SACRIFICE TO THE GODS

'Run through the checklist.' 'Okay. The ceremony must take place in a grand altar.' They look round the baroque dome and nod at each other. 'Check.' 'Six golden urns placed in a circle atop six poles.' 'Check.' 'Attire of purple cloaks to worship royalty and their wealth.' They look sheepishly at the garish cloaks they … Continue reading SACRIFICE TO THE GODS

THE LIFE OF DANIEL

'So, Daniel, a winged lion?' 'That's right, yes.' 'And what do you think this vision of a winged lion might represent?' 'Perhaps the coming apocalypse.' 'That's a little extreme, don't you think? Is there anything else you can tell me about your dream?' 'There's also a funny-looking bear, a four-headed leopard and a beast with … Continue reading THE LIFE OF DANIEL

THE PATH TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

They found him the next morning, tangled among the branches of the topiary tree. It appeared Father Reg had managed to stagger back from the local pub despite severe inebriation. However, on reaching the monastic retreat where he had been living in meditative isolation, Father Reg had confused the symbolic door of the religious installation … Continue reading THE PATH TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM