Friday, November 8, 2013

Finding The Humor

Historians almost universally consider the Grand Tyrant to have been both a psychotic and homicidal despot. 

Copyright - Al Forbes
Yet though lives were snuffed out, bodies were broken and revolts were crushed, through it all this man, so maligned and misunderstood, maintained the ability to find whimsy and amusement in the chaotic world around him.



Consider how humorous it was when his detractor, the philosopher Torian, was captured that The Tyrant chose to not have him executed but, instead, encased in stone and preserved by bio-electronic circuitry that he might continue to observe the wondrous new empire without the distracting need to comment.


This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction writing photo prompt.  

7 comments:

  1. Well that pretty much makes up for the tyranny, don't you think?

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  2. Well, I have to comment. Charming ending to your story - and a well chosen psychotic method to the enemy of the despot!

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  3. Not a pretty way to go! Great take on the prompt.

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  4. Well, that fixes him doesn't it. Interesting take on the picture.

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  5. Dear Jeffrey,

    Oh, the carbonite! Great take on the story.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  6. Dear Jeffrey,

    Without the distraction of comment...I can think of a few I'd like to use that on. Good one. The last line made me laugh.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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  7. Yep. Hilarious. :( Some tyrants have a sense of humor too refined for us peons to understand ;)

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