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Topic: SCUTTLEBUTT (rumor or gossip) (10/03/19)
- TITLE: Who do you believe?
By Jack Taylor
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One sandaled foot stepped out of the sepulchre, leaving its partner hidden inside the tomb. There was no odor of corruption despite the body that had been buried there. The scent of myrrh and aloes confirmed that this was the space. A bent over rose did its best to lend its fragrance to the morning.
â€œAre you sure you heard it right?â€ A disembodied voice echoed out of the opening to the cave-like entrance. â€œThe shroud is still here but they could have moved him.â€
â€œItâ€™s my tomb!â€ the sandal wearer responded. â€œThis is where we brought him. All the women saw us.â€
â€œSo, where is he? The dead donâ€™t just get up and walk out. Especially in the shape they left him.â€
â€œI should have asked that gardener near the entrance. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve seen him around here before. He probably saw who rolled this stone away.â€
â€œIgnore the gardener. Gardeners are paid to look after the dead, not the living.â€
The sandal disappeared into the grave again. â€œI heard from a friend that his followers moved his body. Maybe they think weâ€™re not good enough for them.â€ The rose shuddered in a gentle breeze.
â€œThatâ€™s not the way I heard it.â€
â€œYes, but consider the source.â€
â€œYou canâ€™t believe everything you hear but you have to believe something.â€
â€œMy brother knows one of the men patrolling here last night and he said that the followers stole the body. Who else is going to benefit from all the rumors?â€
â€œI met one of the women at the marketplace and they told me that they heard from other women that they saw him. I donâ€™t know why they had to go and get other spices when we already used up everything we needed.â€
â€œThe soldiers say the followers stole his body and the followers say the women saw him alive. Do you think theyâ€™re in this together?â€
â€œIf you ask me, there are too many people trying to get attention as if theyâ€™re in on the latest happenings. This all could be fake news.â€
â€œDo you think I should take this shroud home?â€
â€œDonâ€™t even touch it. You know youâ€™ll get defiled from touching anything belonging to a dead person.â€
â€œBut what if the rumors are true?â€
â€œThe ones that say heâ€™s alive.â€
â€œI guess then the shroud wouldnâ€™t belong to a dead man anymore but he was definitely dead when we wrapped him in it.â€
â€œDo you think someone brought him something else to wear?â€
â€œDonâ€™t even think about it. Youâ€™ll start rumors you donâ€™t even want to dream of.â€
Gentle steps, as light as a feather dusterâ€™s brush, approached the tomb. The rose stood erect in the ray of light highlighting its dazzling crimson. A voice like a bubbling brook floated into the crypt. â€œNicodemus, Joseph, Iâ€™m here.â€
â€œNic, who is that?â€
â€œJoe, I think itâ€™s the gardener.â€
â€œListen, if you have something more than rumors about where the body went, then please get back to your work. Weâ€™re busy trying to figure out what happened here.â€
â€œHe isnâ€™t in there,â€ the voice declared.
â€œNow, thatâ€™s obvious. Did you move his body somewhere?â€
â€œDid you see anyone else move his body somewhere?â€
â€œBig help you are. So, what do you know?â€
â€œHeâ€™s alive!â€ the voice said clearly.
â€œI see the women got to you as well,â€ Joe said. â€œListen, I donâ€™t know who you are but weâ€™ve got to make an important decision here and it canâ€™t all be based on scuttlebutt from people who know nothing. Now, do we touch this shroud or donâ€™t we?â€
â€œI think itâ€™s clear weâ€™re defiled. Now, we need to be purified. It would sure make it easier if he was alive.â€
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