Image copyright: C E Ayr

Image copyright: C E Ayr

The tank-tracked wrecking ball was delivered just after midnight, the bulldozer an hour or so later. We were all asleep in our beds, expecting nothing, hearing nothing.

The fight had been going for months – restraint orders, petitions, twitter campaigns, hashtag campaigns. The media supported us and so did, we thought, the politicians.

Around the time the early morning baristas switched on their coffee makers and before we had finished our sleep-eyed breakfasts, the site foreman’s phone rang. He listened carefully, blew a whistle. Soon machinery swung into action, doing what machinery does.

Final score: City Hall 1, citizens nil.


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ 100 word Friday Fictioneer challenge. We dare you!

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32 Responses to Iconoclasm

  1. Yes, all too often they pave Paradise and put up a parking lot. I hope the lot isn’t too expensive, at least.

  2. Margaret says:

    Battle lost. Sad. I hope the people keep fighting. I love the tone of this – you’ve captured the feeling of defeat and the sense of inevitability.

  3. City hall will always win, progress for progress’s sake.The hell with art, someone will recreate it somewhere else. Who really gives s—. I hate cities, but it’s no different in the country, an oil company is coming through our neighborhood to tear up the land for a pipe line. Yeah, progress, when will the next explosion occur. Sorry, I had a bad day. 🙂 Well done!

    • Love the vitriol. It’s good to vent after a bad day. Or even after a good one. Re the pipe line, you could chain yourself to a earth mover. Remember to take a flask of coffee.
      I love cities – everything that’s good and bad about them.

  4. I’ve seen so many great buildings torn down, just to be replaced by tasteless new cubes. But then again, many of those great buildings were built on ruins of something equally beautiful. I wonder if people felt the same as we do?

  5. rgayer55 says:

    You guys at City Hall sure have some big balls–and know how to use ’em.

  6. I like your use of modern day media.
    For me, it gave it a younger feel.

  7. Nicely done, Patrick! I like the way you handled the whole narrative, culminating in the sense that it was a sort of boxing match or sport of some sort.

  8. Dear Patrick,

    One of the things about Kansas City that I don’t like is the propensity to tear down landmarks rather than refurbish them. You’ve captured that frustration. Well done.



  9. ceayr says:

    Grim story, well told.
    Great stuff, Patrick.

  10. Sandra says:

    You can’t fight City Hall. They’re the ones with the wrecking balls.

  11. Dale says:

    Too often the people lose…

  12. gahlearner says:

    Losing against the system when your heart is set on something is bitter enough–but having to wake up to the status quo without prior announcement, that’s a lot worse. Good, realistic story, I love all the details.

  13. Alas.. when it’s been decided it doesn’t really matter what we may think… we rarely win in against a system called democracy… Love the barista details.

  14. Oh! I like your take on the prompt. Great description of the morning happenings. Short and sweet.

  15. Joy Pixley says:

    Great take on the prompt! Although depressing to those of us who have been through that kind of disappointment trying to fight City Hall. I like how you summarize events over a long time but also mix in just the right little details of the morning of the event.

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