When he was admitted to the hospital, she put the chair out in his favourite spot in the corner of the garden. She couldn’t visit him, so she sat next to the chair and spoke to him as though he was still there.

She kept the chair there all through lockdown, even after she knew he wouldn’t ever be coming back.

It sits there still as she watches the news and sees the Prime Minister apologising for attending parties during lockdown. He’ll pay the fine, but he won’t resign.

She goes outside and sits next to the chair as the dark, cold night descends.

They’ll find her sitting there still the following morning.

Copyright Dale Rogerson

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).

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

A topical one for those of us in the UK, to try and dispel some of my anger at the latest headlines from our ‘leaders’ behaviour during the pandemic.

72 responses to “CONSEQUENCES”

  1. So sad. We have two leaders locked in battle in Australia with an upcoming Federal election. So much mudslinging and blame. How well do we know our leaders? Who deserves to run a country?

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  2. You’ve woven together the personal story of a woman bereaved by Covid with the bigger picture of the hypocrisy of our political masters, and you’ve done it very neatly. Well done!

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  3. Iain, a moving and poignant story. We seemed to be on a similar page this week. The empty chair is a poignant image. It was a great photo and inspirational prompt.
    Best wishes,

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  4. Great one, Iain.

    I just read a story claiming that the the USA is the only country were fewer then 50% of the eligible electorate bother to vote. Death by apathy. (face plant)

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  5. Oh man! That one hits hard. Rich people and politicians are the same everywhere. We’ve had our share of politician COVID scandals. Our former president tried to convince people it wasn’t a big deal, and they didn’t have to worry about it. 🤦‍♂️

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  6. So sad and so realistic. You’re not gonna get rid of him. The Ukraine war is a means for him to play Churchill, isn’t that to whom he always wanted to be compared? We’re ruled by clowns. In my own country, the coward at the top disregards the wishes of his own coalition partners and most of the people and does… nothing. It is maddening.

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