The History Class Field Trip

Welcome to the transport museum. Please take note of the location of fire escapes and toilets. No food and drink is allowed in the exhibition halls.

We are highlighting two exhibits this week:

The first is the Sherman tank which was used extensively during the 1939-1945 world war and contributed considerably to the overthrow of the enemy.

Secondly, we have a bus that was badly shot up while carrying much needed relief supplies of food and blankets to refugees from Ferguson during the early twenty-first century troubles in what used to be called Missouri.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

This for Friday Fictioneers 100 word challenge.

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37 Responses to The History Class Field Trip

  1. Scary times and a creepy kick at the end of this clever tale, foreshadowing what we all should be working to fix! Nice job, Patrick.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Yes, I enjoyed the visit. A museum is a good idea for the truck.

  3. kirizar says:

    Was it as effortless to write as it was to read?

  4. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Patrick, Great story and very thought provoking. I have a son in the police and there are always two sides to each story, but my heart goes out to the mother of the dead boy. I too, hope this remains fiction. Nan

  5. A thought provoking timely piece.

  6. Sarah Ann says:

    Great scholarly voice in this. Very cleverly done, but am hoping your story doesn’t come to pass.

  7. rgayer55 says:

    Well done, Patrick. It seems everything today is a reason to riot and loot. It’s not just murder, or racism. What if your team wins/loses the Super Bowl? Or maybe your favorite didn’t win on America’s Got Talent. I’m sure any of those justify busting store windows and stealing TVs.

  8. Amy Reese says:

    It’s such a sad situation there in Ferguson, and it seems to happen over and over. I hope you’re story remains fiction.

    • I suspect things like this have been happening since the first Neanderthal met with the first homo sapiens. Man never seems to learn how to accommodate the Other.

  9. I wonder how many times in history people believed the future tales would paint a different picture about their present. Sometimes I think oblivion is bliss. Powerful, bone-crushing story.

  10. Oh.. I hope there’s still a chance that this will never happen.. very apt story.

  11. storydivamg says:

    Patrick,
    This is a fine tale. It reminds me of the paperclip holocaust museum that is located in an old boxcar from WWII. Here’s a link: http://oneclipatatime.org/paper-clips-project/

    Your speculative story is realistic and relevant. Good work.

    Marie Gail

  12. Dear Patrick,

    I live in what used to be known as Missouri. 😉

    Timely story and well done, I might add.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  13. Sandra says:

    Punchy, topical take on the prompt, Patrick. I hope this situation is soon defused.

  14. Patrick, What a terrible heritage to pass down. Let’s hope it doesn’t get that bad. Well written. —Susan

  15. Great political statement
    Randy

  16. Quite the timely story of the future. Intriguing perspective.

  17. I hope this isn’t a premonition! It only takes one spark in the right place . . .

  18. Let’s hope so. Scary times.

  19. Eve Dawson says:

    Ouch! Hope this remains fiction! Excellent story.

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