Corrupt? Moi?

As head of the Artefacts Rescue Board, Professor Arnold Ebenezer took it upon himself to rant and rave at those museums and private collectors who bought up war-looted ancient treasures from unscrupulous grave diggers and corrupt curators.

If there wasn’t a market, the treasures wouldn’t be stolen, he always maintained. And of course, he was right.

However, when the police raided his country house after a tip-off from his butler, he defended his rare and illicit collection of twenty first century table lamps with the argument that he had saved them from destruction.

“Tell it to the judge,” said the lieutenant.

For Friday Fictioneers.

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37 Responses to Corrupt? Moi?

  1. Linda Vernon says:

    Marvelous Patrick!

  2. Eena says:

    Wicked good! Thanks for the laugh.

  3. This reminded me MonumentMen. I can see George Clooney saying, “Corrupt me, no….” Great story!

  4. Melissa says:

    The corrupt rescuer becoming the corrupt. Nice twist!

  5. Hi Patrick,
    Very creative and inventive tale. We have a reality show about hoarders here and it sounds like Professor Ebenezer could be a featured guest. Ron

  6. Dear Patrick,

    Illicit lamps? What’s this world coming to. Striking my match while I still can. 😉



  7. Clever take on this prompt and I enjoyed it. Thanks, Nan

  8. rgayer55 says:

    Yeah, those look like some hot lamps if I ever saw any (which I haven’t). I think he should plead insanity. Amusing story, Patrick.

  9. Someone has to protect the lamps of our society! Great take, Patrick. You’re always have such creative ideas!

  10. helenmidgley says:

    Oh, I’m dying to know what an illicit lamp looks like, lol 😉

  11. Oh, the irony of it all. Poor corrupt professor had no idea it could happen to him someday. Great job!

  12. Sandra says:

    Flexible morality – don’t you just love it? Nice one.

  13. Turn about is fair play, right?


  14. Perry Block says:

    Sounds reasonable to naive me ….

  15. A sad part of history… and there were always those easily corrupted.. good reminder.

  16. Hypocrite much? Fantastic story! I’m glad he got caught, even if it was just for table lamps!

  17. Honie Briggs says:

    Nothing worse than corrupt intellectual lamp collectors. HA!

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