CLOSURE

I ate my chocolate biscuit and looked up at Claire. I hadn't had her biscuits since high school, 14 years ago. I tried to wipe the crumbs from my face but my hands, feet were shackled down. Claire smiled and wiped my face, although it was against rules to touch prisoners.

Her eyes went sad so I changed the subject "so about the twins... Reagan and Donna, must be 7"

Claire laughed "they're 8, yeh they love school, got lots of friends"

"popular girls, just like their Mum."

"Rachel, I just" Claire jumped as she heard my shackles pull up suddenly.

I dropped my head so my finger could reach my lips "shhhhh happy thoughts Claire"

The guard walked in "times up."

Tears started to gather in her eyes but I remained braved "Claire you need to go now"

I found two hands either side of my face and her lips take mine in a kiss, something I had not received from her in 14 years.

I blushed "well that's just great, you going to leave me with wet panties... you are so mean Claire Stevens" I joked

Claire half laughed and went to leave

"Claire..."

She faced me with her usual upside down smile "please, don't be there... there is no need, just remember now."

Claire finally smiles "ok Rach"

I walked down the corridor pegged between 3 guards. We walk slow, not cos we have time on our hands, it's hard to walk in heavy shackles that only go the length of your stride. I get to the end of this corridor and faced with another door

"Rachel, its time to take the shackles off" said the male guard

I offer out my hands and he removes them and from my feet. "I'll pray for you tonight Rachel" said the guard with the shackles "you have been a model prisoner"

"thanks" I face the female officer who seemed genuinely sad "hey thanks for letting Claire bring those biscuits in for me. I hope you don't get into trouble"

The woman smiled "It's all good"

I face the door about to walk in "well time for this bad girl to get what she deserves."

I was bought back around by the female office "Rachel, you're not a bad person... you're a good person who just did a really bad thing." She squeezed my hands

"thanks"

I step through the door, the room was unusually cool and white as a hospital. I looked at the equipment on the wall. I step towards it but an officer already in position blocked me

"I was just looking... no like I'm going to get another chance" I joked

He didn't budge " like ever again" I continued

"Rachel over here please"

A guy in a white coated called me to the bed "you need to lie down here"

I climbed on the bed and looked at him "you took an oath doctor to do no harm, and yet here you are about to stick me with stuff that is going to kill me. Doesn't that bother you."

He looked at me "lie down Rachel"

I calmly did as I was told. I raised my head to the curtain drawn. "Do they have to see me like this?"

"It's the victim's families right to see this."

"well we won't want to disappoint." I closed my eye and sat up quickly causing the guard to come over.

The doctor ordered him back "Rachel, it's going to be ok. We talked about this remember"

"I know, it's not going to hurt... I'm just going to go to sleep"

"yes"

"deep sleep"

He nodded

"forever...ouch that hurt"

"sorry I was trying to find your vein. Ok we are good to go now lie down please"

I close my eyes and drop back down wondering what my last thoughts would be when the curtain started to pull back

"its show time" I breathed out and felt the reassuring pat of the doctor on my shoulder.

"you are going to be here, you will make sure"

"dead as a dodo Rachel, I will make sure, even if I have to strangle you myself"

"I love your bed side manner, its suits you grim reapers"

I couldn't make any further comment when I saw the crowd in the gallery. I felt light headed, sick. I recognised Mark's parents, some of the students although aged I recognised them all. They needed closure, we all did

I locked eyes with Claire, she was sitting far right corner with a calming smile. I thought to myself 'why can you never do anything I ask'

My eyes started stinging, my head was groggy. I was tired but my eyes stayed on Claire until...

Claire watched Rachel's life disappear and her body still. The doctor nodded confirming she was indeed dead and the silent audience left.

The end