Copyright Cecilia Peartree 2010
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Cover picture: James T. Perry
In my experience, those who beg for mercy seldom deserve it.
He certainly did a lot of begging, but I rationed my mercy to a minimum. The screams still echoed in my ears as I began to clamber over the high fence, hoisting my burden up behind me on a rope I had brought along just in case.
I was very busy for a while with the enjoyable task of dismemberment; then I divided up the parts, throwing each one into a separate skip. Considerate of the Council to provide so many containers. I didn’t have to use the same one twice. Each time, I jumped into the skip myself and piled stuff on top to conceal the thing I had just added. Eventually it might rise to the surface again. In that case I would just disappear, walking off into the sunset without leaving any footprints.