“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Fifteen

The door to the cell opened and Eddy braced himself. A guard grabbed him by the arm. “It’s your turn!” he hissed as he forced him out of the cell. Eddy prayed silently as he was being roughly led down the hallway. He was then pushed out into the arena and saw those who were seated in the coliseum. Many of them were his own people, whom he guessed had been forced to witness his destruction. He wanted to say something that would encourage them but time wouldn’t let him because Chief Much Cruel stood up to speak:

“This resident of Small Faith, this puny insect, is going to fight against one of our best warriors. Guard, give him a sword so that the fight will be fair.”

A guard gave Eddy a sword. Eddy held the weapon and looked at it. He had never used a sword before and he knew that the one he was going up against was going to be very skillful in his weaponry.

“Lord Jesus, be my strength and my help in this,” he prayed.

“Bring out our champion!” Much Cruel commanded jubilantly.

A guard brought out a Small Faith Person who was dressed in armor and had a sword. Eddy noticed that the warrior looked very young. In fact too young to be doing something like this. The warrior went up to him and glared at him in his face. Eddy quickly recognized him.

“Gabriel!” he gasped.

The Small Faith Person didn’t respond. He was ready to eliminate this opponent that was before him.

“Fight!” Much Cruel shouted as he brought his hand down.

Gabriel pulled out his sword. “Are you ready to perish?” he asked smiling wickedly.

Eddy was shocked that a Small Faith Person would be able to give into the heartless and cruelty of the Natives of Doubt. Has Gabriel forgotten about the Good King and that he was part of a civilization that loved Him and others? Eddy knew that his life was at stake but he couldn’t bear the thought of Gabriel losing eternal life. He had to try and reason with the lad.

Gabriel swung his sword and Eddy jumped back to avoid the blade. “Gabriel, this is wrong. You know it’s wrong. Please don’t do this.” Eddy pleaded.

“Begging will not save you,” said Gabriel as he tried again to strike him with his sword. Eddy ducked as the blade went over his head. “I’m not so afraid for myself as I am for you. You’re heading down a path that will lead to death.”

The warrior laughed. “I’m not heading down the path of death. You are! You should be very afraid because I’m going to cut you in pieces and take your head as my trophy.”

The sword was about to come down. Eddy quickly rolled away and the blade hit the ground.

“Fight like a man, you coward!” Gabriel shouted.

Eddy ran to try and get away. “Dear Master, please open his heart so that he may see his spiritual condition.” he prayed as he gasped for breath.

The Small Faith People in the coliseum also prayed. They asked the Good King to save Eddy from the heartless warrior. Benjamin also prayed for him.

Eddy stood up against the wall of the arena. He watched as Gabriel was advancing toward him with his sword.

“Don’t you know that those who delight in violence will not be a part of the Good King’s Kingdom? There will be no eternal life for those who enjoy hurting or killing people.”  Eddy said to Gabriel.

The young Small Faith Person answered as he got nearer to Eddy:

“I don’t believe in the Good King anymore. Everything about Him and His Kingdom are fairy tales. Myths are what they are! And you are so stupid to believe in such ridiculous things! I have learned that if you want to get through this life you have to fight and show no mercy toward those who stand up against you. Violence and aggression are the keys to survival in this World.”

“Oh, you poor soul! You have been deceived by our enemies and have adapted their lifestyle.” Eddy cried.

Gabriel laughed. “It is you who has been deceived. You believe in this invisible God King and are trying to persuade me to believe in such fancies again.” He was now a couple feet from Eddy. “Your words will not prevail against me fool!”

Eddy swallowed hard and closed his eyes.

In the crowd the Master of Darkness and his minions watched with glee. The young warrior was completely under their control. He may have lost Benjamin but there was no way the former Small Faith Person in the arena was going to return to the Most High.

“Oh, boy! Oh, boy! It looks like Eddy is going to die!” said a demon rubbing his hands eagerly. “And it’s about time too.”

