A piece I wrote for a previous Chuck Wendig flash challenge: Write a complete story in five sentences and at most 100 words. (If you were wondering, yes, that’s pretty hard.) A little ‘meditation’ on the power of words (or ‘speech acts‘, to be technical) to change lives.
Helen refreshed the website for the 117th time that evening and saw that the opinion had finally been published: ‘People v. Lindsay, Nicolas’. Her heart racing from anxiety, she quickly scrolled down to the conclusion. She had promised herself she’d be strong, but she still burst into tears when she read the terse final sentence:
“The judgment of the trial court is AFFIRMED.”
For the judges of the state supreme court, it had been just another day at the office, but for Helen Lindsay and her son on the death row, it was the day that hope died.