The Exodus Committee By Chris Wheat #59

Our hero, Tim Taylor, is an artist commissioned by the International Exodus Affairs Committee. His work is to be a part of the great re-branding of 2042 as “Year 1 Post-Earth,” and his work will be in the first gallery on Mars. Tim is in love with press liaison Madame Sandy Mendes, who makes a surprise visit on the day of the committee meeting. That very same day, Tim’s boss, Madame Lauren Ickathy, arrives in search of Tim’s final masterpiece to complete her collection. However, despite the tremendous importance of all of the events going on around the world: the burning rainforests, trash washing up all over the globe, and our impending exodus, Monsieur Tim Taylor has been out enjoying the French Riviera and he has shirked his duties in both his personal and professional life. His piece is a disaster.

Ruined, Tim wallows in self despair. He goes to an ex-patriate bar with his fellow ex-pat artists, who berate him for his laziness and for making them look bad. Tim apologizes profusely. In addition to making them look bad, he has brought a bad “vibe,” to their night: a night they hoped to fill with consuming a hallucinogenic fungus. The artists all engage on their own personal trips that night, Tim’s taking him back to the Gaulish roots of the region he now knows as the Riviera. His meeting with the tribal Gaulish Chief and Shaman help him put his priorities back in order. He paints with new vigor and re-pursues Madame Mendes. He takes Madame Mendes on a date, and they discuss their future together as the mothership, EAGLE – ARK 1, is discussed on the television. Tim, now recommitted and prepared to get down on one knee to make the trip with Madame Mendes, ensures there will be a happy ending to their story.

About the author:

Chris Wheat grew up in Washington D.C. and Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2015 with a degree in philosophy and public affairs, after which he began a journey through the counterculture in search of a better way to create sustainable change in the world. He believes in the power of fiction to inspire, to impact policy, and to impact social change. When he is not writing he tries to stay involved in political activism.

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