Cage Free

February 13, 2019 at 10:57 am 49 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 15 February 2019

 J Hardy Carroll
Photo Credit: J Hardy Carroll

 
It was the day the guard escorted me to the conference room where a number of inmates were already seated.

Moments later, a representative from the warden’s office arrived and announced that we had been deemed rehabilitated to join society.

Still in shock and utter disbelief, I returned to my cell for the last time. It didn’t take me long to pack into a box five years of incarceration and torture for my beliefs.

As fellow political prisoners waved to say goodbye and wish me well, reality finally sunk in. I was free like a bird released from its cage.
 

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49 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan A Eames  |  February 13, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Phew! Released at last. Nicely done, plaridel.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 2. plaridel  |  February 13, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      susan:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. Iain Kelly  |  February 13, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I wonder if the sense of revolution is in the air!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 13, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      iain:

      perhaps, if they have survived the brainwashing.

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  • 5. Dale  |  February 13, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Oh great. Let them out so they can start more crap… ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Good one!

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    • 6. plaridel  |  February 13, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      dale:

      they could be so tame by now to cause trouble to the government. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 7. Alice Audrey  |  February 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    But are you really free?

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    • 8. plaridel  |  February 13, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      alice:

      that’s the question. we’ll have wait and see. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
      • 9. Alice Audrey  |  February 13, 2019 at 6:50 pm

        If you were there for your beliefs, then maybe you were never really not free.

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        • 10. plaridel  |  February 14, 2019 at 11:22 am

          alice:

          great point.

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  • 11. Abhijit Ray  |  February 13, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Nice analogy of bird freed from cage. Such a relief to be out.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  February 14, 2019 at 11:21 am

      abhijit:

      thank you for the usual support. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 13. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 14, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Free, but he’ll probably be watched for many years to come’

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  February 14, 2019 at 11:21 am

      keith:

      you’re exactly right. free, but not totally.

      Reply
  • 15. draliman  |  February 14, 2019 at 4:42 am

    I hope he manages to stay out, I bet he’ll be watched like a hawk.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  February 14, 2019 at 11:21 am

      draliman:

      i’m pretty sure the authorities will be on his tail for sometime.

      Reply
  • 17. Dawn Quyle Landau  |  February 14, 2019 at 5:27 am

    This is a powerful piece Plaridel. The comparison of a bird and a newly freed prisoner is nicely done!

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    • 18. plaridel  |  February 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

      dawn:

      your comment is much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply
  • 19. Jelli  |  February 14, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Amen to freedom! What a powerful story this week!

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    • 20. plaridel  |  February 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

      jelli:

      thank you from reading and commenting. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 21. rochellewisoff  |  February 14, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    A truly touching and timely story. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 22. plaridel  |  February 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

      rochelle:

      we don’t really know how much we take our freedom for granted until it’s taken from us.

      Reply
  • 23. Brenda's Thoughts  |  February 14, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I can’t imagine how he must feel. The relief of freedom from incarceration and torture for his beliefs. Well-written!

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    • 24. plaridel  |  February 14, 2019 at 11:19 am

      brenda:

      it’ll take time to adjust for sure but hopefully he’ll be fine.

      Reply
  • 25. kislaya  |  February 14, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Much awaited freedom!
    But I wonder once he is out in the society, will he be able to really adjust?

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    • 26. plaridel  |  February 15, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      kislaya:

      good question. definitely, he’ll need support from loved ones and others. he can’t do it alone.

      Reply
  • 27. Alicia Jamtaas  |  February 15, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I can’t even imagine that “sudden” freedom. Exhilarating and scary at the same time.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  February 15, 2019 at 10:51 pm

      alicia:

      let’s hope for the best for him.

      Reply
  • 29. lisarey1990  |  February 15, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    I’m glad he’s out. Great write.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  February 15, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      lisa:

      i’m sure there’ll be difficulties. but hopefully, he’ll be able to deal with them.

      Reply
  • 31. Sascha Darlington  |  February 15, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Sometimes freedom is a whole other challenge. Good story, Plaridel!

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  • 34. Margaret  |  February 15, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    He’s free, but who is he now if he’s been incarcerated and I guess ‘re-educated’? Such a tragic and unfortunately true to life story. You capture the tragedy every well.

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    • 35. plaridel  |  February 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      margaret:

      sad to say, he may not be the same person he used to be.

      Reply
  • 36. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  February 16, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Great title ๐Ÿ‘ letโ€™s hope they no longer want to be incarcerated and give up political ways. Nicely written and unfolding …
    Isadora ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    • 37. plaridel  |  February 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      isadora:

      i’m glad you liked the title. actually, i almost changed it at the last minute. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 40. Sandra  |  February 16, 2019 at 9:20 am

    An uplifting piece.

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    • 41. plaridel  |  February 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

      sandra:

      thank you for the kind support.

      Reply
  • 42. gahlearner  |  February 16, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    A scary story. As a political prisoner, he’ll be watched. Is he really free, or just another version of incarceration?

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    • 43. plaridel  |  February 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

      gahlearner:

      by this time, he must be a broken man and completely brainwashed. he was released by the institution to save the cost of his food and lodging.

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  • 44. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  February 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Oh yes… we all remember how asylums have been used… and some got really mad by the drugs they were fed.

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    • 45. plaridel  |  February 19, 2019 at 11:47 am

      bjรถrn:

      it’s a pity that those who are in power are capable of such evil.

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  • 46. granonine  |  February 17, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    A scary possibility anywhere faith does not agree with whatever regime is in power. Well done.

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    • 47. plaridel  |  February 19, 2019 at 11:47 am

      linda:

      we should count our blessings and think kindly of those who are oppressed.

      Reply
  • 48. michaelwynnauthor  |  February 19, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Nicely done, I hope he’s free to think as he pleases as well, without fear of being incarcerated again for his beliefs

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    • 49. plaridel  |  February 19, 2019 at 11:46 am

      mick:

      perhaps, he should keep a low profile for the time being. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply

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