This drabble was inspired by two separate challenges on the Holy Worlds Christian Fantasy Forum. One was a challenge to write a story from a single picture, and I chose Dieki Kondrael's "Magical Forest", which can be seen below. The other was Aubrey Hansen's challenge to write a story from a single Bible verse, and I chose 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NIV): Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
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After an hour, Mateo stopped searching for the path. He was lost in the dark forest.
He held back tears. The monastery would send a monk to find their favorite foolish boy.
Suddenly floating dots of light appeared and danced around him.
Warm and happy feelings made him drowsy.
He lay down on the ground, surrendering.
“Never sleep in the forest,” the monks had warned. “Evil dwells there.”
He yawned and blinked.
Could the lights be evil?
“Jesus,” he whispered sleepily.
The lights floated backwards.
He stood up.
The lights fled.
Looking down, he saw the path.
(c) 2011 Jonathan Garner