Ironic that they named me “Mercy.” Am I supposed to show mercy or ask for it? They never told me.
Tomorrow I will sentence Slade for grand theft. I’ve accepted his modest gratuity.
Thing is, I’d already decided to go easy on him anyway. No harm, no foul, I figure.
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No, we didn’t save his life, at least not for long, but he didn’t have to die in gasping panic with waning airflow through his cancerous larynx.
God gave him some time to say “sorry” and “thank you”.
Although he could not speak, I could see it in his eyes.
Gergely, a paramedic, is thankful to be able to sometimes see the spellbinding and wonderful moments of birth both to this world and to heaven.
Snaking roots snare your ankles pulling you under the mud. You grab hold of an overhanging branch and scream. More roots wrap over you and drag you deeper, down towards the underworld. You look to me, begging for help.
My hands fumble as I notch an arrow to my bow.
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Smoke was erupting from his engine. One more press of my trigger and his Messerschmitt would be no more.
I had won the fight, but it was the wrong time to deny a family their son for Christmas.
I banked hard right and into the clouds. The fight could wait.
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I told him about the son who I was raising alone. I explained about my son’s great love of baseball and how well he was doing in school. I told him everything I could think of.
At long last, he took the pistol from my head and returned my life.
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