Posted Saturday December 31
This week’s twelve given words at The Sunday Whirl are - Demon, bang, muffled, cruel, boot, ball, bruise, mean, hang, cost, always and back.
The judge slammed his gavel on a block to muffle the murmuring crowd then placed a black cloth upon his head. The words
hanged, neck and dead echoed throughout the dingy courthouse. A small cost to pay some said. Later on that cold winter's morn, the township’s marketplace was filled with a jeering throng watching the perpetrator of the dastardly and mean acts climb the steps to the grey wooden gallows. The chaplain muttered a few prayers in unfounded hope of divine forgiveness as the executioner placed a sack over the demon’s head. The Mayor banged his boot on the boards and the demon was no more.
Or perhaps not, as later that day a person bearing a remarkably similar appearance to the felon wandered down a back alley, a scarf wrapped around his bruised neck. Before him, a young man kicked a ball against a wall. He froze through fright when he caught sight of the grim creature bearing down on him. Neither has been seen since.