For this year’s A to Z Blog Challenge, Richard and Jayden are worldbuilding! Using Rebekah Loper‘s book The A-Zs of Worldbuilding as a guide, we have teamed up to give descriptions of the world we’re creating, along with snippets of what it’s like to exist in the world. Enjoy!
Background by Jayden for H is for History:
No one talks about the before times. No one wants to discuss what happened when the seas rose and the air became too warm. No one wants to talk about how the dinosaurs broke free and took over the land, driving people underground and to areas where they could live safely. The younger generation wants to know. What happened? How did they end up this way? And who else is left out there?
Story by Richard:
“We shouldn’t be here,” Marcus whispered.
“They shouldn’t be hiding our history from us! Get on your knees,” said Olivia
Marcus dropped down on his knees and looked up at her.
“Not like that, hands and knees, I need a step up.”
Marcus shifted his position, “Sorry, miss, I’m re–” he grunted when she stepped up on his back, reaching for the top shelf at the back of the library.
“There was one pre-dino reference book that I could find. It’s listed as a dictionary but…”
She pulled the thick blue hard cover off the shelf and stepped down, lightly placing it on the floor and pointing her flashlight at it. WEBSTER’S NEW TWENTY FIRST CENTURY DICTIONARY UNABRIDGED SECOND EDITION was embossed in gold on the cover. She flipped it open, the crinkle of the old pages magnified in the empty library.
“But back here there’s all kinds of other stuff. Maps, history, biology. My dad talked about a book like this that his dad had when he was a kid. It must’ve slipped through the purge.”
She paged through to the end of the history section. “In 2038 ⇈├𝟇⚲ Bezos-Musk funded production of the Dino-Genesis project… reintroduced species escaped containment… collapse of United States government… isolationist neo-federation of Adirlachson.”
“We know most of that already, it’s not like we don’t have history class.”
“But look here,” she said. “Territories of post-United States political bodies. Cascadia, DelMarVa, Franklin…”
“There were all kinds of states before Adirlachson, we know that too.”
“These maps are less than a hundred years old though. You really think a state with more than fifteen million people got wiped out by dinosaurs, with no survivors?”
“What are you saying?”
“I think that graffiti we found in the tunnels is right. I think there are still other people out there. A lot of people.”
Marcus opened his mouth to argue, but shut it when the door to the library creak open and the lights flicked on.
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