Vikram watches with growing uncertainty as Isaac turns round and around, searching for a landmark in the heavy fog. Neon signs glow through it like stars, tinted green by the algae; it's like a rainbow galaxy surrounds them, dotted with light. They may as well be floating in a nebula cloud for all they can see of San Francisco, anyway.
Vik signs a question. Their face-masks muffle whispers, and they daren't raise their voices and alert any drones, of course. They're not stupid. Every SF kid knows sign language for fog running, and Vik has picked it up fast since moving here from Sacramento.
Do you know where you're going? Vik exaggerates the signs so they're obvious even through plastic goggles. Every inch of skin is covered for them both.
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This story came from a writing contest in the Codex Writing Group, from the prompt "Why do people like kissing?" It got me thinking about the lengths people will go to for such a simple act, the risks they'll take, because really: what could be more important than making that sort of intimate connection to someone? Some things are worth the risks, and you don't need to explain it or justify it. Life is more than just survival. Live for the good things, the exciting things, the things that make your heart race a little faster.
I have no idea if algae can ever become fogborne like this--I suspect it's just too heavy--but climate change has surprised us before, and will surprise us again. The title comes from one of my favourite EPs, by Dashboard Confessional, because you never truly outgrow being an emo kid.