Prompt for April 25, 2016

Complete the short story/flash fiction, that has the following opening:

The Kings Executioner. That was his title, that was who he was. At least, that’s what he was told.

He knew he was more than just a killing machine, however, for the King gave him great lattitude in completing his tasks. Should he discover that the person he was assigned to kill was indeed innocent of the crime for which they were to be executed he was free to follow the evidence, determine the real killer and execute them instead. There were limits, however, in that he had but two weeks to complete the warrant. If there was no execution in that time his life was forfeit in their place.

And while that may have satisfied some, for Jorgan Derrin that only added to the burden he felt. His life or theirs? He knew that in his years with the King he had killed innocent people. The problem was that their innocence could not be proven within that two week period. He justified their death by thinking of all the other innocents that he could save.

But now he faced his first true test as the two-week limit had but a single day left and he was convinced of his assignments innocence. The daughter of a noblewoman, she had been accused and convicted of poisoning the Archbishop while he dined at her mother’s estate outside the walls of the city. He had left their house only to fall ill and die within two miles of the front door on the way back to the city. The evidence was circumstantial but quite damning and he had been ready to execute the daughter when the mother, distraught and grieving as a mother would be, convinced him that there had been some deception somewhere and her daughter was innocent.

But he now had twenty-four hours to find and execute the killer or be sentenced to die himself in her place. His life or hers?

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