G is for Gallows

I'm doing flash fiction for this year's A to Z challenge, hope you enjoy!


Gallows


She stood straight, proud, clinging on to her innocence until the very end. The only giveaway was her shaking hands, tied in front of her for everyone to see. A baby started crying somewhere in the crowd of people gathered around to watch, and a tear slid down her cheek. Who would take care of her baby now?
The black masked hangman led her forwards, and the crowd jeered, throwing things at the woman. Still she stood proud, staring straight ahead, ignoring the people beneath her.
He fixed the noose around her neck, and she took a deep breath.


Deep in the crowd, a man smirked. It hadn’t been difficult, convincing everyone that she was guilty of his crimes. He felt a twinge of remorse as she dropped, but brushed it away. Better her than him.

Comments

  1. Oh that shitty man! Karma will catch up to him.

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  2. Awesome job, Laura! I love reading your FF pieces!

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  3. Horrid man! As Dani says, hopefully karma will get him.

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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  4. Ooh, fantastic! Love the twist at the end.

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  5. Loved that you used to word "clinging;" such an evoking word for this flash! I loved this little piece!

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  6. That is really cold! He'll get his.

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  7. Oh gosh, I knew this was going to be rough just from the title but I didn't expect it to be this chilling! So sad with the baby crying and then the twist at the end was fantastic. Great piece!

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  8. That's terrible! Gosh, I feel terrible for her. This reminded me of an episode of Hell on Wheels were a church woman was sent to the gallows for killing a bad man and hung. It was the most sad episode.

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  9. Oof! Nasty, nasty man! So few words, but I'm mad now - good going!
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  10. So sad. I guess that kind of thing happened regularly back then. Oh, and good to find another flash fiction writer. Not many of us about this year.

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  11. So many questions left unanswered. I want to know more. Your piece was intriguing and well done. Thanks.

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  12. I hope karma catches up to him. I can never understand how people used to go see a hanging or public torture.

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  13. Well done Miss Laura . . . . . .

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  14. great post, said so much so few words

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  15. Wow, what a wonderfully terrible story! Short, but packs a real good punch.

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  16. Wow, that last bit was really dark but you captured a whole character of an evil man in just a few words. Well done. :-)

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