Today is the last day you have to submit an entry into our contest You didn’t Write That. Those words must appear somewhere within the 150 to 200 words that you send us (moi, actually) This entry is from former champion and contest winner of Your Childhood is on the Line, Mari Maiko. Seems she was waiting for the last minute to size up the competition.
Live for Paradise
by Mari Maiko
“You didn’t write that.”
“Then why did you let the guards punish you?” Snow swirled around two pairs of worn boots, separated by a chain-link fence.
“It’s not that I let them…they just needed someone to punish, it doesn’t matter who. I’m only glad the person who did wasn’t caught.”
“You know who it was? Why didn’t you tell the guards? You don’t have to put up with this!” His hushed tone raised slightly.
“We’re all in the same place. I wouldn’t turn on someone who never did anything to me. Besides, I admire that he wrote it…”
“Why? That writing is the raving of a lunatic! Paradise? Ha! That’s the farthest thing from this place!”
“It’s not the ravings of a lunatic. It’s the expression of someone who has hope. All they were trying to do was make this place a little more bearable for everyone.”
Both men stared past the swastika flag fluttering in the wind. Two other prisoners were scrubbing the wall, although the words still shone through.
In this un-retouched photo, Eve feeds their pet snake