Ragtag Daily Prompt: Atop

It was time for the first examination of Madam Blukovsky. Forced to stand atop the seat of an armless chair, two guards stood at attention to her left and right. This was primarily so that they could catch her, let she lose her balance. Her hands were bound tightly with thick rope. At least they were tied behind her back. That would have been intolerable for anybody.

Across from the unfortunate woman were three judges. The primus inter pares sat in the middle, flanked by less experienced jurists. “Madam Blukovsky, the purpose of this hearing is to determine if the charges against you have merit. If so, you will be passed over to the Court of Religious Conformity to stand trial.” Intoned the chief judge. “Do you understand the charges that you face?” Rather than answer, Madam simply stared straight ahead, still as a statue and just as silent.

Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

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