4. Criminal

This is part of my 100 days of writing challenge. I am challenging myself to write 1 creative piece each day, no matter how tired I am or how crap it is.

I found it particularly hard to write today.

‘Order! Order in the Court house!’ banged the judge. The judge turned to the defendant and regrettably back at the jury. With a solemn gaze, he pondered on the guilty sign held by the jury spokesperson.

‘On the charge of treason for defying the President and painting a mural on state-owned property, I find the defendant guilty and sentence the defendant to indefinite redesign treatment at the Walker Mental Institute,’ the judge stated without making eye contact. The defendant let out a loud wail of anguish as she was forcefully dragged away by the security guards.


The Walker Mental Institute was originally a place for the diagnosed psychopaths and the people with other mental problems. Those were the days, where actual crazy people were feared. Nowadays, the Institute was popular for its redesign treatment. The treatment aimed to rewire your brain and strip it of all colour and emotion, to create the perfect stoic being.

The first act to pass in the Breton presidency was the banning of colour. Photoreceptors in the eyes of newborns were ordered to be removed and it became a crime to sell and wear anything that was not a shade of grey. Humans learnt to suppress their pain and reach the optimal phase of constant contentment.

Jeanne didn’t care though. She wanted to laugh when she wanted to, cry because of pain, leap into the air because of joy. It is this carefree nature which got her in the predicament she was in. Jeanne was part of the rebel group who believed it was better for humans to see colour, to feel than not to feel. They were a rapidly growing movement who no longer feared the government and did not embrace the new stoic mantra. It was her stubborn nature which got her stuck in the Institute with wires connected to her brain. Everyday, they would zap her with small shockwaves, a treatment which proved to stop the production of endorphins.

To be continued tomorrow