Incident At Union Plaza

27 Feb

In the outdoor market a young man carrying a plastic shopping bag approached with a cloth flag wrapped around his head. The insignia of the flag had been cut out, leaving a hole in the middle of the yellow segment, through which one could see his fleshy forehead.
It was wrinkled.
The man walked carefully among the fruit and vegetable stands. He said nothing. A chicken vendor twisted the neck of the bird and held the spasming body tightly, while he threw away the head into a basket underneath the counter.
The young man stopped suddenly and sat on the dirty asphalt. From the plastic bag he removed a tin can and doused himself with the liquid.
No one noticed.
He lit a match and went up in flames immediately.
A black government car stopped and four secret police agents stormed out and came toward the immolated man. They were unable to get too close because of the high flames. One drew out a pistol and shot into the burning body, knocking him to his back. Police came and extinguished the charred corpse. The four secret police used wet towels and hoisted the body, hustling it to an unmarked van.
The van drove away.

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3 Responses to “Incident At Union Plaza”

  1. JAC 27/02/2009 at 4:32 PM #

    Nice one. Very nice.
    I had to look up “immolated”.

  2. (S)wine 27/02/2009 at 5:21 PM #

    Stupid word. It always haunts me.
    Thanks for the good words and patronage. Cheque is in the mail.

  3. Geoff 01/03/2009 at 1:19 PM #

    Alex, I read your intro/comments about this piece first, which made the storytelling all the more real. I could visualize the scene happening, and it was a sad sight indeed. (great words, as always)

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