The June 4, 2020, prompt from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about justice for all. It does not have to take place in America. Injustice exists anywhere. What is the story behind justice for all? Go where the prompt leads!
Injustice does exist anywhere, but the hard horrible historical and present fact is, injustice exists here. In my home country. It’s a hard truth, covered over for centuries by the thinning myths of the prevailing narratives. Solomon Burke sings, ‘If one of us is chained, none of us are free’. If one reads/hears that “us” as truly including all of us, everyone of us, the pluribus and not just this unum or that unum, there is yet some hope for all of us. There is only hope for any one of us if there can be justice for all.
I encourage you to read Charli’s post. In response to the Carrot Ranch challenge I present here two unrelated stories, each featuring familiar characters. There is also a related 99 word poem, Shutters.
Flattening the Curve, D. Avery
The older woman slammed the loaded clip into her semiautomatic rifle. “This is for if they come by.” She tucked the handgun into her waistband. “This is if they come close.”
“What? I told you when you came here from college I was ready for anything this pandemic had to offer.” She chambered a round. “I don’t claim to be colorblind, but this rifle truly is. It delivers justice for all.”
“Auntie! You don’t have to be afraid of them.”
“Don’t I? We all do.”
“Black men aren’t inherently dangerous!”
“No shit. It’s white men I fear.”
Destiny Dawning, D. Avery
“What’s the matter, Mommy? It’s still dark.”
Marlie lifted the covers and made room. “Did you have a nightmare?”
“Actually, Marlie, I did.”
“Don’t be afraid. Teddy? Or Destiny?”
Liz took the Destiny Doll, but what she really wanted— needed— was this, to just lie close with her little girl.
“Mommy, tomorrow can you make a cape for Destiny? And one for me and one for Sofie?”
“Sure. What color?”
“Like a rainbow?”
“Rainbow colors, brown colors, black colors, tan colors— every color. We’re caped crusaders. Justice! For all!”
“Marlie, I’m feeling less afraid now.”