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Institutionalize the Institutions

Thrifty Word Challenge #13: Institutionalization

He sat in the audience listening like all his coworkers. The president spoke, in platitudes, and patriotic banter, about the Flag, the Constitution, Our Military, and our Hero's. “You the Men and Women who make up this fine institution …,” the president was saying.

Todd was so worked up he caught only a smattering of the crazy the man was saying. “Institution, now that's a word that applies,” Todd thought. “Like a F’ing insane asylum, they all should be institutionalized.”

“what,” the man next to him said.

“…axis of evil…” the president said.

“Sorry, nothing,” Todd whispered flexing his fingers.


Thrifty Word Challenge, is a weekly writing prompt I follow from the Medium online publication, The Bad Influence. You are challenged to keep the Micro-story at 50 or 100 words. I hope you enjoy them.


© 2021, T. Mark Mangum

T. Mark Mangum, a product of the unimaginable worlds of Star Wars, Star Trek, Conan, and the Lord of the Rings. Lover and writer of fiction tales. He is a Veteran and a father of six, and a game enthusiast.

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