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The souls of the Withered

by Venky


“So what do you have to say in your defense Herr Eichmann?”

The man in the witness box stood ramrod straight and remorseless. With the contours of a derisive grin slowly taking shape, he replied, “they are durable and soft to step on.”

The prosecutor’s rage now was in full bloom. Turning an incendiary red, he hollered, “soft to step on? Have you counted the bloody pairs? There are more than…. a thousand…. a half-thousand” The gravity of the accused’s crime made him stutter and stammer.

“1254 to be precise.” Eichmann was icy calm personified. “Emaciated skins don’t complain.”

Pandemonium reigned in the courtroom.


This story has been written as part of the FLASH FICTION FOR ASPIRING WRITERS – FFfAW Challenge #184, more details about which may be found HERE

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Abhijit Ray September 25, 2018 - 6:48 am

Ghoulish and macabre! Well done.

Iain Kelly September 25, 2018 - 8:44 am

A portrait of evil.

Jade M. Wong September 25, 2018 - 3:37 pm

Oh gosh! That’s eerie and sadistic and quite well-written lol

venkyninja1976 September 25, 2018 - 4:27 pm

Thanks much!

Priceless Joy September 25, 2018 - 7:06 pm

Sorry, I don’t understand it. I’m quite sure it is a great story!

venkyninja1976 September 25, 2018 - 11:34 pm

The footwear is actually made out of the skins of prisoners. 627 people have been made to pay with their pain in order to complete this awful collection.

Priceless Joy September 25, 2018 - 11:58 pm

Oh gosh, that sounds horrible!

Priceless Joy September 26, 2018 - 1:29 am

Thank you for sending me that link but frankly, I don’t think I can stomach those barbaric acts!

JoHawkTheWriter September 25, 2018 - 9:45 pm

Yikes! How horrible. Nicely written though.

michael1148humphris September 25, 2018 - 10:37 pm

A piece of powerful writing,

venkyninja1976 September 25, 2018 - 11:31 pm

Thanks Much!

anuragbakhshi September 26, 2018 - 4:55 am

Oooh, that was brutal, and quite imaginative I must say.

Keith's Ramblings September 26, 2018 - 11:09 am

Nasty! I almost feel guilty for enjoying your story!

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