The Hanging

25 May
Written for :

Sunday Photo Fiction: May 25th 2014

61 05 May 25th 2014

I sat quietly on the peak of the jailhouse roof and waited patiently for him to appear. This moment had been five years in the making and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Hector scraped his plate with the plastic fork to get the last morsel of the steak and eggs he had ordered for his last meal. He had taken his time eating but he knew he could not hold them off forever. His hanging was inevitable.

The priest had come and gone away empty-handed. There would be no confession. They may have convicted him of the crime but he fully intended to take his secret to the grave.

Finally in the brightness of the noonday sun the prisoner appeared on the gallows. A hood was placed over his head and the noose was tightened. It was over in seconds.

I looked down to where my parents sat holding hands and crying. Their child’s murderer had finally paid with his life but my bones will never be found.





6 Responses to “The Hanging”

  1. faycinacroud May 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    Very cool ghost story. My heart breaks for the parents. The death of a child is the worst thing anyone can experience, especially knowing that child suffered or was terrified.

  2. nightlake May 25, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    sad story, but close to real life..told differently with a ghost’s point of view. apt for the picture

  3. J. Raven May 26, 2014 at 4:59 am #

    Loved it – I was originally thinking “ghost story” when I saw the photo but couldn’t get one to materialize lol. Kudos!

  4. freyathewriter May 26, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Well done – both the parents and the ghost-child are cursed here. To see your parents’ grief at your loss… ugh.

  5. Al May 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

    Justice, and a very well told story

  6. helenmidgley May 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Hauntingly good 🙂

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