Friday Flash Fiction

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Photo courtesy of C.E. Ayr

I’ve seen this mural – and others like it. From the talented artist, Wyland, this building was an icon in Vancouver, BC, our neighbor to the north. An article on the demolition is here.

Word count: 100

Whaling Wall

“’Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth…’ ”

“It’s progress, Hank! Progress is good.” Peter wiped his hands on his Carharts as he readied the controls.

Hank shook his head. “It’s Dostoyevsky, asshole. But when it comes to really doing the right thing…”

“I know, I know. We’re all doomed. You keep telling me.”

“We can’t keep this way of life up. Not without consequences.”

Peter swung the wrecking ball again, the resounding strike tumbling aqua-colored bricks like teardrops on the ground.

The full quote of Dostoyevsky’s is: “Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you — and that is true, alas, for almost every one of us!” from the Brothers Karamazov.

To see other stories, please visit the Rochelle Wisoff-Fields site here.

© Erin Leary

12 thoughts on “Friday Flash Fiction

  1. Great story, and so true. It’s even more touching letting the demolition workers philosophize about it while they do their work. A sad thing to destroy such a picture.

  2. Erin, funny, but we seem to be following each other in the comments! Or, I am following you… each time I open a story, there you are, right before me!

    This is one of my favorites this week. The Dostoyevsky is potent enough, but the truth in the storytelling is haunting and so beautifully done! Thanks for including the link. I was stunned to see the photo, unaware that the Whaling Wall had been torn down. 😦 Ahh… sad.

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