FFfAW — The Old Stone Building

A1CC2EB6-C300-41CC-972B-B9AFBBDA8B93I used to stand outside of the old stone building, wondering who lived there and what was going on inside. I never saw people going in or out. Sometimes I would see a silhouette in the small window above side door. But I couldn’t see any features to identify the age or gender of the individual.

I asked around, but no one knew for sure what the purpose of the building was. Some claimed it was home to a reclusive religious sect. Others argued that it was a medical treatment center for the indigent, or a hospice for the terminally ill. Another theory was that it was a secretive government facility that could only be accessed via an elaborate labyrinth of underground tunnels.

It wasn’t until after I was arrested, charged, tried, and found guilty that I learned the truth about the old stone building. That’s when, very late one night, I was escorted, through that same side door that I used to watch, into the hospital for the criminally insane.

(171 words)

Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Photo credit: Jade M. Wong.

20 thoughts on “FFfAW — The Old Stone Building

  1. Sight11 October 30, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    So he became insane because of the building?

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    • Fandango October 30, 2018 / 7:23 pm

      No. His curiosity and his criminal insanity are unrelated.

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  2. Jade M. Wong October 30, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    Oooh so it was a door to a psychiatric hospital! Did not see that coming!

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    • Fandango October 30, 2018 / 7:25 pm

      It my imagination, but it’s your photo, so you tell me! 🤔

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      • Jade M. Wong October 30, 2018 / 8:10 pm

        Haha the photos are meant to inspire, so it can be the door to anything really! (In reality, this photo was taken at Belvedere Castle in Central Park, NY).

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  3. Sadje October 30, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Loved the ending. Your last sentence was classic.

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  4. Abhijit Ray October 30, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    One has to get arrested to grasp the reality! Nice twist.

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  5. leigha66 November 7, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    Well he did always wonder what was there.

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