Sunday Photo Fiction: Ancient Treasures #amwriting #flashfiction 

Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF.


A Mixed Bag


The books were torn and tattered at the edges and it didn’t appear as if they’d been read in sometime. Dust coated the tops and sides, especially the books which stuck out. At some point in their history, the books had been reread a great deal; they  had been well loved.

 Jy peered at the books on the shelf and sniffed at the foreign scent of mildewed paper in the air. He had only heard of books such as these. They were hundreds-of- years-old and Jy treasured them. Few books were published in paper except the reigning government’s: Manifesto. 

He gracefully removed a book from the shelf, surprised by the glossy cover under the dust. He turned to chapter one and started reading. This book was of the fantasy genre and Jy adored fantasy — especially fantasy which hadn’t been altered.

In his world, books were stored on computerized chips in your mind. You sat and closed your eyes, picturing yourself reading the book; that was how one read. Books were easily accumulated but you were only allowed to read approved books. There were millions available, but one could always tell when the regime had made changes in a novel, adding and removing parts. 

Jy came across a word he knew was banned. It read, “Freedom.” He curiously reread the word; his only frame of reference was that it was something of too much responsibility for mere citizens to have.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 

13 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: Ancient Treasures #amwriting #flashfiction 

  1. Iain Kelly October 11, 2016 / 9:52 am

    Excellent dystopian story – I do hope books are never replaced by computer chips though!


  2. Priceless Joy October 11, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Wow! Chilling! Let’s hope this never happens and also that we never lose our freedom. Freedom is priceless! Wonderful story Mandi!

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  3. clcouch123 October 11, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Thoughtful and prophetic narrative, Amanda. Skillful teaching and reminding, (Could be my younger brother’s book shelf. He enjoys speculative and technical works.)

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    • mandibelle16 October 12, 2016 / 1:30 am

      Thanks Christopher. A line I cut, knowledge is power. How do you know about concepts such as freedom and human rights, if the terms are eventually erased. If media etc is controlled. Glad you could relate the books to your younger brother. People’s book shelves are always extremely interesting, at least I think so 🙂

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      • clcouch123 October 12, 2016 / 7:40 pm

        I think so, too. When my brother gets on a tear, he reads on and on. I read the first three novels in the Dune series. He read the next six and all the other ones since, including the new stories as they appear.

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  4. patriciaruthsusan October 12, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    How sad. Let’s hope that never happens in our civilization. Good writing, Mandi. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • mandibelle16 October 14, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Thank you Al. I agree it’s not a good world at all. Thank you for commenting 🙂

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