451

This post is submitted to Friday Fictioneers. The challenge is to write a complete story with a beginning, middle and end in 100 words of less. My story follows the picture prompt below.

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

“What’s going on?” Roger asked. Rarely had he seen so many people crammed into the town’s library. Looking around he noticed people who he knew for a fact had never been a library in their entire life.

“Cindy called a meeting to discuss our current inventory of books,” replied Brenda, the school librarian since 1962. She claims there are books our kids would find offensive.

“What kind of books,” said Roger.

“The ones that talk about gender identify, the LGBTQ books, enslavement, sex and religion.”

Roger looked in horror as Cindy picked up a can of kerosene.

Author: Danny James

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

34 thoughts on “451”

  1. Fantastic title and a very poignant but unnerving story. And I just love F451. When I was a high school teacher I always slotted it into my students’ reading list as the very first topic of senior high school literature.

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  2. I really hope the assembled crowd was there to STOP Cindy. Roger may need to take quick action if not. Good story on a very timely topic, Danny. Neat pic of you as what I’m guessing as a high schooler?

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  3. Ah, I thought your post title was a random number generated by WordPress until I read your story and realised its significance! Funnily enough I was just reading a news story about this the other day.

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