“Spectacle Zero” / Memorable Fancies #2093

The emperor requires spectacles of all kinds: chariot races, gladiator combat teams, musical extravaganzas, mass burning of Christians (but less frequent now that the emperor has become a Christian himself). Cruel spectacles are expected of each emperor in turn, of course, but those of this emperor have become bloodier as his reign proceeds.

Curiously, the emperor has given each spectacle a number; yesterday’s all-star singing/slashing gladiator show, for instance, bore the number 26. The first one a few years ago, a rather modest affair, was numbered 100, the next one 99, then 98.

What will spectacle zero be? We are afraid. Our fear grows with each subtraction.

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