Friday Fictioneers – Metropolis


Photo Prompt: (C) Marie Gail Stratford

“From up here you can see more clearly.” The mayor steered Vincent out onto the viewing platform.

Wind whipped the patriarch’s improbably black coif, creating a wild buccaneering air.

“Look at my city, Vincent,” he said. “From here you inspect the whole animal. Where it’s snarled, which bits are diseased and must be replaced. You’ll never grasp that from ground level.”

“Father,” said Vincent, “you and I will never think alike. You picture profit while I see lives.”

“That’s too bad, boy. I always hoped you would take over from me.”

With a tender shove, he toppled the diseased branch.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find It here


39 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Metropolis

  1. Well, he’s right of course. He had to get right up there to see which bit was diseased. I liked the idea of a ‘tender’ shove – it’s what father’s do. Great take on the prompt.

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    1. Well there’s the thing. He felt perfectly justified. And the thing is, we all do. We sacrifice one thing to achieve another. And there is no real way for us to tell whether we’re right or wrong. Only others can tell, and even then, sometimes only in the fullness of time

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  2. That got a shocked laugh out of me. Excellent story, great images, I especially loved that buccaneer coif. Dear Daddy better watch his other saplings lest one puts the saw to the trunk.


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