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Retroactively Doesn’t Count

Flash Fiction Month 2016, Day 18

Challenge #8:  Write a story set during or in the wake of a disaster, featuring an anachronism.

There was a blinding flash of light, and a deafening bang.

“Well,” said Gaius Ofonius Tigellinus, squinting out over the burning ruins of Rome, “there goes the distillery.”

Emperor Nero didn’t say anything. He just kept singing. Badly.

There was another blinding flash of light, and another deafening bang, this time right beside the two betogaed figures on the palace roof.

“Ahh!” yelled Tigellinus. “By Pluto’s purple pectorals, what was that?”

“Hic!” said Nero. “Hic! Hic! Hic! Hic!”

Tigellinus wasn’t sure if he had developed a case of the hiccups or was just stuttering in Latin.

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