Silent Witness

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Harry played his role well, sitting cool, calm and collected as the prosecuting attorney grilled him about his actions.

He had been through this before, and knew exactly what to say, and how to say it, to gain the jury’s trust and sympathy.

After all, he was a master at this, wasn’t he, getting women to fall for his charm and every line until he had them under his spell.

He was certain that no one was going to believe his now ex-girlifriend’s claims about the terror she’d experienced while being held hostage as he drained her emotionally and then financially; he had been very careful not to leave any paper trails or bruises.

Early on in their relationship he had separated her from her friends and family, cleverly convincing them that she was unstable and prone to lying, a real basket case; just as he had done in a dozen or more previous relationships while building up sizable accounts in foreign banks that were going to finance his dream life in Belize as soon as he could free himself from the minor inconvenience of this trial.

What Harry hadn’t counted on was a ghost from the past, Sabrina, one of his early conquests from time spent in California, sitting there in the front row of the courtroom gallery, silently staring him down as she passed a note to the bailiff.

This has been a Six Sentence Story, written for Denise’s blog hop at GirlieOnTheEdge. The prompt word we were assigned to use this week was “gallery.” Click on the link to read more great stories, and maybe add one of your own!

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

34 thoughts on “Silent Witness”

  1. Gripping scene right out of reality (unfortunately). There are predators like Harry inflicting pain and damage; causing ruin. Wonder how many are actually put on trial and how many convicted?
    I like how your story ends with a nasty twist for the villain!

  2. Wow youve gotten really good at the SSS game! Better than that fool on the stand is at whatever game he’s playing! Really good story!

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