FOWC: Denounce

“What’s going on? Why has my wake-up been initiated?” The pod was still almost entirely in darkness but a soft golden glow illuminated the very edges as the sunrise programme activated.

“Good morning Thomas, are you feeling well today” The soft tones of his pod companion rose him to full wakefulness

“Yes, fine but what’s going on, my wake-up is not normally scheduled at this hour” Thomas rubbed his eyes, any kind of negative emotion was futile and therefore not forthcoming but his routine had been disturbed and he felt slightly off kilter

“The Central has made a momentous announcement so all citizens are being awakened early”

Thomas sat up. “What announcement?” He was not concerned as there was no need, suffering had long since been eradicated,  but he was intrigued as major announcements were uncommon

“The Central has finally succeeded in creating a hologram with feeling capabilities, both physical and emotional” His companion spoke without intonation but Thomas was not blind to the significance.

“Thomas, watch the screen please” He turned his attention to the screen that covered the far wall of his sleeping pod, fully engaged. The image of the rising sun which normally completed his wake-up process had been replaced by 6 members of the Central; between them stood a short dark man who looked, at once, defiant and afraid. His black eyes flashed at his unseen audience; the screens could be activated for full interaction but Thomas had a feeling that this man would be kept in darkness, at least for a time.

He moved to speak but the Central silenced him with the use of a holographic cuff which coiled around his throat. He tried to tear it away as it tightened but that caused him very obvious distress so, after a minute or so of struggling, his hands fell to his sides. At the same time the Central were all taking it in turns to address him, their words could not be heard, as was traditional, but they were having a strange effect on their target

“Who is that man?” Thomas asked. Punishment this cruel was unusual in their World and never made public in this way; he was horrified.

“His name was Adolf Hitler” The information was given as fact and without emotion.

“I remember…….something……..from the 21st Century perhaps?” Thomas tried to recollect his ancient history

“The 20th. The Central will be reporting details of his actions later today”

Thomas turned his eyes back to the screen and the agonised expression of the man being tormented. He was trying to cover his ears to stop the terrible words of the Central from permeating his brain but another cuff had wrapped itself round his torso leaving him unable to move his hands high enough.

“What are they doing to him?” This level of violence was unknown to him and he could not tear his eyes from the screen.

“They are denouncing him before the entire World”

The screen indicated that interaction would be permitted shortly. This meant that Adolf Hitler would see those people to whom his torture was being broadcast and that they would be able to contribute to his punishment. The words of the Central would be augmented ten thousand fold.

“But why now?” Thomas was curious

“Because now we have the technology to ensure he will suffer; there is little point in denouncing a dead man who can’t feel his accusers wrath”.

Thomas could not argue with this logic and decided he would watch this afternoon and discover more about this strange, black eyed man; he was intrigued.

Post written in response to another excellent one word prompt from Fandango

  22 comments for “FOWC: Denounce

  1. December 20, 2018 at 9:03 am

    A very interesting story.

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  2. December 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Wow! My first reaction is “If only.”
    Then I think would I really want to be able to do that?
    Does that feeling of “wouldn’t it be nice to make him suffer?” make me just as much of a nasty human being?
    There again, my zapper desire is no different! (casual readers will have no idea what I’m referring to.)

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  3. December 20, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Well, that’s an interesting notion. I can think of quite a few dead souls who could stand that kind of punishment.

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  4. December 20, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    Darkly creative and satisfying. Good show!

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  5. blindzanygirl
    December 21, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Your imagination has no bounds Lisa. You are a most excelkent, talented writer. I woukd LOVE to see you go much mych further with this. You deserve to be recognused. Take care, and hoping you are doing ok. Xo

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    • December 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      That’s incredibly kind, thank you my friend. Rough day but doing ok, how’re you? XX


      • blindzanygirl
        December 21, 2018 at 8:36 pm

        Doing ok thanks. So sorry about your day. When do you go to Rome?

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      • December 22, 2018 at 7:54 am

        Either today or tomorrow so that will be it from me for a while. Have a great Christmas and New Year Lorraine. Love and hugs xx

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      • blindzanygirl
        December 22, 2018 at 8:02 am

        Well I know you are dreading it but I am sending some good vibes to you in the hopes that itvwon’t be too bad. So you have a great Christmas, though tinged with deep sadness, and a good Ney Year. Let’s try and make 2019 the year you get published. You deserve it. Xo

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      • December 22, 2018 at 8:12 am

        Good vibes from me to you too my friend. I think that’s a great idea Lorraine – for both of us ;O) xxx

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      • blindzanygirl
        December 22, 2018 at 8:23 am

        Right then – se’re ON. Keep that in mind all over bloody Christmas and the New Year. Wow, I would HATE to have to pack for all that time lol. X

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      • December 22, 2018 at 8:28 am

        Excellent!! Yep, you too :O)
        It’s not too bad, I’ll be staying with friends so I can always borrow their washing machine if I run out of pants ;O) xx

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      • blindzanygirl
        December 22, 2018 at 8:34 am

        Lol. Yep. If I get into that oreducament I have all black lol. Or black and white. But then I have black hair so it’s okay lol.

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      • December 22, 2018 at 8:36 am

        Forward planning – I like it ;O) x


      • blindzanygirl
        December 22, 2018 at 8:45 am


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  6. January 3, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    That was very, very good. You’re quite talented

    Liked by 1 person

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