Ming’s Solution


“What’s this, Ming?” Chang asked his daughter, referring to the milk carton with the antenna sticking out of it.

“It’s a smog exterminator,” she replied.

“How does it work?”

“All you have to do is turn on the switch here,” she said, turning the box around to show him a black piece of tape stuck on the back.  “Then, you press this button.”  She turned the box back around and pressed the picture of the cow.  “A mist comes out of the tower here.”  She pointed to the antenna.  “When the mist touches the smog, it dissolves it, making the air cleaner and breathable.  So what do you think?”

“Very impressive.”

“I care about our environment so, I’m trying to come up with different solutions.  This is my latest.”

“I’m very proud of you, Ming.  I’ve no doubt that one of these days you’ll succeed in improving our environment.” Too bad, I won’t live to see it.  The doctor had informed him that he had only six months left.

“Dad, you’re crying.”

173 Words

This was written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted by Priceless Joy. For more information visit Here.  To read the other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit Here.


  1. I was so proud of Ming and her invention and then that ending…I hope Ming’s invention takes off and her dad is able to see the beginning stages of how it changes the environment and people’s lives.

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