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197 was here to represent her region’s interests and foremost to draw attention to deteriorating habitats all around the world. She often thought chaos loomed just out of sight, affecting her every action and consideration. She slowly stopped to clear her mind while she slid the zipper of her comfort suit to its closed position at the nape of her neck. Gazing up, a field of large trusses loomed above her, arranged one after the other like soldiers marching for the cause. Pipes and ducts were arranged in a flexible grid pattern infilling the empty space within the structure, only leaving gaps for skylights that opened up to the exterior. Each pipe was distinct in size and color, but together they made up a dense web capable of producing almost any climatic condition imaginable. She knew the ducts could operate like traditional mechanical systems, producing airflow and humidity, but she also recognized that the vents and tubes could generate more sinister elements like smog and acid rain. Barefoot, she began hurrying to the day’s first meeting, soil passing through her slender toes. There were many things that felt familiar in the parliament, but an equal number of unknowns. She recognized the beautiful eucalyptus growing along the lockers’ edge but had never seen the small animal that was hiding in its shadow. That was the nature of the parliament, nothing was as expected. She reached her destination and began listening to the discussion. The ground was bare; hardly any grass peaked through the trodden soil. Many discussions had taken place in this area days before, and from its disheveled state, she could surmise the previous meetings had not gone particularly well. This thought troubled her, but beyond she could see a new forest had taken root. Peering into the foliage, 197 could make out a baby deer lying near its mother. This brought a smile to her lips and reminded her that success happens every day at the Parliament; when balance is achieved habitats thrive.
———————————————————————— Part 2 of 5 of “Political Climates” by by Haley Koesters, Natalia O’Neill Vega, Daria Piekos - Honorable Mention in the 2019 Fairy Tale Competition