The Innocence of New Buildings

Posted: November 12, 2018 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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There is a purity in beginnings, the architect thinks as watches the digger trundle across virgin earth.

A fresh building is like a newborn, untainted by people and purpose. The building simply is. A thing unto itself.

The digger claws at dirt, gouging holes in the earth, ready for the foundation to be laid. The architect watches and the building takes shape in his mind, his pen strokes and measurements becoming strong walls and gleaming windows. Beautiful apartments. A new way to live.

Shouts echo across the site. The fence is broken; a woman is running towards them, screaming, a can of paint in her hand, security tight behind her.

The architect doesn’t dodge in time. Red paint goes everywhere, like blood.

“Our homes!” she screams as they drag her away. “You tore down our homes!”

Hatred simmers in the architect’s heart. The purity is gone. She defiled it.

Word Count: 150

This is for FFfAW. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and wildverbs for providing the prompt photo!

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    Excellent writing! “For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit” – Noam Chomsky

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  2. michael1148humphris says:

    There can be two sides to any story, which is clear here.

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    As Michael says, two sides to any story. She may have loved her home, but was it any good, or did they need to be torn down? Good write.

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  4. Lynn Love says:

    An interesting view from both sides there. Sad that anyone has to lose their home, yet it happens all the time. Nicely done

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  5. Jade M. Wong says:

    What an ending. Powerful. Something has to be destroyed in order for something else to be built.

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  6. Abhijit Ray says:

    One person’s creation another person’s destruction. Woman has a right to be upset if a new construction coming up breaking her dwelling.

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  7. Joe Owens says:

    Progress is a word with many meanings, depending on your perspective.

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