Discovered

Picture by Lura Helmes

Welcome to another installment of Friday Fictioneers brought to you by Madison Woods.   For links to other Fictioneer stories please click here.

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50 years later, the missing piece of evidence was found.  Lodged in the trunk of a tree, it had remained undisturbed for all that time.  And during that time, an innocent man was put to death, a guilty man was never apprehended, and a community was changed forever.

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33 comments
  1. Sandra said:

    Succinct and extremely effective, its brevity enhancing the impact of the piece. Good one.

    • Janet said:

      Thank you. I found this weeks photo to be very challenging.

    • Janet said:

      You’re right, it’s just under 50. Glad you liked it.

  2. Dang tree! An animal must have put it up there. And to think of all those ruined lives…

    • Janet said:

      Too bad there wasn’t CSI back then. Could have saved a lot of trouble.

  3. Ooh, that one’s a disturbing heart-breaker. Well done.

    • Janet said:

      Well, after seeing the prompt, I could thing of nothing that wasn’t disturbing.

  4. Extremely compact. To me, it actually reads more like a hook. Clearly there’s a story here, far more than meets the eye. Ominous. As you say, with this prompt one can hardly avoid the disturbing.

    • Janet said:

      I see your point about the hook. In fact it is making me rethink how I wrote the hook for my nearly finished novel. Thanks!

  5. I can see an entire novel in your story today!

    • Janet said:

      Who knows, maybe one day.

    • Janet said:

      Thanks Jan, this weeks proved to be a challenge, so I”m glad it worked.

  6. So short, so much said. Really well done.

    • Janet said:

      Thank you. Luckily today we have better investigative methods.

  7. Jessica said:

    Novel #2.

    • Janet said:

      Something to think about.

  8. Definitely reads like the beginning of a much longer piece. Good story.

    • Janet said:

      I hadn’t planned on expanding it but who knows (if only there were more hours in a day…)

  9. It makes me sad to wonder how often this is the case in the real world. As others have said, well done on telling such a sweeping story in so few words.

    • Janet said:

      You’re right about that – it’s a scary thought.

  10. Lora said:

    Powerful 50 words. Darn it. Think about the lives that were ruined. Makes me wonder about people living in prisons today. Fortunately, DNA has found freedom for some of the innocent before they’ve taken that long mile to death row.

    • Janet said:

      Indeed. And the fallout from something like that is so far reaching. Thanks for coming by.

  11. rgayer55 said:

    I’m impressed. It’s hard enough to tell a story in 100 words, yet you have done an outstanding job in under 50.

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