Today’s writing prompt is a bit sobering. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it.

Today’s Writing Prompt: On Death Row

Write from the perspective of someone on death row, or someone who is visiting someone else on death row.

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My Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

On Death Row by K.E. Creighton

The steel prison bars closing behind Patrick remind him of the mechanical sound of the pulley system tugging a string of roller coaster cars up a lift hill at snail speed, making him anxious. And, as if he were really on a roller coaster car seconds before it’s about to plummet, his hands start sweating and his stomach drops, and he wishes he could change his mind and get off the ride. But it’s too late now. He agreed to interview one of the most notorious serial killers on death row in Jackson County. And now he’s locked in, not knowing what to expect from the carnival attraction he’s about to witness.

When the shackled killer walks in, Patrick is taken aback. This murderer they call “the animal” is bespeckled, clean-shaven, and alarmingly thin. His demeanor is calm. And his eyes are warm and…and… kind? He doesn’t seem to belong in this cement jungle.

Patrick begins the interview, surprisingly at ease and somewhat casual. He drinks coffee while the killer sits up with impeccable posture and relaxed hands on the steel table in between them. But about twenty minutes in, the killer smiles as he talks about dismembering one of his victims with a handsaw, shoving her severed head in a cooler in the garage, and preparing her liver for lunch. Then, suddenly, Patrick is aware of his place in enclosed concrete with a cannibal.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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