The world lurched from side-to-side. She staggered into the busy marketplace, bumping into people milling around the stalls. Disgruntled looks followed her as she crossed the square. The church loomed above her. It looked sinister now, after what she had just been told. It had been her haven. A safe place that protected her from all the bad in the world. Now it sneered at her, malevolent and evil. How could they have lied to her? How could they have covered it up? How could they have protected him? And her sweet boy. She remembered his pale, limp body. And now she knew, at last, why he had chosen to leave her.

Copyright Roger Bultot

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visiHERE

62 responses to “BAD FAITH”

  1. My first thought was death by COVID, but it could be any number of ills that wrought this.
    Proof of your skill that you’ve kept us all riveted, and we still don’t know!

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  2. Excellent, Iain.
    I am glad for the word limit as you managed it so well. I can complete the larger parts of the story in my mind; the cause, effect; and conclusion.

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  3. A tragic story, sadly experienced by too many families. I like how you’ve used the photo to show her world being knocked out of balance by what she’s discovered.

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  4. Powerful story. As a child abuse survivor who chooses to stay Catholic “despite all that,” this is very hard to respond to. I deeply respect people who choose to make a cause of this, deeply mourn those we have lost, stand with those who fight, and a hundred feelings. I keep wanting to scream at all the people who say “they had no idea.” I know someone who “knows a lot of priests” who I believe says – everyone knew who those guys were. We say “we had no idea” but people did, and do. I find that far more credible. I know my parents legit did not believe me (at first) but people like that cannot “resist the urge” and they are caught when more kids came forth.
    It’s such a pattern. Such a cycle. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thanks for sharing your comment Anne, it’s a difficult subject to write about, but one that needs to be acknowledged, and thankfully has, and continues to be exposed. I hope I managed to do it in a way that didn’t offend.


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