THE HERETIC

Iain Kelly

The following writings were discovered during renovation work on the keep of Castle Uamhas in the far Western Isles, off the coast of Scotland. It was written on parchment that had been preserved hidden within the stonework of the walls, which have withstood the intolerable climate of those wild islands for more than a thousand years. The original text was presented in the Scots Gaelic language, but, that tongue being unfathomable to most, has here been translated into English.

(The top portion of the parchment is torn and the first section missing.)

…be long gone. I have lost track of how long they have kept me here. My only view is through a narrow cross slit in the wall. I watch the grey sun rise and fall but I have lost count of the days, weeks and months. I can see the grey castle and the grey sky. My whole…

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