Untitled: Chapter 1At 8:00 pm everything is already quiet. Families are in their homes, children in bed, even the animalswhat few there areare quiet. There's not even the sound of birds, once familiar but now alien to all but me.
I traveled light and kept only what was important. Maybe the most important of all was a tape with the recording of all sounds that might have once been regular occurrences: birds chirping, dogs barking, people exchanging pleasantries, pencils scribbling, water running, and maybe one of the best: laughter. People don't laugh anymore. Not after the Superiors took over. The People aren't allowed to do anything anymore. To write, I had to steal clothing and old materials, coal, sometimes I simply wrote on myself with the hope that I didn't sweat it off. Occasionally I found a large canvas but I could never carry it too far. I tended to have to bury it before I got the chance to fill up the entire space. I buried these things so that maybe one day I would have the chance
Welcome to HellI sat there, listening to the overwhelming silence as we waited for the jury to come back from their intermission. I could feel the tension of each and every person seated behind me. Even my sister was allowed to come this time, this was a true rarity since she was so young when it all happened.Welcome to Hell3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
After what seemed like a lifetime, the jury was brought back in. They seemed to inch toward their seats and slowly prepared the papers to be read regarding the sentence.
Finally, we heard the timid voice of Jaron Brandau, one of my closest childhood friends, "We the Jury have found the Defendant to be " The juror's voice cracked. He paused and cleared his throat as if to say he didn't agree with the decision, almost as if he were trying to stall the end. All I could hear was the pounding of my heart as I waited to hear the results of this trial, my trial.
It had all happened so quickly. One moment I was having the time of my life and the next I was being taken to jail for murdering