He was happy with his handiwork. Sturdy cages, strong padlocks, each capable of holding two people, three if they were small.

Business was booming, extra capacity was needed, the good times were rolling.

It had been coming for a while. The overthrow was complete, the government was gone.

Now they would experience the real life results of their ‘tough’ policies on immigration and benefits – see how they liked being kept in cages while they waited on ‘processing’.

With the current spate of corrupt politicians, it could take anything up to five years for them to clear the system.

Copyright J Hardy Carroll

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.

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73 responses to “PROCESSING”

  1. I don’t like the idea of anyone locked up in a cage. But if anyone NEEDS to be locked up for a while – educationally … – perhaps some current specimen from the deepest swamp might not be the worst thing to have ‘housed’ in such.
    Then again, I do resist the idea that going down to the level of depravity shown by those who cage the vulnerable, even the sick and very young, is to become a bit like them and normalize depravity ..
    So … lemme think of that.
    You go on and build them cages, though. To each their own (and we might need a backup plan, anyway …) OY vey!

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  2. The tables are turning. Yet, the seat of power can corrupt anyone. On we go, round and round. Good take, Iain. Hope we get to see such a day, even if we get only one of it.

    Congrats on the second book. 🙂

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  3. The good times were rolling. I wonder the undertakers thought the same during the period of the Black Death?
    The question to be answered is where does corruption begin and end. He who holds the chains of slavery holds the key to life – I say.

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  4. The problem is corrupt politicians are like phoenixes. Every one who’s taken down is replaced by another. Though it does seem like we’re finally down to the worst of the worst.

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  5. A dream come true! 😉
    On a more serious note, what a good reminder of the ugly realities behind the euphemisms ‘tough policies on immigration and benefits’ and ‘processing’.

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  6. To be fair, there are some good politicians. But they are few and far between, and they either get assasinated or quietly pushed out. Your story sheds a light on humanity, because whoever is in power always seems to use that power to lock up whomever they deem unworthy.


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