Five Sentence Fiction – Freedom

Five sentence fiction – Freedom

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“Freedom is a curse,” he smiled as he spoke through yellow teeth, pushing back strands of yellowing, gray hair.

The smile faded from his face, his eyes glazed and he began to shake.  He dropped a faded Polaroid.

I picked it up and stumbled backwards when I saw it was a picture of me. I looked up and he was gone, but I was wearing his clothes.

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Author’s Notes

Ahh, the old switcheroo! Always a classic. This time with a twist on freedom. You see, I didn’t want to do the patriotic freedom thing, or “freedom isn’t free,” which I anticipated would be popular. Ever the contrarian, I steered clear of the easy answer and went with my fave, scifi.

Discussions

  1. Like the way the switch occurred, assuming now the old man is free at the expense of the other. There’s so much in such few words. Well done! x

  2. Lisa Shambrook

    Creepy, but a great take on the prompt!

  3. Steve Husted

    Thanks for the comments, glad it was conveyed well. It’s always a guess if the vision in your head can translate in so few words.

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