The Long Way Down

Photo prompt © TJ Paris
Photo prompt © TJ Paris

Two men in suits walked around the second level of the Rotunda.

“Senator, I just want to prepare you,” said Jameson. “The Capital is mobbed with press downstairs. Ever since the story broke about Blackridge, well… I strongly advise you not to make any comments. Now, if you’ll just take a look at this press release our office…”

“I never bother to look up anymore,” mused Senator Mertle, cutting off his young colleague.

“What?” asked Jameson.

“The frescos in the dome. When I was first elected, I used to marvel at their beauty. I felt like I was a part of something larger. I felt like I would make history.”

The old man sighed.

“So much has changed.”

“Yes, right. Now they’re going to eat you alive on this scandal if we don’t do some major damage control so I suggest…”

* * *

Jameson woke the next morning to the gruesome image of his client’s body, swinging from a rope tethered to the balcony railing in the Capital building. The figures painted in the frescos looked on at the remains of the disgraced politician.

Jameson closed his eyes. Senator Mertle had made history, just not the way he ever intended.

[This is my entry this week into the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge, hosted by Priceless Joy. A photo prompt is given and writers are encouraged to create a short story of 100 – 150 words, + or – 25 words.]

~V

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18 thoughts on “The Long Way Down

    1. Thank you. I don’t know where the original picture was taken and I’ve never seen the Capital building in Washington, but we have one in Madison that’s similar. Once I pictured that, devising a political scandal wasn’t too hard. (Sadly). Glad you liked it, PJ!

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    1. That’s it exactly! I think politics does tend to attract a certain type of person, and while many may start with great ambitions of making the world a better place, the inherent corruption takes it’s toll and even the most well intentioned can turn bad.

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  1. What a gruesome and tragic end to a career in politics! It’s true that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. There must be so much sadness in so many people who began as idealists in politics (or in any other field, for that matter)!

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    1. Thank you. This is why I support term limits on Congress. I think after a time, even those with the best intentions fall prey to the extensive corruption that seems to be inherent in our system. Thanks for the read and comment. 🙂

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