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FFfAW – Punishment

Here is my story for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy. It has a similar theme to a Friday Fictioneers story I wrote a couple of weeks ago, sorry about that.

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Copyright Ady

Copyright Ady

 

Simon Watson yelled as he went sailing across the playground to land in an unceremonious heap on the hard ground, his books scattered around him. Billy Masters’ growl of delight was cut off by an angry adult voice.

“Billy Masters! Stop right there! What have you been told about fighting? Go and sit on the red bench. Well? Go on!”

Billy went and sat on the red bench. The “punishment” bench. He was used to it. He ended up here most break-times. Finally the bell for classes went – freedom!

 

Simon worked hard, made the most of his education. Billy went from detention to young offenders to…

 

“The court will rise.”

“Mr Masters, for this crime, there can be only one punishment. You will spend the rest of your life in prison. Take him down.”

Judge Simon Watson shook his head sadly as Billy was led past. “Back on the red bench, Billy. This time it’s for good. No bell this time. Sorry.”

 

  1. February 11, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Good. Another one gone to the Big House. “But your honor, he was turning his life around. No one was supposed to get hurt! Everybody LOVED him.”

    His crime? He did NOT stay in the car.

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    • February 12, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Yes, I’m sure he was only led astray by master manipulators. Billy’s not the one they should be going after!

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  2. February 11, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    Very nice reversal of fortunes, with a sense of empathy from Simon who rose up.

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    • February 12, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you saw Simon’s sorrow for his old school colleague.

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  3. February 12, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Some people never change or maybe Billy was getting too attached to red benches. Nicely told.

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    • February 12, 2016 at 8:11 am

      I’m afraid Billy is a lost cause. I see nights of solitary confinement in his future.

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  4. February 12, 2016 at 1:40 am

    And the moral of these stories is…. if you are bullied, it means a judgeship is in your future!

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    • February 12, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Yes ES, that’s exactly the moral of this story 🙂

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  5. February 12, 2016 at 3:02 am

    Well I guess Billy made his choices and never learned. You do feel bad for him though as Simon (now a judge does), it’s a real waste. Great job.

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    • February 12, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Thanks! I did feel sorry for him, maybe he didn’t get any help to change. But like you say, he made his own choices and now he’s got to pay for them.

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  6. February 12, 2016 at 3:44 am

    LOL! Life is actually full of amazing co incidences! 😀

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    • February 12, 2016 at 8:14 am

      I bet he got a shock when Simon walked in wearing his big white wig and judge robes 🙂

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  7. February 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Oh, I guess some things never really change? Billy must wish they’ll be back in the schoolyards. It only takes a ringing bell to get his freedom back then…

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    • February 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      I bet he does. Where he’s going a ringing bell probably means “back to your cell” or something.

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      • February 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm

        That’s… that’s sad. But now he may finally learn his lesson.

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      • February 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

        I hope so.

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  8. February 12, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks so much for following http://fonzandcancer.wordpress.com I really do appreciate it – Fonz

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  9. February 12, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I liked that the udge showed some emotion. Good write. 🙂

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    • February 12, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks! Yes, he feels a bit sorry for him, he was hoping he’d turn his life around.

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  10. February 12, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    It must be hard to meet an old class mate who hasn’t made much of life, especially if you’re doing ok.
    I felt Simon’s empathy.

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    • February 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Yes. There are those who love to lord it over the less fortunates from their past, but Simon isn’t one of them.

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  11. February 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    We all start out on a red bench.Destiny decides whether we leave or stay.

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    • February 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Very true. I would also add “choices”.

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  12. February 12, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Such a sad tale of a boy that didn’t learn his lessons and ended up in prison for life! Probably very true in real life stories too. Great story, Ali!

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    • February 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

      I’m sure this happens frequently. I’m glad you liked it!

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  13. February 13, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Good story, Ali. Such is life. I heard a bully in my old neighborhood ended up in jail also. A sad beginning sometimes ends up like that. Then again, some people do turn their lives around. Well done. —- Suzanne

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    • February 13, 2016 at 11:04 am

      Yes, it’s all down to the choices people take at so-called “turned points”. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  14. February 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Funny how life plays out. With these two characters, their futures took predictable routes – one did well for himself, the other… Oh dear! Billy seems to have gone from bad to worse. The red bench treatment didn’t seem to work, did it? Perhaps I should have taken him under my motherly wing. 😀 Good story, Ali.

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    • February 14, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Yes, I bet many people could see this coming (both readers of my story, and other characters who knew these chaps in my story!). Some people can’t, or won’t, be helped, sadly.
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  15. February 13, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Billy seems to have developed a case of red bench syndrome 😦
    Ellespeth

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    • February 14, 2016 at 7:28 am

      He does. Now the red bench is permanent for him 😦

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  16. February 14, 2016 at 1:14 am

    I hope the judge will at least allow a red bench in ‘the yard’ to allow him to feel a little at home? Enjoyed!

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    • February 14, 2016 at 7:29 am

      That would be a nice gesture 🙂

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  17. February 16, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    LOL. It is always nice to read your stories with little twists. Nice one.. 🙂

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