Eddy kept his eyes closed and thought about heavenly things like the Good King, His Kingdom, and being in eternity with Him, Karen, and many other people who have believed in Him. These inspiring thoughts helped him to not be afraid as he waited for the sword to take his life.

When Gabriel was right in front of him the Master of Darkness was excited. “Yes! Get him! Strike him down!” he shouted.

The Small Faith People prayed harder.

Gabriel positioned his sword. “So much for believing in your God King!” he laughed as he got ready to cut off the brave little man’s head. But to his shock and to everyone who was watching, the sword abruptly stopped in mid air.

“What in the…!” the warrior exclaimed. He tried to move the sword but it stayed right where it was in mid air.

Eddy opened his eyes and when he saw what just took place he breathed a sigh of relief. Thank you, for saving my life, Your Majesty.”

Gabriel grunted and growled, but all of his efforts to move the stuck sword were to no avail. “What kind of nonsense is this?” he inquired.

The Small Faith People cheered and praised the Good King for rescuing Eddy.

Chief Much Cruel thought he was dreaming so he pinched himself. But when he saw that this was no dream he muttered excitedly, “This isn’t happening! This isn’t happening! There’s no way that this is real! Maybe all the sour grape juice I drank is starting to effect my mind.” He then turned to his wife. “Dear, please tell me that the sword really isn’t frozen in mid air. Please tell me that I’m seeing things.”

The queen chuckled. “You’re not drunk, my husband. What you are seeing really is happening.”

“But that’s impossible! First my tigers and now this! What kind of magic do these Believers have?” Much Cruel said feeling apprehensive at witnessing more power that was unknown to him.

Back in the arena Gabriel gave up. Realizing that he was not going to win this time he fell to his knees and cried. His dream of being a part of the Natives of Doubt was shattered.

“I’m no warrior! I’m just a little person with nothing! It’s not fair!” he sobbed.

Eddy walked over to the lad and touched his shoulder.

Gabriel angrily removed his hand. “Get away from me! This is all your fault!” he shouted.

Eddy got closer to him. “I didn’t do anything, Gabriel. This power is from the Good King of Heaven. He is trying to bring you to reason. He loves you and He wants you to be a part of His people again.”

Gabriel wiped his eyes and looked up at Eddy. “Why are you being so nice to me? I tried to kill you.”

“Because you have been deceived by the Master of Darkness. You fell for his lies and I want to share the Truth with you.”

Gabriel stood up and removed his armor. “I want to believe in the Good King again. Can you please help me, Edward Matthews.”

Eddy embraced him. “Welcome back, Gabriel.”

The coliseum erupted with shouts of praise to the Good King. The Master of Darkness left the in a rage with his minions behind him.

Chief Much Cruel and his people were totally baffled. Could it be that the God of the Small Faith People and the Lightbearers was more powerful than their gods? “I need to go,” said the chief as he left his seat with his guards following behind him. The queen stayed in her seat and pondered on the events that took place at the games. She wanted to know more about this Good King and His mighty power to save.

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Fourteen

Gabriel was a 15 year old boy who was trained to be in the games. Though small in height he was very skilled with any weapon that was given to him and had won every game he had to participate in. The brutal sports at first made him sick, but when he saw more people being killed in the events he soon became desensitized. The cries of the victims no longer touched his heart. He had slain many a Native of Doubt with no feelings of remorse. When the chief promised to make him a part of his tribe if he kept on showing courage and skill in the games Gabriel was so excited that he assured the chief that he would keep on being the best fighter no matter what. On the morning of Karen and Eddy’s execution Gabriel had to get up early to practice. He was told that he was going to be in the games that morning and he wanted to be prepared for whoever he was going to come up against. Using a dummy stuffed with straw he kept on poking it with his sword until all the stuffing came out. Then he cut the dummy’s head off and held it up imagining the crowd cheering him for beating another opponent. He then tossed the dummy head aside and sat down to relax. He was ready to fight.

