Sunday, August 16, 2015

Legal Maneuvering

Judge Stone called Ed to the podium and read the charge. “How do you plead?”

Ed stood nervously.

Not guilty,” someone proclaimed from behind. All eyes turned toward Edna, whose loud voice surprised even her.

The Judge was startled, then amused. “Does she always have your back?”

Ed answered immediately. “Guilty as charged, Your Honor.”

Judge Stone didn’t know if Ed was admitting he ran the stop sign or proudly affirming he has a supportive spouse. 

The Judge smiled, scratched his head and then announced “Charge dropped.”

Ed ignored Edna’s signal to remain silent. “The defense rests,” he said.


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This 99-word story is my contribution to the August 12 Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge to "write a story about a character who is called to have the back of another."