Creative Writing 3: Glass Town – Plainvale

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Presented in chronological order, to uncover the buried.

An extract from ‘The Climatology and Ecology of Plainvale 1st Edition’ by Elbert Kinlow 30 Years ago

Population: 4, 982, 526

Though Plainvale is regarded as the fourth largest state, Human dwellings have covered only 12% of its land, with a further 17% taken up by water. The ability to farm in the west of this region has lead to a largely agricultural society that has worked in tandem with developing world technologies to further improve its farming techniques.

Despite an arid climate, the region has been largely prosperous due to its remarkably fertile soil and deep water pumping, with its key cities, Dipper Canyon and Pendulum, building and implementing large underground pumps to soak the normally dry land.

An extract from ‘The Climatology and Ecology of Plainvale 1st Edition’ by Elbert Kinlow – 30 Years ago

There are four key cities in Western Plainvale. Divinity is the wealthiest and resides in the north, Pendulum lies to the south and pumps the necessary water from deep beneath the ground, Dipper Canyon manufactures the machinery from the metal ores it finds buried in the ground at the base level of the canyon and Truman has the densest population and provides the most profit and commerce for the region.

An extract from an article in ‘The Truman Tribune’ by Rover Gomez July 22nd – 29 Years ago

The governing body of the states today released plans for an enterprise that will take the country by storm. The project, which is as yet untitled, has sparked anger across the nation and has come under strong opposition from voters, despite the vote being controversially withdrawn. Updates to follow.

An extract from an article in ‘The Truman Tribune’ by Rover Gomez January 2nd – 29 Years ago

For those that went, the annual New Year parade was a mix of joy and sadness, joy because our cities wonderful tradition was as lively and beautiful as ever, yet sad because, for the first time since its inception, the parade no longer featured the harvest float. It’s bittersweet to know that we may never see it again, whether due to climate change or political meddling, this is certainly a disquieting reminder that we can’t take things for granted, even our hard earned produce.

I believe [redacted] to be at fault, it changed everything.

 

An extract from ‘The Climatology and Ecology of Plainvale 2nd Edition’ by Elbert Kinlow – 28 Years ago

Population: 4, 297, 612

Plainvale was hit particularly hard after the Global Catastrophe, it’s air became dryer and 60% of the crops were hit by extreme floods and with no new ones to plant, the area quickly began losing its business. Due to [redacted] the population began do dwindle, illness and disease began to spread through the land as the soil turned to dust and radiation seeped into the remaining vegetation.

An extract from ‘The Climatology and Ecology of Plainvale 3rd Edition’ by Elbert Kinlow – 27 Years ago

Of all the common wildlife species in Plainvale, the fastest growing is the checkered white snake, a mildly venomous serpent that has adapted to the miles wide dust fields that adorn the region. Alas, the species has increased whilst our own has decreased, these serpents have adapted and like our ancestors before us, we will too.

An extract from ‘The Truman Tribune’ by Rover Gomez March 12th – 25 Years ago

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you, dear reader, of this publications untimely end. It has been made clear by the powers that be that we are to discontinue this paper and cease in spreading our word and opinion. Their control is far reaching and poisonous to our free land and that stain on humanity [redacted] will continue to exert their unearnt power on us.

Thank you for your time, your readership has been gracious and humbling. It is to our best interests that we rise up to stop [redacted].

An extract from ‘Pageantry for Plainvale’ by Alice Onix – 24 Years ago

For years, the state of Plainvale was known primarily for two things, its agriculture and its pageantry, whilst one began to dwindle, the other thrived in a climate of increasing poverty and distrust. The governors of the state held a monthly parade, to celebrate the diversity and prosperity of the region, yet as the monetary scales shifted towards the people in charge, the once-grand tradition fell by the wayside.

Another casualty of the diamond in the sky.

An extract from a report written by the Chief of the Truman Police force – 23 Years ago

At approximately 17:36 on Tuesday the 9th of May, a large flying vessel fell from the sky a mile away from the city of Truman. It collided with the ground, exploding into multiple fragments of metal and glass, sending a shockwave of sand and dust outwards for 2 miles. There were no casualties on the ground, yet the occupants of said vessel were all killed.

An extract from ‘Tales From the Dust Bowl’ by Anonymous user ‘Sombra’ – Present Day

It’ll soon be the 23rd anniversary of the Glass Town disaster and Governer Doyle will be addressing the state in two days time, commemorating the night that hundreds of rich people lost their lives to their own greed. Oh and the thousands that have died because of Glass Town aren’t remembered, not when there’s profit to be made in forgetting them.

We must take it upon ourselves to keep them alive.

Of course, they didn’t learn from their mistakes, they made another one and they made it tougher and crueler and all it does is burn. And we spurn it back. That first callous city fell and struck the ground, leaving a crater in our state, as if we haven’t lost enough.

Every year that avaricious monstrosity cruises through our skies, burning a scar into our land, our home and all we can do is stand and watch as they steal our blood.

You may be wondering how I can get away with these words, how has this blog not been buried long before now. Well, let me tell you, dear reader, that when those greedy, grinning pigs in the sky made that city fly, they gave power to every single person living under its shadow.

They underestimate us, they think us weak, but let me tell you that by placing themselves at the top of the ladder, they only have one way to go.

 

Hello once again, this is me now and not the story. I hope you liked part 3. I plan to do alternating parts like this, where one is the continuing story and the other fills in the backstory in different creative ways. As you can see, I chose to do this one as if it were extracts from different publications. 

Let me know what you think. All constructive criticism is welcome and I can’t wait to do more and nothing would please me more than to talk about it with you guys. 🙂

©BEN HOMES – REDFLOST – 2016.
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