After having terrorized the village for decades, the monster had finally been subdued and caught. The villagers took the still living creature to the swamp, where they plunged it into the murky, algae-surfaced pond up to its waist, anchored its feet, and secured one arm to a petrified tree.
The monster struggled for days, going so far as to attempt to gnaw its own left arm off at the shoulder, in a vain attempt to free itself, but it was to no avail, as its strength had been depleted during its capture. The struggle ended when, in agony, the monster perished.
But instead of sinking beneath the slimy green, scum-covered surface of the pond, the monster remained fixed in the position in which it had died. Ultimately, it became petrified, just like the petrified tree to which it was tied.
Now every year, on the anniversary of the capture and demise of the monster who tormented them for decades, the villagers return to the pond to celebrate Freedom Day.
This post was written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Google.