A Hanging Moon

23 Feb

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction

Found here..feel free to join in : Sunday Photo Fiction: February 23rd 2014

Advisory: adult content and two naughty words..

48 02 February 23rd 2014

George abandons his vehicle on the side of an old logging road and trudges into the woods with rope in hand. His passage is lit by the light of a winter’s moon, as cold and desolate as he feels inside.

He must find the perfect tree, one that is big enough to support his weight. He does not want the branch snapping off before the job is finished.

Lies have brought him to this place. A lifetime of half-truths and sins of omission. But then again what choice did he have? This is not Philadelphia, it is a tiny hole-in-the-wall in rural Arkansas where the word faggot still rolls off the tongue with impunity. If the community had known the truth about their grade three teacher the proverbial shit would have hit the fan.

He begins to climb a nearby tree and tosses his rope over a limb…

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7 Responses to “A Hanging Moon”

  1. misskzebra February 23, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    The most tragic thing about this story is that it is a reality for far too many people.

    • paulmclem February 23, 2014 at 8:33 am #

      Really like the title. As a complete aside I’ve always thought hanging was a messy and risky way to go. A bullet in the brain seems more reliable and less prone to going wrong…not that I’m planning on either 🙂

  2. helenmidgley February 23, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    Awful tale, but told so well 🙂

  3. Al February 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    So sad, so good, so well written. And all too often – too often. A great story

  4. J. Ravenj February 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Fantastic job with this piece. As the others have said, “tragic”. You said a lot in very few words. Kudos!

  5. Lyn February 24, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    That was well written. A sad, sad topic and unfortunately, too often it is true.

  6. Harliqueen February 24, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    Sad thign to write of, but well written.

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