I did it but they had no proof – only circumstantial evidence.  There was a vote against first degree because “ill intent” was not proven.  Four men, eight women recommended twenty years for second degree and called it justice.  Justice!  Me, smug and guilty as sin; her, dead and wholly innocent. 

Big Blue walked me, shackled and handcuffed, out the door. A sudden startling light appeared above the temple spire.  The Lamp of the Supreme Judge! 

I cried out: “Please, put me back into the hands of a jury.  Let me plead guilty.  Let me beg for mercy.  Mercy, not Justice.”


Written for Rochelle’s 100 word picture prompt, Friday Fictioneers.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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32 Responses to RULING OF THE JUDGE

  1. pamkirst2014 says:

    This is a powerful short piece, Oneta!

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    I wonder how common that is — remorse

  4. A change of heart or repentance. It’s an interesting write, One.
    Have a good wekkend … Be safe
    Isadora 😎

  5. James McEwan says:

    The guilty will always be found out on the final reckoning – so they say.

  6. oneta hayes says:

    I guess we don’t have many eye witnesses. One story in the Bible, about the guy who wanted to tell his brothers not to come where he was. But it doesn’t say why he was there. I’d as soon not find out. That side of eternity I can do without. Thanks, James. I’ve been gone all day so haven’t read any other stories. Hope to get to them before sleeping.

  7. Faye says:

    Remorse when caught all too common in real life today. Thank GOD He alone sees heart intent. Justice and Mercy. ONE day!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Psalm 94:7 says that they will say “God does not see, neither does He heed.” But indeed, He does. There will be a Judgement Day. I trust Jesus to cover all my sins by his blood as I continually strive to do right and repent when I don’t. He will do that, won’t He? It is not within my power, but it is in his.

  8. granonine says:

    Oneta, I like the contrast between justice and mercy, and that the guilty man also knew the difference. Well done.

  9. msjadeli says:

    Divine wrath up close and personal not something anyone would want to face. I wonder how merciful the holy spirit will be with this smug killer?

  10. Tannille says:

    If only it were this easy. Great message though.

  11. Ah, so there it was then, eh? 😉 Well done!

  12. Bill says:

    Well done. Oh that we only could read minds.

  13. Michael says:

    Nicely done, I enjoyed reading this

  14. Ain Starlingsson says:

    Very, very interesting take, enjoyed a lot, with all the hidden reasonings…

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