Desolate…

Five Sentence Fiction – Desolate

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.
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Lillie McFerrin Five Sentence Fiction

Sharp, piercing pain brutally ripped through her heart, leaving her desolate, as she watched the soldiers and centurions slay both her husband and her children, burning them on Nero’s wicked stakes, because they refused to pronounce Nero was a god, and renounce Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Still, she held her head high, refusing to give her enemies the satisfaction of seeing how deeply wounded she was, as she boldly made eye contact with as many of the people in the jeering, murderous crowd as she could, and spoke to the members of the inquest, who had carried her to the arena, to be eaten and mauled to death by the hungry lions.

Image Credit: Ethan McCoubrey
Image Credit:
Ethan McCoubrey

“Ladies and gentlemen,” she spoke in a loud, clear voice, “I know that you have accused me of practicing a dangerous religion that  refuses to acknowledge Emperor Nero as a god and has plans to overthrow him, however, I say to you that nothing could be further from the truth, for I am a Christian, and we Christians are called to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. As for your demand that I pronounce Nero is a god, and that I also renounce Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, I cannot lie to you in good conscience, for although Emperor Nero is our emperor, whom we must serve and obey, he is no more of a god than you or I, for there is only One God, whose only begotten Son is Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.”

As the young woman boldly shared her faith with the angry crowd, there was a shout heard from one of the governors to loose the lions, who soon fell upon her, mauling her and growling as the taste of her blood sent them into a frenzy, but a hush seemed to fall over the crowd and even over the lions for an instant, when the young woman drew in her final breath and shouted, “Father, please forgive them, because they didn’t know what they were doing!”
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