Sweet Release

He trembled as he picked up the needle. Such a simple device, such a beautiful gleam it gave.

Around him was the cacophony of what seemed to be hundreds of voices. There was a sudden nasal burst of coarse laughter from men passing down the hallway. It tore his ears. He couldn’t even begin to appreciate that the language of this place could be beautiful. To him their accents and tones were harsh, like eating bricks.

It was always noisy, a constant clattering with fluorescent lights making their own blaring. Squatting with his back against the cool plaster wall, he shook his head as if it would help clear the sounds. He focused on the needle again, willing some peace.

The needle was, in truth, the most perfect tool for its job.

Closing his eyes and muttering a prayer under his breath, he felt the clammy hand of his brother’s wife reach for him. She spoke to him softly in their native tongue.

“You shouldn’t do this," her veiled head rested against his forehead. “You have a family to consider.”

He closed his hand around hers, clenching the needle in the other hand, and gave out a ragged sigh. Everything could be heard on that sigh. Fear. Exhilaration. He could make a difference with this needle. Something would be released.

Was he being selfish in wanting release? He had heard it time after time that he didn’t deserve this type of release, that it did not belong to him.

His ashen faced wife had left the room, not willing to be party to what he was about to do. But he knew that he was doing this for more than just himself.

Constantly he and his family had been reminded that they were not welcome here in this country, this land. They were “illegals”, “aliens” and “queue jumpers” – labelled, shunted and deposited. He could almost smell the distaste, the disgust. He had been boxed, classified and forgotten.

Murmuring the kindness from the mouth of his God, he pierced the first hole into his lip and dragged the thread of his voiceless protest through, knotting his mouth closed.

His fingers shook.

Sweet Release


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For the Twisted Tales prompt – Alien Fingers – TTST20

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