This Too Shall Pass

Posted: November 9, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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The King – oppressor of nations, spiller of blood, slaughterer of innocents – stood upon the balcony, looking over the colorful peaked roofs. His voice was furious as he spoke to the prophet behind him: old, beaten, bruised, still refusing to bow.

“You say that I will fall,” the king mocked. “But I am like the sun. I am forever.”

“No,” the prophet replied. “You are like a mayfly. You will die as all men do. Your tyranny will not be without end. No evil lasts forever.”

The King died, as all men die, and the kingdom was free again.

Word Count: 98

This is for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for running the challenge and Sandra Cook for providing the prompt photo!

(And yeah, there might be some current events bleeding in here. I work through my problems using writing.)

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Dramatic take – I can see a parallel to certain events today – let’s hope the king doesn’t tun out to be as evil as some suspect… Great writing.

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  2. Nick Anthony says:

    And just like a mayfly, even the sun will die

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  3. Wonderful and seems to reflect a Biblical account. Is that true?
    The title is so apt!
    Also reminds me of the poem

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, whose frown
    And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mock’d them and the heart that fed.
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
    Nothing beside remains: round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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  4. I said hurrah at the end!

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  5. I love a happy ending!

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  6. gahlearner says:

    Good for the people in your tale that they were free. I hope the heirs turn out to be better.

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  7. Michael Wynn says:

    It’s great they’re free, let’s hope another tyrant doesn’t gain power over them.

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