The Bitter Taste: A Collection of Short Stories
by Various Authors
Genre; Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: May 20th 2017
Story 1 –
The Georgia Peach that Spoiled by Ny Qunaa
It was hot outside the courthouse. Sweltering hot. It was the
kind of hot that could make a Georgia Peach spoil in the summertime. Lena sat
outside on a wooden bench that faced the courthouse and stared at Lady Justice
who stood on top of the clock tower on the historic Renaissance Revival stone
building. Lady Justice looked worn with defeat in her eyes.
Twenty minutes passed. The beads of sweat that were on Lena’s
forehead began to roll down her face. It was too hot to wear all black in the
Georgia heat, but she was mourning, mourning the death of justice in the legal
Attorney told her. The DA called Lena on Monday and said that she wanted to meet with her to
discuss the case. Lena told the DA that she would be available to meet at the
end of the week. So Friday the 13th at high noon was when they met. Imagine meeting someone on an
unlucky day during the time of a decisive confrontation. She didn’t expect to
hear good news so she wore black in anticipation of what was to come.
“Good afternoon, Mrs. Whitfield,” the DA said as
Lena walked into her office.
was not going to end well.
Whitfield’s lawyer presented evidence that hurts your credibility. Because of
that, I am not going to prosecute him.”
surely be enough to prosecute him.”
happened that early morning in November.
“Mrs. Whitfield, I cannot use the tape as evidence. Mr. Whitfield did not
say anything to you in an aggressive manner nor did it prove that he hit you.
It shows that you were aggressive towards him. Based on that and your lack of
credibility, I am not going to prosecute him.”
up to leave. She picked up her purse and stormed out of the DA’s office.
thought. “The system is supposed to protect victims like me and instead,
it slapped me in the face by dismissing the charges. The DA is just another
person that my narcissistic, soon-to-be ex-husband manipulated. How could she
not see how conniving he was?”
day that started off ordinary and ended up with her lying on the ground.