I saw him sitting on the bench engrossed in a book. My mind raced with excitement, This should be easy. He seems so self-assured, he doesn’t even know I’m watching. I stayed silent as I approached so not to distract or alarm him, I’ll sway him in a matter of minutes. I savored the thought of victory. “Excuse me sir,” I placed a hand on his shoulder. “Are you ready to make the deal of your life?”
“No, I don’t think so,” he never glanced up.
“What can it hurt?” frustration began to build, but I was determined to gain another conquest. I maneuvered around to stand in front of him, “At least tell me your name.”
He marked his place and gave a disconcerted look, “Pat.”
“Well, Pat, today’s your lucky day. I’ve got whatever you need to change your life forever. All you have to do is say the word. Let me know your desires” I wrung my hands with anticipation.
“Really, I’m not interested,” he raised his book and began to study. It glistened in the sun, the words Holy Bible emblazoned the cover
I stepped back. “Please, put down that wretched document and listen to what I have to offer,” The irritation in my voice was all too apparent.
“I have all that I could possibly wish for already. My life is more than plentiful,” he jabbed me with his disinterest. “Does my Bible bother you?”
“I just don’t want anything to distract you. You need to hear my proposal,” I tried to disguise my displeasure.
He did not respond.
“You can enjoy carnal pleasures beyond your wildest imagination,” I gestured to a young lady walking past a nearby fountain. “Do you see how she’s dressed? She’s advertising, she wants you.” I sat near my perspective young client, “She can be yours, or anyone you yearn for. You want her, I know you’re curios.”
“I have inner peace, eternal life through God’s love” he smiled. “He has given me a plethora of riches beyond anything you can possibly offer.”
“You can’t live on your precious tranquility. Love won’t pay your bills,” I could not control my disgruntled tone. “What are you waiting for? I offer immediate gratification.”
“I’m not interested.”
“You can feel euphoria, escape from the drudgery of a monotonous life,” I pointed to a group of young men laughing and carrying on as they built a pyramid of beer cans. “Look at them, happy, content, and full of life,” I smirked. “A few friends, a couple brews, that’s all you need. You don’t know what you’re missing. It’s intriguing, you know you’re tempted.”
“Why would I want to dull my senses and miss the beauty that God delivers every day?”
“Dull your senses? It’s experiencing a heightened sense of reality,” desperation consumed me, I couldn't change him. “You know it’s nothing bad, even Jesus made wine. How can you refuse?”
“I’ve heard enough. Jesus died for people’s quest for carnal pleasures, their pursuit of instant gratification, for everything that’s wrong in this world … for me.” The young man held his holy book in plain view, “I’ve made my choice, this is all I need. I live by His word. He promised more than I can imagine, more than I could possibly ask for, more than I ever deserved.” He pulled the Bible to his chest, “Please leave me. I will not entertain your vile proposition,” he looked toward the sky and began speaking in a soft tone.
I couldn’t decipher what he was saying, “What are you doing?” Rage built within me, “I’m not finished here.”
He continued as if he didn’t hear me.
“Are you praying?” my wrath could no longer be controlled. “Stop it now! I command you to stop!”
He stared straight through me, “You have no power over me.”
“How dare you defy me! You don’t know what you’ve just done, or what I’m capable of.” Venom laced every word that spewed from my mouth, “You might be able to resist me, but not everyone can. What of your friends, your family? I can easily find another who will be more than happy to make a contract with me.”
I see my next victim, sitting there looking so self-assured, probably doesn’t even know I’m watching. I’ll sway this one in a matter of minutes. You feel a cold hand on your shoulder. An eerie voice catches your attention, “Excuse me. Are you ready to make the deal of your life?”
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