Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Mapmaker

by John Xero


The Dark Cartographer sat at his desk, mapping taboos.

He had trouble, at first; one person’s taboo was another’s breakfast, fetish, or badge. Then he began imagining religions, generations, perversions as countries and continents and he discovered psychological tectonics... thrusting mountains of prejudice, vast spreading oceans of distrust, disgust.

And once he had the subjects – people, he means – codified: the islands, archipelagos, and peninsulas of taboo; he saw how simple it would be to foster little warzones of hate and violence, out there in the real world.

He rolled up his map, tucked it under his arm and set out.







(Originally written for Lily Childs' Friday Prediction)

10 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Louise. =)

      It's amazing how many times you can rewrite a hundred words, the core concept was always there, but it took a lot of redrafts to get it just right. =)

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  2. Methinks this mischievous fellow may be responsible for one or two of the world's woes.

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    1. Thanks, Steve. =)

      I think 'mischievous' might be underselling him a little...

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    1. Thanks W.J. =)

      No good can come of seeing that map... ;)

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  4. So much said in so few words! I bet there are a few who would like to get hold of that map!

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    1. Thank you, Helen. =)

      I bet there are... not sure he'd be willing to sell though.

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  5. Really nice work.

    I too wanna see the map!

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    1. Thanks, Jack...

      Careful, though... your eyes may bleed... ;)

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