Henry's Last Letter

By: Wayne Brown

Some who have read the following letter have come away confused thus I feel it necessary to offer a bit of explanation up front prior to your read. Our subject, Henry, has been placed into an insane asylum due to some of the claims which he had offered in attempting to justify his murdering of an ex-lover. In the letter, he writes to his sister, Jane, as he has many times before, pleading with her for assistance in removing him from the facility. The difference in this later is the threats and demands which he includes. Some readers have asked, "Did Henry carry through on his words to Jane?" to which I can only answer...."please refer to the title." I hope you enjoy your chance to peek into this private exchange between a set of siblings. ~WB

Tuesday PM 6 May 1945

Dear Jane,


You will probably never see this letter as I am quite sure the mail never gets outside this asylum. Criminal insanity has no place in the communications structure of ordinary people like yourself. Still, I will write the letter anyway because there are things you need to hear. If indeed you do read this at some point, take comfort in knowing that I will long since have gone.


Agnes Perkins is dead now. Enough of my peers felt that I was the guilty party who took her life in a drunken, insane rage; thus, I am here in this place and will be for many years to come I am quite sure. I suppose the souls of all involved are salved by this outcome. Agnes’ death is no longer unrequited and those who would accuse can take comfort in knowing the perpetrator carried out his hideous act under some fictional delusion that blinded his reason and judgment. Thus I am here and will one day understand my mental illness as opposed to sitting on death row awaiting the day of my execution.


You are the one person that I thought that I could count on to help me through this mess. If you will only look at the facts, I am absolutely sure you will understand the circumstances and how things evolved to such an untimely end for Agnes. As I have said to you before, Agnes is not of our world. Never was. Agnes was a lie; a cruel façade played out on us by those who would come here from other worlds and attempt to infiltrate our culture and then execute their treason upon us at the proper moment.


Agnes was one of those people. She was an alien being hiding in the body of a middle-aged woman. It was imperative that Agnes be stopped and exposed before it was too late for all of us. Agnes was an agent of a plot from another world. Had I not exposed it when I did, our demise was upon us. Agnes' death stopped that process and now they have to begin again. And begin again they will. Another Agnes will come. These are the things that you must get your mind around and understand. Once you do, I am sure you can clear up this matter without hesitation. I am counting on you.


I will wait just two more weeks for your response. Know that while I sit here and wait that I am awash in the human insanity that surrounds me. There truly are some crazy people in this place capable of acts beyond the scope of human perception. I see it daily. Their obsessions, their ticks, compulsions, delusions. I suffer for them yet find their behavior unbearable in my presence. My royal blood boils in anger that I might be considered one among these loons of humanity. I am troubled that you might think such of me for you are all that I have left. I will wait just two weeks, Jane, and not one moment more.


You shall never know the grief I suffered once I learned of Agnes' deceitful ways. She had lured me into her bed and caused such a stir in my groin only to turn out some ugly three-eyed beast from the worlds beyond hiding behind the pretty face of a woman. She had used me in the worst way and extracted information from me as we enjoyed our sexual escapades in the cool sheets of her bed. Her deceit was beyond my ability to forgive. She betrayed me then laughed in my face when she was unmasked. What an evil bitch she was!


Possibly your awareness that I have fully planned my own demise will stir you to action to resolve this atrocity that has so tragically occurred in my life. Yes, the plan is in place and I might add it is one that cannot be stopped thus I do not fear speaking of it openly here in a letter that I am quite aware my keepers will read. My death will come in spite of their efforts to curb it. It will come at the most inopportune moment for them and one so not thought of by them. I will reserve the element of surprise in my death plan and my keepers can only stand in awe as the witness thereof. Two weeks. Two weeks is all you have to right this insidious wrong to which I have been irrationally exposed.


And now my dear, darling sister, I beseech you to move forward with this process and relieve me from this incarceration among the mindless twits of our society. Do not think that I will not act for this is my last letter to you. Any action that I may take beyond the limits I have raised in this letter will be on your conscience for time here on, my dear. Please be prudent, and take action on my behalf at once.


