FINAL WORDS

by Vivienne Glance

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FINAL WORDS

by Vivienne Glance

A surreal exploration of life and death, forgiveness and execution. A prisoner is awaiting execution by lethal injection. He is asked if he has any final words. He forgives his executioner. After he receives the injection he dies. As the executioner goes to leave he swats a mosquito. The prisoner is no longer dead and questions what life really is. Can it be easily swatted away like a mosquito? The executioner is stunned and confused. He asks the prisoner what it is like to die. The prisoner has transformed to a calm and charismatic individual and persuades the executioner to sit in the chair and pretend he is going to die, so he can experience that moment. He realises he has detached himself from the job of killing others and asks the prisoner to forgive him.

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