Hanging is a terrible way to kill a man. When you hang a man, he jerks and sways and kicks like a dancing puppet. He fouls himself, but his manhood swells like he wants a woman. On all sides, there’s a crowd watching, jeering, crying. It takes a long time to die and most of the crowd leave before the end. There’s no dignity in a hanging. It’s a lousy way to kill a man. It’s not a great way to die, either.

Marshal Law, Ch. 11
Published 17-Oct-2015

About the story: Novel in a Day is a hugely fun exercise. This was my first time participating.