Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Post 1614. Thursday January 11



As the faithful few conclude their random rendition of All Things Bright and Beautiful, Miss Pargiter mops her brow after enduring another battle with the wheezing church organ.

Standing in his pulpit, the Reverend Caruthers silently surveys the congregation which braces itself in nervous anticipation. "Beware the temptations of the flesh" he suddenly hisses, then as the veins in his forehead bulge, he explodes, spitting like a venomous snake. “Fornication, drunkenness; let not Satan determine your destiny for the wages of sin are certain death”

Farmer Fred visibly shrinks whilst three rows back, Postmistress Poppy's cheeks glow crimson.

After ten minutes of pointing, thumping, and ranting, the sermon is over and Miss Pargiter valiantly attempts to accompany the final rousing hymn, Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin.


The cue word at this week's Six Sentence Stories is Wage.

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13 comments:

  1. I thought for sure I’d be the Lone Ranger using this word this way, but alas! Great minds think alike.

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    1. Me too, but at least we all took a slightly different direction! Cheers UP

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  2. Those fire and brimstone sermons do more harm than good sometimes.

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    1. I remember them from my childhood! Cheers mimi.

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  3. liked the Six and, oddly* what came to mind was the punchline to a joke, "Them sheep out there, they're nothing but a bunch of liars!"

    *yeah, 'oddly' ascribed to the Wakefield Doctrine, a bit of coals to Newcastle, eh?

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  4. I wonder how many OTHER people in the congregation though the preacher was speaking directly to them? ;-)

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  5. I had to laugh when I read Deborah Lee's comment. That's exactly what went through MY head. Well done, Keith. I think this is my favorite so far...

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  6. Good story. Yes I think that probably many related and the preacher has probably lost the lot of them.

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    1. His sermon won't have helped his cause that's for sure! Cheers Irene

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  7. Ha! Very funny. Loved how you snuck the crimson protagonists in there.

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