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The Librarian – FFDO Blog Hop May 29, 2013

Posted by techtigger in flash fiction.
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ffdo-bloghopI have been a part of the #fridayflash community  for four wonderful years, and I couldn’t let FFDO’s anniversary go by without posting my own little addition to the blog hop 🙂   So here it is, my first true #fridayflash in ages. Okay, so it’s not exactly a cheerful piece but it’s got a party in it, right?  🙂

It had been four years since the colonists settled on the planet they called Eden. Four years of living out their dream of a utopia where a peaceful agrarian society could benefit from careful, harmonious use of science with nature.

Gabe still recalled the excitement as they planned their annual Founders day celebration. Celia had the feast all planned out. The children ran around like maniacs, trailing flowers from the long streamers of bunting they placed on everything that didn’t move, and a few things that did but weren’t fast enough to get away.  Brody hardly left his workshop for a week as he manufactured fireworks for the finale to the evening.

Gabe spent that week as he always did, alone, turning chiorri leaves into paper to add to his collection of hand-bound books. He preferred his library to the company of his fellow colonists, but he never missed one of Brody’s light shows. They reminded him of summers on Earth.

Now, Gabe looked out over the slave market the aliens set up, right in the middle of the square where the party should have been held. Buyers from a dozen worlds gathered to purchase groups of ‘industrious, skilled bipeds.’  We learned every lesson from human history but one. If someone has something of worth, another will try to take it. Gabe shifted his hands in their seltheenium binders, turning the ring on his finger over and over. The Mendassi slavers had allowed the colonists to keep their ‘quaint decorations’ to drive up their price. Even in space, the exotic still had its appeal.

Gabe pushed to the front of his group, not caring that the crowd would not understand him. “You’ve taken my freedom!  You stole my dreams, but worst of all you destroyed my books. And for that, I will make you pay.”

A famous man once said that there were no limits to what an educated mind could accomplish when properly motivated.  While his beloved library burned, along with anything else the Mendassi considered unsalable, Gabe had slipped around the edges of the compound to place tiny emitters cobbled together from materials in Brody’s shop.

Gabe looked down to the small, innocuous activator hidden under the stone set in his ring. There will still be fireworks tonight. He twisted the ring one more time, and red lights began to blink all around the square.

 

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1. Helen A. Howell - May 29, 2013

The evening’s going to go off with a bang eh!

techtigger - May 29, 2013

tic tic BOOM! 🙂

2. Estrella Azul - May 29, 2013

Sweet revenge. Great story, Angie, I like how your mind works 🙂

techtigger - May 29, 2013

Thanks! People should never mess with a librarian. They *know* things… 😉

Estrella Azul - May 30, 2013

They sure do 😉

3. ganymeder - May 29, 2013

Oh, good one! I didn’t see that coming at all. Love that he was more upset about his books than anything else!

techtigger - May 29, 2013

thanks! yeah, he did like the books better than his neighbors 😉 There are days when I feel like that *lol*

4. Deanna Schrayer - May 29, 2013

That’s right, no one had better touch the books! 🙂
Great to read you again Angie!

techtigger - May 29, 2013

Thanks deanna! Was nice to take a break from novel revisions to work on flashfic again 🙂

5. John Wiswell - May 30, 2013

Hurray for fireworks! I like the choice of the fourth anniversary of planetfall. It’s a big step for mankind, or any other species.

When will they open up a soap mine?

6. Beverly Fox - May 31, 2013

An explosive payback- sweet!

7. timvansant - June 1, 2013

Oh, those librarians. You gotta watch out for those crafty devils!

8. Sonia Lal - June 2, 2013

Boom! Such an explosive ending!

9. Peggy - June 2, 2013

They should have realized they were inviting trouble when they named their colony Eden….

10. Tony Noland (@TonyNoland) - June 4, 2013

Love the revenge, cobbled together from the ashes.


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