100-Word Fiction: ’18 Sackings’

The man who did too little.
The man who did too much.
The woman left in the frame.
The woman who ducked the issue.
The man who spoke too late.
The man who spoke too soon.
The woman with the loudest voice.
The women you never heard.
The man who no one liked.
The man who was most popular.
The woman who called the shots.
The woman who only followed.
The man who knew everything.
The man who knew nothing.
The woman who told lies.
The woman who told the truth.
The man who ran away.
The man who remained.

100-Word Fiction: ‘The Bad Man’

Let the man speak, said one.

No, said another. He has nothing to offer us. He should not be here.

Are we afraid of him? asked another.

There is nothing to be afraid of, said another.

There is lots to be afraid of, shouted another.

He is the one who is afraid, intoned another. He who wants to speak. He who wants to spread fear and intolerance. He is the one who is afraid.

Do not pity him, said another.

Expel him, said another, I cannot bear his views.

But the man was smiling. He liked to hear them argue.