Change Of Scene

Flash
Tim Conley


Photo Credit: Janne Räkköläinen/Flickr (CC-by-sa)

The day after the news of the architect’s death, his buildings began to mourn. Naturally their shapes and dimensions did not change (though perhaps the tallest among them seemed to bow just a little) but the behaviour of those within his buildings was not just affected but gradually transformed. In his city halls, mayors and councils began to pass a series of resolutions exhorting citizens to be kind to and patient with each other. From his museums came many reports of visitors weeping and embracing each other in front of the exhibits, apparently no matter the subject. The terms of loans and agreements became more compassionate in the banks he had designed. In due course all mortgages were written off, debtors were forgiven, nobody went to jail.

I might carry on with this story if I had a mind to, but just now I am being called to join the dancing in the streets outside.

pencil

Tim Conley’s most recent collection of short fiction is Collapsible (New Star Books, 2019). He teaches at Brock University in Canada. Email: awethorrorty[at]hotmail.com