When You Gotta Tell the Truth: Sunday Writing Prompt

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I had the oddest feeling of fear as I entered the courtroom. I nearly lost my nerve to testify. I sincerely wanted to see the gangster go to jail, but just the thought of drowning with cement booties on my feet as I sank to the bottom of the Hudson River gave me serious pause.

Yet, it was my hope that the Justice System would keep me safe. So, I swore to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God, and took my seat on the witness stand. I testified to seeing the defendant pick up the blue post office box and place it in the back of his Town Car.

When asked how I could be sure that the man I saw was the defendant, I looked at him, and the hard stare and sneer that he returned almost caused me to rethink my testimony. But, I said, “I thought that the birthmark on his right cheek resembled the Statue of Liberty.”

As he reddened, it seemed as if Lady Liberty’s flame had been ignited right there in the courtroom! So, no one was surprised when the jury returned a “Guilty as Charged” verdict.

Fictional story written for the Sunday Writing Prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie: Choosing your Context from the following statement: I had the oddest feeling of elation/fear/apprehension as I entered the courtroom/restaurant/ghost train.” Also, for the Three Things Challenge #350 from Pensitivity 101: hope, nerve, and sincere.

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