Big Bad leaned his massive frame against the door and observed the other occupants of the large, gray room with disgust. He loomed menacingly above them all, a solitary figure of resentment, unsuccessfully endeavoring to cast a gloomy pall over the peace and harmony that pervaded the atmosphere. In fact, everyone in the room seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely. Everyone, that is, except him.
“My day will come again,” Big Bad shouted ominously. “Just you wait and see.”
His words were scarcely heeded by the others who carried on their various activities, undeterred.
“Lousy wimps, that’s what they are, every single one of them,” he muttered resentfully.
The group on his right, Big Bad had dubbed “the happies”. Even now they were living up to their name as they laughed and joked their way through yet another rendition of their experiences.
Big Bad had named the group on his left “the sappies” for the nostalgic, tear jerking stories they loved to tell each other, over and over again.
In the corners of the room, sleeping peacefully, forgotten and ignored by all but him, were the vestiges of his kinsman.
“Rendered useless now,” Big Bad muttered sadly. Big Bad remembered the days when he and his kind had totally dominated the group, wreaking havoc, causing nightmares, ruining pleasant days. But, as the years had gone by, each and every one had been retired to the isolated recesses of the space. Now, he, alone, Big Bad was left to do the work of all the others.
Big Bad drew himself up to his full height with all of the pride and arrogance he could muster. He might be alone, but he was equal to the task. He was strong and powerful and deeply rooted. No one could get rid of him. He was one of the first to arrive on the scene and he was determined to keep his residential status.
With new resolve, Big Bad applied his entire weight to the door. He would not wait for an official summons. He would pay a visit to his hostess and re-establish his importance in her life immediately.
Just then, a recent addition to the happies darted up to Big Bad and tapped him on the shoulder.
“That’s not going to work, you know,” she smiled up at him.
Big Bad whirled around and glared at the upstart in astonishment.
“How dare you address me in that manner, you imp! Don’t you know who I am? I can devour you in an instant,” he roared.
The new happie stood her ground and beckoned her friends to her side.
“Actually, I am well aware of your identity! But, perhaps, it is me whom you have not yet met. My name is True,” she smiled confidently. “Allow me to introduce my dearest friends and compatriots. Please meet Honest, Just, Pure, Lovely, Good Report, Virtue and Praise.”
With much flourish, the entire troop linked arms and formed a circle around the giant.
“We have actually been summoned here to replace you, Big Bad. After all these years, our hostess has finally tired of your troublesome ways. She has decided to deal with you once and for all, just as she did with your pesky relatives. So, be off with you and be quick about it. In fact, we will all accompany you to your resting place in the far corner of the room. You, unfortunately, remain part of her life, but you can not hurt her again. Your power over her is broken. You, Big Bad, have been replaced.”
Big Bad stood speechless for the first time in his long existence. As soon as True had begun to speak, he had felt his strength draining from this very being. He had been prepared to make quick work of the group, but he no longer possessed the will to oppose them.
Gratefully, Big Bad held True’s hand as she led him away. To his surprise, he was actually relieved that the end had come.
Based on Phillippians 4:4
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