As Always, Your Loving Brother,

Henry

© WBrown2010

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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Thumbs up, Wayne.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Ken...that one was in there somewhere scratching to get out. Maybe they need to come and get me too! WB


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I can't believe how incredibly versatile you are. Each one of these stories has the bones of a book.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, Poppy. Henry might be an interesting one to write about although just writing this letter for him got inside my head a bit! Thanks for the read and your nice comment! WB


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Creepy.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon

Yes, Wayne Brown, you have a novel in you. I'm not rushing, mind you, but you'll grab hold of one that goes on and on...if you haven't already. Keep it under that hat of yours, for certain!


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sunflowerbucky 6 years ago from Small Town, USA

Wow. I would kill to have your talent. I'm lucky to come up with one good idea every year yet you churn them out like butter. Left me wanting to hear the rest of the story! Great job Wayne!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

You've got it, Bucky...you just need to open your mind and let it flow out on to the paper. When I start writing these things, I have no idea what the outcome will be. I just let it go. Sometimes, it goes nowhere but when it does work, I love it. This one came to me in about 10 minutes...just flowed out. In fact, I got an email from my sister wondering if I was okay...she said it was a dark one she was worried. Anyway, let your mind do some "what if-inng" and you will go there too! Thanks for the read! WB


ralwus 6 years ago

Someone has been licking toads again. Well, it is working for you as this was brilliant and there is some mystery in it as well. You must continue it somehow. Good stuff. CC


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks, ralwus...maybe I can write a 'prequel' to it as it was 'Henry's Last Letter'. Jane is probably glad she did not hear of his ranting any longer. Thanks for the read! WB


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

This could be right out of one of Alfred Hitchock or Twilight zone or the more current Fringe. Excellent as usual Wayne, you just let it flow and the pieces of the puzzle just fall in place for you all of the time. Madness is exciting when controlled as it was with Hannibal he knew how to use it to his advantage. Hey, there is some meat on those bones about Aliens, most definitely, full disclosure is around the corner, maybe by 2012 they will show themselves to the world, not just their UFO's thanks again for a great read, you keep me coming back for more and after all isn't that what good hubbers do? ha peace.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Hey SR...thanks for feedback. I do think Hitchcock or Dr Lector would have found much interest in Henry and his rather royal tone. I just returned from a six hour drive from Oklahoma in heavy rainstorms so I am a bit wired. It's 2:00 AM and no time to be wired. I'm just having a bit of brandy now to settle my nerves. The trip did give me a story idea so maybe I'll try to crank it out as soon as I get my wits about me. Thanks for the read!


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cjv123 6 years ago from Michigan

I echo Pop's comment. Wow - you are definitely a gifted writer. I was absorbed in the whole thing reading this!


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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Wayne...You have brilliantly captured the inner workings of the paranoid mind...A mind utterly convinced of its own incredible logic...Thanks, Larry


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you CJV123, I have moments when things just flow more like I am the instrument than the creator. I just hope that it holds the attention of the reader and entertains...they come back when that happens! Thanks for stopping by! WB

Maven101...this one just kind of poured out of me in about 10 minutes. Maybe that's some indication of the level of my paranoid brain! Hope Not! Thanks for stopping by. WB


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JacobYeager 6 years ago from North Carolina

Wow. What a great letter. Amazing charachterization. I was entertained the entire time. I enjoy reading your writing and agree with others that you are very tallented. Keep writing and we will keep reading.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Very chilling and entertaining


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Poohgranma...Thank You! WB


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This letter had the insane mind down pat. I would worry about you except I know that you are as sane as they come. Great story.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas Author

@Becky Katz...As I have stated before, I love to insert myself into the minds of others. It is difficult for me but when it works, I love it. This one is one of my favorites. Thanks much. WB

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