50 Word Thursday #27 — Do no harm?


DSC05769“He hoped that by remaining where he was, he might do some good, even there.” – Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

Baby Nicholas was born in the asylum, the son of Anna, a woman who had been there for a year, and Dr. Phibes, her psychiatrist. The previous year, Anna had gone to the police because her husband kept raping her. They believed her husband when he said Anna had lost her mind.

Anna, a beautiful woman with a sensitive spirit, was irresistible to Dr. Phibes, who took up where her husband left off.

Anna was given her own room, and a crib was installed. Anna convinced herself that it could be worse and did her best to raise Nicholas in the prison of the asylum.

Twenty years passed. Nicholas had known no other life from that in the asylum. Anna did an excellent job of schooling her son in everything but life.

Dr. Phibes, bastard rapist that he was, loved his son, his only son, as his wife kept having miscarriages. Dr. Phibes decided to send Nicholas to medical school.

Nicholas’ world opened before him at school. He struggled at first, but he was bright. He completed his medical training, then went on to the school of psychiatry.

Upon completion, Nicholas returned to the asylum. His first act was to kill his father and dump him in the marshland. His second act was to release his mother from her 30-year prison. Dr. Nickleby decided to stay on as psychiatrist with the blessings of the asylum board. He hoped that remaining where he was, he might do some good, even there.

The End.


Kristian is the host of this Thursday’s 50 Word Thursday.
The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.


13 Comments Add yours

  1. A tale worthy of Mr Dickens himself. It would make a great synopsis for a novel. Get penning that great masterpiece now. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for the encouragement. I just might!

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  2. Ooo…that’s creepy and awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Amanda! It’s like one of those old Hammer Films plots…

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  3. hanspostcard says:

    Great story. Have you ever read Dickens?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, a few. Great expectations and David Copperfield. It’s been awhile. They were required reading in school.


      1. hanspostcard says:

        I don’t think I’ve ever read a Dickens novel but have always felt that I should.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          IIRC Dickens himself was an orphan or raised by someone other than his parents, so a lot of the hardships he talks about he experienced. This could be way off. Probably a good one to read would be Oliver Twist.

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  4. memadtwo says:

    Just rewards…I always like that. (K)

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  5. Sadje says:

    A very interesting story. Like the ending

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

        Liked by 1 person

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