Happy Weekend Readers,
Joining in with What Pegman Saw, which brings us to SINGAPORE (here) for this week’s FLASH FICTION writing challenge.
Here is the photo prompt for today’s fiction:
Photos of Han
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Word Count: 150
“Move right, slowly….”
Sliding two steps over, I lifted my arm, allowing the hidden lens to zoom.
“You’ll have to be quieter if we’re going to get photos of Han.”
The metal door creaked, startling us, as three visitors scurried into the observatory room. Dust particles sparkled, flickering through light beams.
It was beautiful, for a moment – debris cascading through tints of violet and teal. Then a knot formed from inner disgust. That sparkle was connected to rust and dirt. Another indication of neglect, inadequate care, and animals getting hurt.
Finally, dolphins passed our way, including injured Han. Sores visible through the aquarium glass.
Walking briskly, we left Dolphin Lagoon, hearts pounding as each door banged behind us.
Reaching the car, we hid the camera and cranked the engine.
Nervously we reached the exit gate.
“How was your visit?” asked the guard.
“Fine, sir. Just fine.”
In order to get ideas for my piece of fiction this week, I looked up a few tidbits about Singapore. Then, I decided to narrow my search down to a point in history – and I went with the year 1991. I found my muse because Singapore’s Underwater World Oceanarium opened in 1991. Also, this connected with me because did you know that in spring of 1991, I was seriously thinking about becoming a marine biologist. I was all set to attend Florida Atlantic University that Fall, but I changed my mind (went into regular biology and then – and eventually – majored in education). But I smiled at the connection to that year and that short phase in my life.
Turns out, the Underwater World Singapore closed its doors in 2016.
The reason it closed was due to neglect and sub-standard living conditions for the animals. There were two formal investigations done in 2014 (by Wildlife Watcher Singapore and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society). What grabbed my attention was what led to those investigations.
The formal investigations happened because people reported the neglect they observed.
That reminded me that sometimes we might be the one that needs to speak up and not passively assume things are okay.
So in my fiction today, I had a pair of everyday folks doing their part to document an injured animal to help report a neglect issue.
They are everyday heroes.
Thanks for reading.
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Thanks to Karen and Josh for hosting this challenge.
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