Prompt 9: Ignorance – 501 Prompts

The Prompt

They discover that the Earth is caught n a long time loop. It’s about to go back to prehistoric times and repeat again.
In5000 Writing Prompts by Bryn Donovan

My Story

Kira sat in a brightly lit backroom in the new UN Building, pondering on the speech she just had given in front of the gathered international community. She was sure that it would go down as the speech of the century, maybe even Millenium.

While searching for the cause of the latest increase in extreme weather phenomenons, she and her team of scientists had discovered that Earth was stuck in a perpetual time lapse. The extended heat periods during summer, rising ocean levels, and destructive events turned out to be precursors of the planet getting set back to its prehistorical state.

Kira had given a passionate speech warning humanity of the impending eradication and proposed a detailed plan on how to fix the situation. She had poured her heart and soul into it. And the entire assembly had listened. The International Corporate Council, the de-facto world government for the past decade, had declined to listen to her before. But now, they couldn’t ignore her any longer.

Craig had turned on the TV to learn how the world reacted to the news. And what they saw made Kira question humanity’s fitness for survival.

“… is that the way her parents had raised her to speak? It’s a disgraceful way to treat the most important people in the world. She is a noisy brat, screaming and shouting just to get attention. She’s probably mentally ill like the rest of her generation.”

Kira had snatched the remote control from Craig and switched the channel. Listening to the hollow propaganda and attack against her person any longer would have made her sick.

“There are organizations that were already around before her birth. I just don’t get why she has to push herself into the middle of this—”

An angry push of the button on the remote cut off the commenter. An excellent looking politician wearing an expensive suit was interviewed on a different channel.

“She definitely should leave the work to professionals in politic and science to deal with real issues.”
“Professionals like yourself?”
“Yes, you see my program sees an increase in nationwide productivity—”

Kira switched the channel one more time. Clenching her hands into fists, she just couldn’t understand how the world could talk about those things instead of the real problem at hand. The data showed it without any doubt. The room around her had fallen completely silent, watching her getting angrier and angrier.

“Her dress is so outdated and last season. And it doesn’t really compliment her body type at all. Maybe if she lost some pounds—”

The screen of the TV broke dramatically when Kira threw the remote control at it. She couldn’t take it any longer. “Why isn’t anyone talking about the actual problem?! The data is right there.” The media circus had infuriated her, and she was fuming with anger.

“They say it’s all fake. Even if it was real, there is no evidence that it would influence future developments. Also, a lot of jobs would be at risk if they follow your plan,” said Tom, her social media consultant, without looking up from his phone. “The almost irrelevant left had jumped on board with your proposal, discrediting everything even further.”

“Why don’t they just give up already?” asked Sharon.

“I don’t fucking care.” Kira punctuated every word with a small pause afterward. “We all will be erased from existence if we don’t act now.”

“Well… maybe,” said Karen, “you should not have chosen that dress for your speech if it is so important.”

“Fuck you, Karen.”

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