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The Meeting

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Photo Prompt by A Mixed Bag

The two great leaders met in the Arizona desert. Alone. No one in the President’s administration knew of this meeting. If word got out, his political enemies would ruin him, much as they had his father. But the risk of doing nothing were too great. Young Trump, as the President was affectionately known, watched as a teenager while his father’s political party spit in the face of science and ignore the signs of climate change. The Deniers became a powerful political force, rolling back centuries of innovation and learning, all in the name of Capitalism.

If only his father had listened to the Truth-Sayers. He could have prevented this catastrophe from happing. But that is all water under the bridge,

Young Trump chuckled at the thought. What a fitting pun.

Swallowing hard, the President spoke.

“I believe they call you Saguaro?”

“My race is known by many names. That is one. Little children know our true name. I believe we are called Man Cactus in your language.”

Young Trump smiled, remembering.

“What do you seek from me,” the ancient one asked?

“Teach me how to live without water.”

 

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge to write a 200-word story based on a photo prompt. A Mixed Bag provided this week’s challenging photo

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19 thoughts on “The Meeting

  1. I hope young Trump is a lot better than his father. But he seems to be, especially going to meetings to see if they can survive the catastrophe that is coming.

    One slight error. “…could have prevented this catastrophe from happing.” Only a slight error. Good story Susan.

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  2. I like the story if only for the fact that it managed to extend the horror by dreaming up the possibility of another Trump taking over this world. Besides i have always been a fan of your writings, Susan.

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    1. Thank you Neel! That made my day. I look at Barron Trump and wonder if he will follow his fathers footsteps or if the horror of his fathers presidency might change him for the better since these are formative years.

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  3. I can’t imagine in my wildest dreams that another Trump would be elected after this one. I do have a bit of an issue with the term “truth-sayers,” though.

    To quote from the 1989 film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”:

    “Archaeology is the search for fact … not truth. If it’s truth you’re interested in, Dr. Tyree’s philosophy class is right down the hall.”

    Science relies on fact, just as does the law, not “truth”. “Truth” is an absolute that can be quite subjective. Ideally facts are objective and can be examined for verification. Once we start treating any area of science as “truth,” it ceases to be a science and instead becomes a belief.

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      1. No worries. My friend in Israel frequently calls me out on my inaccuracies. I recently wrote about Judah and Israel in the time of King Solomon for my time travel homage series, and oh boy did I get things wrong.

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      1. Iain filled the earth with water. You have completely dried it up. Both scenarios are equally unwanted.
        Lets pray good sense prevails and we get our act together in time.

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