Friday Flash Fiction

Marie Gail Stratford

Picture courtesy of Marie Gail Stratford         

I’m not even sure what I’m seeing in this photo. My first impression was that it looked remarkably like the Iron Throne (for the uninitiated, that would be from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, and yes, I’ve read them all). But on closer inspection, the photo seems to be of a window that is either broken or covered in ice crystals. In the end, I had to go with what it made me feel – that something bad has happened.

Word count: 102

Barbarians at the Gate

The old guard retreated to their plush panic rooms, secure in the knowledge they would prevail. The rabble outside the gates could rail and rant and rattle, but the One Percenters held their power as birthright.

Only the number crunchers saw it coming. A shift in the tide, the turn of the tables. The meltdown was in full freefall before the first window was smashed.

Ash settled across the city, anointing the new order with smudges reminding them they came from dust and to dust they would return. But until then, there was rebuilding to do. A rebirth of sorts. A resurrection.

© Erin Leary

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23 thoughts on “Friday Flash Fiction

  1. I like where this is going (and how it is told)–and wonder, will it go the way of most revolutions where fanaticists take over and crush the hope, or will it be a real rebuilding? (I should stop reading the news…)

  2. Hurrah! An Iron Throne reference, which is the reason I snapped this photo in the first place.

    Good story this week, Erin. I like the way you took the age-old tale of an uprising and told it in a fresh way as a sort of cautionary tale to the powers of today. Nice work.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

  3. Erin, I had the same first impression of the picture! I won’t rant about GRRM because I’m mad that he’s never going to finish the books but I just started watching the HBO series and I love it! Your story had that hint of medieval fantasy to it but rather than remind me of GoT, it reminded me of the Russian Revolution.

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