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Mummy Took Me To Watch The Hanging Today

A fun day out for all the family

By L.C. SchäferPublished 15 days ago 1 min read
Mummy Took Me To Watch The Hanging Today
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Little chin upturned, big eyes stretched in owlish fascination. Watching in innocence the unknown man step forward to his fate. Does the man's face look wet? His trousers?

"He's naughty, mama says. This is what happens to Bad Men. I watch the hooded man pull the lever, and the Bad Man's legs jerk. His eyes bulge and his tongue sticks out. He goes a funny colour. Papa laughs and says 'look, he's dancing!' The hooded man must be the good man. I'm going to be just like him when I grow up. I'm going to pull the lever for pennies."

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If you are interested in the story behind the story: This is was inspired by a brief conversation I had recently. Amazing to reflect how times have changed! Of course, we don't consider this family entertainment anymore. We watch Eastenders instead.

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  • Andrew C McDonald4 days ago

    Nice job with putting this from the perspective of a child trying to assimilate the meaning of what was happening. Obviously if Mummy and Daddy were HUNG UP about the event then the hung man must have been bad; thus it follows the masked executioner is the good guy. Also, I note the use of ‘Mummy’ instead of Mommy. That 9n itself made me chuckle. Good work.

  • Gerald Holmes11 days ago

    Excellent writing. Love that you didn't hold back. Also I loved your Trigger Warning, well said. Congrats.

  • Ruth Stewart11 days ago

    Eastenders! Lol. Great work. ☺️😂👍

  • Donna Fox11 days ago

    Hey L.C. sorry for being a double commenter but I just had to say congratulations of Top Story! 🎉 I am aware that I am saying it a tad late and you have my most sincere apologies for the delay!

  • Lamar Wiggins12 days ago

    Ugh!!! and lol at the same time. The dancing reference made me chuckle, but the reality was quite grim.... (Mixed emotions) Congrats on your Top Story!

  • Congratulations. This was well done

  • Powerful reminder that children act as we teach them.

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  • Heather N King12 days ago

    Ugh, so horrible! This microfiction was good!… but it’s horrible that people used to gather to watch public hangings for entertainment. At least now we watch people pretend to die and in movies… right?

  • Kendall Defoe12 days ago

    Ah, the innocence of children... 😬

  • Thavien Yliaster12 days ago

    I don't know why, but I'm reminded of the torture method for the blood eagle. Here's an YouTube link for it. Your story reflects about how impressionable people are, especially when we're children. Teaches You that if positive emotional reactions are associated with negative things, we'll desire for those bad things. Hopefully mummy and daddy won't be up there when the little grows up, pulling the lever for pennies.

  • Kelly Robertson12 days ago

    This is wondering gruesome. Well done and congrats on the top story!

  • Caroline Craven12 days ago

    Gosh that was dark but brill! Well done! Great top story.

  • Brenton F13 days ago

    Well Done!

  • Roy Stevens13 days ago

    Congratulations L.C., a much-deserved top story award!

  • Dana Crandell13 days ago

    Yes! Glad to see this one made it! Congratulations, LC!

  • Dana Stewart13 days ago

    Oh wow L.C. This conjures up so many emotions. Very sad, but imagine it was realistic. Congratulations on Top Story

  • Cathy holmes13 days ago

    Congrats on the Top Story

  • Rachel Deeming13 days ago

    Oh, blimey. I didn't like the way this made me feel but it's great just for that reason.

  • Paul Stewart13 days ago

    Sheesh. Fun times back then. And I thought reality TV was bad! Also, Eastenders...didn't realise you were a Brit! Well done on a great story and well deserved Top Story!

  • Heather Hubler13 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Congratulations on your Top Story

  • Mariann Carroll13 days ago

    Very visual , wow. Some kids would really think that way if there is no proper parental guidance. Nicely done within 100 words

  • Novel Allen14 days ago

    Well thought out and thought-provoking article. Well done here.

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