04 Monsters 4 of 5

4. Idealistic

It was a disaster. The smith’s horses had fallen ill, Old Man Harold died last week and now Gottfried’s wife had miscarried for the third time. Everything was going wrong and the priest could not fathom why. He had preached to his flock every Sunday. Why would the Lord be punishing them so? Unless… There was a particular young woman whom he had not seen in church for some time.

He gathered some men from the village to help him hold her. When he asked the people of the village, the evidence against her was overwhelming. One of the boys swore, he had seen her naked in the woods, Henrietta said the woman had tried to sell her poison and Gottfried remembered that the very same woman had tried to entice him to sleep with her when he met her in the forest. The priest shook his head. He told himself off for being a fool. Why did he not see it before? He should have nipped this in the bud.

He tried to make the woman repent, but she kept denying her sins. The priest sighed. She would have to burn.

It was the only right thing to do.

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  1. I think this priest should have spent more time reading the book he was preaching from. No wonder the community is so messed up. Where the shepherd leads the sheep will follow.

  2. I really enjoyed reading this series of stories. Maybe you could do another set from the victims point of view. The first one with the dog would be tough.

    I really ended up hating the preacher– the last story revealed his ignorance and superstition; doesn’t redeem him at all, but at least you can assign some motive to his cruelty.

    • I’m glad you liked them 🙂
      Good idea, but I’m not sure I’ll get around to it for a while. I already have too many projects going at once…

      Thank you for reading 🙂


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