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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Memory (07/10/08)

TITLE: The Maiden Memory Magician
By Colin Swann


Lierma, a tracking demon, summoned his two direct underlings Arkos and Damas to inform them of Darkis’ orders.

These instructions came direct from Satan, via Darkis.

“Strengthen the defense of your jurisdiction and devise a forceful attack against those traveling towards your dominion.”

“We’ve successfully occupied this territory for centuries - we shall not lose it now,” said Damas.

Lierma, along with other fellow stalkers, shadow and monitor every person on earth and have done so since time began. These devils are not omnipresent but their sophisticated recording system is comprehensive. Every human’s life is fully recorded and their history logged in Memon’s mind space. He is the fallen arch angel with the capacity to memorize all the details fed to him by tracking devils.

Arkos sneeringly stated, “The Ancient of Days must be slipping, appointing two meager earthlings to spoil the kingdom allotted to us. We’ll put them to rout by using just a weakling maiden.”

Dina, who was a young teenager, had been groomed by Arkos. As a child she told fanciful stories, but people ceased ridiculing her and began to take notice when she revealed secrets from their past.

Eventually her mother sold her into the slavery of a rich cabal of money grabbing swindlers. They sold her services to the wives of the rich men of the city who had become bored by the humdrum of life.

Dina had a demonic influence and the ability to wide screen into another’s mind and memory pictures. Her fame spread abroad when she aided a Roman military officer’s wife by revealing her baby memories and through her soothsaying abilities was able to flesh out the picture story of the mother’s whereabouts.

Dina said, “When your mother was taken into slavery after a Roman invasion and taken to Rome you were left behind. Your mother was beautiful and eventually she married her widowed master. She’s always wondered what has become of you.”

This information was fed to Dina by Arkos, who has a thought transmitter linked to Memon’s memory bank and simply passes relevant information to her. She’s always a ready mouth for him.

The revealed knowledge then brought about a wonderful reunion between a lost daughter and a separated mother. Many of the ladies of leisure sought after her clairvoyant advice and favors because of this miracle.

Damas and Arkos squinted into the earth’s plane from their own nether gloom habitation. They were watching the two servants of the Most High who were heading towards their sphere of spiritual rule and authority.

Dina also watched them approaching on her mind picture screen. She saw what she must do and witnessed the two finally retreating from her city.

She tracked them down and followed them shouting in the presence of those round about, “These men are God’s workers who have come to tell you the way to their God.”

The two demons knew this would stir up the city occupants of their occult stronghold and put enmity between the town’s people and their enemy’s servants. It was just the first stage of their plan.

“We’ll trouble these two foes, day and night, until they are weary of the girl’s proclamations. Then we’ll lose her but gain a victory. They’ll have to leave our city; cast out by the girl’s owners,” gloated Arkos.

A great commotion broke out when the girl was stripped of her channeling abilities. Arkos and Damas were gleeful that they were causing maximum trouble for the two Apostles who had cast out these powers from the girl. The loss of her was a small price to pay.

After a severe beating and imprisonment Paul and Silas left the area at the city governors’ request. The demons’ plan had worked and the enemy was gone. They had outmaneuvered their arch enemy - Satan their supreme master would be delighted.

However, the battle had only just begun.

A maiden girl won to Christ, a jailer’s converted family and the seeds they planted, shook the occult city to its very foundations over the following decades.

A battle against the Almighty is always a losing battle. Christ is forever the Victor!


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Sunny Loomis 07/19/08
No matter what the devil plans, he has already lost. Good story. Well done.
Sara Harricharan 07/23/08
This is certainly a new twist on an old story! I liked the different POV and your title is very interesting! I'm glad to see that there is a happy ending after all! ^_^