Friday Fictioneers – Objects Of Amusement

ff231013The people had been queuing since first light. The sun was now high above; beads of sweat dripped down already flushed faces. However, they’d wait.

Of course, everybody had seen the ancient artefacts before – many times. The City though liked to remind. To reaffirm.

An artist’s easel, a rusting typewriter, a broken piano, a ripped and faded book

‘Did we really once need these things?’ a thousand voices would sneer in obsequious unison.

As the crowds drifted back to the suburbs the people of the City would once again take pride in how much better things were these days.The City wouldn’t expect – or accept – any other reaction.


This is my entry into this week’s 100 word challenge over at Friday Fictioneers.

33 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Objects Of Amusement

  1. sustainabilitea

    Paul, I was just thinking today about all the books I have and the ongoing discussion about books vs. e-readers. Your story fit right in there and riffed off it to include various types of art and communication devices. Food for thought.


  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Paul,

    I’m reminded here of the Borg in Star Trek, one of the most sinister and chilling of Star Fleet’s enemies. Resistance is futile. If you’re not a Trekkie, this is meant as a compliment. You captured collective mindset that leaves no room for individuality. Well done.



  3. Lindaura Glamoura

    That was a pretty dark take on the prompt. Hmmm… the City. I always chuckle to myself when I think of what possible use all the plastic and chips and sim cards, etc are going to be when there is no more power, or if an Alien did step down here, how much easier to communicate carvings in stone would be….

  4. draliman

    This immediately brought to my mind images of all the dystopia-themed films I’ve ever seen. Your personification of the City made me think – the City as the embodiment of all those living there or something more sinister – technology run riot to create an almost living, sentient being?
    Very good!


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