*******

Karen and Eddy prayed hard in their cells. They asked the Good King to save them from the fate that awaited them. But they also asked Him to give them the courage to die for Him if it wasn’t His will for them to be rescued. The Holy Spirit reminded them of the words from the Holy Word. They pondered on the words and they thanked the Good King for His promises. They didn’t have their Lanterns anymore but the fiery words of Truth were in their very hearts, and their minds were filled with heavenly joy and peace. They still had the Light of Truth with them and how they praised the Good King for that!

A guard came up to the door of Eddy’s cell. Eddy stopped praying and watched as the stone door opened. The guard came in and grabbed him.

“Where are you taking me?” Eddy asked meekly.

“To the chief. He has something he wants to say to you before you die.” the guard answered.

Eddy swallowed hard. Dear Master, please be very close to me. Walk with me and do the same for Karen.

As he was being roughly led to the throne room Eddy wondered what the evil chief wanted to say to him. Obviously it wasn’t going to be good. When he got to the throne room he saw Karen with a guard who was watching her intently. The guard forced him to stand right next to her. Karen saw Eddy and tried to smile. He could tell from her expression that she was very scared. He was used to seeing her brave when danger came their way. She was always ready to help others no matter what the situation was. But now she seemed different. She even looked like she was going to cry.

“It will be all right, sister. We are not alone here.” Eddy said to her gently.

“I know, but I’m still afraid. I have never been this scared before.” Karen replied in a shaky voice.

“We’ll get through this together, just like we have in our past adventures. You know that we will because even though you are very scared I can see that you still believe in His Majesty.” Eddy said. He sensed in his soul that the Holy Spirit was strengthening his courage when he spoke those words.

Chief Much Cruel then entered with guards positioned around him to protect him. He sat on his throne and looked at the two Lightbearers.

“There has been a change of plans,” he said to them, “I have decided to spare one of you from my tigers.” He then had a malicious smile on his face when he began to speak to the little man. “Edward Matthews of Small Faith, you will not face the tigers in the games today. Instead you will compete with one of our best worries in a fight to the death.”

Eddy’s face turned pale. He didn’t like to fight and he knew that he wouldn’t survive one with a fearless warrior of the Natives of Doubt. He wanted to beg for mercy but the Holy Spirit who was dwelling inside of him kept him from doing it.

Karen gently touched Eddy’s hand. Her kind touch helped him to calm down a little.

Chief Much Cruel then faced Karen. “You, however, will be thrown to my tigers. You will be the first one to die.”

Karen was speechless. She was terrified of her fate and felt the urge to beg also, but the Holy Spirit assured her that everything would turn out fine. The Good King was very close to her and Eddy in this extremely difficult time.

Much Cruel then ordered his guards to throw them into the prison where those who were going to be in the games were sent to. After they were locked in Karen and Eddy embraced each other and prayed to the Good King.

*******

The guards informed the slaves that they didn’t have to work that day. Instead they were all going to watch the games and witness what happens to those who dare to go against the chief. The Small Faith People didn’t want to go to the games but they didn’t have a choice. If they refused they would die too. On their way to to see the brutal games Sally said to Billy, “I wonder who it’s going to be this time.”

“Let’s keep whoever it is in our prayers. The poor soul will really need the Good King to be with him.” Billy answered, wondering himself on who it could be. Who among them would have the guts to go up against the chief like that?

When they all reached the arena the slaves sat down in the seats and waited to see who the doomed person was. The drums started to beat an ominous rhythm and chief Much Cruel’s voice sounded from his seat on the top of the coliseum: “Bring out the wretch!” he commanded.

The guards went into the prison and tore Karen away from Eddy. The little man called out to her from the bars: “His Majesty is with you! Don’t be afraid dear friend and sister!” When she was gone from his sight he then buried his face in his hands and prayed.

“Please Master, don’t let her die.” he sobbed.

When she was pushed out into the arena by the guards the Small Faith People recognized who it was.

“Karen the Lightbearer!”

