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The Day My World Turned Black : Short Story- Fiction

Updated on April 29, 2017

Happy days remembered.

Larry was floating down Current River in Van Buren, Mo. on an inner tube with his pet pal Barney. The sun was shinning so brightly it was difficult to see. He reached in his shirt pocket for his sunglasses when he suddenly woke up. It took a minute to focus, then realize he'd been dreaming. When his eye's cleared, he saw the familiar bars that had kept him locked up on death row for the last twenty years.

All appeals were exhausted. He was scheduled to die at midnight this day. Larry is now forty years old. He remembers well the night he went to a party to celebrate his twentieth birthday. He was having a blast dancing with all the girls. He was drinking whiskey sours much too fast. He had never been able to handle liquor, but tonight he blew all caution into-the-wind, after all it was his birthday.

Later one of the girls refused to dance with him because he could hardly stand. He became angry, spewing hurtful words, soon a fight ensued. He staggered outside and managed to get in his car. He felt alone and afraid. He always kept a gun in the glove compartment. He had a permit and spent most Saturdays practicing at the local shooting range. He reached inside and placed the gun in the seat beside him. He drove to a nearby park, got out and put the gun in his pants pocket. He hadn't walked far before he was approached by the park policeman. The officer saw that he could hardly stand and told him that he was under arrest for public intoxication. In a flash he pulled the gun from his pocket and fired two shots, striking the officer twice in the chest. The shooting shocked him enough that he was able to run to his car. He started the engine, but two police cars arrived with sirens blaring. One blocked his car from the front, the other from the back. One officer handcuffed him while the other checked the downed officer and called 911. The officer was dead and Larry was charged with capital murder and sentenced to death.



The day of the execution

This was a special day. His family was allowed to visit. His mother Mary, his father Earl and his kid brother Jerry. After embracing and saying their final goodbyes, he was offered his last meal, but he couldn't eat. All he could think about was the mess he'd made of his life and how much he'd hurt his family. He was truly sorry for taking the officer's life. He knew that alcohol had destroyed his life.

A priest came to his cell at eleven thirty to issue his last rights. Larry listened carefully to the priest and asked God for forgiveness.

At eleven fifty he was escorted to the room where he would receive a lethal injection that would end his life.

His mother and father had left the prison but his brother Jerry stayed. Just before the injection was administered he looked at the seating area behind a glass window and saw his brother weeping.

Larry gave him a two-thumbs-up and lip-synched these words. "Please don't ever drink alcohol. Take care of mom and dad. I will see you again in heaven. I love you. " The guard pulled the curtain and his life journey was over.



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      Liz Elias 3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

      Very powerful!

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      A very sad tale, Ruby, but well written. Alcohol and bad decisions can ruin many a life. Love that Merle Haggard song too.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Liz. Glad you thought my story was powerful. Thank you so much..Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. It is a sad tale, and you're right alcohol can ruin so many lives, especially when you're young and don't think of the consequences. Thanks for coming to read my story...

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      William Kovacic 3 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      So sad, Ruby, but yet it is a look at reality for many people. Sorry, it ended that way, but nevertheless, an interesting tale.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 weeks ago from California

      This is so sad Ruby! The choices we make!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello William. I guess the constant rain and tornado warnings has me writing a sad story, and I saw on the news last night that Arkansas had two lethal injections last week. The thought of the state taking a life always upsets me. I wish we would do away with that, but I know it will probably never end. Thank you for reading and commenting..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Audrey. Yes, choices we make can lead to horrible outcomes. I'm glad it's fiction! Thank you...

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      Clive Williams 3 weeks ago from Nibiru

      Moral...Don't drink and kill. Kill Sober!,,,just kidding. I like it ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Clive, I can always count on you to make me smile. Ha. So happy you liked my story...

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      Paula 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Ruby.....How sad. Just a brief story of a tragic incident in a simple succession of crazy choices, that speaks volumes of how easily our lives can change from normal to outrageous in mere moments.

      This short tale is a powerful wake-up call, girlfriend. One that will stay with your readers a very long time. Wow!

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      Hari Prasad S 3 weeks ago from Bangalore

      Very sad.

      Mr. Teatotller,

      Lost his composure,

      filled himself with guilt,

      Drove himself to Ghetto.

      - hari

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Well, what can I say? It's a great story and all too real in life. I know that there are some things going on now as well. A timely reminder. A very poignant piece made even more so by the fact that Merle Haggard is pretty good. Reminds me of the good old negro spirituals.

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      Martie Coetser 3 weeks ago from South Africa

      Gosh, this is so sad! And so real! Alcohol is nobody's friend.

      You've made an impact with this story, Ruby!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 weeks ago from Mesa, AZ

      Really good imagery for a very dark subject.

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      Tim Mitchell 3 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      A sad story Ruby. Alcohol has an impact on lives, which this story draws on. Great flash fiction that I learned from.

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      Maria Jordan 3 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Now almost 40 years old, this Merle Haggard song never goes out of style - perfect accompaniment to this 'sobering' tale, dear Ruby.

      Whether smiles or tears, your Muse is most commanding.

      Love you and have a peaceful Sunday, mar

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      Devika Primić 3 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ruby, you have given us a great write here, with different choices people's lives change dramatically.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So well done. A full novel in just a few words. Man is capable of horror and it seems the greatest horror resides in those that commit it. Let me die with no regrets.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was an eye-opener on this Sunday morning. My goodness....well, I'll say it...I hate capital punishment.

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      mckbirdbks 3 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - Your story telling gets better and better. What a sad chain of events.

