I'll be the first to say I really do like the editing in both images, both have a really dark, yet soft feel to them that captures the mood you were trying to convey.It's actually pretty interesting seeing strange ideas like this coming from you as a photographer.
If there was one thing I really want to point out, is I think the top image would've had a better impact if it was alone. The bottom one was good too, but looking at them back to back kinda tells me how I should feel because it focuses even more on the knuckles. When I saw that first image, it made me notice the bloody knuckles myself, while appreciating the rest of the piece.
But really, that's if I HAD to point something out, and I think you did a pretty good job to be honest.