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300 Words: The Escape Plan

This story is written exactly in 300 words

Sylvia was a French agent whose identity was compromised. She was to be taken to the gallows in few days. She called upon the favor of a fellow French man settled in this country but still had a soft corner for his homeland. They devised a plan. She had three months before execution and few other prisoners were to be executed in this period. So, when the next prisoner is executed, the Frenchman would make arrangements for her to hide in the coffin of this prisoner. Later that night, after the coffin is buried, he will help her out of the grave and a horse cab will take her to the countryside. She will be free again.

A few days passed. Then things worked as planned.

Two weeks later, an execution took place on Monday morning. When the high bell rang, she made it to the coffin room and hid into the secret compartment within the coffin. The coffin was taken to burial grounds and buried after the rituals. Excited that she will be free again, she eagerly waited for the hour. Only that she didn’t know the wait will never end.


In the meantime,

The French revolution needed her, she was central to their plan. They knew they had to get rid of the dangerous Major in- charge of prison, to free her. They organized a coup to prove him a traitor. It worked well. He was charged guilty and hanged immediately. It was in his coffin that she was hidden.

The French revolution were very happy and were planning the future course for her escape. What they didn’t know was that they had set up and killed the only person who could have helped Sylvia escape - The Frenchman, the Major in- charge of the Prison.


Usha said…
You impress me with your every post my friend. :)

Thanks much :)
Sakhi Shah said…
This was really cool. :) Plus I loved the picture on top, it really created an interest in the story itself.
Thanks Sakhi,
I am really glad u liked it :)
shettennavar said…
Such short stories are known as post card stories in Karnataka, especially in Kannada literature. It is very good. If you don't mind, I want to point out a couple of grammatical errors - "The organized a coup to prove him a traitor" and "he French revolution were very happy..." I may be wrong. Nice write up.
Thanks for proof reading it .
I like the term Post card stories, guess I will start calling my stories as post card stories :)
shruthi said…
Nice one :) The twist was very good.. What i like most is the lack of dramatics.. well done..
Thanks much Shruthi :)

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