“I do,” said the murderer. Thank you for being so considerate.
“All right, let’s get to it.”
As the third needle was being inserted the murderer screamed in agony. “THE PAIN! IT’S BURNING ME UP. CALL AMNESTY! IT HURTS SO MUCH! TORTURE! TORTURE!”
“Oh my God!” the warden screamed. “I can’t have this in my prison. Stop the execution!”
The murderer smiled. “Just kidding.” And then died peacefully.
[The above story is a response to a Microfiction Madness writing prompt as noted below. ]
Prompt: Write a 100 word or less story or poem based on the following:
A criminal is about to be executed (for what crime and by what method is up to you). What are his/her last words before the end? You cannot use the words “I’m sorry” or “I apologize”.
David J. Kent is the author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity (2013) and Edison: The Inventor of the Modern World (2016) (both Fall River Press). He has also written two e-books: Nikola Tesla: Renewable Energy Ahead of Its Time and Abraham Lincoln and Nikola Tesla: Connected by Fate.