A matter of conscience

Trifecta: Week 108

On now to our one-word prompt.  Remember, you’ve just short of five days to give us a 33-333 word response using the third definition of the following word:

FATHER
1a : a man who has begotten a child; also : sire
  b capitalized (1) : god 1 (2) : the first person of the Trinity
2: forefather
3a : one related to another in a way suggesting that of father to child  
  b : an old man —used as a respectful form of address

Remember:

  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words. 
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post. 
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response. 
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. 
  • Only one entry per writer. 
  • This weekend’s challenge is community judged.

See more at: http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/#sthash.YwUXL4M9.dpuf

Returned last evening and am still tired and reeling from the euphoric effects of my school reunion.Just logged in an hour or so back and saw the prompt.Could not think of anything brilliant or funny-so the following 332 words will have to do 😛

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A matter of conscience

“Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been a week since my last confession,” said the voice from the confessional and Father Nathan shivered.

He knew the owner of that voice. Luke was a womaniser and every time he cheated, he would come in to confess.  Nathan suspected that Luke was not contrite or penitent but was using the excuse to brag about his sexual exploits.

Nathan sighed inwardly as Luke began to talk. Nathan felt tired and wondered if he could just slip away. His mind wandered back to the night he had stumbled on Father Jerome’s doorstep, some 10 years ago.

It had been a dark and rainy night. Nathan, then only 30, had been running-away from his old life, his broken heart and most of all himself. He had not eaten a full meal for many weeks and not slept well since the incident .His clothes were ragged and hung on his skeletal frame. His eyes were sunken pools of blood.

 No one looking at him could have imagined that this was the same handsome and smart Detective Nathan who had been the heart throb of every young girl in town.

But then things had gone horribly wrong.

Marcie’s case had intrigued him. She was a suspect in the murder of her husband. Soon Nathan was meeting her more than was required and before long, they had become embroiled in a hot and passionate affair. Then one day it all came out in a sordid manner-she was found to be guilty and he was suspended for trying to shield her. The paparazzi had a field day filling the pages of their tabloids with juicy tales and photos.

So he had run. Father Jerome had taken him in and healed his body and soul.

Life changed for Nathan but at times like this, he still remembered his own past and cringed. Unlike Luke, he had a conscience…

Nathan realized that Luke had stopped talking. He smiled, thanking God. 

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12 thoughts on “A matter of conscience

  1. Welcome back from your reunion, Atreyee! Euphoric sounds pretty great! You came up with some great characters and a compelling back story on short notice here. Good work as usual!

      • So glad to be back among friends Momo-I debuted at Write on edge/.writing at merge today-am still confused if they are two different sites or one and the same?If you have time this week,do check it out and let me know-thanks in advance:-)

    • Yes I did and then my cousins came visiting-thus the dosage of entertainment was too high and then I had to pay-by being unwell 😛 Thanks for stopping by DR-u r a great friend:-)

  2. Fantastic storytelling–especially considering how quickly you whipped it up! I could easily see this expanded into a longer piece. I’d love to read more of Father Nathan’s backstory. Something to consider. 🙂

    So glad you had a great time at your reunion!

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