trees. It wasn’t just the usual fallen mopane or sausage tree, it was something… human. Gina saw it first: “Hey, Felix, you see something over there in the trees? I think we should check it out.” The forest was a luscious green, with hints of orange and yellow welcoming the coming fall. The sky was closer to gray than blue, and the forest cast a dull glow on the darkening sky. “For the last time, Gina, it’s just a tree.” Despite their color, the trees’ leaves had a sad attitude, like the ground, a dismal color of grey and brown. The air had a desperate taste. “But really. I think it really is something this time. Come on. Can we just take a look?” Felix, feeling a bit nervous just wanted to head home but Gina persisted. “It’s over there. Look where I’m pointing!” At this Gina grabbed Felix’s shoulder and pointed towards the man-made object “You won’t regret it!” When Felix finally turned his head to look, he instantly forgot the urge he felt to run back home. Instead he just stared. Gina and Felix, suddenly realized what they were looking at. They excitedly ran over to the man-made object as if they were 7 year old kids racing toward a Mr. Softee ice cream truck. It was a Molecular Teleportation Device, an MTD, a microwave sized machine that is connected to a twin teleporter that can transport small objects like books, computers, and jars. It was very useful for many reasons, back before the apocalypse. This MTD caught Gina and Felix by surprise. They had heard stories about MTD’s. What would one be doing laying around in the woods? “Let’s see if it still works,” Gina said once she fell out of her trance. So they began to examine the piece of equipment. MTDs needed to be charged, and according to their examination it was not. In fact Gina didn’t think it worked at all. But then Felix overturned the MTD, and he found the reason of its dormance: “It’s just powered off, see?” He flipped the switch and the neon green light in the corner slowly faded on. The illustration of the battery indicator showed that the MTD was 50% charged.
Literary Art Magazine Pierson Middle School Sag Harbor, New York May 13, 2019