Split Witness: A Short Story

I wrote this short story based on a photo prompt from VisDare 32: Undecided

VisDare 32 Prompt PhotoPhoto Source

Split Witness

“I told you to let me handle this,” I hissed.

“You need me,” I replied.

I snapped back angrily, “You promised me you wouldn’t interfere again. They’ll think we’re mad.”

“Too late,” I replied with a derisive laugh.

The courtroom was silent as I argued with my malignant alter ego. Realizing my mistake, I looked over to the judge through the water glass on the edge of his bench. Perched above me, he appeared to be split in half, just as I must have appeared, and sounded, to him.

I scanned the courtroom, studied the puzzled jurors and shocked spectators in the gallery. Their eyes judged and pitied.

Uncomfortable in the witness stand, I fidgeted, plucked imaginary lint from my suit jacket and recited to the expectant court officer, “We both promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

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10 thoughts on “Split Witness: A Short Story

    • Did your alter ego comment? 🙂 I woke up at 4:00am this morning and wrote that story in my mind after I saw the photo before bed. I do some of my best writing in the middle of the night. Sleep avoids me sometimes.

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