FFfAW — The Way Station

5C5CD5D3-3C20-4453-A922-519EC22F65AFJerry glanced at the piece of paper and double checked the address written on it to see if he was at the right place. He was.

Ignoring the signs saying “No Entry” that were affixed to posts leading up to the building, Jerry proceeded to walk toward the double doors at the building’s entrance.

Suddenly appearing out of nowhere, a uniformed guard stepped in front of Jerry and held up his hand. “Don’t you know how to read?” he barked.

Startled, Jerry jumped back, but quickly gathered himself and said, “This is the address I was given by the concierge.” He handed the piece of paper to the guard, who looked at it and then tore it up.

“What are you doing?” Jerry yelled.

“You cannot enter here.”

“Okay,” said Jerry. “Then tell me where I can enter.”

“There’s been a mistake,” the guard said. “Go back to the concierge at the way station and tell him that you must first be sent to purgatory before you can be permitted to enter heaven.”

(174 words)


Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yarnspinnerr.

21 thoughts on “FFfAW — The Way Station

  1. James Pyles August 21, 2018 / 6:36 am

    Purgatory is an artifact of the Catholic Church, not Christianity in general, and I could make an argument that the Bible never says believers go to Heaven when they die.

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  2. michael1148humphris August 21, 2018 / 9:45 am

    What an interesting take on the prompt, and one that no one can test out till they die. I do hope that purgatory is just a brief moment of reflection

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    • Fandango August 21, 2018 / 11:49 am

      Thanks. I hope he gets where he wants to go.

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      • Sight11 August 21, 2018 / 2:14 pm

        Well it’s Hindi that’s written on those gates, if I’m not mistaken.. Ha! Who knew?

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        • Fandango August 21, 2018 / 2:43 pm

          I see a lot of signs where I live in English, Spanish, and Chinese. But that doesn’t mean I’m in Spain or China. 😱

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          • Sight11 August 21, 2018 / 2:53 pm

            But it does imply who lives there, so are we of the opinion that only South Asians and English speaking people are residing in Heaven, haha!

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    • Fandango August 23, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Thanks. I think we all have our own perspectives on what heaven is…or if it even is.

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  3. abhiray59 August 25, 2018 / 6:05 am

    Who’s is person stopping Jerry from entering heaven and directing him to purgatory? Humorless guard!

    Liked by 1 person

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