One believed in ghosts, the other didn’t, but they bought the haunted house anyway.
“But it was dirt cheap.”
To be fair, many of their problems were mundane. The house had been left empty for so long that there were 101 things that were broken, were breaking, or would break soon. They could handle that. They had the funds and passion to slowly restore the house.
What they couldn’t handle was the random ghost floating around in the most inconvenient places as they went about their daily business.
So they hired him to do something about it.
“I don’t want to leave,” the ghost said.
“Why not?” Silas asked.
“I’m afraid God will reject me.”
“Is it because you rejected him?”
“No. I believed in him when I was alive. Still do.”
“What’s holding you back?”
“I did a lot of bad things. Especially towards the end.”
“That doesn’t matter. If you declare with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Did you do that?”
“Then there’s nothing to fear. Go home.”
“Home.” The ghost smiled and faded with a sigh.
Silas said quietly into the empty space, “Rest in peace.”
Then he turned and headed back towards the living.
Check out more stories about Silas in Life After Death.
Written in response to the prompt martyr.
~The Worth of a Belief~
The weapon felt cold against her skin.
“Say you’re wrong.”
How strong were her beliefs? Not that strong, compared to some of the people she knew, but she still believed that what she believed in was true.
She could tell the truth, but to voice her beliefs out loud was deadly. ‘Agree to disagree’ wasn’t in these people’s vocabulary.
Deny it? It was the coward’s way out, but at least she would keep her life. The only question now was, was what she believed in worth her life?
She looked up to meet the eyes before her.
Another hard prompt to respond to. So solemn.
I left the story pretty generic because there are so many beliefs that mean the world to different people. The content doesn’t matter. What matters is the immense value placed on that belief.