The next morning, all the judges made their ways to their various sector houses. Dredd thought, “I’ll just tag along and follow Laurel & Hardy in”, but he didn’t have much to say.

Back at their sector house, Gold called him in. “Good news, Dredd! – We’ll be ready to  conduct the experiment first thing this afternoon! Let’ s hope we can successfully send you on your way, eh?”

Dredd noticed another judge in the room, with his back towards them, silently staring out of the window. “But first, we have a farewell treat in store for you! News of our guest from a parallel universe has spread like wildfire through the Grand Halls and a very important man indeed wants to meet you! This is Metro City’s finest judge, Jim Grimm!”, he continued, gesturing towards the still stationary judge. “Grimm is a true legend in Metro City! Nobody has caught as many crims as him! And he wishes to show you how he does it, this morning. You should be very proud, for it is an absolute honour to ride with him!

Grimm slowly turned around and stood before him, it was like looking at a mirror reflection of himself, only very unshaven, which made him look even meaner!

The two men grunted at each other, as they left the room together.

“Come on, Dredd”, Grimm gruffly said, “and I’ll show you how REAL crime-fighting is done!”

What followed, though, was an absolute travesty of justice. Grimm went on a mad spree, arresting anyone and everyone for anything and everything! Amongst the arrested were a vicar, a little old lady, a nun and even a little girl, holding a teddy bear!

Dredd felt sickened inside, as he silently witnessed it all, quietly biding his time, waiting for the afternoon.

But, when the time was getting near to 11 a.m., Grimm said, “Come on, Dredd, I want to see all those crims I got yesterday get justice!”

And they headed back towards the Grand Halls of Justice. The building itself was built like a huge square, with a giant courtyard on the inside of the four walls and, as they made their way into a room with a balcony overlooking the courtyard, Dredd could not believe his eyes at what he saw in the yard. It was FULL of rows and rows of gallows, hundreds of them! And each one of them had a noose hanging from it around someone’s neck, waiting to be hanged!

A bell chimed 11 and Chief Judge Bean appeared on the back grand balcony, clutching his book of the law.

“THESE CRIMS HAVE BLUNTED THEIR TEETH,” he announced, “AND MUST PAY THE PRICE.

LET JUSTICE BE DONE.

AMEN.”

And judges everywhere echoed “AMEN”, as Bean pulled a large lever towards him on his  balcony and all the prisoners were left dangling simultaneously. Then Bean silently turned around and went back inside.

“Bit harsh, isn’t it?” commented Dredd.

“But necessary,” responded Grimm, ” new citizens are being born every second in Metro City. We have to execute the crims to make room for the new arrivals!”

“What happens to all the stiffs?”, asked Dredd.

“They get sent to ReSyk!”, answered Grimm.

“And then what?”, asked Dredd.

“Get broken down into key elements, – carbon mainly, for fuel. We can’t afford to waste valuable commodities here in Metro City!”, he replied.

“Well, it’s been an experience!”, said Dredd, “but I gotta get ready for a trip!”

And he left, heading for the sector house, absolutely dumbfounded!

“Bonkers!”, he thought, “They’re all absolutely raving, Drokkin’ bonkers! Gotta get me outta this Hell-Hole!”

That afternoon,  back at the sector house, the creepy Gold took Dredd to the back of the building, where there was a cargo bay, which already had two large electromagnets and a metallic arch, about the size of football goalposts waiting to be loaded on to a truck. Mills was there, along with Dobie and Boyle and they went through the forthcoming procedure,  before loading them into the back of the truck.

“It’s surprisingly light!”, Dredd said of the arch.

“That’s because it had to be made out of aluminium, so as not to be affected by the electromagnetic field”, explained Mills.

 

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