The good people of Kal were fixing to burn another witch. The event would close the Festival of the Tyrant’s Demise. “Third one this week,” Proffer said as we watched the wood-stack grow. “They must like the smell. The evil–”
“Judge not, lest you be judged,” I said hastily. And in a lower voice: “Be careful, my friend.”
Proffer narrowed his eyes, but spoke more softly. “You’re right, of course. I’m sorry.”
“We’ll move on before the lighting.”
He sighed, and glanced toward the great temple. “Do you think she has confessed?”
“If the gods be merciful,” I said.
I wrote this fiction for the 100 Word Challenge: “Tyrant” at Thin Spiral Notebook.
See Part II of this story: Her name is Future