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Lawyers in Hell snippet, April 15th 2011

April 15, 2011

Guy Fawkes will always remember the day he died and went to hell:

He leaped from the gallows scaffold. The rope went taut.

A sharp pain lanced through him. His neck snapped but he didn’t hear it.

Fawkes was falling. Forever. Plummeting through space. Neither rope nor earth existed.

Then he landed with a loud ‘thump’ on a hard stone floor in a dark chamber, lit only by fiery torches flickering from wall sconces. A sulfurous stench rode air as hot and dry as central Spain in summertime. Before him sat a huge stone dais and, behind it, a torchlit figure gleamed, bat-like wings spread wide and black from the middle of his back. He was both beautiful and terrible to behold: proud face, massive form, manlike but distorted. A creature like a large house cat with bat-wings that mimicked his own and a bat’s head perched upon his shoulder, gnawing absent-mindedly on his collarbone.

The winged being said with a voice like the thunder of stones in a landslide, “I’m Satan. You may have heard of me. Enjoy your stay in my domain. You’ve earned it.”

“Hell? Satan? Mary, Mother of Jesus!” exclaimed Fawkes as his bowels let loose in terror.

The Devil frowned. The bat winged thing on his shoulder hissed and its spittle steamed when it hit the ground. “Too late to call upon those Above. Choose your words carefully, Fawkes.”

“Why am I in hell?

Satan shook his head. “‘Why?’ For attempted murder, for the Gunpowder Plot. For choosing one group as good and another as evil and trying to kill those who disagreed with your religion. Religion brings me many damned souls who sinned in one of its manifold names. Faith is meaningless in hell. Here are only the damned. And you, Guy, are surely damned.”

From ‘Remember, Remember Hell in November’ by Larry Atchley, Jr. in Lawyers in Hell (Janet Morris), (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Leslie permalink
    April 16, 2011 2:00 am

    Can’t wait to read the rest!

  2. Beth permalink
    April 16, 2011 3:39 am

    Oooo can’t wait to read the rest of this! Looking forward to it!

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