MONDAY 9th OCTOBER 2020 ~ FLASH FICTION
PROMPT ~ Describe ways in which your character does or doesn’t show piety.
by John Yeo
An introduction is called for here. Allow me to introduce the obnoxious Dr. Ferdinand Dickus. A cold-hearted, uncaring scientist without piety of any description whatsoever. The Doctor was a firm believer in the Darwinian Theory of evolution, survival of the fittest. As far as the religious belief in any form of afterlife was concerned, there was no such thing. Dickus was an unbeliever. According to the logical scientific evidence, we were born on this earth with nothing and we would ultimately leave thIs earth with nothing. According to him the object of life on Earth is getting as much out of life on earth and to lIve as comfortably as possible in the process. Therefore he had no charitable inclinations at all.
In total contrast, his Mother, Lady Esmeralda Dickus was a devout Christian who worshipped In the local church and was extremely well regarded by the local community for her charity donations
One foggy winter morning, he stepped out of his private helicopter onto the helipad located on the roof of his laboratory.
‘Good morning Sir!’ said his secretary, who immediately fell into step with him as they headed towards the entrance to the building.
‘Hello Dorinda! What’s new? Is anything pressing?’
‘Well Sir, there’s an urgent message for you to contact your Mother as quickly as possible.’
Minutes later Doctor Dickus got through to his home phone number which strangely, was answered by the familiar voice of the family doctor.
‘Bad news I’m afraid Sir. Your Mother has had a serious stroke and a massive heart attack, she’s extremely close to death. I’m afraid there’s little conventional medicine can do now. Your Mother’s living on borrowed time. Your daughter is present I’ll put her on the line.’
‘Daddy, I’m scared, please come home. They say the only hope is prayer. We are all desperately on our knees begging for a miracle. Please hurry!’
A few hours later the helicopter landed on the lawn at the family home. Doctor Dickus raced to his Mother’s bedside to discover she had made a miraculous recovery.
Later everyone, including the Doctor, proclaimed her recovery was unexplainable. Most said it was certainly the work of God in answer to the prayers of the family.
Afterwards in the fullness of time, Doctor Ferdinand Dickus became a devout believer.
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A prompt response for Inspiration Monday ~ CONVENT INFILTRATION
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by John Yeo
“The child will be better off getting looked after by the nuns in the convent. St. Mary’s has an excellent record of taking care of the sick. I know Sister Mercy well; we have seen some extraordinary sick children walk away from the care they have received within those walls.”
The Rector smiled as he uttered these words, knowing how distressed Mr. and Mrs. Brown were at the news that little Chloe was suffering from an incurable palsy.
Wiping away visible tears with a paper tissue. The weary Mother looked hopeless and acutely distressed. Then turning her worry-lined face, in a broken voice she sniffed and said..
“Father; we have been told by the medical staff that the disease will slowly get worse. Whatever can they do in the convent that the Doctor’s are unable to accomplish in hospital?” Asked Mrs. Brown.
The Parish Priest answered in a reassuring manner with a voice that was full of the sure strength of a firm belief, he said…
“The convent is a peaceful private area dedicated to the worship of God. The power of prayer is an incredible strong force. We have seen some amazing cures of children, written off by conventional medicine leave those walls.”
“Father! My daughter has never been away from my side in all the ten short years of her life. Would it be possible for me to stay with her in the convent to provide emotional support?”
“I’m sorry Mrs. Brown that would not be possible. The convent is run on severe lines, they just haven’t got the facilities to cater for guests. To the best of my knowledge the only people who leave the peace of the convent are the children who have been taken care of by the nuns.”
The Rector hesitated for a moment after this statement; then he said,
“I can introduce you to young Mary Stevens who left the convent five years ago after a cure and a period of rehabilitation from a serious disease.”
Mr. Brown then interrupted with a loud response.
“Yes please! I would like my wife to be absolutely reassured that our daughter Chloe will be in good hands and taken care of. Where can we find this young lady?”
There was a pause before the reply came from the Rector.
“She became a nun. You will meet her when you take your daughter to the convent for treatment.”
Mr. and Mrs. Brown looked at each other and left together. As they reached the door Mr Brown turned and said..
“Sorry Vicar, we have another appointment with the Doctor. We are sure Chloe will be better off with us at home.”
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