My short story FOOLS AT THE FEET OF A HANGED MAN, presented by #DodgingtheRain
It had been so long since it had rained, that no one could remember it now.
A shrill wind blew across the barren terrain, washing over its featureless expanse- empty but for a lone, lopsided gibbet. From the gibbet the body of a hanged man dangled, swaying in the sporadic gusts.
A small group of people dressed in ragged black clothing huddled at the feet of the hanged man, gazing up. They muttered and murmured, shifted and shuffled. A wizened woman muttered through cracked lips:
“Such a shame…”
“It’s better than he deserves.” spoke a man nearby.
Yet another man muttered: “I’m hungry.” To which the old woman replied sharply:
“You’re always hungry…”
One by one, the people began to slowly drift away, until there was only one figure left. Wearing the patched, motley garments of a fool, he was hunched and misshapen, and a part of his face was…
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