The Tyrant – Six Sentence Story

Copyright C. E. Ayr

This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – STROKE

Click here to hear the author read his words:

The Tyrant

I sit smiling at the weeping woman, trying not to be too smug, but feeling, if not superior, at least quite secure from my position on the moral high ground.

I am, after all, the poet, the voice of the oppressed, who spoke out against the tyrant, albeit from a far country, while she is nothing, just one of the deceased despot’s many women.

It is ironic that we are here together on this day of judgement, when only one from each pair of new souls can go forward to eternal happiness, the other being condemned to a never-ending fate more ghastly than can be imagined.

She, who supported the perpetrator of so many heinous crimes, including even genocide, who stood beside him in public and lay beside him in private, always there to stroke his ego and his body, she can have no hope of salvation, whereas I bravely attacked his atrocities through my scathing words.

An official-looking lady in dark robes enters, and announces that one of us loved with a pure heart, and tried to improve the world with our limited influence, while the other thrived on hatred, and lived a cowardly existence of self-interest.

I watch her lead the poor sobbing creature away with a small shake of my head, then recoil as two large ogrish creatures, leering through crooked teeth and bearing chains, lumber towards me.

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38 Responses to The Tyrant – Six Sentence Story

  1. Tom says:

    The arrogance of judgment… makes you think!


  2. ladysighs says:

    I like your story.


  3. Liz H says:

    The entitled rarely get it until it’s too late. And then they get it good! Ha!


  4. UP says:

    the moral highground is often a lonely road.


  5. Comeuppance time. Nice one CE.


  6. Chris Hall says:

    It was bound to happen, I guess!


  7. clark says:

    (To quote my buddy, Bill) “Hoist with his own petard”

    Cutting and incisive Six… surely a skill best employed at a distance.

    fun Six*

    *my stock phrase this Thursday

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I love the twist, I had to read it three times because of how satisfying it was.


  9. Reena Saxena says:

    What a perspective! Though I wouldn’t count ‘unconditional love’ as an intelligent or humane thing, if others are being harmed.


  10. I’m on your side, CE. Who’s running this judgement caper, the bloody Devil himself. 😉 More power to your poison pen!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good description of the alternatives.


  12. trishsplace says:

    Wow, how good is that. Deep and tricky. Such an arrogant fool was he.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. jenne49 says:

    This is such a satisfying story. Your narrator expresss his smug self-righteousness so clearly that the twist at the end is a sheer delight. A wise judge indeed.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Cassa Bassa says:

    I am reading this in the dark and haven’t listened to he audio yet. It’s a dissection of a historical figure. Enjoyed reading it. Saved the audio for later.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Staarlz says:

    Oh my goodness…powerful writing and an unavoidable visual! Bravo!


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