“Oh, no! Not our new friend!”

Karen heard their shouts of despair. She looked up at them and said confidently, “The Good King is with me. He will deliver me from death. But if He decides not to my love for Him will not falter. He knows what is best. Whatever you see today keep your faith, for you all are in the Good King’s keeping too. And you will be free from these servants of the Master of Darkness.”

Chief Much Cruel laughed and so did the Natives of Doubt. The only one not laughing was the queen. As she looked at the teenage girl who was about to be turn to pieces by the tigers she couldn’t help but admire the bravery that she was showing before her death.

Much Cruel then contained himself and commanded, “Release the tigers!”

The barred gates holding the tigers began to slowly go up. The beasts roared and reached out their paws through the bars. Karen saw the ferocious tigers. She then knelt down and prayed. She prayed for Eddy, for the enslaved Small Faith People, for the Natives of Doubt so that they may see the error of the ways, and for her family back home. When the gates were all the way up the tigers charged at her.

*******

Eddy covered his ears. He didn’t want to hear the sound of the tigers finishing off his best friend. “I’ll see you on resurrection morning.” he whispered as his tears fell like rain.

*******

Karen closed her eyes and waited to feel the teeth and claws of the beasts. When nothing happened she slowly opened her eyes. The tigers were laying around her yawning and looking around like they were bored. One tiger came up to her and gently nuzzled her with its furry head. She carefully petted the tiger and the animal purred and licked her face.

Chief Much Cruel stood up from his seat in shock. “What happened to my ferocious man-eating tigers? They’re acting like harmless house cats!” he shouted.

The queen snickered. It was so amusing to her to see her husband confused and irritated.

The Small Faith People saw the scene with joy. The Good King had saved Karen from the tigers. She wasn’t going to die after all. Even Benjamin was joyful. The doubts that the Master of Darkness planted into his mind were being uprooted by the faith that was still inside of him. With confidence the elderly little man said, “His Majesty does exist. Only He can perform such a miracle as this. Praises to Him!”

Billy heard him and thanked the Good King for helping his brother to believe again. He was so happy to see that Benjamin hadn’t completely forsaken his faith.

Seeing that his tigers were not going to destroy the Lightbearer Much Cruel ordered his guards to take her away. He wasn’t totally disappointed because Eddy still had to be brought out to participate in the games. Perhaps the little man wouldn’t be so lucky as his friend was.

To Be Continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Thirteen

During Sally’s stay in the sick room her wounds and bruises got healed up. The queen visited her, and when she saw that she was no longer hurting she ordered her to go back to work. Sally got out of the bed and meekly followed the queen back to her task. As she walked she thought about the Lightbearer that came to see her. She was so sweet and kind. Though so young she looked like she had served the Good King for a long time. Sally hoped that she would see her again. When she reached the room where the other women slaves were she saw Karen smiling and helping them with the mending. Sally wanted to wave to her but she felt that it wouldn’t be a good idea with the queen present. She quietly returned to her spot where the shoes were and started mending them. She noticed that Karen was right next to her. When the queen wasn’t looking she turned her head to her and said, “Thank you, Karen for visiting me and for helping me with the encouraging words from your Lantern.”

Karen patted her back. “You’re welcome. Keep holding on to your faith, for your freedom is around the corner.”

All that day Karen didn’t see Eddy with the other slaves. She had a feeling that something happened to him and she became worried for him. She silently prayed for him but she couldn’t stop thinking about him. If only there was a way she could see what became of her dear and best friend.

That night when everyone was sleeping, Karen quietly snuck out of the room. Using her Lantern she shined it around the dark hallways to find Eddy. The hallways were very quiet. Karen walked carefully on the stone floor and looked around to see if there was a guard in sight. She didn’t know that one of the Master of Darkness’ minions were watching her and getting ready to spring a trap on her.

“Are you ready?” one asked the other.

“Yep, just give me a minute to clear my voice.”

Karen was getting closer to them.

“Ready…now!” said the demon.

