Sunday Photo Fiction : The Verdict

The Verdict




The prosecution and the defending counsel had given their closing arguments, and the Magistrate was instructing the jury.

He was regularly interrupted by shouts from the gallery and was obliged to call for order, hammering his gavel to maintain control.

I stood and went to the back of the courtroom, opened the double doors and went out into the corridor.

The relative calm was a relief from the heavy atmosphere within and provided an opportunity for reflexion.

It wasn’t looking good for my poor husband.

The evidence was damning and the lack of an alibi was awkward, to say the least.

He stands trial for murder, and if he’s found guilty, which he probably will be, he’ll serve a long sentence if he’s lucky and life if he isn’t.

The Magistrate, I’ve heard, has a ruthless reputation.

I don’t mind either way of course.

I’ll be glad to shed this charade of the dutiful, tearful wife.

After a short pause, if he appeals, I’ll move out of town and start my life afresh with a fresh identity and another man.

I hope he’ll be easier to manage than this one.

It seems to get harder every time. (199 words)

The idea of Sunday Photo Fiction is to create a story / poem or something using around about 200 words with the photo as a guide. It doesn’t have to be centre stage in the story, I have seen some, where the placement is so subtle, the writer states where it is.

Photo © Al Forbes @ A Mixed Bag


  1. Sunday Fiction · August 28, 2016

    You are an evil man Graham. I love it. Good story. She’ll make a mitsake one day.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ceayr · August 28, 2016

    Fun story, sir.
    But a magistrate in rUK who can pass a death sentence is really ruthless!
    Good luck to the lady, she seems to be a worker.


    • Graham Lawrence · August 28, 2016

      That’s a keen observation. I’ll have to do something about that 🙂


      • ceayr · August 29, 2016

        Does Graham do nothing there? Have him do the background research, he is clearly not useful for anything of importance.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Graham Lawrence · August 29, 2016

        Unfortunately the penal system is a mystery to him either in the USA or here in the UK. He should have suggested Switzerland perhaps:)


      • ceayr · August 29, 2016

        I really don’t know why you hang out with him.
        Some sort of debt, perhaps, or promise to a dying relative?
        Or is it blackmail, plain and simple?
        I know your secret too!

        Liked by 1 person

      • Graham Lawrence · August 29, 2016

        Oops 😉


  3. Steve Lakey · August 28, 2016

    Can’t beat a good courtroom drama!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. angietrafford · August 29, 2016

    Brilliant storytelling 🙂 I wonder if she is the one who is actually guilty…


  5. jademwong · August 29, 2016

    Ooh, you do know how to tell a good story, Graham. Confident – borderline cocky – people like her tend to get their comeuppance in the end.


    • Graham Lawrence · August 29, 2016

      Thanks Jade. I had a lot of fun writing it.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Dahlia · August 29, 2016

    Enjoyed the read very much!


  7. patriciaruthsusan · August 30, 2016

    Interesting story, Graham. There may be no death penalty in the U.K. but a prison term is no picnic. I hope she trips up one day. Criminals tend to think they’re smarter than the police. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · August 30, 2016

      I think her luck will run out one day and then her victims might get some closure 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. mandibelle16 · August 30, 2016

    Great tell. A difficult place for a woman to be in. Obviously, she didn’t love this guy or care for him very much. But she knows she needs a ‘man’ in society at this time so she plays the dutiful wife, and will have to again, when this guy is likely executed. Oh well, maybe the next guy will be better?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Graham Lawrence · August 30, 2016

      Or maybe her luck will run out 😉 Thanks for reading

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Sonny Price · August 31, 2016

    Oh, she’s ruthless that one, poor schmuck never stood a chance. Great story!


    • Graham Lawrence · August 31, 2016

      Thanks Sonny. Never accept a proposition for dinner with a strange woman!

      Liked by 1 person

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