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Three raps. They echoed in the room. They rang in her head. The heavy, rosewood gavel had decided that she was guilty. Through the absolute silence, a woman started sobbing.

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Introduction

The smile Three raps. They echoed in the room. They rang in her head. The heavy, rosewood gavel had decided that she was guilty. Through the absolute silence, a woman started sobbing. She was an emaciated woman in a worn, grubby uniform. Her skin looked as clear as crystal. From a distance, she could have been mistaken for a child. Her appearance gave an unpleasant impression of frailty; her body was as bony as it could be wherever it was visible. The chaotic cluster of chestnut hair cascaded below her shoulders but looked as though it had once been charmingly slick. Both her arms rubbed her eyes carelessly. The tears were wiped onto her cheeks, her neck and eventually you could see teardrops trickling down her elbows. Her cry was not that of grudge or fear of the consequences that were waiting for her, but something else. Something inexpressible. Her lips mumbled a few words, but no one could hear her. She felt disheartened to the bottom of her mind. Although her sight was thickly blurred, it was obviously not enough to stop her freakish reactions towards the two black figures approaching her. ...read more.

Middle

Perhaps this could have been something that was planned beforehand. It was so sudden. She was shoved into another cubicle. As she heard the door shut after her, a blinding light was turned on immediately. The men yanked her up, as if picking up a twig, and flung her onto something. It was the chair. She instantly crawled into a ball, frightened by the sharp iciness of the metallic touch that froze her from skin to bone. However, she was soon straightened out and tied down by the swift movements of the faceless men. In the corner of her eye, she caught a glimpse of the electronic machines, repetitively blinking multiple colours. It suddenly struck her that only one button will be pressed. The silent power would flow down the wires on the spur of a moment; and she would, at last, be gone. She lay there, in the spotlight, waiting nervously for the button to be pressed. Her eyes slowly closed themselves, absorbing every beam of light before returning to darkness. As a single bead of sweat rolled downwards, her forehead looked even paler than normal against the white light. It seemed very quiet, too quiet. ...read more.

Conclusion

His face was not clear enough to recognize, but she could sense the love between the couple. 'Had my dream come true?' 'Could it have been a terrible dream until now?' Before she could ask herself another question, the vision was gradually blurred by a fast moving crowd of people brushing against her. From the distance, she could hear a voice. Something echoed. She searched for it, but could not make out the words. All of a sudden, everything began to shrink, as if a black hole had emerged in the centre. She desperately reached out, but could only grope the emptiness. It was then, that she heard the words. The words that comforted her, a little. The small phrase that meant a lot to her. It sang in her head. Over, and over again. 'I love you' That was the phrase, which made her final movement. There was a small twitch in her finger; and then she was gone. A woman lay on a chair, there, in the middle of a dim spotlight. She was now left in peace, although the occasional droplets of water from the straws of damp hair disturbed the stillness of the dark. The body was lifeless, though the corner of the mouth had tried to crawl upwards. It had smiled. ?? ?? ?? ?? Lower5 Original writing 31/10/06 ...read more.

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