SHUTTERED

In the end, governments didn’t need to ban religion. The numbers attending had dwindled away to almost nothing.

It was their arrival that had sparked the crisis of faith. They had laughed at the world and their primitive beliefs. They had shown them the universe beyond the tiny galaxy their Earth inhabited.

No God created this, they told their newly conquered servants, through mirthful laughter. We did.

Humanity acquiesced.

In a small synagogue, hiding in the darkness of the shuttered doors and windows, she stood to address her small band.

‘Today,’ she told them, ‘we start to fight back.’


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Copyright Roger Bultot

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

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61 thoughts on “SHUTTERED

  1. You’ve picked an interesting and thought-provoking premise for your story, and worked it through to a satisfying conclusion. I was particularly pleased that you picked a woman to lead the fightback. I wonder, though, whether humans would really abandon religion as easily as that?

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  2. Very thoughtprovoking. It took me a minute to figure out who ‘they’ (as in “their arrival”) were supposed to be. That made it a bit puzzling, as well as made me wonder, not why humanity would abandon their gods, but why they would be so eager to acquiesce and accept these new ones — on their own word, as it were. I picture many humans saying “Who sez, buster?”

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  3. Dear Iain,

    I find it gratifying that the leader at the end is a woman. Perhaps we have learned something after all. 😉 Intriguing story. Reminds me of a TZ episode where neighbors turn on each other when they’re street is cut off from the rest of the world. Two ET’s at the end agree that they don’t have to attack earth. Given the right set of circumstances, the earthlings will turn on each other and destroy themselves. Food for thought, eh?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. She is bringing a profound school of thought. She is going beyond the narrow boundary of earth and galaxy and truly becoming global. Even if government bans her group, truth will eventually come out.

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  5. Reminds me of HG Wells or Jules Verne stories. It’s true religion is dwindling in the west. However, it is human nature to believe in something higher than themselves, be it aliens, science or universe. We just swop one god for another.

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