An Echo of Time By Zoe Richardson Grade 8 A long time ago, I believe this date was a holiday. Today is December 25th, 2341. I think today was once something called Christmas. There was a religion that was called Christianity. The holiday existed celebrating the birth of Jesus, their god. It was really big and went on for many years. I don’t know the exact dates. We learned about it when I was very little. They stopped enforcing school in 2322. I was 7 years old then. People just kind of gave up on learning and being studious. There are geniuses out there, but they are very rare. I’m smarter than most people, but I’m definitely not a genius. When school shut down, I continued studying. I am really fascinated with History in particular. Our sources can trace back to as far as 1500! There are also theories on other things that may have happened further back in time, but we aren’t quite sure. I assume whoever is reading this is really far into the future. I wrote this with the hope that there would be some survivors left after the world finally burst into flames. I figured if someone were able to read this after the flames, I would be able to tell them of how it was when everything was green and beautiful. I myself have not witnessed it, but it was supposed to be wondrous! Everywhere you went there was at least a little bit of greenery. The water was a beautiful greenish-blue. I feel like it may have looked better than orange. Cities had very few people in them compared to now, and towns were sparsely populated! It was extraordinary! There were many animals of different kinds! There were even some in the ocean! I’m afraid the only animals that we have now in the water are turtles and whales that eat plankton. Most people don’t know this, but the water is orange because there is too much plankton due to the lack of predators. I believe most of the ocean wildlife became extinct in 2115. It had started earlier, but I believe that is when the mass extinction occurred. Am I correct that there aren’t many people left?
Literary Art Magazine Pierson Middle School Sag Harbor, New York May 13, 2019