Sunday Photo Fiction — The Catastrophe

9C22FBEE-4567-460D-B33E-76F8813222F4“Your desire to indiscriminately cut costs and to stay under budget is what led to this catastrophe,” the mayor said. “The time to talk is over. We must take action in order to ensure that nothing like this happens again in the future.

“We’ve has this conversation before,” objected a city council member from the other party. “No one could possibly have anticipated that the scaffolding, which had been erected for additional seating at the music festival, would collapse when that sudden, violent thunderstorm blew through the fairgrounds.”

“Nonsense!” the mayor shouted. “Your council awarded the contract to the low bidder. You knew they had to cut corners in order to get the contract. Ladies and gentlemen, there’s no middle ground here. You need to take responsibility for this totally avoidable disaster.”

The mayor picked up a large blowup of a photograph that had been mounted on poster board and set it on a tripod. “Look at this devastation,” he said. “It’s a miracle that no one was killed from the collapse. Our role, as the city’s leaders, is to deal with this and I suggest that if you can’t stand the heat, you need to get out of the kitchen.”

(199 words)


Written for today’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt from Donna McNicol. Photo credit: Pixabay. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (talk), Your Daily Word Prompt (future), The Daily Spur (conversation), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (middle), and Daily Addictions (kitchen). Sorry Word of the Day Challenge, but I couldn’t fit “sensual” into this post and still keep it to no more than 200 words.

18 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — The Catastrophe

  1. DB McNicol September 15, 2019 / 4:19 pm

    Great take on the photo…so realistic. Gotta love governments…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tien Skye September 15, 2019 / 11:36 pm

    Oh dear…the photo alone gave me palpitations and your story compounded. I think my heart nearly gave out!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. annieasksyou September 16, 2019 / 5:28 am

    Alas, a story for our times. Who knows how often this scenario is being played out everywhere?

    Liked by 1 person

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