Flash Fiction Friday – Who Is To Blame?

May 30, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story behind a memorial. Is it a structure, plaque, or something else? What does it seek to remind those who view it? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

Who Is To Blame? – by Hugh W. Roberts

‘What are the crowd looking at?’ Ingrid asked herself as she came out of her final writing class.

It was too crowded to find out, so she returned later.

As Ingrid’s eyes peered hard at the poorly-made brass plaque in the moonlight, her life changed instantly.  

In memory of the brave authors who fought and gave their lives to stop the outlawing of hardcover and paperback books. 

It wasn’t the lack of trees but the use of fossil fuels to charge up electrical devices that almost destroyed our planet. 

But is it writing or reading that is the crime?


Image of an memorial plaque with a red rose laying on top of it
Image Credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.


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36 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – Who Is To Blame?

  1. Talk about thinking outside the box…wow!
    The idea that reading could be considered a crime? Too awful 😦

    Another unique piece of flash fiction, Hugh.

  2. You may be on to something with the idea of the loss of the power grid, Hugh. My neighbor was just telling me that electric companies are trying to charge more for drivers who use public charging stations for their electric cars currently for free. I wondered how this was rectified…we shall see. Great twist to the story!

    1. Thanks, Terry. Electric cars are popular in the UK, but I’ve not heard of any charging stations where you can charge the car for free (not yet, anyway). However, owners of electric vehicles do get some incentives for going electric with free parking, free tolls, and not paying car tax.
      I would hope that solar power is used more to power up charging stations, but it’s slow progress, especially here in the UK.

      I’m glad you liked the twist in my piece of flash fiction. It certainly sent a shiver down my spine when I wrote it.

      1. So, it seems you very clearly guided. Truth always sends shivers down our spines. That gave me shivers.
        Hugh, I know we talked about creating a blog page by linking to categories. I also did it already with my Quotes for example. I wanted to make a page that shows all my travel posts but I have no idea anymore how to do it. I could not find someting in the WP information either. Did you write a post about it? And would you be so kind to share the link? That would be awesome.

        1. Hi Erika, are you referring to adding ‘Travel’ to the menu bar on your blog so that when anybody clicks on it, they see all your travel posts on one page?

        2. Thank you again, Hugh. I managed to make it but you really have to know how to. I thought, I got it but found out that my whole menu disappeared…. gosh. But now I know how to create this whole thing into detail… lol

    1. Thanks, Liesbet. Books will always be around while there is a demand for them. I see them as I do vinyl records. We almost lost them, but they’ve made a huge comeback. As it seems, have cassettes (tapes). What comes round goes round. A bit like fashion too.

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