99 word prompt : environment

July 23, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to show what it is to protect nature around us. It can be set in any era or told in any genre. You can fictionalize a true story or completely make it up. Go where the prompt leads!

If you want to participate, here’s the link:  CARROT RANCH

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The first day I met her, I knew she had my sense of humor.  

She’d been a military MP.  After retirement, she chose a receptionist job that lacked the stress of policing soldiers.

“It’s hot in here, and you’re wearing a sweater?” she asked me.

 “People move here from up north, complain about the environment, and add to the problem by turning on the air conditioning.”

 “It’s essential,” she insisted.

“If everyone who couldn’t live without air conditioning fled, true Floridians would be so happy.”  Her frown became a scowl. I added with a smirk, “All ten of us.”