Flash Fiction – Lakeside (Stories on a Theme – “Stagnant”)

“You’d have thought that this would be worse,” Tino said, prodding the edge of the lake with a stick. The seaweed was thick, too thick to support life. The whole lakes ecosystem had been killed for nothing more than shiny rocks.

“It could have been worse,” Marei said, pulling out the robots from the back of the truck, “if they hadn’t put in the protective measures first.”

“Thank god for those,” Tino sighed, prodding the seaweed a final time. It was a two year mission to clear up the lake.

And that was being optimistic.

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