the Aerie

Once again, Al has provided a thought-provoking and amazing (where is this!) photograph for Sunday Photo Fiction. The mission: write a piece of flash fiction in response to the picture prompt. I had the title long before I had the story!

What was a billion dollars to Vanderbilt Carnegie? A quarter’s profit for his business. A high profile charitable donation.  Pocket change for divorced wife and their self-centred children.

Or, an enticement for the great naturalist architect, Muir Moore, to take on Carnegie’s dream, the Aerie – a home carved out of the cliff face above the sea.

A sanctuary from all the demands on his time and attention. With fully retractable staircases and helipad he could shut out the world.

“Ironical,” he said to his cat, Lucre, “the world made me rich, so I despise the world.” {97 words}



23 thoughts on “the Aerie

the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things . . .

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