As the crowd jeered, the hangman silently tightened his knot around the defiant offender. Unexpectedly, the bold lad became exceedingly frightened, as the reality of death loomed.
“Pl-Please!” he whimpered, fiercely. “I…I don’t want to die!”
The executioner paused, quite sorrowful. “Then, lad,” he sobbed, “I fear I’d lose my job.”
He pulled the lever.