Faith

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Wall-mounted speakers crackle to life. Esteemed Leader’s morning exhortation is beginning. We stand as the production line pauses to allow us to concentrate, remember and ponder his wisdom while we work.

His beloved voice is deep, rich, clear: “Our striving is not in vain. Our children will reap the rewards of our sacrifice. Follow me, toward the future. Together we are achieving greatness.”

I am willing. My back is strong. I need no luxuries.

I close my ears to treacherous whispers about our Leader’s expensive cars and sumptuous homes. Everything will be alright. Esteemed Leader says it is so.

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This story is for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields on her blog ‘Addicted to Purple’. The other hundred word stories can be found here.

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18 thoughts on “Faith

  1. Nice touch that Esteemed Leader paused the line so his message could sink in. That was thoughtful of him. I’m reminded of some televangelists and pastors of mega-churches who set themselves up as kings. One near us even helps the parishioners set up payroll deduction to pay their tithes.

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    • Thank you, Suzanne. I don’t think it can be too hard to fool people and bend them to your will, if you use the right psychology. It has happened so often, with tragic results.

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