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Justice for Joe

By Heather HagyPublished about a year ago 1 min read

“Pathetic!” Father bellowed, looming over Joe. “Get it right, boy.”

Of all Father’s extreme drills, Joe despised “the spelling game” the most. “P-U—”

“Wrong!” Father struck Joe’s cheek. “You’re pathetic.”

The next evening, after years of fear and abuse, twelve-year-old Joe declared freedom.

“Wake up!” he yelled, standing before Father’s recliner.

Drunk, Father struggled against tightly wound ropes, duct tape covering his mouth.

“Retribution. That’s your word.” Joe glared at Father. “Best get it right.”

Father turned red, making unintelligible noises.

“Don’t understand? Here, let me show you.”

Joe lifted Father’s ax, smiling. His cheek no longer hurt.

Short StoryHorror

About the Creator

Heather Hagy

Stephen King fan (but not like Annie "I'm your #1 fan" Wilkes cuz I'm sane and she's not)

Horror/supernatural are my favorite writing genres

Wife to 1 and mom to 4 humans, 4 dogs, 6 cats, and a dragon

"Jaws" is the greatest movie ever

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Comments (3)

  • Paul Stewartabout a year ago

    I am with Donna on this one, Joe deserves a medal! So much drama and horror in such a short piece. Well done, Heather!

  • Babs Iversonabout a year ago

    Horrific!!! Left a bloody ♥

  • Donna Reneeabout a year ago

    😱! Can’t help but root for Joe here! Nice job!!!

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