100WC #42 – In Absentia

100 Word Challenge #42

Prompt: piece must contain the words ‘liberty’, ’empire’, ‘apple’, ‘yellow’ and ‘enormous’

I watch the television from the hotel bed, my yellow robe pulled tight. The sun here is tiny, like an apple hanging from a branch. It is a different sun, cold and foreign.
Grainy images flicker on the screen: masked faces, assault rifles, broken statues. Enormous fires. A crying woman demands a trial.
I built them an empire, and they tear it down. For what? They do not remember liberty. Liberty was brutish and cruel, and I saved them from it.
Let them have their hollow trial. Let it illuminate the truth.
Let them know that no-one could have loved them as I did.


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