Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
This week’s photo prompt comes courtesy of Roger Bultot.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.
Click here to hear the writer read his words:
It is not a great hall, like in Capital City.
But in this modest structure we make decisions of life and death.
I have the casting vote on the man before us.
Guilty, and he dies.
Not guilty, and the investigation re-opens.
It will lead inevitably to me.
And I will take his place.
It has taken me years of hard work to attain this position.
I have sworn blood oaths to the gods and to my ancestors.
I can do so much good here.
I must decide.
Set him free and lose everything.
Or condemn my innocent brother.