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Gas! Gas! Gas!

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Dedicated to the Memory of George Floyd

Submitted: June 03, 2020

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Submitted: June 03, 2020

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Gas! Gas! Gas!

I was learning to write when the crying gas attack happened: the attack on protest, the attack on freedom of speech and expression. I'll never forget how I crouched under the stairs waiting for the gas to come. The wailing of their sirens. The insistent percussive hammering of stress messages in my ears:

‘Warning! This is Crying Gas! Stay indoors! Do not go outside! Do not attempt to protest!’

I was curious. I wanted to see, touch, feel, smell the gas. I went outside. I took off my gas mask.

She was waiting for me on the front lawn. I reached out to her, using her name,

‘Get you in your new yellow bio-hazard suit, Meg!’

'It's Crying Gas!' she cried.

I didn't listen. I took off my mask. The gas etched my face in celestial patterns. I started to cry. I was beautifully scarred for life. My face screamed. I lacked confidence.

Life was wonderful before the gas attacks.

They told me I should keep writing. Until everyone respects one another. Until we are all equal. Until abhorrent racism is a crime of the past. And the human race can truly call itself civilized. 


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