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FF – Welcome to the 21st Century

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Roger Bultot.

Copyright Roger Bultot


All was quiet in the museum, scarcely visited, going bust… until the skylight exploded and soldiers roped down, firing weapons, dropping flash-bangs.

Faster than Emergency Responders came a new wave of visitors, gawking at the carnage, taking photos, shooting videos, instantly uploaded, a million ‘likes’ an hour.

Now it’s a permanent exhibit, the bodies left where they fell, grieving families paid off. The sole survivor (now on staff) recites the words spoken by soldiers, to the delight of the crowd.

“This isn’t the Muzbekistan Embassy. Dammit, all those skylights look the same from a chopper…”

Welcome to the 21st Century.


  1. October 24, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Anyone could make the same mistake!


  2. October 24, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Ha, love it, in a dark innocents slaughtered kinda way.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. October 24, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Shoot now, ask questions later! Capitalism at its best 🙂


    • October 25, 2018 at 7:15 am

      You’ve gotta take chance in today’s dog shoot dog world 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. October 24, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Ooh, that was a rollercoaster of a read! Nice one.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • October 25, 2018 at 7:15 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!


  5. October 24, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    it sounds like a 21st century spin covering up a deadly mistake. 🙂


  6. October 25, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Hi. Bombs away! That’s what our species is good at.

    Neil S.


  7. October 25, 2018 at 7:47 am

    I want a selfie with one of the victims!!!!!


    • October 25, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Buster’s crumpled in a corner, how does that suit?


      • October 25, 2018 at 2:48 pm

        Eh, I think just about everyone’s gotten a selfie with dead Buster already….


        • October 25, 2018 at 3:11 pm

          True, he’s proved quite popular across the years…


  8. October 25, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Ha ha ha. I hope they’d bought tickets to get into the Muzbekistan embassy.


    • October 25, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Might be safer for everyone than jumping through the skylight.


  9. Abhijit Ray
    October 25, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Instant upload, trending and going viral is what happens in this age. Glad that museum now has visitors, thanks to smart phone and photo upload. Other scary part may be some other group may mistake the dome for Mujbekistan embassy, jump in and fire. But business will be good, that is the positive side.


    • October 25, 2018 at 10:25 am

      If another group makes the same terrible mistake I’m sure the museum will be glad of the fresh corpses for their “exhibit”…


  10. October 25, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    A sobering story of shoot first, then a sad commentary on the response. Well-written tale!


    • October 25, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed my little dig at the modern age 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. October 25, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    The worst part? This is entirely plausible!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. October 25, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Hmm! Food for thought. Well told, Ali.


    • October 26, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  13. October 25, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    At least they are making the best of it, tourists just need a plausible reason to visit, even if it’s a blundering shame.


    • October 26, 2018 at 6:35 am

      The museum has made lemonade out of their lemons, for sure. Love the phrase “blundering shame”!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. October 25, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I wonder how many “Thoughts and prayers” it’ll take to make it right?

    Great story man, unfortunately for us it’s how life is now.


    • October 26, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Yes, everything has become so sensationalist and the worse the better. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. October 25, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Oh, that comment by the tour guide! I can almost see him shrugging one shoulder.


    • October 26, 2018 at 6:37 am

      He certainly came out of the whole tragedy on his feet!


  16. October 25, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Dale took the words right from under my fingers. Grisly and plausible. Well done…in a dark kind of way.




    • October 26, 2018 at 6:38 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yes, I shudder at how close we are to this sort of thing.
      I’m glad you liked it!


  17. October 26, 2018 at 11:21 am

    This is something that probably wouldn’t have occurred to you write a few years ago, but nowadays it seems like something that could happen all too easily.


    • October 26, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Sadly very true. The sorry state of the world is a goldmine for we flash fictioneers.

      Liked by 1 person

  18. October 26, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Sad that such a tale could ring so true. “Grieving families paid off.” Horrible.


  19. October 26, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    You and I had the same basic idea for the prompt. Out endings differ. I really like the corpses becoming part of an exhibit. Sounds like a place for the elite snobs.


    • October 26, 2018 at 8:42 pm

      Ha, yes, we both saw the skylight smashing as troops rappelled in!
      The elite snobs do need something shocking to keep them from getting bored counting all their money.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. October 27, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Plenty packed in. Great job!


  21. October 27, 2018 at 11:57 am

    A simple mistake. It could have happened to anyone.
    Had the place been crowded, there would’ve been even more carnage to gawk at.


  22. October 27, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    After a few days of bodies lying around, there could be a problem. This reminds me of a scene from a James Bond movie. They never seem to clean up the bodies either. 😀 — Suzanne


    • October 27, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      I did wonder about the decomposition issue! Nobody ever cleans up the bodies in films.


  23. October 27, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    What a twist. At least the survivor was taken care of 🙂


  24. October 27, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Disasters happening to other people always seem to end up as entertainment for tourists (myself included). A sad commentary on human nature.
    The only part of the story that’s not believable is the bodies left where they fell. They need to be replaced with wax figures before the smell gets out of hand.


    • October 28, 2018 at 6:50 am

      There’s a difference between a memorial of a past tragedy and this museum’s sensationalist take on it.
      Ah, but the bodies are carefully preserved in stasis fields, which will be a thing when my story takes place, ahem 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • October 29, 2018 at 7:25 pm

        Good point, but there’s a fine line sometimes.
        Stasis fields… of course! Why didn’t I think of that? Flying cars too, right? 😉

        Liked by 1 person

  25. October 28, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Oops! Bit worried though. How are they preserving those bodies?


    • October 28, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      High-tech stasis fields, which I’m sure we’ll be inventing soon! Either that or all visitors get nose plugs.


  26. October 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Oops…I guess 😀 Extra Pawkiss 🙂 ❤


  27. October 30, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Wow, very creepy,imagining the “exhibit”. Good description.


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