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A Mother’s Judgment
by Elizabeth H. Smith
The colorless snapshot of time contained the embodiment of what was once my little girl. My gaze held enrapt by the bitter taste of despair. Pain held her head low. Sorrow chained her soul to that place—that hell I sent her to so many years ago…that mortuary disguised as a hospital.
Good intentions often conjure evil results. Murder within the confines of the law. Death by unnatural selection. My Diane, my one and only, sacrificed to white-coated devils.
They paid the price. I chained all exits and set the fires of hell to that madhouse.
Now it was time for my judgment.
Sharp steel cut my flesh easily. As blood dripped upon the old photo, Diane lifted her head and stared into my eyes.
Fiction © Copyright Elizabeth H. Smith
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from Elizabeth H. Smith:
Sanatorium, mental ward, psychiatric hospital – they’re all the same. Places where the infirm, the crazy, and the certifiable go for treatment… Or what passes for ‘treatment’.
This is a collection of stories of bedlam taking place within the padded walls of an institution. Stories of experiments gone wrong, patients revolting against the staff, or even the deranged doings of those charged with giving care. They are sick, depraved, and atrocious – the type of stories that rarely reach the light of day.
Are you brave enough to crawl inside the minds of the thirteen authors who wrote these tales… Or are you afraid you’ll be locked up for peeking?
Featuring the talents of:
Delphine Boswell, Alex Chase, Sean Conway, Megan Dorei, A.A. Garrison, Tom Howard, Russell Linton, Suzie Lockhart and Bruce Lockhart 2nd, Jennifer Loring, Sergio Palumbo, Joseph A. Pinto, and D.M. Smith
*This book is a collection of similarly themed yet varying fictitious short stories from multiple authors.
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