Microfiction: What price power?

A 99 word story for Charli Mills’ flash fiction challenge.

He watched through the bullet proof, explosion proof glass canopy of his vehicle, the adoring crowds, weeping, waving, holding up their children to see him. How many security guards lined the route? How many marksmen were posted on the roofs? How many helicopters patrolled the city to detect any suspicious movement? It was necessary. His life was too important to be put at risk. It would be a shame about the children though, if terrorists struck

Too bad he couldn’t trust God to keep him safe, the Pope thought.

He raised a hand and slowly waved at a baby.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

19 thoughts on “Microfiction: What price power?”

  1. I thought diplomatic person of importance, then realized it was the Pope. What a juxtaposition of powers, the one who gets divine power relies on modern protection. Ah…that baby wave. Killer of a touch to this story!

  2. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh I just read this on Charli’s round up and was all like “ohhhhh BOOOM, she didnt….. Oh, oh, she did! She went there!!” F***ing Loved this. You have single handedly got me out of my ferociously bad mood today. I love taking a punch at the powers that be, any of them, I don’t discriminate, but I especially like having a pop at the pope! This is deep. Goddamn love it.

    1. Glad you liked the sentiments 🙂 I don’t have a particular thing about the Pope. I’d have a go at any of the towel heads, muftis chief rabbis the Dalai Lama but the Pope’s easier to spell. And I won’t get firebombed poking fun at him.

      1. Loooool. Like I said, I don’t really discriminate, politicians, yobs, gobshites, sexists, bigots, misogynists, any religious or non religious affiliation…. In fact, anyone that cares to contradict my concept of right and wrong really!!

        Had a bit of a day of it today. Possibly spoke my mind a bit too loudly, so this was utterly well timed!

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