Benevolent Leadership – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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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 little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.


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Benevolent Leadership

“Take the crayons for the children, burn the rest.”

“This is an antique telephone. Shouldn’t it go to a museum? Together with the photographs?”

“No! No keepsakes, nothing of the sort. No sentimental reminders of an idealized past. Nothing that could be seen as a symbol, as something to fight for. The past must be forgotten or it will never get better.”

“Better for whom?”

“For them. For us. For everybody.”

“They won’t like that. They value their memories. That’s all they’ve got left. Won’t they riot?”

“What could those few possibly do to us? They’re only human after all.”

(100 words)

I pledge

Happy New Year, Friday Fictioneers!

I haven’t been around since August, good grief! I didn’t even realize that I’ve skipped that many challenges. Work is its own challenge these days and it’s not going to get better. I’m glad to be back, at least for a bit, but more regularly now I hope. I missed you all. And I haven’t written anything since August. Do I ever feel rusty! I hope you all had a good start into the new year.





35 thoughts on “Benevolent Leadership – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Neil. I think ‘they’ are dead wrong, as those of us who want to see sadly see in far too many places these days. We’re unable and unwilling to learn from our mistakes, it seems.


    1. Thank you Dale! 🙂 I’m glad that I could think of something. These last weeks, I’ve been staring at the pictures Rochelle posted, but it was all blank.
      Yes, only humans… who knows who or what else is there… 😉

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    1. Thank you Rochelle. And I’m glad to be back and hope I can keep it up more regularly. I’ve been staring at your pictures for weeks now, but no idea came.
      Who has the conversation? Hm, up to the reader… 😉


    1. Thank you Lynn, and to you. 🙂 I often write backwards, or halfway backwards, and then the ‘backstory’ gets too long and I have to cut. LOL:


  1. Okay, So after reading the comments I went back and read the story from end to beginning. Strangely, I got stopped on the same line: “The past must be forgotten or it will never get better.” That’s a good talking point, for sure.

    Also thought it quite benevolent of this leader that he wanted to save the crayons for the children.

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    1. Thank you Linda. I know a bit about these mysterious creatures, they are part of another story, and that’s why the last line came to my mind. Since I wanted this to stand on its own, I left it vague. About the sentence with the past: victors and dictators tend to rewrite history. And these days we all can watch how there are efforts at twisting and erasing parts of history. If the people who want to remember don’t make an effort, who will?

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  2. Funny, I’ve been reading a non-fiction book in which the author seems to have an idealized view of the past. Of course, it might have been an ideal time for him but not so for women or minorities. But what your say is right–past life as a glory time provides a sense, perhaps misplaced, of wanting to keep that time.

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    1. Thank you! You make a very good point. History is never the same story for different people. But does the glorified view and misuse of some justify complete erasure?

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      1. I personally don’t think any relics of the past or elements of history should be torn down or eradicated, even if they speak of a past best forgotten because although we may think it’s good of us to tear down a statue erected 100 years ago, it’s better to remember so events do not repeat. Presuming we’re smart enough.


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