Scarecrows… they look like scarecrows.
D.C. Scott Sutton tightens his grip around the railing facing the judge and the barristers..
Remembering, closing his eyes…
a young woman’s body, like Ophelia… or Evelyn.
He looks at the young man.
Imagines him dressed in a hoodie and not suited up.
It could be him… does it matter?… nothing but the truth… someone has to pay!
The shirt sticks to his skin… why wearing nylon?.
He clears his throat… faces the judge.
“Yes… your honor, I saw Mr. Abdi killing the victim”.
Tonight he would bring flowers to Evelyn’s grave.
The impressive setting reminded me of a courtroom. I’m curious how much of the story I intended to write that works. I imagined a backstory here and wonder what kind of story you see.
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Powerful story and scary that he was prepared to condemn someone even though he wasn’t absolutely sure of his guilt.
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I hear that sometimes… even if they are not guilty someone has to pay.
I think this may be a convenient truth he’s telling
Or wishful thinking…
I see him providing witness evidence which may not be totally accurate, and wonder why he has to pin it on someone who has to pay. Could he be covering for his own part in foul play here? Great stuff.
I think he just feel blinded by his own loss…
the murderer serving as the witness? sounds interesting. 🙂
I don’t think he’s a murderer… just anguished by another unrelated loss.
It sounds to me like he’s not sure but after losing Evelyn he’s making sure every suspect in his investigations ends up convicted – just in case.
I think that’s close to what I thought happened.
I wonder what has happened to make him so bitter that he’s so calmly incriminating a falsely accused man.
I don’t think he was calm… but anguished and bitter.
Courageous man Mr. Sutton. Who knows someone may bring flower to his grave. These gangsters can kill at the drop of a hat. Nice story.
He lied! That’s dreadful and I hope his conscience never lets him forget.
Someone, anyone must pay -although not justice, but revengefully satisfying for some.
A cautionary tale of when emotion meets the criminal justice system. It can be scary to think about how many innocent people are behind bars at this very moment because of a careless decision. Hopefully Mr. Abdi has an alibi.
Great story man 🙂
Someone has to pay. Is this guilt speaking? Did he cause her death, as Hamlet caused Ophelia’s?
I do not like this man, but I do like your story. You captured a man seeking revenge any way he can get it just to appease his sorrow.
That photo looks like the all seeing eye that will be coming back around to make him pay for accusing an innocent man. Interesting write.
Most interesting take, Björn… However…. is he so desperate for justice that he cares not who he sends away? And then again, is he guilty of something? I love that you leave things for us to think about.
An “r” escaped from your Honour…
Someone–it doesn’t matter who? Wow, this guy must have been completely derailed by his wife’s death. Very well written.
He’s desperate for someone to pay for Evelyn’s death, it no longer matters if it is the right person. He’s convinced Mr. Abdi is close enough, though he was conflicted for a moment. Intriguing story.
I find the most chilling part of this story is that he’s not sure of the defendant’s guilt, he just wants someone to pay. Well done and too plausible for comfort.
Very intriguing & powerful. The concept of the courtroom really works well.
feel sorry for him, even if gets the justice, the pain will survive till the end
Makes a mockery of the swearing-in of a witness but then I read once that the oath is a waste of time. Allegedly 99 percent of people wouldn’t dare to lie in court and the rest couldn’t care less.
How shocking that he’s willing to send someone to jail, knowing full well that the person isn’t guilty of the crime. I wonder how often this happens in real life.
Woah, that’s pergery, a really tense piece, love it.
Skulking shadows formed by the domed ceiling lights move around the court. Minds fly back to the fateful night under the filtered lights in the park. Sweaty palms gripped inside white knuckled fingers. Her voice cracks.
Oh.. that would fit in the narrative
Twisted cop! He just wants someone to pay for the crime. Gripping story.
A very true portrayal of society as a whole when it comes to their sense of justice. Media doesn’t help either.