De Pilo Pendet

7 Sep

100 words for Madison Woods’ Friday Fictioneers that will be used against me in the future (which is happening all around us) from a phot0 prompt supplied by Plya Singh.

He’d moved into the hills rather than be easy prey for the bloated monster that stalked the lowlands. Stone house, slate roof, off grid, his home was like those of his ancestors who, fleeing persecution in Europe long ago, sought freedom, not free health care. What they had earned with blood and sacrifice had been stupidly squandered by their children.

Once the low hanging fruit had been picked he knew they’d come for him. Until then he would try to remind those few people he met of what was at stake. Sadly, most hadn’t a clue.

 

It was getting late.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Responses to “De Pilo Pendet”

  1. unspywriter September 7, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Sounds like you’ve channeled Ted Kaczynski–or maybe Ron Paul. Either way, a sad story.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/diaspora/

  2. boomiebol September 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    I am feeling politics in the deeper sense from this one. Nicely done!

  3. Cindy Marsch September 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Yours fits well with Janet’s (sustainabilitea), I think — a little fable of economics. I really like how the “off grid” immediately places us in a different era than we might have expected.

    Here’s mine: http://wrasselings.blogspot.com/2012/09/friday-fictioneers-spring-house.html

  4. elmowrites September 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Ooh, Doug, election fever has hit you out in the wild blue yonder, I can tell! Politics all the way. Which is good for me, because I’ve stolen your father / son gambit for the week and would hate to think we were competing in the same space!
    Fascinating last line – I’m going to have to keep coming back to it, I think.
    I’m over here, devouring the low-hanging fruit: http://elmowrites.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/friday-fiction-ruins/

  5. Sandra September 7, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    A pointed, slightly acerbic piece this week Doug. Mind you, if I had to watch much more of that political posturing that’s going on over there, I think it might colour my writing too. Nice work, something to think about and a piece to return to. Enjoyed it, as ever.

  6. Craig Towsley September 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    For some reason Doug, and I’m sure I’m completely off base – I kept thinking of vampires while reading this. Subtle things. Or maybe that “bloated monster” line influenced me too much. Anyway, its a bit cryptic, but I liked it.

  7. Joanna (Lazuli Portals) September 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Another wise old tale from you, Doug. I’m glad I’m able to elude the American election system and its machinations! Mind you, ours is not much better, I guess….!?

    We’re here (two tales): http://www.lazuli-portals.com/flash-fiction/two-tales-the-old-mine

  8. Susan Wenzel (@SusanWenzel) September 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Dear Doug,

    I too want to escape the “bloated monster” that is human greed, immorality, selfishness, hate, and intolerance. I fantasize about living in a “cabin in the middle of the woods.” I’m close…

    Wonderful and frighteningly accurate story. Thank you for sharing. I always look forward to seeing what you write.

    ~Susan

  9. ron pruitt September 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    Hi Doug,
    Loved the metaphor about the low hanging fruit. Reminded me some of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Why do so many of us think our future is so dark? Ron

  10. John Hardy Bell September 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    It’s like you reached into my mind, extracted my thoughts, and put them together in (brilliant) story mode! You’re quickly moving up the list of my writing heroes!

  11. rgayer55 September 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Reminds me of the old Steppenwolf song “Monster” which was very prophetic as well. The Jefferson quote was a nice touch too.

    P.S. – I promise to be funny (or at least try) next week. 🙂

  12. flyoverhere September 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    You reflected my current thoughts perfectly! As always you did it subtly and brilliantly!

  13. sustainabilitea September 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Excellent. I agree; it is getting late. I learned a new Latin term, too, from your title. Thanks for furthering my education and yet another thought-provoking story. I see where those “down” feelings you mentioned in my comment section might be coming from. 🙂

  14. billgncs September 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    good one — sooner or later he will have to face it.

  15. Paul September 8, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    Off grid sets us in a different time, but then the mention of healthcare grounds us back in the present. An emotional piece. Definitely provocative.

  16. Lynn September 8, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    So tempting…to so many now.

  17. valeriedavies September 8, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    beautiful; piece, beautifully written, brilliantly allusive, so subtle – sad.

  18. Lora Mitchell September 8, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Doug: I understand your discomfort and cynicism (subtle as it is) with our political system. It’s amazing how this election has touched even you … so far away in Hawaii. I hate politics and can’t wait for Tues., Nov. 6th to be over…but let’s face it…what choice do we have? Is there something better? Dictatorship? Communism? It seems we are heading for socialism as it is. Is that better? Or should we all move to Canada? Something to ponder.

    • dmmacilroy September 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      Dear Lora,

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. The choice we have is clear. Return to strict adherence to the Constitution as written by our founding fathers. Stop taking at the point of a gun the fruits of the labor of each individual for redistribution among those in ‘need’. This is legislated theft and is wrong no matter how loudly those in ‘need’ clamor. Stop the printing of money without substance to back it up. This steadily devalues and debases our currency until it is worthless. Again, this unsound fiscal policy is legislated theft. (Any money you save is stealthily picked from your pocket by government mismanagement.) We are robbing from Peter to pay Paul. It does not work. We cannot and must not kick this can down the road any longer. The signs of the failure of this flawed economic scheme are all around us, plain as day, but obscured by political doublespeak and the constant yammering of those with their noses in the government trough. Socialism is NOT the answer. Look how well that worked in the USSR. It breeds discontent and stifles individual liberty.

