Friday part XVII

It is 5:15. The centurion who was in charge of the crucifixion comes up the hill and stares at the three men.

He motions to the soldiers nearby who hurry over. After conferring with him they run back near the crosses where mallets lay.

Together they break the legs of one of the thieves, who screams in agony. The centurion stares at Jesus, takes a spear from another soldier and thrusts it into Jesus side. Thin, watery blood pours out. He had been dead for a while.

The soldiers move to the next thief and break his legs. As the man screams, the centurion turns and walks back towards Jerusalem, passing near where John and the women watch from a distance. He bows his head at their grief.

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