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Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)
TITLE: Escaping The Wall of Fire
By Jesus Puppy
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The fire roared as blistering heat reached the tree lined drive of the home 300 hundred feet away. As he slid out of a borrowed van, parked in the shadows down the street, Jason felt an evil straight from the pit.
He had followed the young man for some time, waiting for a moment he might get him alone, all in hopes of keeping him safe. Getting word of his brother-in-law still alive, Jason had travels for days to reach the city. Helped by friends in the area, he had been able to find the young-man, but the boy before him was no longer his wife’s little brother. Now it was not his life Jason feared for, but the man's soul. Tears mixed with the stinging smoke of the burning home as Jason realized the youth was beyond his help.
Jason watched in despair as blurred shadows ran out of the flaming house, to be caught and beaten by armed men on the front lawn. The blaze lending a gruesome light to the scene as the man he sought reached for a small child, held firm in a woman's arms.
Shame overwelmed him for being unable to help protect the family and stop the vigilantes trying to destroy their lives. Knowing the reason for the action made matters worse. The youth had become one of the Hunters-- those seeking the last remnants of the Christian faith. His beloved wife's only brother had been possessed of a monstrous evil. The hate of peace in a world of chaos.
The man's fist stuck full-force to the mother's face. Knocked to the ground as she struggled to keep her babe safe, only to have it torn from her hands and lifted by an ankle, to be held up to the flames like a sacrifice. Jason viewed the true horror of the man as he screamed at the crying child, a mockery of its fight to be free.
Jason nearly failed completely as a knife rose above the small girl of perhaps ten years of age. Too young to be taken out of the world, even one with such pain. Anger grew within him, knowing he alone could do little against so many. He knelt next to a tree and voiced a silent prayer for guidance, and the means to stand up to the hate of the devil's servant.
A calmness came over him in a moment as resolve poured into his heart and mind, flowing to every shaking limb in his body. Words of strength filled his soul as the will of his God was made known to him. In a flash of determined motion, Jason moved from the shadows in a power that would see him walk through the wall of fire...
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