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Fear at the Old Mill

Written for Friday Fast Fiction. Rochelle’s 100 word photo prompt.

The old woman could hear the angry mob downstairs. She moved the filthy curtain aside and glanced over the corrugated roof at the street below. The villagers were all inside the old mill beneath her now..
She had a sudden desire to climb out of the window and escape before they became aware she was upstairs in the empty office,
Why was she hiding anyway? She had done nothing criminal, it was absurd that they accused her. He would have died anyway, even if the potion hadn’t been so strong.
“They don’t burn witches in these days” She wondered,”…do they?”

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Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

16 comments on “Fear at the Old Mill

  1. The Shining Gem
    September 27, 2017

    Nothing beats a good old witch hunt.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rochellewisoff
    September 27, 2017

    Dear Bryan,

    Sorry about your disappearing links. But they were links to nowhere. Please let me know anytime I can help.

    Real witches are too clever to be burned. 😉 Good one.



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  3. Christine Goodnough
    September 27, 2017

    She’s about to find out! I expect even in these “enlightened” days, a mob may do any kind of barbaric mayhem.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Iain Kelly
    September 27, 2017

    How many witches were burnt at the stake in the great witch hunts of old? None, because witches don’t exist. Or do they….? Nice take.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    September 27, 2017

    Maybe today she would be called a quack and not a witch….

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    • bbryanthomas
      September 28, 2017

      I wonder if they are not the same thing?


  6. EagleAye
    September 27, 2017

    Silly! nobody uses that barbaric tactic of burning witches anymore…they dissolve them in acid. Okay, yeah she should run… 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Elizabeth Young
    September 28, 2017

    She’d be well advised to flee – mobs are the same in any century.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      September 29, 2017

      How true


  8. granonine
    September 28, 2017

    I’m afraid “they” do indeed burn witches–usually with words in the news and social media, and witches that have been so-labeled in order that they might be burned. Some things never change.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jelli
    September 28, 2017

    I think she’s about to find out the answer to that one. Good story!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Alicia Jamtaas
    September 29, 2017

    Delightful last line… Keeps the reader guessing. Nicely done.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. neeltheauthor
    September 29, 2017

    They don’t burn witches. First, they brand you one and then they do what they want to do with you. Everyday we hear tales of such horrific barbarism, not just from the far off villages but also from the most ‘modern’ cities of the world. Excellent last line.

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  12. justjoyfulness
    September 30, 2017

    I wonder why witches never formulated a potion against mobs. Your story did touch a raw nerve. So, well-done!

    Liked by 1 person

    • bbryanthomas
      September 30, 2017

      I think she is planning to pison the village at Christmas time.


  13. Kelvin M. Knight's blog
    September 30, 2017

    I can see her, skulking. A modern day witch, misunderstood. Nice take on the prompt, Mr Intrepid Optimist.


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