Dear Friends,

I am sorry but like Lain Kelly, I too couldn’t stop myself from writing something that reflects the changed political reality of our times.


TRUMPING THE WALL  (200 words)

By Neel Anil Panicker

‘The screws of the world’, Richard muttered under his breath as he turned off the television.

Killings, hatred, bombings, laws, in-laws…the world seemed to have gone mad.

It reminded him of something.

“Chris, have you taken your medicines?,” he called out.

There was no response.

Richard checked his watch. 8 o’clock. Not yet sleep time.

He walked into the room.

There was no one. The bed was littered with toys. A flickering video game suggested recent activity.

A folded yellow paper lay around it.

He picked it up and, read its contents.

‘Dear Dad,

Miss Janet tells us we have a new President. She said he is very bad. He is building a wall, she told the class. Even Bob and Steve said the same. I am very afraid. You promised Mom will come soon but I know you are lying.

This man is evil. He will never allow Mom to stay with us.

I love you a lot but I want to live with Mom. I am leaving for Iraq. I have my boat.

I built it on my own. Learnt that in Arts class.

I will come back soon, to take you also.

Your loving son,





© C.E.Ayr

Sunday Photo Fiction – January 29th 2017


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Written for fiction writing contest Sunday Fictioner hosted by

10 thoughts on “neelwrites/fiction/shortstory#SPF#200wo/02/02/2017

  1. A topical take highlighting one of the (many) injustices of this executive order. Well done for highlighting it.

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    1. Thanks Iain for your lovely comments.

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  2. Yes, topical but I think everyone is very worried and your story just highlights some of those worries.


    1. Yes, all of us are worried. My piece is just trying to capture that angst and uncertainty. Thank you.


  3. Cannot just get the current state of affairs off our minds can we? Well written.


    1. Well, isn’t that what is the main topic of discussion on everyone’s lips around the globe? Thank you Dahlia for your inspiring comments.

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  4. I imagine this conversation has been had in many a household over the last week in America. Very well told on the topic.


  5. Poor child. I hope his father finds him in time. What’s happening is a tragedy. More Republicans in Congress need to grow backbones. Good writing, Neel. —- Suzanne


    1. Pity some of them have no bones at all. I thought the prompt ignited me to right a piece highlighting the current state of chaos and uncertainty. Thanks Suzanne for your wonderful comments.


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