The bottom line

I never knew infinity was relative.

I thought that traces could be buried deep in archives, that fraud was safe, and accountants never could be charged.

But they digitized the archive, and gradually computers found the evidence of my evasions. My signatures and petty theft was turned to nighttime warrants and escapes.

I have spent my funds on plastic surgery, on false identities and moving from one safe-house to another. I ran for freedom and I lost it all.

I’ve built a prison for myself, and now I’m ready to give up.
Please lock me in; please set me free.

The picture lent itself to tax-evasions and financial crime. I hope it make sense, but I think there are many cases where people doing financial crimes turn themselves in finally.

Friday Fictioneers is a wonderful blogging community managed by Rochelle-Wisoff Fields.

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to loose.

August 26, 2015

55 responses to “The bottom line

  1. Fantastic tone of voice in this Bjorn. You’ve really captured his resignation, his acknowledgement that he has to turn himself in. And I love the last line (just wonder if you should have ‘up’ or ‘in’ after lock?)

  2. Your first like is absolutely brilliant. Would make a great opening line for a novel! As for the rest of the story, I love it. Bank vaults. I’m still trying to decide what this photo means to me…

  3. Ah – see it doesn’t matter what your ‘profession’ – you’re never immune from technological progress! great story – you really portray his weariness well.

  4. Dear Björn,

    Lock me in, set me free. Brilliant line. I think this could be your best flash fiction yet. Well done, sir.



    PS: I love Me and Bobby McGee.

  5. Dear Bjorn,

    What an imaginative and fully realized piece of writing. You captured the full arc of his life, from crime to evasion to realization and resignation. Fantastic work.



  6. On the first read I was thinking a bit more futuristic than tax evasion, but I can see it. There does come a point when trying to stay ahead of the law is more stressful and consuming than actually being caught.

  7. Excellent, the way you turned freedom and incarceration around. A guy caught out by technology, not really cut out for the life of a fugitive.

  8. Coming so late to the comments makes it difficult to say something new. I can only join the chorus of: fantastic story and great lines. Applaus! And I love that song, too.

  9. It ran full cycle for this poor crook. It seemed like such a good idea at the time, but there are always consequences. I loved the resignation too.

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