This was my second submission for Flash!Friday Vol 3-25 for which I won “Flash Master” for the third time. Based on the photo prompt below, it also had to include the theme of defeat.
“If you build it they will come.”
That’s all the blueprint said.
Knowing neither what “it” was nor who “they” were, they built it anyway.
Abe, the aged wanderer, hoped “they” would give him a place to rest his weary bones. On work release, Mo, the law-breaking career criminal, wanted freedom. Mary, a young woman, prayed for a baby so she might give the love she never received. Long ignored by his family, Joe, the youngest of twelve brothers, wanted power and recognition. Justifying her drinking for being bored with life, Teresa the lush sought none other than God.
Upon completion an inscription appeared above the threshold.
Abe read in it “Invitation.”
Mo saw in the word “Instruction.”
Mary, “Incarnation;” Joe, “Interpretation.”
And Teresa? “Intoxication.”
They argued over who was right and who was wrong. They called one another names. Some even threw punches.
And the doors finally opened, a light pouring out from within.
They stopped, their mouths agape. Some fell to their knees, believing their dreams about to be realized.
Then “They”—the demons of jealousy, anger, greed, self-centeredness, and self-righteousness—came.
They saw what had become of the five, how they debased themselves in their wanting to be right.
Then, They conquered.