Friday Fictioneers is a writing group, challenged to write a 100-word story based on a photo. My 99-word story follows.
Deviant delinquents and abandoned outcasts walk the path to the Farley Home for Boys. They arrive in a room no bigger than a doorway for processing. A narrow table. One chair for staff. They stand. Their words are few, for they are trapped within themselves, buried or beyond reach.
Stripped bare, they swim in a vast vat of liquids filled with chemicals. On cold, blood-spattered tile, they are pricked and prodded with needles. After a period of isolation, they join the broken.
They etch their names outside on the walls of brick, visible scars of the hurt drowned inside.
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