Snyder sat on a bench in the back of the prison van with Mama Borden. â€œMama, you shouldn’t have come. Dread has no thought that isnâ€™t evil.â€
â€œAnny, listen to me. I ain’t just some old lady. I may be pushin’ sixtyâ€”â€
â€œMama, youâ€™re sixty-seven.â€
â€œI can handle myself. I got your brothers and sisters out of worse spots.â€
Snyder whispered, â€œThey were micro-scopic embryos. You can’t inject me into your uterus unless you have a shrinking ray, which only exists in the movies.â€
Â â€œI told you, Mama will take care of it, and when I say that, I mean it.â€
The van stopped.
Dread opened the back door and escorted them towards the jail. â€œMrs. Borden, I hope you enjoyed your trip.â€
Mama sneered. â€œIt was a pleasure cruise.â€
â€œI see where he gets it. Here’s a visitor badge.â€ Dread pressed buttons on a keypad at the jail door, which slid up.
Dread handed Snyder his jail clothes. â€œGo and change. These clothes look lovely on you.â€
Snyder snarled. â€œMaybe Iâ€™ll arrange to get you a set someday.â€
In a changing room, he traded his dress khakis for the gray prison uniform. He came back out.
Dread smiled. â€œVery good. Come this way, everyone.â€
The guard led Dread, Snyder, and Mama Borden towards the cell blocks.
They passed the cell block.
Oh no. They couldn’t make mama watch this.
Snyder turned to Dread. â€œIf youâ€™ve got any decency, you’ll send her outside.â€
Dread laughed. â€œUnfortunately for her, I haven’t any.â€
They brought Snyder into the examination room with Mama Borden behind him.
Sergeant Hewitt stood by the whipping post. â€œYou didn’t think I couldn’t be fair. But I promise, I treat you just like everybody else.â€
Hewitt strapped Snyder to the post and powered up the shock fork.
Mama Borden shrieked, totally unlike her, â€œWhat are you doing?â€
Dread waved at Snyder. â€œAn examination, an approved method of questioning to find out additional info about the terroristâ€™s crimes.â€
Â â€œWhat do you hope to find out?â€
Â â€œA little of this, a little of that. You never know what you’ll find unless you look.â€
Hewitt raised the shock fork.
Snyder braced himself and shut his eyes. His mother’s shrill cries rang through them.
Did Mary feel like Mama does right now?
Continued Next Thursday
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