The other demon started to mimic Eddy’s voice. “Help! Help! Karen, please help me!”

Karen heard the cry and started to run in their direction. “I’m coming, Eddy! Hold on!” she shouted, not fearing that the guards could hear her.

Suddenly a net fell on her. Karen gasped and tried in vain to get it off of her. She was stuck.

The two demons appeared in front of her. “You’re doomed, Karen. Doomed like your little friend. There’s no escape for both of you!”

“Where’s Eddy? What have you done with him?” Karen asked bravely.

“Don’t worry, you will see him shortly,” said one of the demons. “Just stay right here like a good human while we go and get our boss. He is speaking with the chief of the Natives of Doubt. Don’t move. Ha ha ha ha ha!” the demons then left her alone under the net.

Karen knelt on the stone floor and prayed.

Minutes later Much Cruel appeared along with the Master of Darkness, who was in his human disguise. Karen looked up at them and said in a shaky voice, “What are you going to do to me?”

The Master of Darkness grinned wickedly. “Aw, is the courageous Lightbearer now afraid for her life? What happened to that bravery you showed in many of your Heaven appointed missions?”

Karen couldn’t answer. She was wondering what happened to her God-given bravery too.

Much Cruel reached his hand under the net and grabbed Karen’s Lantern. “I’ll take that thank you,” he said as he pulled it out.

The chief then placed the shining Lantern on the stone floor and picked up a huge rock that was by the wall. Karen watched in horror as he used the rock to smash her heavenly treasure.

“Stop! Stop!” she cried.

But Much Cruel didn’t stop and the beautiful golden Lantern got all broken and smashed up. The fire was still burning, which greatly annoyed Much Cruel and the Master of Darkness. They tried to snuff it out but it kept on burning brighter.

“Just dispose of it,” said the Master of Darkness. “That eternal Light of Truth is not going to make a difference for her or for anyone else anymore.”

Much Cruel picked up the ruined Lantern and threw it out of an opened window.

Karen wept. “My Lantern. My wonderful precious Lantern.”

The Master of Darkness went up to her. Karen saw his red eyes glowing from his human form and turned away. She felt so helpless against him without the Lantern with the Light of the Good King’s Truth.

“Yes, cry your eyes out human, however, your sorrow is going to be very short because you and your little friend are going to die tomorrow. I will kill you while your hearts are in despair so that you will never experience the joy of eternal life with the Most High.” the demon said jubilantly.

Karen shook in the net. She felt like a frightened little girl. She didn’t want to die like this with no hope or faith in her heart. “Please, spare me!” she pleaded.

The Master of Darkness’ smile broadened. The once brave Lightbearer of the Good King was begging him for mercy. She had proven herself to be more cowardly than the Small Faith Person. This opened up a door for him tempt her with one of his most awful temptations:

“I’ll spare your life on one condition: one, leave your allegiance to the Most High and serve me. I’ll give you anything you want and you won’t have to sacrifice or experience hardships. You can go back to your life in Secular City and forget about all this. What do you think of that?”

This offer seemed good to Karen. She was ready to accept it until she heard the voice of her Lord and Savior:

“Don’t do it, My child. You will have the pleasures of the World but it will only be for a season. You will feel sadness and loss in the end. Don’t be afraid because your Lantern is gone. My words are in your heart. Believe and don’t give in to My enemy, and your enemy.”

Karen stopped shaking and looked at the Master of Darkness. “I will not stop serving the Good King. I will never pledge my allegiance to you and to your evil forces.”

The Master of Darkness was taken aback. He did not expect Karen to show courage and firmness again. He thought for sure that he had her but he could see that her love for the Most High was still strong.

Much Cruel called for two of his guards. When they came he ordered them to lock Karen up until tomorrow when the games would begin.

The guards dragged the net away. As Karen was being led to her prison she heard the sound of weeping coming from one of the cells. She turned her head in the net and saw that it was her best friend.

“Eddy!” she cried.

