Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#FridayFictioneers – 28/11/14 – War’s End

with 25 comments

Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry.

At any point during the following week, the Friday Fictioneers post their 100-word tales. Read the other stories by clicking below.


It’s almost time for this Friday’s prompt I’m so late, but this story hasn’t left me alone, not that I think it works well enough. Some vital ingredient is missing.


Copyright- Randy Mazie

Copyright- Randy Mazie


War’s End

(Genre: Post-apocalyptic, 100-wods)

When the conflagration ended, one building remained untouched.

‘What’s in there?’ the boy asked.

‘Books full of learning; the key to building a better future.’

On the other side of the square a fired burned, men tore at spines, scattered pages.

‘What are they burning?’

‘Not all knowledge is good,’ the elder sighed. ‘We will never speak of what’s done. We must destroy all references to it so that those who come after cannot follow our example.’

The boy moved closer to the pyre, studied the partial titles: – Armaments, Modern Wa-

‘What is – ’

‘What you don’t know cannot hurt you.’


Friday Fictioneers


Written by Sarah Ann

December 2, 2014 at 12:38 pm

25 Responses

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  1. Maybe it’s best to get rid of such books, though I hope they don’t burn anything which will allow them to learn from past mistakes.
    Nice story, I like a good post-apocalyptic tale!


    December 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    • Thanks. If only getting rid of such books was enough. We’d still have to worry about the people with long memories.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

  2. In a way this sounds like the right ashes for a Phoenix to be reborn again.. powerful and sounds like one way forward.

    Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    December 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    • Thank for that positive outlook – I was feeling a little pessimistic at the end of writing.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  3. Beautifully written. The Elder argues with sincerity, but I wonder if he/she is right. If only we could get rid of our evil so easily.


    December 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    • Good to know you liked the writing as I dithered long and hard before posting this. As to the Elder, I suspect he is overly optimistic, but we have to live in hope.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  4. It’s not only the knowledge. It’s also what we do with it. We have to make ourselves strong in the face of evil and temptation.



    December 2, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    • You’re right, Lily. Even without the knowledge being in existence, evil minds would develop some.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm

  5. Dear Sarah Ann,

    Somethings are better left unknown. It does seem that we went similar directions. Well done.




    December 2, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    • Thanks Rochelle. If only we could forget the things we shouldn’t know.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm

  6. Will we ever learn from history? Love the titles – complete or not – of the burning books.


    December 3, 2014 at 1:53 am

    • When it comes to war, the only thing we seem to learn from history is how to kill more efficiently, more’s the pity. Thanks for there read.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm

  7. hopefully, the elder was right.


    December 3, 2014 at 4:00 am

  8. It works in my opinion, Sarah Ann. This was a tough week to get a story in, but I’m glad you got yours posted in time.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


    December 3, 2014 at 7:37 am

    • Thanks Marie Gail. Good to know it works – the stories I’m unsure of seem to get a better reception than the ones I think are fine. I’m all out of sync and am going to be posting late again this week.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      • Oddly, we artists are often the worst critics of our own work. I chalk it up to being too close to see clearly, and it is one of the reasons I rely heavily on a small panel of “editors” as well as the commenters on my blog.

        All my best,
        Marie Gail


        December 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm

  9. Dear Sarah Ann, Good story full of morals! Too bad we don’t learn from our mistakes and I don’t think we ever will. Pity though, our world could be Eden if we just stopped fighting. Love your story! Nan 🙂

    Nan Falkner

    December 3, 2014 at 7:57 am

    • Thank you, Nan. I don’t think we will ever learn from our mistakes either – there’s always a new justification for repeating actions of the past. But I’m living in hope and looking forward to your world of Eden.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

  10. Sarah Ann, Sorry this comment is late. I was having internet problems. That’s a good hope they have, but in time people will make war again regardless. They’ll probably start by throwing things at each other and hitting with clubs. People always find a way though we can hope for the best. Good story and well written 🙂 — Susan

    Suzanne Joshi

    December 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    • Unfortunately, I believe you’re right and a book burning won’t be the solution. Stones will become steel pointy things and the cycle will start all over again. Thank you for taking the time to read.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

  11. Burning the books in Germany, France, England. Ink upon paper, yet so much more to others. x


    December 4, 2014 at 7:26 am

    • Ink on paper – such an evocative image, but they are only words and thoughts. It’s what people do with the thoughts created by the words that can cause problems.

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

  12. This makes me wonder… not all knowledge is good, but do they possess the knowledge to discern one from the other? I have to wonder if the absence of history will lead them down the same path in the future.


    December 4, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    • Now there’s a question – being able to discern. I think the elder in the story considers eradication to be the only way, but there are more ways of remembering knowledge than what’s written in books. And id they don’t have the knowledge to learn from, why won’t they repeat it?

      Sarah Ann

      December 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm

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