The More Things Change… – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.


Image © J Hardy Carroll Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires J Hardy Carroll’s permission.


The More Things Change…

The plaza is empty, the only thing left is Henry’s shoe.

I pick it up, he’ll want to have it as a keepsake when he gets released from jail. If he gets released from jail. You never know these days. We’re made into scapegoats. Lügenpresse. The Nazis loved to use this word. And now it is en-vogue again.

I was lucky that someone opened a door for me when the mob attacked, but Henry’s camera gear slowed him down. Riot police looked on as he was beat up. Then they arrested him.

I should have helped him. I feel guilty.

.(100 words)


 

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56 thoughts on “The More Things Change… – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. Freedom of the press should be sacrosanct and respected. Unfortunately some of the press have muddied the waters and allowed sinister elements excuses to silence them. When abdicating responsibility they allow those they would expose, the same licence. It’s a complicated debate but no one should be beaten and arrested for carrying a camera. Great take.

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  2. Well done. After reading it through twice, I focused on the last line: “I should have helped him. I feel guilty” For me, this forms the crux of the story. They were there as a team and he was saved and his partner was arrested and he did nothing to save him. Perhaps, could not do anything to save him, which is most probably the case. This then leads to survivor’s guilt and a cycle of questions about what he could’ve done differently. The attacks on the press then serve to heighten the tension and add something of a morale crusade to the mix and the need to defend freedom of speech. There is so much contained in just 100 words. Well done.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. Thank you. Absolutely. Still. In many cases we will have to ask ourselves if we could have done something. I had hoped I’d never get into that situation, but I find the general trend towards authoritarianism frightening.

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    1. This needs to be answere right away. Because I do, too. LOL– I just arrived at Season 8 and S1 of SGA. And I saw Heroes a few days ago, too. I’m also blown away by the portrayal of Senator Kinsey. He is frighteningly familiar.
      I rewatch the SG world regularly, every two years or so. Next on my list will be Babylon 5.

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        1. Ah yes, sounds a lot like my ‘agenda’. I never watched Star Trek episode after episode though, that’s on my to-do list. I also regularly rewatch Babylon 5 and Battlestar Galactica. Who has time for new series? 😀

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  3. Rather than as a comment on journalists per se I saw this more as a statement of his cowardice and opportunism. Run away in haste and repent at leisure because that is what we do, we act in accordance to our selfish nature and then absolve ourselves of all wrongdoing by feeling guilty or apologizing. Why do something you are bound to feel guilty about or will need to apologize for? A very powerful piece.

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    1. A very astute observation, Dahlia. I think you’re a lot braver than I would be. What would I have done has followed me all my life, and more recently I have to ask myself, will I do the right thing? The flight reflex is strong.

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      1. Indeed the flight reflex is strong and inbuilt in our psyche. Yet many do rise above it and that is what I aspire to and look up to. Given a situation I cannot help but wonder what I would have done – there is a lot of difference between saying, knowing and doing isnt there?

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        1. That is so true. I’m German, and the ‘what would I have done’ question is with me since I can think for myself. And with the rise of fascists all over the place, it’s not a rhetorical question any longer.

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  4. Your narrator’s guilt comes across so well, and the scenario described is truly a scary one. This leaves the reader with a sense of unease, about police who watch violence perpetrated and do nothing, and a cameraman imprisoned for only doing his job.

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