Crimson’s Creative Challenge #28

Outbuildings at Hethel


When They Came

That night, they came for the witch, dragging her out by her hair. She screamed in pain but they did not care; bloodlust was in the air. Her charge? She lived at the edge of the village, near the forest; villagers saw how she kept to herself, how she fed the animals and how animals behaved docilely around her.

Surely that had to be black magic at work!

She was a filthy and sobbing mess by the time they tied her to the stake. No one would help her; men were easily manipulated and women believed in gossips.

She prayed.

And prayed.

And prayed until the fire consumed her body, leaving behind nothing but ashes.

Satisfied, the villagers went back to their homes that night and their daily lives the following day.

The world showed no compassion – to that woman, to her house and to the animals.

(148 words)

Just a little dark tale. My mind wandered to places where it usually does not go…

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Welcome to my weekly challenge—open to all—just for FUN, FUN, FUN

Here’s how it works:

Every Wednesday I post a photo (this week it’s that one above.)
You respond with something CREATIVE

Here are some suggestions:

  • An answering photo
  • A cartoon
  • A joke
  • A caption
  • An anecdote
  • A short story (flash fiction)
  • A poem
  • A newly minted proverb, adage or saying
  • An essay
  • A song—the lyrics or the performance

You have plenty of scope and only two criteria:

  • Your creative offering is indeed yours
  • Your writing is kept to 150 words or less

If you post a link in the comments section of this post I’ll be able to find it
If you include Crimson’s Creative Challenge as a heading, WP Search will find it (theory)
If you tag it #CCC others should be able to find it by ‘Searching’ in the WP Reader (fingers crossed)

Prompt: Crimson’s Creative Challenge #28


18 thoughts on “Crimson’s Creative Challenge #28

  1. It is a very insightful story, your message of non-compassion nor understanding for another human being is rampant in today’s world.

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  2. I like your story. I’m not sure I agree with Helene who sees it as a comment on our non-compassionate society. At the time of the witch hunts, that was possibly the height of that unfeeling culture. But today? If that were so, when are so abuses greeted with outrage?

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  3. I liked where you went with the story as it fitted the image well. It was a harsh time there s no doubt when women were accused of such things and killed because of it.

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