A quote: “People have discovered that they can fool the devil; but they can’t fool the neighbors.” ~~ Francis Bacon***************************
No one remembered when it has started, just that it was sometime after the Revolution. A lock showed up on the old gate with a name written on the side. Just a first name though, no one knew who Larry was or why a lock with his name would be on the gate.
Slowly more began to appear, with different names, like Sarah, Kate, Brad and John, just average names.
As the months turned into years people started to notice that the locks would show up right after someone vanished during the night. They usually one name, sometimes two, or just initials. A few had only an emblem, suggesting that no one knew that person’s real identity.
I wonder if one has my name now.
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak for me.