The Relentless March Of Progress Part 2

This is another FFAW submission for 13th August 2015 and a companion to this piece. I’ve written them to complement one another but each can be reason its own.

Thanks to Sonya for the photograph.

  
The prisoner shudders. It’s been twenty years now, give or take, that he’s been held at this castle in the Welsh Marches, and his bones shriek as he strains against the manacle. He can endure the conditions in the summer, but, come winter, the cold is unbearable. The truculent guards can’t understand how he’s managed to survive so long. It can’t be hope that sustains him. There is no hope. It would be impossible to escape. The walls are as impenetrable as the King’s will is intransigent.

The prisoner should know; he designed it that way, back before his thwarted rebellion. The funny thing is, even now, he feels a sense of accomplishment.

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5 responses to “The Relentless March Of Progress Part 2

  1. LOL! Now he is the prisoner in the prison he designed to be impenetrable! Poor guy! Really enjoyed this story. You write very well. Thank you for participating in FFfAW challenge. 🙂

  2. Poor man, imprisoned in the very fortress he designed. I wonder how much longer he’ll actually manage to survive…? Hopefully long enough for someone to grant him freedom. Nicely done. 🙂

  3. beautiful. can someone survive only on hope? poor soul he design his own prison. 🙂

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