The story of a man who followed the way of his conscience.
Engineer Drakl, leaving for a business trip, says farewell to his wife and son in front of their villa. He made a skyrocket to cheer up his son, and launches it in the garden. After his return from the trip, he is in shock. Someone – probably a robber – murdered both the woman and the child. The old maid was not in the home that night. The police work hard but clues are scarce. They even find a possible culprit – a criminal called Hofner. The investigator, however, warns Drakl that the lack of witnesses and poor evidence would probably not result in him being found guilty. The deeply shaken man makes a decision – he asks to visit the robber in custody. He dismisses the maid, covers the furniture in the house and packs only a small suitcase. He enters the prison wearing a long coat and a hat. In the cell, face to face with the criminal, he offers him a deal. He will provide him the chance of a new beginning if he pleads guilty in strict confidence and privately while the confession cannot be used in court. The man then leaves the prison with his face hidden behind the upturned coat collar and lowered hat. Drakl, stone-faced, sits in the cell. Hofner heads to the railway station with Drakl’s wedding ring on his finger and a suitcase with money and a full cigarette case. A little girl takes notice of him at the platform. Hofner contentedly sits down on a bench and lights up a cigarette. The cigarette immediately explodes and the man begins to burn unquenchably. Drakl pleads guilty for his act at the court, but he does not feel or show any regret.
Jaroslav Havlíček (Pomsta – povídka ze sbírky Zázrak flamendrů)