Accused

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A short story of how judgment could be given in a possible Dystopian future.

This is my first short story so any feedback is appreciated. Thank you.

Submitted: May 30, 2015

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~~Accused

By: J Woods

 

I


Accused

 

“I remember a time when people were judged by a jury of their peers and an appointee of the state.  When liars would defend the guilty for fiduciary gain.  I remember Murderers, Rapists, Thieves, Liars and walking amongst good moral people.  I still remember this time.”

So the Elder spoke amidst the rubble that reminded Angelina of a different time.  Some people sill whispered about these times cautiously; often referring to it as the “De-evolution of Humanity Period”.  She could feel the cool breeze of the night on her cheeks, she forced her eyes into a focus swallowed the fear that rose like bile into every fabric of her being, filling her body with adrenaline. 

She forced herself to speak.  “Elder of my people.  I stand here before you, my people and my accuser as is our tradition.  I stand here to confess my sin and avoid conflict and destruction.” She had rehearsed this over and over in her head for days knowing that one wrong word; any sign of weakness or discontent with the proceedings would be viewed simply as disrespect to her culture.

 

II
Accuser

 

Austin stood directly across from Angelina trying to take in the environment.  Hundreds of people stood with torches lit watching the spectacle all quiet as the Elders stood in front of their seats as was their place; the meeting place as it was called was very old in comparison to his people’s homes; it was made of stone and smooth material that the Elder’s called “Plastic” very different, very unnatural in comparison to his Woodland home where everything was made from the material that Goddess Earth provided for them.  Homes made from fallen trees and earthen mortar.  The meeting place was cold in contrast, lifeless, ominous standing in reminder of a time when his people were not in tune with the universe.

 Austin spoke “Elder of my people, I stand here before you, my people and my accused as is..our…Tra-“ Austin broke off mid-sentence full knowing the repercussion of what he’s grown to know as the “Ritual of the Dragon”.If he the accused was found with guilt and un-righteous in his grief he would then have to face his fate.  To be cast out away from his people. His Brothers and Sisters all as all of the people carry the Title, to ever remind them of their past and the horrors humanity can unleash upon themselves.

“Come on boy, finish.” Commanded the Elder.

“As is our tradition.” He spoke only able to look at the ground, staring at the grass littered with remnants of the same false stone that made up this place.

 

III
Accuser

 

“Accuser, bare your pain to us” the Elders spoke in unison.

Austin began “Elders, I stand to face the accused Angelina of the Wood.  Angelina hurt my heart and my soul and has sinned against me, her brethren of our people and the one she professed to love.  She is accused of the following.  Lying, Sins of Deception Promises broken and Pain of the heart”
He slowly lifts his hand index finger outstretched “I stand here before you all, as the accuser and I swear this to be true”.

 


IV

Accused

 

Angelina stared carefully at Austin and responded simply “Elders, I stand guilty before you and Austin for my sins against him and myself”.

“Angelina” a shocked voice came from the crowd; Angelina looked back seeing her Mother’s shame.

“Angelina, you must now explain your actions to your people, you can’t simply plead guilty” a confused Elder states.

“I am guilty of love, I am guilty of fear, I am guilty of lies, and I am guilty of not keeping my word.  I AM GUILTY OF SAVING AUSTIN FROM MY OWN SIN!” she replied with disdain and anger.

“Can’t you all see?!?” she turned to face the crowd, circling with her arms uplifted “I AM GUILTY!  I AM GUILTY OF LOVING A MAN I HAD NO BUSINESS LOVING, AS I AM BETROTHED TO ANOTHER!  I AM GUILTY OF NOT WANTING TO LOSE AUSTIN.  I AM GUILTY OF ALL THESE THINGS AND MORE!”

“Do what you will; I accept my Penance, because simply I am guilty”.  She spoke.

 

V
Accuser

 

“Angelina, I myself am guilty.”  He looked at the Elders “I am guilty of not understanding.  Not showing Empathy.  Not showing.  Sympathy.  Not forgiving her actions.”  Austin responded in tears.

Austin choked out one final sentence “I am guilty.  I am guilty of selfish feelings.”

Lowering his eyes to Angelina, he simply states.  “I love you; I’m sorry for judging you.  I’m sorry for being your accuser.”

 

VI
Judgement

 

Hesitantly an Elder raises, his hands motioning for the crowd to remain their composure.

She spoke

“Thus the judgement of the Elders, and your people.”

Looking at Angelina

“Guilty you are, admittedly, your punishment is banishment from our people.  Into the world beyond the protection of our forest.  Thank you for your honesty.”

The Elder turning to Austin.

“Austin, you are guilty.  Your punishment is to banishment with Angelina from our people.  Into the world beyond the protection of our forest.  Thank you for your honesty”.


Lowering her hands

“Austin and Angelina; while all your crimes are against our ethical code.  Your moral fiber and view of love is beyond our judgement.  Your punishment is now to fulfill your love.  Both of you to love and care for one another beyond our walls, beyond our forest.  Beyond our judgment.”

 

 


 


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