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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Here is my entry for the flash fiction contest at Charis Connection


The Inheritance

I received part of the inheritance. Many don’t like me because of it.

Most don’t know when they’re going to die. He did, though. He talked about dying. I don't think we truly believed he would do it until it was over. He left us things to help us understand. He hoped his words had been etched our minds. He prayed for God to protect us. He knew those that hated us would try to attack once we received the earnest on our inheritance.

He knew we would suffer because of his choice. He knew that taking his own life would cause a grief like none other, but he also knew we would be better off if he was gone. He begged for another way, but it was evident this was the only way to ensure we got the inheritance.

We were vaguely aware of the enormity of our inheritance and we certainly didn’t deserve it, but he wanted us to have it. He told us many times what to expect, but we just didn’t understand how much he was leaving us. The arrangements were made in advance. He made sure the whole story was written down. He made provisions for the security of the documents. To those on the outside, it would appear he was murdered, but the truth was that he wanted to die and he would see it through.

I question his suicide often, wondering if I can truly comprehend the complexity of his motives. How can his death be the most beautiful and intoxicating displays of love I have ever experienced? Why would He hang Himself for me?

3 comments:

michael snyder said...

Awesome story, Michelle. Powerful and haunting. Can't ask for more than that.

Mike

Kelly Klepfer said...

Michelle,

Mike nailed it... haunting.

Thanks for posting your link on Charis.

Michelle Pendergrass said...

Thank you Mike and Kelly. I know most people wouldn't take "haunting" as a compliment, but coming from Mike it means more than I'm sure he realizes.

But then, I think he knows some things that haunt me and I'm positive it comes out without my knowledge.