Sunday Photo Fiction: Historian and Pyromaniac #amwriting #flashfiction

Thank you to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF. 


A Mixed Bag – Alistair Forbes


“It will never burn. It’s stone and concrete. People don’t build monumental buildings to burn easily these days,” Trent commented.

“Well they used to and this building is pretty old. I’d say it’s eighteen-hundreds,” Chip guesstimated. 

“That old?”

“Yeah, I took some art history so I’d know. Burning this building won’t destroy the whole thing, but it will burn a lot of history within. Maybe it’s like the White House when the Canadian’s burnt it in the War of 1812,” Chip said. 

“Pffff . . . Canadians aren’t that aggressive,”Trent said.

“Oh yeah well why do you think it’s called the White House? Canadians and British soldiers burnt it and the states had to white wash it after rebuilding some parts; white washing covered up the smoke damage and scorch marks.” 

“But wasn’t Canada more a British colony at that point?  So, the fault lies with the British who were leading things,” Trent insisted.

“Many of the soldiers identified as Canadian, Trent,whether or not they were led by Britain; the States shouldn’t have tried to take the Canadas, as upper and lower Canada were known then.” 

“Um, that’s a great history lesson but why do you want to burn this building?” 

Chip’s eyes grew dark, “Some people just like to watch the world burn; but I’m okay with one building . . . to start.”


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 

15 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: Historian and Pyromaniac #amwriting #flashfiction

  1. Iain Kelly October 27, 2016 / 5:48 am

    Haha, should I have laughed? I love the educated history lesson from a pyromaniac, before he gets to work. Darkly comic, well done 🙂

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  2. Sunday Fiction October 27, 2016 / 8:26 am

    A great way of mixing history and arson. Wait, did I just say that? “Great way …arson” Okay then. As I was reading that, I was thinking “not true .. after all, there will be no whitewash in the white house” hehe. I think it’s a great story, and I do like the history within it.

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    • mandibelle16 October 27, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      Thanks so much Al. Yeah I was reading a bit on it lately. And looked it up,a bit more for the story. A guess even arsonists have hobbies 🙂

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  3. Priceless Joy October 27, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    Great story Mandi! Chilling that Chip is an arsonist but at least he knows his history! LOL!

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  4. Jade M. Wong October 27, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    Oh damn, I did not expect Chip to be a pyromaniac! Very intriguing story Mandi and great job mixing humor with history. (At least, I found it humorous…wonder what that says about my sense of humor, LOL)

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    • mandibelle16 October 28, 2016 / 12:13 am

      Hehe I think it’s funny. But pyromaniacs have other hobbies too I guess 🙂

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  5. clcouch123 October 29, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    White House painters left part out back untouched. The burn marks are seen today. I guess they’re a symbol for something–many things, maybe. I enjoyed the conversation within the conversation about Canadians–coming in house, as it were, by them and you. And now in the fine heritage of arson, another old building will be burned. Hmm, I don’t think that’s what Santayana had in mind when saying those who don’t know history will repeat it.

    Good darkly comic tone, Amanda. Astute creating!

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    • mandibelle16 October 30, 2016 / 2:26 am

      Lol. I had trouble with this picture. I’ve been reading about that in my Uncles book on his family history. It’s an interesting war, the only one the Canadians ever won against the US – the war of 1812. But learning, Canada was pretty much still the Canadas and a British Colony, gives us something to think about. Thank you Christopher 🙂

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