“Henry Is Alone in His Room” / Memorable Fancies #820

         Henry gets into a brawl in a cheap bar, kills a man, and flees. Later, he is alone in his tiny apartment, sitting in a straight-backed wooden chair, facing the door. He expects police to burst through the door at any moment. He does not plan to resist.

         Henry, having a long criminal record, is sentenced to thirty years for the deadly brawl, and is granted parole after serving twenty.

         Henry is alone in a tiny room provided by the social services people, after his release from prison. He is sitting in a straight-backed wooden chair, facing the door. He expects police to burst through the door any instant, and arrest him. He does not plan to resist.

         Henry notices veins in the back of his hands that he doesn’t remember seeing before. He feels labored breathing, a tiredness new to him.

         Won’t the police ever come? he wonders.

<END>

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