(Beginning of) Short story – Year 3019

We can send men to Mars. We can pay with just the chip in our arm. We even have flying cars. We can do so much. Why is it that we can’t cure diseases, can’t find a solution for poverty or even saving our planet? It’s complicated, that’s what they say. We don’t have the money, the resources, the what-have-I-not-heard in this endless fight. However, there was no way of knowing that our planet would be hit by this asteroid. Now we have one day left on our dying planet. One day to what? Save the people? Save the world? I don’t think it’s possible anymore. One day is not enough. We should have done something while we could but there were always people who knew it better. Or: people who had more power and more money. Because isn’t that the truth? We don’t matter unless we come with bags of cash. Why save our planet when you can save yourself? But it doesn’t matter anymore. The very rich of our beloved earth are already on another planet. Who knows doing what. Probably ruining it. And me? I’m stuck here for one last day. I have twenty-four hours and I don’t know what to do. My parents are those lucky ones on another planet. My brother is already dead. And for my friends. I lost them a while ago. Maybe it’s time to leave the past behind and apologize for all the things I’ve done. I honestly thought I knew what was right. Some things you cannot know until it’s too late. Like the terrifying asteroid flying toward us. What if it’s too late to apologize? Maybe they’re better without. But if I don’t go, I will regret it for precisely twenty-three hours, fifty minutes and ten seconds. Screw it. I have nothing to lose. It’s 3019 and it’s almost over…

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