A 100 Word Story
Inspired by “The Salvation of Mosul” by Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian magazine, October 2017
I used to visit the museum, before all this. The purge… The war… I hated this painting; the dull colors, the awkward gaze, the lazy brushstrokes. Sometimes, I’d stare at it for an hour, wondering what people see in it. Other times, I’d avoid the hall where it hung.
But, when they started closing libraries, and burning books, I knew it wouldn’t be long before they came for everything else. I had to save it… The art… Whatever I could… Even as flames destroyed the building. I rescued this.Someday, I’ll give it back. Maybe it will help people remember.