He felt old. He felt tired.

Forty years leading his people, the Father of the Nation. Now they wanted rid of him.

How could they be so ungrateful?

He freed them from oppression. Didn’t they remember?

Resign, they cried. Perhaps he should.

Father Time was catching up with him.

The clock ticked relentlessly.

No. There was still much to be done.

He locked the clock away in the closet. Back to work.


They watched the old man shuffle across his cell. He banged his fist into his palm. He started addressing an imaginary audience.

No one listened anymore.

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

86 responses to “DICTATOR”

  1. Thanks for inspiring me to read about him, Iain. Leaders should realise their mission is to lead the country and its men to light( while still in power) .
    Wonderfully written.

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  2. I’m sure it reflects badly on me as a person, but to think of men like Mugabe shuffling in their slippers, locked up and ignored pleases me. He’s lucky – he could have ended up like Musolini and I’m certain he would have deserved it. Well written Iain

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      • Tee-hee!😂😂
        I just posted this on my FB page

        What’s in a name?

        Emersion from exiled immersion
        The crocodile appears
        Sangfroid, devoid of fears
        It’s cold dead eyes
        Survey the land of its people
        Now it’s great prize
        With some trepidation
        A crown is bestowed
        But will it live up to its name?
        Will it show us its death roll?
        Emersion from immersion
        We’ll see, as events unfold

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  3. The great liberator has fallen on bad times. As per news reports “former first family is pitifully depressed and lonely”. You’ve got the portrayal down pat.

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    • Thank you – Gandhi was a very different person, although in the end he may have felt some of the same despair that no one was listening to him anymore.


      • Yep he was different. The first part would apply to him.
        I wonder if he felt that way when Godse shot him. If you watch the movie Gandhi where Ben Kingsley is the main protagonist, you will note this.
        Thank you!

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  4. Nice one! Time for a change (overdue). I liked the style, with the short, snappy sentences.
    Any resemblance to any person alive or dead is purely coincidental 😉

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  5. Hi Iain, this is wonderful. I particularly liked all the different forms of confinement in the story : the man himself, time, the hiding of the clock, his cell, his madness (?). So impressed by how the story has a really sharp focus but raises so many issues. Cool!

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