I feel desperately thirsty.
The dry itching behind my throat that signaled the feeling began long ago and steadily increased. It was currently climaxing. Ah well, I had held on for long enough. I reached toward the precious bottle that sat innocently on the floor. Unscrewing the lid, I touched it to my lips, allowing a carefully calculated measurement of the cool, priceless liquid to seep down my parched throat.
I return the bottle to its original place and stare listlessly out of the window. The scene outside perfectly illustrates the outcome of the event my history textbook dubs- “The Nuclear Holocaust”
The Holocaust had lots of effects. Economies came crashing down. Political borders disappeared. But more importantly, most of the water on earth became contaminated.
The Earth faced a huge crisis. We had to figure out a solution, now, or die. At first, the latter seemed more likely. Then AquaPure, a tiny startup company, took the initiative to begin purifying water. The desperate earth quickly showed its support and the company grew explosively.
Now, it was the only source for water. A few years ago, a scandal had sprung up over the safety of letting all water come from a single company without checking it for danger. AquaPure had easily won the lawsuit, though, mostly because nobody wanted to lose clean water. But there was another reason too. Nobody feared for their lives anymore, because nobody wanted to kill anybody anymore. They had too many problems as it is, and they saw no point. It was an ideal arrangement, a win for everybody- except, possibly, the now terribly bored police department.
I cough. The water left a bitter taste in my mouth. I wonder why.
This feels weird. Nothing dangerous could possibly be happening, right? Nope, impossible.
The world goes black.
Two men enter the apartment. One bends and creates a small, precise cut in the dead girls arm and draws some blood. The blood is transparent and almost abnormally thin. The second man presses two fingers to his ears. “Test 1 successful. Blood 99% diluted. Collecting samples now. Eligible for further testing.”
“Roger that. At this rate, we’ll soon have a sustainable way to create drinking water!”