Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Free Fiction: The Regrettel



The Regrettel

“Have you reached a verdict?”

A woman in a large bonnet stood. “We have, Your Honor. We find the defendant … guilty!”

The room clamored with muttered protests.

“This case,” the judge started, “has disturbed me from the moment I heard of it.” He pointed at the defendant. “You cremated a legally blind old woman while she was still alive, and you have the audacity to claim her as a cannibal in your defense? And what’s worse, you’re only a child!” The corpulent man adjusted his powdered white wig and cleared his throat. “Your actions and lack of evidence has left me no choice. You are sentenced to life at the Grimm Institute for the Mentally Warped.”

He banged the gavel. “Case dismissed!”

The young defendant sobbed into her hands as cameras flashed all around her.

“Don’t worry, Gretel,” her brother cried. “I won’t let anything happen to you!”

As security dragged the despondent girl away, a tall man took her place, wearing a plaid button-up. An officer placed a large swing axe on top of the evidence table—crusted with dry blood.

“Now then,” the judge continued. “You’re accused of gutting a protected species of wolf. How do you plead?”
 

29 comments:

  1. That was awesome! I love doing those kinds of things. I remember being in sixth grade writing a short story from the point of view of Cinderella's step sisters.

    Nicely done!

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  2. Oh, I loved it! Right now, I'm big into all the fairy tales - because of Once Upon a Time. I love that show. And my writing lately has taken on a more fairy tale like feel.

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  3. Nicely done. I bow to your fairy tale prowess. Just that little bit was better than my whole Rule of Three Blogfest.

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  4. yes!!! You finally wrote it! I've been waiting for this since September :)

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  5. Always enjoy your stuff. I'd like to see what on the docket for today, judge. :)

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  6. This made me laugh! Very clever.

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  7. This reminded me of the sled dogs that were slaughtered in Vancouver BC after the Olympics. I guess it was those last lines.
    Great job, David!

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  8. Even lost little German girls cannot escape the swift blade of justice.

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  9. This is awesome! I loved the reveal of who this kid really is.

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  10. Oh, this was awesome! I love the twist on the fairy tales. :D

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  11. Oh, David, that was wonderful! Never saw that coming.

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  12. I'm an attorney and was intrigued when I saw the gavel. This was awesome.

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  13. More!!! I want to know what happens at the Grimm Institute.

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  14. Very funny! I love your take on this! :)

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  15. HA! Fabulous David! There is no mind quite like yours. You will be the next Orson Scott Card, and I will be like... "Yeah! I know him!"

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  16. That was fun, I was trying to work out who she was :-)

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  17. This was great. I loved "The Grimm Institute for the Mentally Warped."

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  18. You pint out the flaws in our own justice system. If Gretel went on Oprah none of this would have ever happened;)

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  19. Wow. Lot's going on in a small space. Very cool.

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  20. Hahaha, very clever, so creative! Nice!

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