A Biblical short story by JQuisumbing
Click here to read – Part 1
The room he entered was smokey and dark except for a lit oil lamp on the floor. There was another light source coming from above that emitted a circle of light around the lamp. The light was so bright, he could not see the walls.
“Come and sit in the circle,” said a deep feminine voice.
Demacli sat on the floor with the lamp before him. Then three cowled persons slowly walked in and sat down before him. Their faces were hidden in the shadows with only a slight glint reflecting from their eyes. The feeling was somewhat eerie.
“What do you ask of the gods?”
“I seek wealth. All my ventures have failed and I would give anything to be lucky.”
Together, all three of them asked, “What would you give to the gods?”
“What can I give? Gold or silver?”
“Those things are nothing to them.” It was the feminine voice that spoke.
*** *** ***
“Master! The caravan has arrived!” A voice shouted from below.
“That makes your third investment in four months coming in with no mishap,” said Habbi. “Luck is finally with you.”
“Yes, it has,” Demacli said yawning.
“Master, what ails you? In some nights, we can hear you talking in your sleep. Sometimes, we hear screaming.”
“Bad dreams,” Demacli said almost hauntingly as he stood up and went to the window. “It is always the same dream.”
“What dream haunts you so?”
“I… I am in my room and hundreds of… shadows are trying to break in! Some nights, I can hear them beckoning me to let them in. When I awaken, I am drenched in sweat. I try to stay awake but… my eyes become heavy. Then, the dream comes again.”
“Master, since you have gone to the temple of Dionysus, your businesses have done well. But now you are haunted by this. You must return to the priestess.”
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“What is it that you seek of the gods?” asked the priestess in the center.
“I have these dreams…”
“Have your business improved?” asked the priest on the right.
“Are you not debt free?” asked the one on the left.
“Do you want… more? …fame? …power?” asked the priestess in an alluring voice.
“Yes… but the dreams?”
“Let them in,” said all three together.
To be continued…
Click here to read – Part 3
Though this short story is basically fiction, the character of Demacli is based on an actual unnamed personality described in Luke 8.
There are many such characters in the Bible, many of them were not named at all, but yet there are worthy stories to tell about them. With the help of some sanctified imagination and some artistic license, I felt their stories should be told especially of their faithful encounters with Jesus Christ.
[ Sketch rendering of Jesus & the Demoniac is based on Oliver Medhurst’s Bible colored illustration found in www.olivermedhurst.tumblr.com ]