Martyr For Culture

Avatar Author: ElshaHawk (LoA) "Read, Reply, Ficly, or Die!" -Krully Ficly Blogger-In-Chieftess I am a self-proclaimed member of the LoA (League of Awesomeness): Mistress of Well-Intentioned Indecision. Special Needs Teacher, wife, mother of ... Read Bio

They’d taken me hostage. They’d found me sitting in my home, drinking some tea, and minding my own business. I knew they would.

Even though I’d destroyed my computer, burned all my paintings, and surrendered my ipod when the law was signed, I just couldn’t give up my books.

I had hidden them, underground, in my private basement room behind a false wall. When they searched my house they never found them. But they never stopped watching.

I never stopped writing. I couldnt’ help it. I wrote on napkins at Starbucks. I ‘took notes’ in meetings. I wrote while on the phone. I was sure to be found out one day.

I left clues. For others. One day, when people desire culture again, maybe, my books will be found.

So I willingly go to the gas chamber, knowing that my death is not in vain. I die, part of the past, leaving behind the keys to the future.

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  1. Avatar g²LaPianistaIrlandesa

    Very poignant Elsha, but very beautiful. There’s no malice, no hate, no grudge to be had in the narrator’s voice. I know I myself wouldn’t bend that easily, but I admire this narrator’s passive resistance, and his peaceful surrender (even though surrender’s not quite the right word here, because in a sense (s)he really hasn’t given up).

    Thanks for entering! ¬°Buen dicho!

  2. Avatar ALRO613 (LoA)

    Ya.. really good… This one reminds me of a series we had going on the old Ficlets – where Writing was outlawed, and the League of Awesome rebelled.

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    That was dark, dark, dark but with a valiant overtone to it. It reminds me of the end of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. A spin off of Kevin’s piece about the burlap sacks and BCGs?

  4. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    yeah THX, sort of.. i was inspired, I guess. I went back to the challenge post and thought about it and hat’s what came out.. :P

  5. Avatar ernmander

    I adored it , the last line is awesome.

  6. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    that is one scary distopian future!

  7. Avatar Elisabeth L. Davis(LoA)

    Maybe it’s just me.. but it reminds me of the Hawk estate. Remember our false wall? Only that was fireworks, not books.

  8. Avatar ethelthefrog

    I wrote mine before I read yours. Both of our protagonists end up dead.

    Really dark, really poignant. She’s beautiful in her attitude and so steely-strong in the face of death.

    Wonderful piece. Thank you.

  9. Avatar lisaG

    The last line is beautiful. Love it.

  10. Avatar David_J_Rust

    Very nice and succinct; beginning – middle – end. “V for Vendetta” meets “Fahrenheit 451” after a fashion, y’know? And, yes, I very much enjoyed it!

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