The Revenge

The gondola glided through the blue canal. By the peaceful looks on the faces of the occupants of the gondola, none would have guessed the nature of this last journey- a journey to death. The gondola was headed to the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute.
The two wrongdoers would not have been in their sane minds to do such a thing. Because who goes to the jail themselves to turn themselves in, just overcome with remorse for the sin committed by them?

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“I fear to leave my Maria alone at home even for a minute. After all, she’s never been alone till now,” said Linnie to Mark as they headed to the square to see the parade. “Don’t worry; she’s four years old already. Besides, what can happen?”

Mark never knew, that as he consoled his wife, the knife was being stabbed into his daughter’s heart at the very moment. Their rich house, and valuable belongings, and the expensive jewellery on the little girl’s neck and hands could not but fail to attract a pair of greedy thieves, lurking in the neighbourhood for quite some days. Daniel and Harriet; as were named the murderers, gathered all the valuable luxuries of the house, and stepped out into the world, which now held them in silence for treason. The world had changed for them with one great sin- murder for greed.

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“Oh, Daniel, my heart beats so, with fear and remorse. How could we; she . . . she was a tiny one after all. Innocent. With her whole life ahead of her.” said Harriet, prostrating in reverence in front of the house which was to be forever shadowed with sorrow for their sin. The money, the jewellery, the silk, the gold- all dropped out of Daniel’s limp arms. His next words were all for leaving both of their hearts shocked.

“We will turn ourselves in.”

However great a sin may be, it is unthinkable for a person to persuade himself to hand his life over to the authorities. And so it was for both Daniel and Harriet, but somehow they both were convinced by the righteousness of the decision and the weight of the sin on their conscience.

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Daniel and Harriet stepped out of the Basilica- alive- as they had never thought they would. The complaint room had been empty, as it never had been before, for centuries. But this seemed to be a silent sign that the Lord was willing to bestow upon them a second chance to start their lives anew. And so they did.

And years later, Daniel and Harriet died in a car accident. They had to jam the brakes suddenly, when they noticed a little girl in front of their car. About four years old.

And the same night, some people reported seeing the phantom of a little girl.

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