Five score and three words…

for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Draconian and the word limit 103.



londonhanging1The judge placed a black cloth upon his head. The words hanged, neck and dead echoed around the dingy courthouse.  Famed and feared was he for his draconian sentences. 

Afront the grey wooden gallows stood a jeering throng.  The chaplain uttered words of divine forgiveness as the masked executioner tightened his noose.  With a stamp of the Mayor’s boot, the rapscallion was no more.

Or maybe not, for that evening, in an alley, a young lad encountered a person of remarkable likeness, his neck sorely bruised.  The boy’s ne’er been seen since.

Forevermore the small-town folk will be affeared lest the monster return.



17 thoughts on “Five score and three words…

  1. Na'ama Yehuda Nov 16, 2019 / 22:18

    Suits them right to be haunted … Someone should direct the … um … apparition in direction of the judge … 😉


  2. rochellewisoff Nov 16, 2019 / 22:25

    Dear Keith,

    Even the noose couldn’t kill him. It sounds like it will take more than a draconian judge. A silver bullet perhaps? Chilling and well written.




  3. Reena Saxena Nov 17, 2019 / 13:35

    This is a fear associated with the death of many a dastardly criminal. Somehow, we cannot believe we are free, and the world is a slightly better place.

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  4. Na'ama Yehuda Nov 17, 2019 / 15:02

    How odd that my comment from yesterday hadn’t showed — maybe the boy in the story ate it? 😉 (or Spam folder?)
    Love this! Spooky, but great.
    Now, if that boy found the judge … I would not be very mad …

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    • Keith's Ramblings Nov 17, 2019 / 15:59

      It was spirited away it seems! Even spooky stories can mess around with comments. Thanks for dropping buy again Na’ama.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Na'ama Yehuda Nov 17, 2019 / 17:35

        Yeah, I blame the spirits and the goblins. They conspire, you know … 😉
        Was happy to try again!

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