The Martyr

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

It was said that the despot ruling their planet was invincible & immortal. And so, they had continued to suffer for generations.

Till one day, a single brave citizen stood on a wall, and hurled himself on the passing king. They both fell, they both died. One’s body was kicked and stomped upon, the other’s body was bedecked with prize jewels and hoisted on a tall pole in the middle of the town square.

They could not save his life, but they did manage to put Humpty Dumpty together again, just like he had brought their planet together through his sacrifice.

*************************************************************************************100 Words

Written as a part of Friday Fictioneers, a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a  story in 100 words or less in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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40 Responses to The Martyr

  1. Moon says:

    Nice, unique story, Anurag. Very well written.

  2. draliman says:

    Nice, and an apt reference to Humpty Dumpty 🙂

  3. Sandra says:

    So imaginative! Well done.

  4. Dear Anurag,

    it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which body got which treatment. Well done.



  5. Joy Pixley says:

    Ah, so that’s definitely a tyrant who needs to be brought down! I like how you bring the Humpty Dumpty story into it, picturing “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men” trying to salvage their hero, who killed the king. Interesting twist!

  6. Wow – now that really was different! Well done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  7. Lynn Love says:

    An interesting take on the prompt – poor old Humpty!

  8. Alice Audrey says:

    Such a brave soul. Hopefully his story will be told for many generations – in case another “immortal” tyrant comes along.

  9. I trust they sat his reassembled body back on the wall! Nice one Anurag

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  10. granonine says:

    Tyrants always fall eventually. Heroes always rise. And the cycle continues.

  11. Iain Kelly says:

    I like the idea of Humpty Dumpty saving the world 🙂

  12. pennygadd51 says:

    What a great take on the legend of Humpty Dumpty!

  13. Now this is a very interesting version of that old nursery rhyme:Humpty Dumpty as Assassin. So the king wasn’t just left with egg on his face. 🤔

  14. I loved that unexpected end! Go Humpty!

  15. Laurie Bell says:

    Well written! He took a great risk and paid the price but it sounds like everyone benefited

  16. A great take on the prompt. Hopefully life improved for everyone on the planet.

  17. So we learn Humpty didn’t accidentally fall off the wall as has been reported. He was a hero. Good writing, Anurag. 🙂 — Suzanne

  18. Good and unusual take on the prompt. Well written

  19. Humpty Dumpty was a true revolutionary

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