Freedom in Three Panels


A long shot of a correctional institute. All razor wire topped triple layered fences. Guard towers. Old prison building haunting the foreground. Its a bleak day. Old snow drifts pile up against buildings. Crows menace on wires all over the place.

Two human figures are visible.

One behind the guard station glass partition. It might be possible to see the shotgun in his hands held at the ready.

The other figure stands on the freedom side of the fence. Both are shadowed heavily.

See George released from prison.


CLOSE UP ON A GREEN HIGHWAY SIGN: Attica Correctional institute no standing.

In the foreground from the sign is the man standing outside the fence. He is still not in focus, but more details are allowed. He stands hunched against the cold. He is narrowed shouldered and chest, but his belly is bulbous.

His face is still obscure.

The prison sits dark and heavy behind him.


Close up on the mans face. He could Homer reborn. Fluffy beard, prematurely greying, floats from his face. Its a face that seems constantly on the verge of tears. His clothes are ill fitting. Old denim that drapes from his body but still looks uncomfortable as if he is much smaller than when he bought them.

Behind him through the fence separating freedom is a guard shack. Through the window is a guard with shotgun at ready arms. His looks seems to welcome trouble. He glares at the freshly released prisoner.

He doesn’t know which is worse; freedom, or prison.


Author: Bryan Aiello

I call NYC home and wish the subway went everywhere and Times Square didn't suck. I saw John Turturro once. Maybe it was him. He was wearing a yellow shirt and smiled at me like he knew I knew. I am an Army vet who writes. I like characters who want more then they deserve. I like genre fiction. I love space. I love paladins. One day I might write a paladin in space story. Just you wait. The university of South Florida spit me out with a degree in creative writing and I find myself questioning the sanity of going to a school that advertises a fake beach on its brochure ever since. I intuit grammar. I Got married in 2012 We had twins in 2015. I do a lot of cooking and dog walking and ranting about the unfairness of sentience. You can follow me on Twitter: @bryaiello Wattpad: My Subreddit: My Reddit profile: Like my work? Become a patron at:

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