First of all, happy account anniversary! I'm OOT™ , and I'm honored to review your work.
My Thoughts: I chose this story, because the title caught my eye. It was perfect for this story! You stated in the description that the teacher didn't understand the ending. I thought the ending was straightforward - he woke up from a dream (nightmare) about a lethal injection only to discover that the dream was about to become reality.
This was an interesting and rather original story about what goes through one's mind when he's on death row and his death is imminent. You did a terrific job of including the regrets as well as the mundane. Although the story was short, it was complete, and it held my interest throughout. I especially liked the ending. For a brief second, I thought 'he' was safe and wasn't actually facing death only to discover I was wrong. Although we never learn the character's name, it isn't needed.
My Suggestions: I suggest breaking the first paragraph down into separate sentences. As it stands, even with the semicolon, it is still a run-on sentence.
"He had failed the one person who had loved him not no matter what he had done."
"He feels like his he is walking through thick, cold molasses!"
I would also suggest that you edit the story with regard to tense issues. You start in present, then go to future. But, in the fifth paragraph, you start to get mixed up. First sentence is future. But you go to past tense with the second sentence. I realize the reason you're changing tense here, but it should be present tense, like you began the story. "Strange, he has always wanted...He doubts the will let him..."
In the sixth paragraph, you go back to future (will wash...will come), but then, you go back to past (would pray). Then, you go back to future in the last sentence.
"The reporters, who were allowed in are busy with their notes, some look a little nervous." is a run-on sentence. This could be remedied by changing the comma after "notes" to a semicolon. Also, a comma should be inserted after "in", so that "who were allowed in" is set off with commas.
Overall: Thank you for sharing this short story. It was a pleasure to read and review, and I look forward to visiting your port again soon. I hope you had a wonderful 11th WDC anniversary.
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