Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans

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A pretty woman was serving a life sentence in prison. Angry and resentful about her situation, she felt she had had enough; she would dare an escape risking capture and punishment rather than to live another year in prison.

Over the years she had become good friends with one of the prison caretakers.

His job, among others, was to bury those prisoners who died in a graveyard just outside the prison walls. When a prisoner died, the caretaker rang a bell, which was heard by everyone.

The caretaker then got the body and put it in a casket.

Next, he entered his office to fill out the death certificate before returning to the casket to nail the lid shut. Finally, he put the casket on a wagon to take it to the graveyard and bury it.

Knowing this routine, the woman devised an escape plan and shared it with the friendly caretaker. The next time the bell would ring when the woman was on her free time out of the cell. She would sneak into the dark room where the coffin was kept. She would slip into the coffin with the dead body while the caretaker was filling out the death certificate. When the caretaker returned, he would nail the lid shut and take the coffin outside the prison with the woman in the coffin along with the dead body. He would then bury the coffin.

The woman knew there would be enough air for her to breathe until later in the evening when the caretaker would return to the graveyard under the cover of darkness, dig up the coffin, open it, and set her free.

The caretaker was reluctant to go along with this plan, but since he and the woman had become good friends over the years, he agreed to do it. She assured him it was a foolproof plan.

The woman had to wait for several weeks before someone in the prison died.

It was break-time for her when she heard the death bell ring. She slowly walked down the hallway. She was nearly caught a couple of times. Her heart was beating fast. She opened the door to the darkened room where the coffin was kept. Quietly in the dark, she found the coffin that contained the dead body, carefully climbed into the coffin and pulled the lid shut to wait for the caretaker to come and nail the lid shut.

Soon she heard footsteps and the pounding of the hammer and nails. Even though she was very uncomfortable in the coffin, she knew that with each nail she was one step closer to freedom.

The coffin was lifted onto the wagon and taken outside to the graveyard. She could feel the coffin being lowered into the ground.

She didn’t make a sound as the coffin hit the bottom of the grave with a thud.

Finally she heard the dirt dropping onto the top of the wooden coffin, and she knew that it was only a matter of time until she would be free at last.

After several minutes of absolute silence, she began to laugh.

She was free! She was free!

She decided to light a match that she had thoughtfully carried with her, to find out who amongst her prison-mates had died.

To her horror, she discovered that she was lying next to the friendly caretaker.

A foolproof plan, it was, but fateproof?


Source: Reblogged from Dec 12, edited from a piece from Image from