Indeterminacy 269 (The Great War)

The Great War of 2015 left little behind in its wake. No books, no flags, no photographs. Of course there were human survivors, there always are, because even the most thorough of annihilatory practices leaves unexpected havens somewhere, just as a tornado passing through a street levels one house and leaves the next house unscathed. Those crawling out from under the rubble had other concerns than rescuing the trappings of the failed civilization. An occasional preservation of objects reminiscent of the old times did however occur, and was attributed to a feeling of nostalgia that has always been a part of humanity, the melancholy cousin of the dream for a better day. These objects were placed in a museum in displays without commentary. The photograph of the boy pledging his allegiance was part of a trinity, found in the abandoned ruins of a stone cellar, the owner perhaps dust. The photograph had been used as a bookmark in the Bible, the Bible itself wrapped in a flag.

Indeterminacy 269 (The Great War)


Joined January 2008

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Artist's Description

This story is a variation on several modern themes, and one possible outcome of those themes. The ending is open to interpretation

The story was originally posted at, a site featuring “one minute short stories” inspired by found photos. The photo is a portrait of me, as a child.

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  • BeckyJean
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