#FF — Town Hero

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

i.

Locals learned historical context of the rubble in grade school. As adults it meant a draw for a dependable stream of tourists who came to visit, gawk, selfie-snap, overeat, and buy made-in-China souvenirs to take home to their envious families.

Woke marketing recast it in an ugly, oppressionistic light. The stream trickled; then stopped.

ii.

July’s Tourism Board meeting is grim; haggard faces wreathing the table. Mira reads today’s agenda, which includes a special guest: Gerald, who left as a lad and got trained as a scientist. Mum’s letter had fueled his train ride home.

Gerald’s specialty: chiropterology.

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Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the rambunctious host of Friday Fictioneers.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Perhaps Gerald will help the situation?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think he will, Sadje. Thank you 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome!👍🏼

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Vampire tours! Brilliant!

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  3. Mike says:

    Plenty of bats in my village, might I time travel a few in your direction.🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Mike, you are blessed if your village has plenty of bats. Where do they sleep? Send some my way, please!

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    I’m not sure Gerald is going to lighten the mood. Great characters in a few words.

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  5. Tannille says:

    It’s all about the marketing. Marketing is magic — it can make something great or turn something into junk.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      For sure, Tannille. Thanks!

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  6. They need a new approach and Gerald might just provide it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I was thinking of what Austin, TX did with their bat “problem.”
      Thanks to Merlin Tuttle and Friends:
      https://www.austinbats.org/

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  7. Dale says:

    Time for a new strategy! This was an excellent take, Lisa 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Dale. Exactly 🙂

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      1. Dale says:

        Pleasure is mine, Lisa.

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  8. James McEwan says:

    I wonder if Gerald has returned as a Vampire and brought his night time furry friends with him. That should spice up the tourist trade.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      James, you could be right. Maybe “away becoming a scientist” is just a cover story! Time will tell…

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  9. Bill says:

    Mostly Mexican free-tails around here. They hang in some caves and under bridges. Mum is right. Gerald knows what to do. 🙂

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  10. draliman says:

    I’m not sure bat colonies will recover such an ailing tourist trade, but it’s worth a try!

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  11. GHLearner says:

    Hahah, I’m all for the bats. They do need better marketing though, past horrors usually draw people, too. It’s not that romantic though. But linking the bats to vampires may be… Great story, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gabi, thanks. Maybe have dinner theater with Dracula and other vampire-themed productions and “sightings” (e.g. actors hanging upside down from trees.) Hoping the Tourism Board can get creative with it 🙂

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  12. Intrigue to know how he will help the town, which I hope he does. 🙂 Very creative story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Brenda, I hope he does also. Thank you 🙂

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  13. Laurie Bell says:

    I learn something new every day!
    That’s certainly a different kind of tour. But yes, times are a changing and for paying customers you gotta give em what they want.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and your comment, Laurie 🙂

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