Lost

Plymouth Rock

Rochelle sets us a one hundred word, flash fiction challenge, prompted by a photo, each week.  Why not give it a try?

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In a moment, Jack was on his feet, his chair rattling across the floor; yelling and pointing threateningly at Professor Childs, eyes wild with rage, spitting venom.
“You can’t say that. Columbus did NOT discover America. There were already people living here. If I stole your home, killed you, raped your wife, sold your children into slavery, would I have discovered it? No!”
Childs looked stunned.
Angela’s gentle hands hugged Jack’s shoulders from behind; soothing.
“Calm down Jack. That’s not what he meant. It’s OK. Come on, calm down now. That battle is already lost.” (95)

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

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About micklively

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38 Responses to Lost

  1. It sounds as though Jack may be Native American. He still feels strongly about the land being taken by the settlers. Good action. Well done Mick. 🙂 — Suzanne

  2. I am interested in what grabs the mind and draws it to the Colonies of America. I see England or maybe Ireland here. It is an interesting take.

  3. rogershipp says:

    I love the multiple meanings of ‘discover’! Well done!

  4. gahlearner says:

    Yes. Find something you want. Call the people who own it inferior, barbarians, heathens, infidels, appoint yourself as sent by a higher power, and it never ends. Good story.

  5. rgayer55 says:

    The Pilgrims were a religious lot. And following Old Testament practices, if God told you that was your land, you were justified in taking it away from the current owners including the spoils.

    Jack does have a good point, though. How do you discover something that’s already there?

  6. It seems you and Rochelle were taken to the same place with this picture. It is a lovely image from Sandra and a timely piece from you.

  7. Painfully sharp, Mick. Well done and so true.

  8. Dale says:

    Definitely appropriate for this time of year. History is rarely written truthfully…

  9. plaridel says:

    it’s just the way it is. history is written from the perspective of the victors.

  10. draliman says:

    Nicely topical and quite powerful. Very nicely written!

  11. If you ask indigenous people, that battle is still going strong. A powerful piece.

  12. jellico84 says:

    Thank you, Miigwetche!

  13. Columbus, another reason to be upset… maybe we should call it smallpox day instead.

  14. It’s Angela’s words, ‘That battle …’ that interests me. There are others, still ongoing, not yet started.

  15. ansumani says:

    I can feel his outrage. Nicely done.

  16. Nortina S. says:

    Yet Columbus Day still exists. *sigh* Angela’s final words says it all.
    Another great, insightful take on the prompt.

  17. Dear Mick,

    Interesting that we took similar paths this week. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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