Dart Valley Writers U3A




Hugh Treseder


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R'Ghon demolition team Z1750 were enjoying a tea-break.  Tea was the only Earth drink that they enjoyed, and they slurped down huge bowls of the hot liquid with many appreciative grunts of pleasure.  It had been a busy morning of destruction and the team felt that they had deserved their break. The targets today were human Museums in what remained of London.  So far they had obliterated the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert, the Wallace Collection and several smaller reminders of so-called human culture.

The aim was to wipe out any lasting memories of what little the people of earth had achieved, so that the few humans still alive would not keep hankering after what they perceived as their heritage. Their new role was as tea growers and servants for the R'Ghon rulers. They found it amusing to keep a few human slaves in camps to remind them of their easy victory over these primitive life-forms who seemed to have had as their main aim the spoliation of their perfectly pleasant planet.

When the R'Ghon ships arrived to take over Earth and make it into a holiday destination they had found nuclear weapons everywhere, the seas full of plastic and the wonderful forests nearly gone. The humans had let their populations explode, which had led to catastrophe for most other species of life on the planet, so something had had to be done to stop the pollution spreading out to other worlds. The R'Ghon were chosen to sort the place out because of their age-old reputation as environmental planet-cleaners who had the knowledge and power to sort rogue worlds out quickly and efficiently without any fuss.

They had started by eliminating nuclear and other weapon systems, followed by all forms of plastic wherever they were found. All aircraft, ships and land vehicles were destroyed. A ninetyeight percent cull of humans followed, with the survivors put into reservations where they could be easily controlled and educated.  Huge clean-up operations swiftly followed on land and at sea.  Roads, railways and most buildings were destroyed and extensive landscaping and tree planting schemes put in place.

Demolition team Z1750 were a specialist unit who prided themselves on their work, and had won numerous awards for their thoroughness and the speed at which they completed their tasks.  After they had sorted out the human museums they were going on to do libraries, and then, they hoped, churches and cathedrals. They had all been upset when another team, Y1887, had got the plum job of demolishing country houses and castles, but they felt the religious targets would win them another award because of the wide variety of buildings to be dealt with,  It was such a fun job and so satisfying.