Wrong #99WordStories

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Today’s story is in response to Charli Mills’ 99-word challenge. August 22, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story exploring shame as an emotion or theme. Consider how to use shame to drive a cause-and-effect story. How does it impact a character? Is there a change? Go where the prompt leads!

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His tiny bones were found buried deep in the earth; unworthy of a holy grave. He did no wrong!

He was born from the innocent womb of a young woman. Her voice too small to be heard. Powerless against a society filled with sanctimonious humans. She did no wrong!

An insignificant woman, robbed of her deserving place in societyβ€”impure, blemished, broken. But she did no wrong!

Those who hid under black and white habits, the ones behind the twitching curtains, and the men who robbed and walked away, weren’t the ones who carried shame. But they did wrong!

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30 thoughts on “Wrong #99WordStories

  1. Such a powerful story.. And only took 99 words… Totally grips the the readers attention and makes you think how unjust life can be…
    Well done Gloria!

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  2. Oh they did wrong!! Gloria, what a powerful piece!! The older I get, the more I realize that things don’t change, in some people’s minds, at least, and they pass that down to the next generation, which means – nothing will change!! There are still people standing behind the “lace curtains”, men walking away – untouched by it all (how about we teach our sons, instead of saying – boys will be boys!), the hypocrites, the shame – oh the shame – what will the neighbours think?

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    • You’re so right, Carol. Things won’t change as long as hypocritical points of view are passed down to the younger generation.
      I dislike the term, ‘boys will be boys’. Boys are what we teach them to be! πŸ™‚
      Thank you Carol. (Hope you’re keeping well)

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  3. It is both Powerful! Heart wrenching and desperately sad. Shame on everyone who knew, the onlookers, the silent many who could have spoken up and shouted them down. Shame on those who closed their eyes and turned their backs, All with the backing of church and men/women of the cloth.

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    • People were controlled and conditioned to be that way. Of course, there were a small number families who didn’t cast their daughters out. Illegitimate babies were often secretly born into families and reared as a brother or sister; to avoid ‘shame’. But at least they had a home. I’m pretty sure this type of behaviour still exists in parts of the world today. The part that always annoyed me was… what about the men? They weren’t ostracised!
      Thank God the Irish people finally woke up to themselves and stood up to the cloths. (Some) Thank you Ellen. πŸ™‚

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  6. I was thinking of going down a similar storyline with a piece of flash about women in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s who had their babies taken away from them simply because the woman was not married. But your piece was much better, Gloria.

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