PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook
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.
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.
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the rambunctious host of Friday Fictioneers.