This week’s flash fiction challenge on terrible minds was to write a story with the theme of either:
1. Doing a good thing sometimes means being evil
2. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions
I chose #1, combining it with an idea for a much longer story I have had in my mind. This is in a way, a prologue to that other story.
Hope you enjoy it.
The Coral Castle
By Scott Mollon
The Coral Castle stood tall at the center of the atoll. Built from giant blocks of coral harvested from the great Dead Reef then dried and bleached until a brilliant white, and then finally stacked high on top of each other. A great hall ten stories tall and seven towers rising around it. Unlike it’s inland sisters, the castle did not have the luxury of sprawling across many acres. The atoll afforded little room even at its widest point at the middle of its sandy crescent, so architects were forced to build upwards, towards the sky. On sunny days, light reflecting off the castle could be seen from miles away, a lighthouse shining through the daylight.