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Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)
By Allison Egley
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"So what do you think of all that's been happening, Steven?" Theo asked.
"I really don't know what to think. It all changed so quickly," Steven said.
"I know," Theo said.
"What are you talking about?" a voice behind them asked.
"Uh... you're new around here, aren't you?" Steven asked.
"You could say that," the stranger said.
"We're talking about all the things that have been happening lately."
"What things?" the man asked.
"There's this man, Joshua. Well, everyone thinks he's a man, at least," Theo began.
"He came into town last week, and everyone was clamoring around him. Some people think he was a... a celebrity or something. It was like the paparazzi." Steven continued.
"But then, he starting doing strange things."
"Yeah. People even accused him of being mentally ill."
"Wow. Pretty crazy stuff," The man said.
"Tell me about it," Steven said.
"Then things started getting out of hand. And they..." Theo began
"They killed him. Just like that," Steven finished.
"Without a trial?" their companion asked.
"Oh, he had a trial, all right," Theo said.
"Yeah, a corrupt one."
"So then they... they killed him," Theo said.
"In the worse possible way. I... I couldn't even bear to look at him."
"Wow," the man said.
"Some people said he was the Savior, even," Steven said.
"But today's the third day. Some women said they saw angels and the grave was empty, and some of his companions went to check it out and the body was gone." Theo explained.
"We don't know what happened to him. It's almost like... liked he dropped out of death."
"Yeah. A death dropout," Theo confirmed.
Their companion gave them a slap on the shoulder. "Are you two dense?"
Steven and Theo exchanged bewildered looks with the man.
"Oh, come on. Do I need to explain it to you?"
"You mean you've heard of this guy after all?" Theo asked.
"You could say that," he said. The man proceeded to remind them of all the stories that had been shared through the ages. Theo and Steven listened with rapt attention. The daylight turned to dusk, and the man turned around. "Well, I'd better get going."
"Oh, come on. Eat dinner with us. Please?" Theo asked.
"I guess I could do that," the man said.
The three sat down to eat, and the stranger turned friend took the bread and broke it. "This is My body, given to you. Do this in remembrance of Me." As he handed them the bread, he disappeared.
Theo and Steven looked at each other in shock.
"Did.... did what I think just happened just happen?" Theo stuttered, pointing into space vaguely and looking around.
"Yeah. I'm pretty sure it did," Steven said in amazement.
"The man who was a death dropout just dropped out again," Theo said.
"Wait a second.... do you know what this means? He’s alive! Theo, we just met the Messiah!"
Steven took off in a run, shouting to Theo. “Last one back to tell our friends is a rotten egg.”
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