Trifextra: 3.5 Billion Years Ago


3.5 Billion Years Ago

Waves of liquid fire lap at shores lined with twisted cliffs. The sky blazes with bolide rain. This earth is wild. Hostile. Fierce. A smouldering rock floating among the stars. Labouring towards life.


This is my submission for this weekend’s Trifextra challenge, in which we had to write a time travel story in exactly 33 words.

And don’t forget to check out the upcoming Speakeasy challenge. The prompts for the coming week are up!


Image credit: Tanguy de Saint Cyr /


35 thoughts on “Trifextra: 3.5 Billion Years Ago

  1. This is stunning, Suzanne. That you can make me see all that way into the past is mind boggling. Labouring towards life *swoons* *swoons despite the extra u* : )

  2. Labouring toward life. You always write such beautiful lines, I can’t say “oh this one” or “that one!” but combined in the 33 words, they were telling and made me sit up. it was the possibility of “us” as a civilization and that is POWERFUL. 🙂

    hope you had a good weekend

  3. I like the potency of the imagery here – every word concise and powerful.
    PS – the image reminds me of my honeymoon in Hawaii. 🙂

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