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Topic: Oops (01/14/10)
TITLE: Exorcisms and Earthquakes
By Melanie Kerr
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This is my letter of resignation. I know that you haven’t asked for one, but we both know it’s required. No one gets away with embarrassing you and I think we can both agree you were deeply embarrassed this morning.
Nothing gets by you, and no doubt all my business dealings with the Company were known if not openly acknowledged. I wouldn’t say that I earned a great deal but every little bit helps. No one lasts long in our profession and the pension isn’t a big one.
I have never been as good a judge of a man as you, and the little fella with the thinning hair didn’t seem a threat. We have had out fair share of preachers come to town, delivering their fire and brimstone sermons. Who could have anticipated what this one would do?
There will be no more backhanders from the Company from their lucrative little scam. They should have kept a better rein on the slave girl. It’s funny how she could see everyone else’s future, but she couldn’t see her own. She would have given the little fella a wide berth otherwise. I won’t go into details about what she said about him. Well, you heard it, didn’t you? She was shouting it loud enough.
Did you see the look on the Company boss’ face when the little fella ordered the demon to leave? It’s not often you see someone get the best of him. I know you’ll call me soft, but I’m glad that she is free. There is something in all of us that longs for freedom. You don’t need to be demon possessed to be used by someone.
The Company certainly knows how to stir things up. It was like some desert whirlwind. One minute all peaceful, and then we were in a war zone. I am sure you will appreciate that I acted swiftly. Emotions were running high. The Company can be quite creative in how they deal with people who cross them, so I took the path of least resistance.
Flogged and imprisoned, I thought that was the end of it. Everyone wins, except for the little fella in the prison.
I should have remembered that little fellas sometimes have big friends. I don’t normally think of earthquakes and acts of God being related in any way, but I have since changed my mind.
For just one nightmarish moment I thought about all those prisoners scattering back to the gutter once the chains fell off. You remember all those bodies from Seleucus the Slice. Imagine him back out on the streets of Philippi.
Even if the earthquake wasn’t divine, those hardened criminals sitting there in the prison with no chains, listening to the little fella singing – there’s your miracle. Not a one of them missing! Some say luck, I say miracle.
No doubt you will have got the report from the jailer. Don’t you find that amazing? To keep someone like Seleucis the Slice in chains you have got to be a bit of a psycho yourself and yet there’s the jailer was washing wounds and inviting the little fella to tea.
I never thought Philippi was an exciting place to live, but exorcism and earthquakes don’t happen every day.
I guess the little fella wasn’t so little after all. The man had some big moves all of his own. You’d have thought he’d just be glad to be out of prison and on his way. We never anticipated him calling for you.
How was I supposed to know he’d turn out to be a Roman citizen? Oops! OK, so we cut a few corners. We never asked any questions. We bypassed the trial. The punishment was a tad enthusiastic.
I have to take my hat off to you! A personal escort to the edge of town! You know how to do all the pomp and ceremony bit and that is what makes you a great magistrate. You almost managed to pull the dignified pose off, but let’s be honest, the little fella with all his bruises looked like the man in charge.
And that gets me back to my resignation. I’m going to be joining the little fella for a while.
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