ThoughtCrime

He was locked up deep in a cellar and the key was thrown away.
He had screamed and shouted his innocence in court. No-one listened. He was being punished for a crime he never committed. Sure, he had thought about it. But he never acted on it.
In my books, that is the crime. But that was not why he was punished.
It was close to seven years now. For seven years, he was locked up in that dark and dingy cell. He saw others come and go. They never stayed long. Most were released on parole. The luckier ones were set free on bail and almost never turned up again.
"Who gave one man the right to be my judge, jury and executioner?" His prison echoed with his plaintiff cries.
He scratched and clawed on the walls, desperate to somehow leave his mark in this world. He wanted others to read his story, to know his plight. He did not want to die an anonymity.If he had a second chance ... what would he do? ... what could he do? His life flashed before his eyes so often. It was a story of chances thrown. He realised that nothings free, and certainly not freedom. He longed for what used to be ... For seven years he stared beyond his prison without seeing anything. In his minds eye, he saw the world changing, evolving, moving without him. Everything had changed. He would not. He could not accept a compromise. In the end, he decided to stay locked up.
So, one day, he lay down and got up no more. While the world dreamed on ...

8 comments:

PRISNI said...

I was wondering, have you read - The Bet by Anton Chekhov. That was the first thing I thought about...

Ace of Spades said...

i have not but i will. now you have piqued my imagination...

Ghetufool said...

aftermath of to kill a mockingbird.
ace, you are getting matured darling. beautiful piece.

Ace of Spades said...

ive a long way to go before i ever get to your level ghetu.
and maybe then the mockingbird will have the last laugh!!!

20 box said...

too dark what you say and too dark your blog's font.

preeti said...

hmmm...maybe he deserved what he got. sometimes it is better to do the crime and pay the time.

Ace of Spades said...

20 box - is it better now?
preeti - the "he" is a not a person but a methaphor for a common mans dream/wish.

Scout said...

ethereal... dunno what to make of it. make a movie bro! or a music video...