The Hanging of the God
Shavik stood on the dais raised at the center of Hangman’s Square, where he was to be hanged momentarily, and felt a tension rising in the air.
The tension was twofold.
One, of the ruling aristocrats, seated at the front row and the high seats, who longed for the execution to go down swiftly. Two, of the common folks, who had gathered around the square to be with their messiah in his final moments, praying for a miracle.
Dark clouds had gathered up above, as the square began to fill up with more and more of these common folks. People who had long lost interest in any cause but their own daily survival. Who had seen enough disappointments to have forgotten what it even felt like to hope.
Shavik was God to them, and their final hope of salvation from the Extremist Regime. And even now, Shavik could see it in their eyes, they were convinced that he could not be killed. He could tell they were here expecting a miracle.
And therein lied the problem.
Shavik was no God. He could fight with them, but if he continued to fight for them, alone, as their messiah, the cause was going nowhere. He could not win alone, and he could not get the people to fight to win, with their hopes resting upon some miracle from a false God.
They had to know that their backs were against the wall, and no one to save them but themselves. For the real rebellion to rise, the false God had to fall.
As the first drop of rain hit the earth, Shavik smiled at the real Gods above, if such a thing even existed. This was perfect.
“This is where I bid you farewell,” Shavik cried out. “For long, you have considered me your God. But in the next few moments you shall find it to be utterly untrue.”
A wave of laughter hit him, coming from the aristocrats seated at the front row.
“And as you open your eyes to this truth, I want you to realize, that it was one common man, of flesh and blood, as you all, who shook the Extremist Regime to its very core.” He spat. “Now as you make note of that, I want each one of you to ask yourself a question.”
He saw the aristocrats leaning in. “Ask: what if instead of one man, there had been thousands? What if I had all of you beside me at the March of Silence?”
“Enough!” someone screamed. “Pull the handle.”
“But do not despair for this is not the end,” Shavik shouted.
The rope came around his neck, and the crowd erupted in one unified voice of complain.
“Today, as one Shavik falls,” he screamed above the crowd, “a thousand more will rise among you!”
Then the bloody floor gave away. Amidst the roars and jeers of the crowd, the loudest noise Shavik heard was a sharp creak of his own neck.