The Eclipse by Kim Hutchinson

The bankers and businessmen appeared on television wearing thousand-dollar haircuts and sackcloth. Their faces were grim.

The money’s gone, some proclaimed. It won’t be coming back said others.

The money’s gone! cried the people. What shall we do? Citizens began to wring their hands and point fingers at one another.

A few people asked Where did it go? These voices were drowned out by weeping and wailing and by shrieks of fear.

We have to replace it, the politicians announced.

Where will the new money come from? asked many. We must mortgage the future, replied the bankers and businessmen. It’s the only way.

Confused, the people agreed. The losses piled up: credit, livelihoods, homes, families, communities, societies, hope.

Debt spread like a virus, bringing the ills of poverty. The sickened people paid and paid until there was nothing left to sell but their freedom.

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14 responses to “The Eclipse by Kim Hutchinson

  1. Wish this were more of a “beware what could possibly happen someday if we’re not careful.” I fear we are on the other side of the tipping point, and your last line is the thing that really makes the difference.

  2. Kim, you’ve drawn a picture of our current scenario and it’s scarier than any horror story I’ve read. This should be sent to Washington.

  3. Melissa

    So real and so scary!

  4. it’s difficult to take what could be a topical subject and make it work, but you do here.

  5. It captures prefectly the present – then pushes it onward. Very well done!

  6. I agree with Susan…off to Wasington with this tome. Admirable.

  7. Kim Hutchinson

    Thanks, all, for the great comments! I doubt I can tell Washington anything, but thanks for the vote of confidence.

  8. ” . . . paid and paid until there was nothing left to sell but their freedom.” Hate to say it, but this reads like the news (all of it I mean; that last bit just caps it). Very nicely done. More than that; makes me want to write a essay.

    Forget about Washington; they elections mean they don’t have to listen.

  9. Kim Hutchinson

    Thanks for the great comment, Al. Glad the story inspired you.

  10. The fable quality of this piece is so effective – very well achieved. Perfect tone. I like!

  11. Kim Hutchinson

    Thanks very much, Catherine. I’m glad the fable worked for you.

  12. Pingback: Week #40 – The money’s gone | 52|250 A Year of Flash

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