Public Opinion

Avatar Author: Fyora Cartagan Hopefully the resurrection of my favorite site will get my muse stirring again!!! Oh, and if you want to see some of my old stuff (probably better stuff), it's on the memorial site. ( Read Bio

I snuggled up into my coat as I walked hurriedly back to my dorm. It wasn’t cold, but it was best my face wasn’t seen.

My classmates were all heading to the hill, the opposite direction, to watch the “show” later that night. Fools!

Weeks earlier, fliers were put up around the university advertising tonight’s light show. The government was testing a new weapon. They called it “Public Opinion” and they said you’d be able to see it for miles, which was the safe distance they recommended. Word quickly spread to gather at the hill that night.

There’s no way I’d be caught dead there… The government tested the bomb before, about 5 miles away from a military base. No one died, and there were “no adverse effects” according to the media. But no one notices when all the soldiers present follow every order exactly to the letter.

I glanced at my watch. Not much longer now. I put on my headphones and curled up under my bed, and begged whatever powers that be that the “bomb” was a dud.

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  1. Avatar The Note Writer

    Sorry about that, just need to say that.

  2. Avatar Fyora Cartagan

    I’m just glad to have a comment! :D

  3. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    public opinion.. would it be silenced?

  4. Avatar Fyora Cartagan

    This is actually based on a dream. I have no idea why the bomb is called Public Opinion. It seemed as good a name as any.

  5. Avatar gĀ²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    Hm… the way I first interpreted it was that, upon detonation, it would do _some_thing to anyone nearby to make them follow orders, thus making the government (or whoever) able to bend public opinion to meet his/her/their needs.

    Very intriguing, a different slant on the challenge than I expected, but I like surprises!
    Thanks for entering!

  6. Avatar Midnight Crusader

    interesting… well, I love you dear

  7. Avatar David_J_Rust

    Imposing a bit of public opinion in the fallout, eh? I like it!

  8. Avatar lisaG

    No kids! Don’t do it! Resist!

    Interesting take on the challenge.

  9. Avatar Oy

    I wonder how many others resisted…