Daily Genre Challenge Aug. 1

I may not be doing this one everyday, but immediately had an idea when I saw the photoprompt.

Image by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay
Genre: Historical Mystery
(a mystery that takes place in a specific, recognizable period of history, with much emphasis on the details of the setting)

It wouldn’t be long now.
The food lay untouched on the table, the prayerbook by its side.
It was the lesser of two fates.
Her trial was a farce, a foregone conclusion based on circumstantial evidence.
No-one believed her, she had just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and would now pay for it with her life.
As the sun rose, she waited for the clatter of the cart on the cobbles to collect her.
A napkin had been pushed under her door, she knew not by whom.
Tucked inside the fold were 2 tablets.
She knew what they were for.
Best to go quietly and gracefully by her own hand than screaming and terrified to the executioner’s block.
She reached for the book and opened it to a well worn page.
‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ she read, taking the pills with several sips of water.
‘I shall not want,
He lays me down in green pastures……………’

She rested her head, allowing her drowsing mind to float to open fields and meadows.
As she drew her last breath, the sun kissed her brow through the slatted window opening, and her lips relaxed into a smile.

Maybe not a mystery on the lines of a whodunit, but this is what came to mind from the prompt and thoughts of the movie Anne of the Thousand Days.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to Daily Genre Challenge Aug. 1

  1. The Haunted Wordsmith says:


  2. Sadje says:

    Great writing.

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