He looked down upon his ragtag army of waifs and strays, born and reared in the streets, just like him.

Now they had organisation and purpose. No longer fighting among themselves, no longer squabbling over meagre scraps. He had brought them together, united against their common enemy.

From the rooftop he looked at the skyline of the distant metropolis. The tall, modern skyscrapers gleamed under the calm blue sky. This was where the war would play out.

Inside them the rich and powerful had only heard hints and rumours about the coming storm. Murmurs of a leader among the poor who had given up hope in negotiations and politicians and religious salvation. A boy who had decided the only way to achieve real change, real social justice, was through force.

Here, among the colourful concrete, he was king among his people. Now, the time had come to lead them to a new life where they could all live like kings and queens in the tall palaces of the rich.

Above him, clouds swirled and the sky grew darker.

Copyright Grant-Sud

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story in around 150 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

48 responses to “THE NEW KING”

  1. Another great take on a prompt! I find this really interesting considering the current widening divisions between the poor and the rich/young and the elderly that recent politics is bringing us… how far from the truth could this be? Great story, thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

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  2. Reminds me of the famous Jack Weinberg quote: “Never trust anyone over 30”. Oh, by the way, I loved your Batman sketches and interestingly enough, my take on today’s prompt factors in.

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  3. This is amazing, definitely thought provoking and hugely successful for such little words. I definitely want to read more about this world, this ruler and what his rule will mean for the rich.
    I love how different this is, I enjoyed writing from this prompt and it looks like you did too.

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      • lain you’ve been to my site a few times, and I hadn’t really had a chance to spend time on yours. I DO try to be sincere with my comments. I really don’t go around “liking” posts – I like a lot of “comments” to acknowledge I got their response or we are bantering back and forth and I’m cracking up. Most of the time, I try to avoid the common generic responses of “well-done,” “Well-written,” “Great post.” “Good job.”

        Although positive – everyone writes that – almost identical response on each post. Makes me wonder if they truly read it.

        And honestly, I haven’t come across a lot of material I thoroughly enjoy, so I was very excited to read a piece creative and well-written. I felt like it was an excerpt from a book.

        thank you!

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      • Thanks Sandi. I do try to visit a lot of sites, especially when taking part in a group prompt. Sometimes that can lead to the occasional generic response, but I still like to acknowledge someone’s work, even if it is to say ‘well done’! I agree though, it is nice to get a comment that really shows someone has read your work and taken time to think about what you have written. 🙂

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  4. This one had it all. A great theme to begin with, great characterisation between the haves and have nots, a dark, foreboding tone and to top it all your usual brevity of words, succinct to the core. Very well written, Lian.

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  5. Whaaat. Okay, there’s such a great sense of suspense and buildup but I was a little confused at the ending as to what exactly the story was building up to. Is it a revolution? Are there supernatural forces at work?

    Regardless, you always write so well Iain! It’s a pleasure to read your work every week 🙂

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  6. Interesting story reminds me of both “Lord of the Flies” a novel we read in school a lot and also a British/Irish movie called “The War of the Buttons.” Great writing

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