The Tornado in Texas
by Meghashri Dalvi
Jason watched the cocoon sway in the light Brazilian breeze. From a tiny opening at one end, something stirred.
The opening widened a little, the creature wriggled to make it
bigger. Jason found a sharp twig and slowly cut open the cocoon. The
dull butterfly inside moved a little. Jason waited, hoping that the
butterfly would soon spread its wings and fly away.
But its body was not sufficiently developed to pump energy in those tiny lifeless wings.
When Jason left the garden to meet his friends for dinner, the butterfly was still struggling to get out.
And so it never got to flutter its wings. The air pressure around it
never rose exponentially. And there was no chance for the effect to get
further amplified. The upper atmospheric layers did not get the
transferred swirls of the warm air. Nor did they propagate the
atmospheric movement hundreds of kilometers around.
The Chaos Theory got its inverse case.
And the Tornado in Texas never happened.
© 2019 Meghashri Dalvi
Dr. Meghashri Dalvi consults in Technical Communication, when she
is not writing science fiction or teaching Management. Her stories have
appeared in Aphelion, Ascent Aspirations, Anotherealm, Quantummuse,
101Words, and Flash Fiction Press.
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