Callous

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: The Imaginarium
A story inspired by an Imaginarium One Word Prompt. More dystopian than fantasy.

Submitted: July 23, 2017

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Callous.

She sat upon her throne, straightened her back, cleared her throat. “Bring them in,” she said, in a coldly calm voice.

How many would it be this time? The law was simple, easy enough for a young child to understand.None! Zero! More than one person constituted a gathering so it clearly meant 'Do not stop and converse with each other. Get on with your own lives'.The number of prisons had doubled since the law had been brought in by herself and still they were bursting at the seams. Public execution had been brought back for the worst offenders, both as a deterrent and to reduce the prison population and still her subjects would not learn.

Five this time, young, no more than fourteen years old. Three male, two female which made this case even worse than usual. Males and females were forbidden to mix without her granting permission.She would show no leniency here.

You were found standing together, indulging in communication in a public space. What do you have to say for yourselves.”

The five shuffled nervously on their feet, staring at the ground before one of the males looked up. “We weren’t doing any harm, Your Honor!”

Her face tightened. Her complexion whitened. “What did you call me?”

He looked towards his friends, confused. Hadn’t he been respectful? “She’s the queen!” One of the four spoke up and was roughly silenced by the guard that stood behind her. The blow to the back of her head almost knocked her to the ground.

Your Majesty! That’s what I meant, Your Hon.....Your Majesty!”

Why were you gathered? You must have known that it was forbidden to do so and yet you still went ahead and did what you did. Are you too stupid to understand the possible consequences of your actions.”

No, Your Ho....Majesty. We were not discussing you. We were not plotting an uprising or a rebellion of any.......”

Silence!”

The Queen peered at the youngsters before her. They really believed that she had brought in that law because she was worried, paranoid that people might get together to overthrow her reign. Foolish children! Nobody would take her on and win.

The law had been devised for on reason only; to give her increased power. Stop people talking, making friends. Keep them in isolation, unable to communicate their feelings. It then became only a matter of time before they broke, became hers to order around exactly as she wished.

Her subjects were the pawns while she was the Queen. Her chosen ones were privileged to be able to mix and communicate amongst themselves. They knew their luck and would not even think to betray her. One hint of indiscipline and she would coldly and callously tear their lives apart – and in more ways than one.

I need hear no more. I, your Queen, have reached a decision as to your fates. I have found the five of you guilty of the charge of gathering. Furthermore, I have also found you guilty of fraternizing with members of the opposite sex without my permission. Both are extremely serious crimes and for that reason I hereby sentence you to death.”

There was a shocked gasp from the five accused, followed by a moment of stunned silence. “Please, Your Majesty,” one of the girls spoke up. “Don’t you think you are being too har....”

Enough!” The Queen roared. “Off with their heads!”

The Guards drew their swords and swiftly and efficiently carried out their Queen’s wishes. Heads rolled and the Queen inspected her dress for spatters of blood. Before there was time to remove the bodies, she adjusted her position, straightened her back, and in a loud and clear voice said, “Next!”

 

 

 

 


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