The small band of rebels reached the mountain’s summit and proudly erected the American flag, knowing full well that this would be their last stand.
It had been three years since The Reformation, when the religious right turned the country into a theonomy. “The Righteous,” as they were known, with the blessing of Queen Ivanka, who assumed the throne after the assassination of her father in 2021, suspended free elections and disbanded the Congress, creating The Assembly of The Righteous. All federal judgeships, even Supreme Court justices, were filled by The Righteous.
After The Reformation, the country was remained The Republic of Gilead, in homage to Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. While the new society wasn’t as dystopian as that in Atwood’s novel, women’s rights were severely curtailed, abortions were deemed capital offenses punishable by execution, homosexuality was a crime against God and nature, free speech was suspended, and atheists were the enemy of the state.
One of the rebels at the summit pointed towards the horizon. “The battle drones are coming,” he said.
Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yinglan.