A 50-Word Story a Day Keeps the Boredom Away #60


They brought two quarrelling merchants before the emperor and asked him to do justice.

The emperor listened to them. They accused each other with such vehemence that it was impossible to decide who was right.

‘I see no solution to this problem,’ the emperor said, ‘other than to hang both.’

This week I am super busy writing Oliver Colors’ biography, so I will be republishing some choice 50-word stories.

22 thoughts on “A 50-Word Story a Day Keeps the Boredom Away #60

  1. 1)So, like Solomon, as the verdict came down, did one confess and ask for mercy?
    2) Is that why they call him the hanging judge?
    3) ooh, that’s a horrible story.
    4) Do I have to get a town permit to sell cotton candy at the hanging?
    5) I guess you could call this hanging a double feature like in the old days (sorry before your time BWaH)


    1. I think that after the emperor passed the sentence the director cried ‘Cut!’ and the acting stopped and the hapless merchants went home to their trophy wives. 🙂

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