50 Word Thursday #5 – A new society

Debbie Whittam has set a challenge to write a poem or story in 50 words, or multiples of 50 up to a maximum of 250 words, inspired by a picture and include some particular lines. Here is the picture.


and the lines:

“Peter Gericke loved airplanes as some men love horses, with a deep and unswerving passion.”

From Jack Higgins The Eagle Has Landed

Here is my attempt:

It had been a terrible plane crash, so my Mother had said. She was one of only a handful of survivors. Just thirty people out of four hundred. Mother had been the head stewardess and one of only three crew to survive. One other stewardess and the co-pilot, Peter Gericke survived. Peter became our chief. He got people organised.

Mother told me about two stories she’d read as a child about people abandoned on a desert island. One called Coral island and the other called Lord of the Flies. The first one told how the survivors all worked peacefully together and survived in an almost totally blissful utopia. In the other book, the survivors all reverted to brutal tribalism and turned on themselves. We were somewhere between the two extremes.

Peter organised building a camp. At first everyone had followed him quite willingly. They didn’t eat the dead, that was something else Mother told me about a film she’d seen once, they burned them on a bonfire with some kind of ceremony.

It was when Peter decided to turn the shell of the plane into his own private dwelling that the trouble started. Peter Gericke loved airplanes as some men love horses, with a deep and unswerving passion. He wanted to live in it. A few of the other survivors didn’t like that. They called him a Despot and took themselves off to another part of the Island and formed their own breakaway society. Mother told me they were unworthy.

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 14/June/2018

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People are far too complicated to be able to describe in a few words so I am not even going to try.

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