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The Hanging of the Pale Woman

The story I'm about to share with you is not for the faint of heart. And perhaps after hearing this story you may think it can not possibly be true. But let me assure you, not a word of it is a lie.
— The Storyteller

Many ages ago, in a time not long after The Pulse, a woman was sentenced to death by the King of Sajhdula. Now the woman had done nothing wrong, however the King feared her. For this woman had the ability to not only see the future, but the past as well. And some parts of the King's past were not something he wanted anyone else to know about. So the woman had to die.

Though she had always helped others whenever she could, she was shunned by the citizens of Sajhdula. Therefore no one objected her sentence. On the contrary, many were relieved this strange looking woman would soon be dead. For they thought her to be a demon due to her pale white skin and pink eyes. Many came to witness the hanging of the pale woman. They all saw her body swinging on the rope, but she did not die. Not even after more than half an hour. That is when the crowd started to protest. In their mind an execution had to be swift. Not cruel and prolonged. Still the woman was left there for nearly two hours before the protests from the crowd became so infuriated that the King had no other option than to have her released from the noose.

The King was not done yet though. He had the woman thrown into the sea with heavy rocks tied to her feet. All the people from Sajhdula saw her go under. Some waited several hours convinced she would survive again, but there was no sign of her. Until the next morning. When the King awoke she was standing next to his bed. Dripping seawater all over the place. The King called his guards and had her locked up in a dark prison cell. But word about the return of the Pale Woman got out. It spread through Sajhdula. And people started to believe only divine intervention could have saved the woman.

People started to protest in front of the Tower, demanding the woman to be released. But the King refused and was eventually killed by a huge mob of angry people who stormed the Tower and freed the woman. From that day on the Pale Woman has ruled over Sajhdula. Where she is worshipped as a goddess and known to us all as the Oracle of Sajhdula.
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This article was written during Inktober 2019 for the prompt of day 9: Swing.

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Oct 9, 2019 15:56 by Tiirikka

Extremely creepy and effective. That's some chilling tone you got there! Keep up the good work!

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Oct 9, 2019 16:05 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

Thank you!

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
Oct 9, 2019 17:48

I loved the story Rynn!   I think a bit of formatting could help to make the text more readable.   There are some sentences that are separate to the previous sentence, but not quite a paragraph, which makes it a bit weird on the eyes. Aside from that, I think a story like this could really benefit from using either [in][/in] or [dc][/dc]. Either would help to make it clear where a paragraph starts and finishes, and give the eyes/mind a clear structure to the text.

Oct 9, 2019 18:23 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

Thank you for the tips!

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
Oct 18, 2019 19:42 by Amy Winters-Voss

Such an intriguing story!

Author of the Liminal Chronicles urban fantasy series | Author Website
Oct 19, 2019 19:26 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

Thank you.

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.