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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the SCIENCE FICTION genre (05/10/07)

TITLE: Pain Is Nothing
By Sara Harricharan


I was blindfolded and handcuffed, the slimy paw on my shoulder being the only guidance beacon in a world of forced darkness.

He led me down the hallway and through a door. I couldn’t rightly fight back as I was still puzzling a night with more questions than answers.

A dream of a man I couldn’t see but knew, a power that I had but would refuse to use, and a whispering voice saying “trust me”.

The stench of death first assaulted my senses. The dirty rag serving as a blindfold already blocked out most of the light, the energy-cuffs binding my hands were rough and painful. A taste welled up in my mouth, nearly choking me.

I was pushed to my knees and the blindfold yanked off.

The room was dark, the black bedspread doing nothing to ease my churning stomach as I realized the preparations for a silent death.

A white hand moved, dangerously close to my face. I shrank away, bumping into the creature that had led me here. “You must heal me.” A voice rasped.

I struggled to my feet, even as I placed his identity and hopes of escape evaporated.

Syrus Mckleon. Child slave dealer, illegal trading warlord, terror of our galaxy.

Why me, Lord?

I swallowed. I’d kill him before I helped the brute. Now the dream made sense. I forced one word through my lips. “Can’t.”

The slimy paw replaced itself on my shoulder, twining about my throat and squeezing gently.

I twisted, fighting the urge to use my healing powers and strike back. They could take my energy-if I used it first. “Too much pain for him.” I choked out.

“Release her Jelinon!” The raspy voice mustered enough energy to add a note of authority.

I was unceremoniously dropped to the floor. The white hand snaked out from beneath the covers and grasped my chin. “I have seen you in a dream. Only you can help me.” He coughed. “Pain is nothing.”

Pain is everything! I wanted to scream as two sharp points were pressed into my back from behind. Rifles, knives or both.

I tried to ignore the feel of his cold, clammy fingers, sending a prayer upwards. Father, surely you cannot ask me to heal this man! I would kill him!

Something pricked my heart and I hung my head in shame, hearing the Father’s whisper.

‘No my child.’ He answered. ‘I have created you for a higher purpose and given you this gift to save lives. Even his life.’

You know what he’s done, Father! I can’t heal a murderer!

‘In my name you can accept without understanding’

Words came through my lips, but not the ones I would’ve spoken. “I’m an aggression healer. I can only heal you by hurting you first.”

The hand dropped and a wheezing laugh came from the shadowed bed head. “Pain is nothing!”

I automatically reached up with one hand, the other following on account of the handcuffs. I held the white hand, clasping it between my own and closing my eyes.

I felt my hair lift with the wind that passed through the room.

Wind in a windowless room.

And then he cried. Quietly at first and then loud sobs that turned into a symphony of agonizing shrieks and screams.

Tears of my own marked their course on my cheeks, an energy leaving me and joining him.

The last scream brought me to enough consciousness to pull away and stop.

The white hand was now a pale pinkish shade and my own hands a deathly white.

I sucked in hard and blew out in the same breath.

Color crept back to my finger tips as I smeared away the telltale tears. It was then I noticed that the cuffs had been removed. I hadn’t even felt it.

I turned to go, feeling strangely at peace. At the doorway, I heard the rasp again, this time a bit stronger. “Why did you help me?”

I didn’t bother to look at him. “I didn’t. God did. Thank him for saving your life. Not me.”

As I left the room, an ache throbbed in my chest as I heard His whisper again.

‘Well done daughter. Well done.’

I smiled. It hurt to obey. This time. But with Him, through him, pain is nothing.

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Julie Arduini05/17/07
This is one powerful piece of writing. The adjectives, descriptions, verbs, all so active. I really really ejoyed this!
Kaylee Blake 05/18/07
Very sci-fi. Very unique. I liked it. One of those stories you just have to read two or three times and the more you read it, the more you read it, the more it grows on it. You seem to be very comfortable in this genre. That makes one of us! Keep up the good work!
Betty Castleberry05/18/07
This is very good writing. You made me feel, hear, and see. Just what you're supposed to do. The feel of this piece is quite good, too. Kudos.
Mo 05/18/07
Joanne Sher 05/21/07
Very powerful - and the PERFECT title. Your descriptions were amazingly engaging and visual. Great stuff!
Jan Ackerson 05/21/07
Both sci-fi and allegory, powerfully written. Great atmosphere, graet voice. One of your best.
Patty Wysong05/21/07
Very Good!! I loved feeling her inner struggle throughout the story--her obedience brought peace, not necessarily understanding. Good job!
Jacquelyn Horne05/21/07
Very good read. Well written and good pov.
Henry Clemmons05/21/07
Hauntingly powerful.
Kept me reading and interested throughout. Nice message on blind faith.
Myrna Noyes05/21/07
Very, very interesting! You portrayed well the MC's struggle to heal and thus bless a terrible sinner, but yet that is what Jesus did for each of us and what He asks us to do, also. Creative writing with great descriptive words and phrases, such as, "The white hand snaked out from beneath the covers." The man was a "snake," and your word choice was perfect! :)
Leigh MacKelvey05/21/07
Can you say "the envelope please!" I really didn't know what sci-fi was until I read this! Scary stuff and I second the "powerful writing" comment. This is definitely what your need to be writing. Start that book, woman!
T. F. Chezum05/21/07
Very good writing.Powerful and very descriptive.
Rita Garcia05/21/07
I totally agree with the comments, this is POWERFUL! Fantastic writing!
Pat Guy 05/23/07
Wow! This is AWESOME!!!!!! It's absolutely AWESOME!

Whew! I'm exhausted!
dub W05/23/07
I read this earlier and didn't comment, I can't figure out why - it's beautifully written allegory. Thank you.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/23/07
This is outstanding science fiction. What a wonderful job you did of writing a beautiful story with the greatest message we have!
LaNaye Perkins05/23/07
This story was wonderful. Great writing!
Bryan Coomes05/23/07
Very powerful writing and message. Descriptions were great and the tension, both internal and external, were nicely, and meaningfully resolved. Great job!
Loren T. Lowery05/23/07
Way to go! What a moral dilemna with the perfect and only true answer. Makes one stop to think: what would I do? You've shown us what we should do...my oh my what good writing!
william price05/23/07
One of my favs. Great job. God bless.
Edy T Johnson 05/24/07
You have a knack for making your reader FEEL both the physical and the emotional-spiritual dimension in your writing. I'm glad I came looking, to thank you for your comment on my sci-fi story. This is super. I appreciate you and what you write.