#writephoto: At the end of the corridor

For Sue Vincent’s writephoto Thursday writing prompt.


First there had been the lift, then the stairs, old, rough-hewn stone, now the corridor flagged in stone, leading even further down into the earth. There would be a new world at the end, he told himself, perhaps even an old world, full of magic and mystery. His feet rang and echoed hollowly in the silence. The light was subdued, falling from sconces at roof level. Soft, he thought, warm. There would be a warm welcome at the end when he passed through the portal at the end of the corridor, for he could see the end ahead, beyond the open gate, open to let him through. There would be peace soon, he told himself. Let it be soon, his spirit whispered, and he gulped back the tears of despair as the iron gate of the interrogation room clanged closed behind him.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

29 thoughts on “#writephoto: At the end of the corridor”

    1. Thank you, Claudia. It’s interesting that James comments that maybe he deserved it. I can see his reasoning, hope that something horrible isn’t happening to a nice guy, and I share his hope. At the same time, it didn’t occur to me to question the reasons for this character being in such a horrible situation, my sympathies would always be with the tortured and not the torturers.

      1. I thought the same, that somehow this person might be escaping a kind of justice. And yet I worried about what he might be facing. Great how you made both sides villains/sympathetic at one time.

    1. I know what you mean. We can’t bear to imagine an innocent suffering torture, but I can’t believe anyone ever deserves treatment like that. Even Eichmann was tried in a court by judges.

      1. This is true, Jane. However in the world of the supernatural, such as in my tale “When Erica Walks in Darkness,” retribution can take a ghastly turn.

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