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      Mark Tulin 3 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

      I like how this story starts with a dream. I wonder if this pleasant dream made his death more palpable or if we need to dream of pleasant things before our demise.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Paula. I was inspired to write this story after hearing that Arkansas executed two men last week. I am so against the state having the authority to commit murder. I also know there are a lot of evil people who do horrific crimes, but rehab is a possibility. Just sayin' Thank you, your comment is highly appreciated....

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      Liz Elias 3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

      Morality and ethics aside just for the moment, it also costs the taxpayers far more to sentence a person to death row than it does for life in prison. That is because of years and years of appeals, denials, appeals....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello hari, I like your poetic comment. Man is his worst enemy! Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita. I guess there are fewer state executions now than in the past, but each time I hear about one, it bothers me. I'm glad you liked Merle Haggard. I do too. Thank you...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie. I know this is really sad, and I would rather write happy endings. My son Jackie lives in Arkansas, and they performed two executions this past week, five already this year. I couldn't help but think that alcohol was involved. That inspired this story. Thank you for coming to read my sad story. Hugs...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Randi. Happy to see you on my page...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tim. Thank you much for reading and leaving a meaningful comment....

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 weeks ago from Texas

      This made me cry, very emotional, very sad.

      Blessings my dear friend

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      Nell Rose 3 weeks ago from England

      Wow! and totally scary! sometimes in life we do the stupidest things without thought, only this time it was murder! great story!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, I'm sorry to be so late responding. We've had storms daily with electricity going off repeatedly. I have always liked Merle's songs about prison life, he knew well about that, he was in prison at a young age. Thank you for coming to see me. Lots of love. Hugs..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Devika, so nice to see you again. Yes, the choices me make can have a lasting affect on one's life. Thank you much...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Eric, to die with no regrets is a goal we all strive for, but I'm afraid I have a few. Forgiving is the key. Thank you for your wise input.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. I hate capital punishment too. Take the young man in my story, he was not bad, just stupid and it took his life..Thanks for reading and leaving a comment...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. My main reason for writing this story was the events that happened this past week in Arkansas. ( My son Jackie lives there. ) The state administrated lethal injections to two young men this past week, five this year. I disapprove of capital punishment so much that my muse wouldn't let me rest until I wrote about it. Maybe you could take Larry for a Carriage ride? Thanks....

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mark. I like to think that dreaming of good times helped him cope with events that were to come. Thanks for coming to read my story..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello again Liz. I didn't know that, but I'm sure the attorney's love that they make BIG bucks every time his appeal's come up. Thanks for the added info. I appreciate it...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shy, I'm sorry this made you cry. It's a law we need to change, only 31 states still have capital punishment. Thank you my poetic friend. Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell, it was more fun when we went to the royal wedding! Ha. Happy you thought it was a great story. Thank you...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

      WOW you sure tell stories well. Unfortunately these things happen much to often in real life. My hometown NYC has many different stories and many of them involve young people who know better but don't think of what will happen if they get out of control. Your writing brings one right into the situation and I even had tears in my eyes for that poor guy. As he went to the world beyond all he could now do was say if only..... Great choice of song.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Rasma. My main reasoning for writing this was to showcase that all capital murders are not committed by people who hate, some just do stupid actions, like drinking too much, then act out of fear. Thank you....

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      Louise Powles 3 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      Oh, that's a sad story. Yet, it's a powerful one.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Louise. I know this is sad, and I usually write happy endings, but capital punishment always bothers me. So many times alcohol is involved and the person committing the crime was not alert enough to comprehend the outcome. Thank you for reading and commenting...Cheers

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 2 weeks ago from India

      A tragic narrative portrayed by your wonderful, potent words ..Very well written. Loved it!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello DEBANGEE. So nice to see you. Happy you enjoyed my short story...Thank you.

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 2 weeks ago

      This is well-written, and deeply saddening. I feel so bad for this man, but thankful that he gave his life to Jesus before he died. Ultimately, this is all that truly matters in life.

      Hugs,

      Tamara

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      Genna East 13 days ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Ruby. Sorry I'm late. The opening paragraph draws us in with a surprise we didn't expect. While I was reading, I couldn't help but wonder if better gun laws would have prevented these senseless acts. An eye for an eye. All it takes is a couple of seconds to wreak tragedy and doom. What a powerful story, Ruby! Merle's song is timeless.

      Happy Mother's Day my friend. :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 days ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree Tamara. Asking for forgiveness and being forgiven before death is a wonderful knowledge that you will spend eternity with God. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 days ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. It is so easy to obtain a gun, and we know that alcohol and guns are a dangerous combination. I'm always happy to see you. Your input is wise and appreciated. Thank you Dear friend. Sorry I'm so late answering.....

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 41 hours ago

      I attempted to reread this poignant post that you have written so well, but I could not do so because it brings me to tears. You write very well. The happiness is in the fact that he is going to Heaven, yet it is still terribly tragic to read due to your wonderfully descriptive writing. It's so hard to see others suffer, especially our loved ones. Words cannot describe such a pain.

      Big Hugs,

      Tamara

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 38 hours ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Tamara, I'm sorry this piece hurt you so. I just wrote a story based on a story about the state of Ar. having two lethal injections in one week recently, which I felt sad about. So many times a young person commits a crime while on some kind of drugs. Thank you so much for coming to read and leaving a compassionate comment. Hugs!!

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 38 hours ago

      No, that's okay! This was sad to read, but we need to all be aware of these truths and dangers! I am very thankful for this article because it will help people to not get into the experiences :-)

      Hugs!

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      Lisa Williams 31 hours ago

      Wow that was super sad, and very well written! It's so crazy how one wrong decision can snowball and have such a profound affect. I really enjoyed this. Thank you for sharing!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 14 hours ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lisa. I'm glad you liked this piece of fiction. It is sad but a reality that happens much too often...Hugs.

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