Palm trees and bright lights and smiling people.
The glamour. The glitz. The full Hollywood razzmatazz.

Over-turned cars and burning fires and desperate people.
The injustice. The violence. The full social unrest.

Cameras clicking and flashbulbs sparking and the crowd cheers.
The gowns. The radiant idols. The elite on show.

Cameras clicking and flashbulbs sparking and the mob riots.
The disillusioned. The disadvantaged. The blood on the streets.

A city divided.
A country collapsing.

A world lost.

Copyright Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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). Come on everyone, just wear a mask.

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



67 responses to “A TALE OF TWO WORLDS”

  1. I hear you, though thankfully I don’t think we’re there yet (though we may be, if change in leadership does not come soon …). There is more order than disorder still, and more hope than hate. I’ll hold on to hope.

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  2. Excellent comparison/contrast in response to the prompt. Two sides to every story. I find it somewhat ironic that all the Hollywood glitz-and-glamor crowd includes many voices raised in condemnation of said glitz-and-glamor.

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  3. I’m just reading a book about the history of LA, including the notorious riots and the massive economic discrepancies in the city / county, so this piece feels really apt. It feels like such a two-faced (in all senses) city.

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  4. Paradise lost. This reminded me of Nathanel West’s The Day of the Locust and the burning of Los Angeles. Nice.

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  5. Excellent piece, Iain. I’ve been to Hollywood, and less than a block from Hollywood Boulevard it’s a whole different world. There are a lot of poor and homeless people everywhere you look. The stars donated to starving children in Africa (which is good) yet ignore those in their own backyard.

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    • Thanks Russell. Exactly, as with this pandemic, we in the West seem very good at lecturing others about what they should have done or should be doing, when our own response has been woeful to say the least.


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