      I refuse to move anywhere to escape tyranny and will instead take up arms and fight for my inalienable rights as outlined so eloquently by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

      Of course this will be called treason by those in power and therein lies the rub. People in power, as a rule, do not give up power voluntarily. “Why doth treason never prosper? Why, because if it prospers, none dare call it treason.”

      If we continue to ignore the solutions in the name of temporary political expediency, all the raging questions of the day will soon be solved by the financial insolvency of this country. Whether or not everyone wants free health care will no longer matter. No one will be able to pay for it because the money will be worthless. No one will use it in return for goods and services and the government, no matter how much legislation they pass, will not be able to change that choice of the people. At that point the reason for the Second Amendment of the Constitution will once again become clear and things will sort themselves out on a local, then regional and possibly at the national level.

      Good luck, Lora. Read, study your history and let your voice be heard while it still is legal. We are either the solution or we’re the problem.

      Aloha,

      Doug

      • Lora Mitchell September 10, 2012 at 5:20 am #

        Dear Doug: If I came across disagreeing with you…I apologize. That was not my intention. I needed you to come forward and explain your position which is exactly what you did. Thank you. I side with you and agree wholeheartedly with all of the above. When I said I understand…I truly understand. (excuse all the adverbs). I not only read, watch and listen… I stay updated and informed. I’m aware of the direction our country has been taking under our so-called leadership. My favorite subject was/is history (I planned to be a history teacher but fate led me down a diff path). As much as I hate politics, I let my voice be heard as much as possible…in small ways. A few yrs. ago, I switched parties and became Independent…(a scary thing to do in NYC. while living in a 95% lib. neighborhood.) I’m aware of the radicals and socialists teaching at Columbia, etc. brainwashing our youth (we all know who studied there). The pre-election (biased) recruiting and canvassing in my neighborhood is sickening. In fact, I have to be sure no one is looking over my shoulder when I vote. Last wk, I went to see the documentary “2016 O’B’s America” …with an open mind and found it depressing and frightening.

        My only question was/is…what can one person do? The wave continues to turn. What about our growing deficit? Who will correct it? Perhaps you should run for President. You would be the “true” President from Hawaii. I will cast the first vote.

        PS: Tks for posting Jefferson’s quote.

        Aloha, Lora

      • dmmacilroy September 10, 2012 at 5:37 am #

        Dear Lora,

        I was just trying to explain where I stood. Never once did I want to imply you weren’t doing what you could or that you were in need of lessons from me. i’m the last person anyone should look to for an example, having only figured out how money is purposely devalued by governments as a way to keep the population under control.

        What one person can do is spread the word, prepare for what’s coming and write your congresspersons. When it all goes south they’re going to hunker down somewhere and try to weather the storm as individuals, then, if it is expedient, they’ll resurface and claim all the rights and priveledges they can. As more and more people realize what is happening and raise their heads and voices, Washington must listen. The real question is what sort of response those raised voices will elicit. hard tellin’, not knowin’.

        The good news is (though this will end up being very bad news for a good deal of our population) that sooner or later the house of cards will fall. What rises in its place is the thing we can shape. My hope is that we return to a strict Constitutionalist government once all the people who think they are entitled to the sweat of my brow have been persuaded otherwise.

        We’ll see.

        My whole response was just me explaing my story and trying to be very clear about what is coming. The Internet will be one of the first casualties so I won’t be able to say anything on a national level.

        Aloha,

        Doug

  19. rochellewisoff September 8, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Dear Doug,
    Funny I didn’t see as much politics here an insidious reality. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat. it. The title was perfect. (Of course I looked it up and learned something…thank you). As always your writing is outstanding. Loved the metaphor of the low hanging fruit, too. Thanks for your kind comments on my story.
    Aloha shalom,
    Rochelle

    • rochellewisoff September 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      That should be “here AS an insidious reality.;)

  20. Madison Woods September 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    When TSHTF and TWAWKI ends, I’m sure you’ll be way up in the tree-tops by then. But that’s where they’ll look next so I’m betting you’ll devise a better strategy than that 😉 Great story with much foreshadowing of things to possibly come.

  21. Trudy September 18, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Delightful! Don’t know how I missed reading this last week, but really subtle, creepy stuff.

    • dmmacilroy September 19, 2012 at 7:57 am #

      Dear Trudy,

      I, for one, don’t kknow how anyone getws to anything after a while. My plate is sooooo full. Thanks for dropping by while you still can. (The Internet will be the first thing to go. When you see it down for various reasons, start getting your supplies together.)

      Aloha,

      Doug

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