99 Word flash Fiction: The Day the Earth Turned Brown

“What colour do you want to paint the world? We have enough Mission Brown or Sunburst yellow. I doubt there is enough Burnt orange left in the storehouse.”

“You haven’t got a green?”

“Nope. All out of green. Very popular last year with the tree artists.”

“Don’t need to bother there no more. The Amazon’s gone and that mine dust killed most of the others. I think we’ll use the brown. That’s how I’m feeling. Drab. Down.”

“Okie dokey.  I’ll get the paint to the decorators.”

True to his word, the painters brushed the world, soon turning it brown.

In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks April 1, 2015 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write about the day the earth turned brown. How did it happen? What else might be going on? It can be dramatic or even humorous. It can be the greater globe or a localized ccurance. It can be an aftermath or a revival. Follow where the prompt leads you. Respond by April 6, 2015 to be included in the weekly compilation.Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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20 Responses to 99 Word flash Fiction: The Day the Earth Turned Brown

  1. I thought, with this prompt, we would all wind up (for once) writing very similar pieces. I can’t believe a painting didn’t even occur to me as an option. O_o I had the dystopian vibe in mind. Though…I went a very different way, as well. Love this!

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    There is an American paint company with a logo that shows a can of paint pouring over the world. It’s always left me feeling disconcerted that we would leave nothing natural. And I think a lack of green does make us feel down. Or maybe that’s just me! Great take on the prompt!

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  3. Norah says:

    I hate to think that by our actions we are painting the world brown. Mission brown was very popular back in 80s, wasn’t it? I think many paling fences were painted that colour, but the whole world that colour – would not like!

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  4. joannesisco says:

    After a long winter of browns and greys, I can really relate to this story. I’m really looking forward to the colours of spring and hoping that the pails of green have been replenished.

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  5. Ula says:

    Great flash. Interesting where the prompt took you. I hate to imagine a brown world. Seems so sad and drab.

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    • Absolutely. Brown is a colour that depresses so easily. We have a lot of droughts in Australia so it is a colour of grass that is not an uncommon sight but how joyful we are when the green returns. To have a world constantly that colour would be just horrendous.


  6. M-R says:

    Another excellent because this is a little burst of words coming from nowhere and not really going anywhere – just a mind image.
    Well done you !

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  7. Sherri says:

    Very clever take on Charli’s prompt Irene, your last line…’the painters brushed the world, soon turning it brown’ makes me sad, it moved me. That and no more Amazon and the mine dust finishing off the others. I hope the tree artists find more green and put an end to all that horrible brown … 😮

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