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Essence

May 14

There are more paths to God than the obvious ones we imagine, according to this flash piece that hopes to get to the heart of religion. Each of our 100 Word stories is an affecting piece of flash fiction that brings to life a particular moment, idea or setting.


In the city center, a temple, an old church and a mosque stand with less than two miles between them. There, you often see a young boy with a folding table, selling trinkets of various kinds. He couldn’t be older than fifteen, but has the air of a seasoned salesman, imploring you to buy without coercion. When the authorities arrive, he packs up his large bag and disappears, only to materialise nearby a few hours later. You observe him and sense that perhaps he has grasped the essence of God better than any of the tourists, devotees or holy men.




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