Blenda knocked once and waited.
From behind the door she could hear people moving, but nobody opened.
She knocked again; sharper this time.
The door opened… Blenda recognized the woman.
“Hello, little one,” Hilda smiled, caressing the little boy appearing by her side.
“I want to see my Robert.”
Hilda smoothed her skirt.
“But why… he’s out-of-wedlock-born.”
“I’m still his mother.”
“No longer here… I sent him to my sister… “
“He died… pertussis.”
Blenda’s eyes welled up.
“Where is he buried? “
Hilda thought of ashes she had mixed with human excrement.
“He’s buried at my sister’s… far far away. “
Hilda Nilsson was a serial killer in Sweden who took care of children born out of wedlock for money and killed them. She could go on for quite some time before a mother wanted to see her little son. The story is terrible in so many ways, and tells of a world that is so different from ours. It was actually quite common that unwanted children were killed through malnutrition and neglect, but Hilda murdered them directly. She was the last woman to be sentenced to death in Sweden, but hanged herself before she was to be pardoned to life in prison.
Friday Fictioneers is a wonderful group of bloggers who write 100 word stories each week to the same picture. Rochelle hosts and set the example, and this week we use her picture.
October 10, 2018