Once in the green area, Taya knew exactly what to look for. When she was searching for butterflies outside Aire, by chance she spotted a dozen of exemplars collecting nectar from the passion flower that grew also in Aire’s botanical garden, where she was now standing. Butterflies had not been spotted for years in Aire, yet their role in the micro ecosystem was fundamental for the survival of the plants. Sure, there were artificial ways of pollination, but the goal of Aire was to rely as little as possible on technology and maintain a self-sustaining ecosystem. Taya’s research suggested that butterflies might still be living in the remaining vegetation of the Amazon basin from which most of the wildlife had almost completely perished. So on the advice of Professor Elro, she had carefully captured the butterflies she found in a box only to release them a few minutes later in the green area of Aire. It was uncertain whether they would acclimate to the new surroundings and eventually lay their eggs, but now that doubt was gone. Continue reading
Some two centuries from our present time, the future we feared has become reality. Untamable climate change has taken its toll on the planet and shaken the technologically advanced society to the core. The extreme pollution and radiation have made the health care system dependent on the medical oxygen supplies and rare healing herbs imported from the last remaining natural reserve called Aire.
This isolated community is a home to Taya, a young woman who secretly wishes she could travel the world and at least once experience life outside of her secluded hometown.
As a result of a peculiar turn of events, Taya finds herself all alone for the first time in a strange city she does not belong in. Here, in the capital of the new world, she encounters a kind man who shares her values and passions. But, as their short romance unfolds, a cloud of danger hovers over her hometown.
Unaware of the environmental disaster that threatens to destroy Aire, she is torn between nostalgia for her home and the desire to stay with her soul mate, whom she might never see again if their contrasting worlds continue to drift apart.
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