The Eternal Price of Liberty

A Conversation (Among Strangers on a Bus)

Voice One: “He shared secrets with the Russians!”

Voice Two: “Maybe he was trying to be frank.”

Voice One: “Or he’s a traitor in bed with Putin!”


Voice Three: “Over there is a statue of Lafayette.”

Voice Four: “He believed in the cause of liberty.”


Voice Two: “Radical factions ordered his arrest.”

Voice One: “If I’m considered a radical, so be it. They should arrest Trump!”

Voice Two: “No, Lafayette was arrested. Napoleon secured his release.”

Voice One: “Another dictator helping another.”


Voice Four: “I think you’re confusing the past with the present.”

Voice One: “Shut up! If you’re against liberty, then I don’t want to hear it.”


Voice Three: “Look there’s the White House.”

Voice One: “Probably already sold it.”

Voice Four: “Let’s go take a look before its gone.”

Voice Two: “The price of liberty requires eternal vigilance.”

Michael S. Sommermeyer

Michael S. Sommermeyer writes fast fiction, observations, poetry, mysteries, fantasies, and science fiction. He focuses on oddities, unbelievable facts, strange phenomenon, discoveries, and the people who wander uneven worlds. He ponders the dreams of mythmakers and explores what the every person dreams about. He writes fiction for and has written scientific and technical writing for a number of magazines.

2 Responses to “The Eternal Price of Liberty”

  1. <path_to_url> Steph

    I found the dialogue engaging and the setting unique. You touched on a variety of issues, and escalated things quickly using a cross section of voices. I think it was is quite apropos for the story to happen on a tour bus near the nation’s seat of power. It is set with a group of people on a tour bus, right?

    • <path_to_url> Michael S. Sommermeyer

      Yes, I recently rode up top on a tour bus in Washington, DC. I like listening in to people and there was a lot of conversations. One had to do with Lafayette and the founders’s debate over liberty. Then yesterday, I read how the President had met with the Russians. The two sides of the coin seemed appropriate for a conversation.


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