Write Her Story
by Delphine Boswell
Who would have guessed that I would have lived long enough to see the end, but I did. It began just as predicted. The clouds turned steel grey, thunder grumbled, and the earth began to shake the little farming community.
On the dusty road before us, a woman, with a leashed jackal at her side, seemed to appear out of nowhere. The men stopped the engines to their tractors, aproned women ran out of their houses, and children let go of the strings to their kites. People rushed to hug one another out of fright, the unknown, the anticipation.
The pale-complexioned woman with raven-colored eyes, dressed in black including an ebony veil covering part of her face, spoke, “Today is the end of times. I have come to separate the wheat from the chaff. Look into your souls. Find your most glorious of sins: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth, for who among you does not wish to be made a god in the next world?” The long fingers of her hand motioned. “Come, come.”
People looked at each other. Soon, five or six stepped apart from the crowd, then twelve, twenty. Finally, dozens began to push and shove, knocking others to the ground, screaming, their teeth gnashing, saliva dripping, a cacophony of voices, a crescendo of screams.
The woman spoke again, “Will not the others of you follow? Have you not ever eaten of the forbidden fruit?”
Left standing was a small group of women who covered their faces in horror. The men stood stiff and in shock. A few children wept, now mere orphans.
A downpour of rain fell over the land. With the woman and the carnivore, the sinners walked toward town until they no longer could be seen, disappearing into a dense haze.
Fiction © Copyright Delphine Boswell
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com Artist: Rondell Melling
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