How Great Thou Art

For my contribution to Friday-fiction this week I have made faith my central theme. Adversity strikes us all at the most inappropriate of times, and it is our faith that keeps us going. Faith and trust in ourself, in others and a better world – Smile.

Friday Fictioneers – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Other contributions this week – here

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields 

How Great Thou Art.

They have come! Carol fidgeted with the cross in her hand.
“Then sings my soul, my saviour God, to thee. How Great Thou Art.”
Surely, they can hear her. “Down here in the basement!”
She watched the crowd of feet; police and medics take away her captor, her abusive and weak-minded cousin. Her keeper.
Carol struggled against the straps in the wheelchair. “Down here in the basement!” She screamed through the gag.
She heard the vehicles drive off; the sudden silence speared her heart.
Carol’s sliver cross fell. “Lord help me today.”
Behind her, the lock turned, the door opened.

37 responses to “How Great Thou Art

  1. Something tells me they’re not back in Kansas

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  2. Good grief! That is scary! But since you say faith is the theme, I think it was a saviour.

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  3. I hope that she’s safe! Great take on the prompt, James!

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  4. I too choose the positive ending. Maybe because I need to have faith that things can get better.

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  5. I could feel her panic. Nicely done.

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  6. Great story about persistent faith. Even when it seemed hopeless, she kept praying and trusting in God to help her.

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  7. I don’t have that much faith in God, so I’m suspecting that it may not be a rescuer behind that door…!

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  8. A saviour? More of the same, I fear.

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  9. i’m an optimist. i want to believe she’s finally saved. 🙂

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  10. I’d like to think that she’s being rescued, but I fear that’s not the case. I like the hymn from which you quoted. It has a wonderful melody as well as great words.

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  11. Oh please let that be a sign of someone coming to help her… I have faith

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  12. My worst fear is that the cousin had an accomplice that waited until everyone left to come back. I hope her prayer when the cross fell was answered. Good story!

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  13. God, what an awful feeling! I am choosing to be optimistic in that she is saved…

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  14. Suspenseful to the last line. Very nice story, James!

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  15. I could feel the tension from the beginning and the ending gave me chills. I hope her prayers were answered. So well-written, James!

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  16. Dear James,

    Now I have an ear worm. Thanks. 😉 I hope this is help unlocking the door. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  17. I am an eternal pessimistic optimist, so I logic things out. I don’t see something good coming through that door immediately after the police and medics left.

    Either way, it’s a good story. The tension is palpable.

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  18. Maybe it’ll all in her head. Perhaps she isn’t well. So many ways to read this story. Well done James.

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  19. Oh my, I read a book a few years ago about 3 young girls held captive and chained to their beds. I do hope there’s a positive end to her story.
    A very good read. I wanted to know more, James. Enjoy your weekend.
    Isadora 😎

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  20. Welcome to the other cliff-hangers this photo has generated this week! Who/what is behind that door? Rescue, I hope. I think I’ll hang on to that!

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  21. Faith can only take you that far… More screaming and less praying might have done the trick.

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  22. Nicely written piece of “flash.” My take on the ending is one of the police officers used his brains and thought, “We got the perp, where is the victim…” Walks around floor… thunk, thunk, clang…

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