COUNTED BUT LOST
The door swung open with a hard bang, echoing down the long hallway. Liora pulled her knees to her chest, adjusting her long dress and refusing to look up at the man.
“Get up,” he snarled. “It’s your turn.”
Liora slowly stood and he grabbed her arm, yanking her down the hallway and out into the blinding sunlight. The gallows hung in their forbidden glory; the rope already stained with blood from its previous victims. Her captor forced her to stand on the wooden box as he slipped the noose over her neck. It felt warm and wet against her skin. Liora glanced to the right, seeing the small bodies of the other children, lying in the dirt and discarded like a meal grown cold. Some still had their eyes open as if trying to see a future that never came. Liora felt the hot tears trickling down her cheeks as the man adjusted the noose.
“… her sentence will be to hang until dead. May God have mercy on her soul.”
Only a godless people could do this. Liora took a deep breath as the box was kicked from beneath her and she died in vain.
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