He heard his name being called and looked through the bars on the stone door. When he saw who it was he gasped. “Oh, no! Karen!” Before she disappeared from his sight, Eddy pleaded with the guards:

“Please don’t hurt her! Do what you want with me but let her go!”

“Shut up runt!” the guards yelled.

Eddy went away from the door and buried his face in his hands. The only One who could save them was the Good King. He earnestly prayed that he and Karen would be strong in Him and that He would save them from death according to His good will.

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Twelve

When Billy was reunited with his fellow slaves he excitedly shared with them the scroll. When they all saw the encouraging words that were written on it the joy in their hearts multiplied. They were truly going to be free! The only person who didn’t share their joy was old Benjamin. He was in a corner depressed and sulking, not being able to believe the words that were on the scroll.

He turned and looked at the excited crowd. “How do you know that what is written is true?” he asked them. “For all we know this could all be a lie.”

Billy’s eyes widened in shock. “Benjamin! How could you say such a thing? This scroll came from the Kingdom of Heaven. The Good King gave it to us. This is not a lie, this is the Truth!”

Benjamin wanted to believe that what the young man said was true, but his mind couldn’t grasp the Truth that was before him. He shook his head and turned away.

Billy then spoke to him gently, yet firmly. “Ben, if you keep on refusing to believe, you will be a slave to the Natives of Doubt forever. You won’t be able to go back with us and help us rebuild our home. You don’t want that, do you?”

Benjamin clenched his teeth and closed his eyes tight. He felt like he was going to cry and he was trying his hardest not to. “I don’t know if I will ever be able to believe again,” he whispered.

Billy decided that it was best to leave him alone now. “I’ll pray for you, Ben,” he said as he gently patted him on his shoulder. Benjamin looked down and said nothing.

Suddenly a guard came and Billy quickly hid the scroll in his shirt. “Come on, you worms! It’s time to work!” the guard barked at them. Everyone quickly left the room, including Benjamin who was dawdling behind them.

Billy then suddenly remembered Eddy. In his excitement he had forgotten about him. He gazed at the crowd of his fellow slaves but there was no sign of his friend. Where did he go? What happened to him? Billy feared that maybe he was caught when he left him with the scroll. He knew that if that was the case, Eddy was going to be in big trouble with Much Cruel. He silently lifted up a prayer for him, hoping that the Good King would preserve his life once again from their enemies.

*******

Eddy was in big trouble. Just when he heard the guards coming for Billy he quickly left the cell and was caught by a guard who was patrolling the hallways. The guard roughly grabbed him and took him to Much Cruel. When the chief saw Eddy he got up from his throne and walked up to him. The guard told him that he found him wandering around in the hallway instead of staying in the slave quarters with the others.

Much Cruel grinned at the little man. “Well, Eddy, it looks like I’m going to have to punish you for your disobedience.”

Eddy looked up at the very tall chief. “What are you going to do?” he asked, feeling his old fear resurface.

“First, I’m going to take your vile Lantern!” said Much Cruel as he grabbed the shining Lantern out of Eddy’s hands.

“No! Please give that back!” Eddy cried. Without the Light of the Good King’s Truth he knew he didn’t stand a chance against the Forces of Evil.

“Then I’m going to throw it out the window,” said the wicked chief as he walked to a window and got ready to throw the shining Lantern out.

Eddy struggled in the guard’s grasp. He wanted to get his precious Lantern away from Much Cruel. “No! Please don’t! Don’t!” he pleaded.

Much Cruel laughed at Eddy’s despair. “How I love watching people suffer. It makes me feel so good inside.” He then started to swing the Lantern and counted:

“One…two…”

Eddy was about to plead again when the Good King gently stopped him.

“It’s okay, My child. My words are in your heart. The Light of Truth is burning brightly in your soul. Don’t worry.”

Eddy believed these words from his loving Master.

“Three!” said Much Cruel as he flung the Lantern out the window.

The sound of breaking glass made Eddy sad, but he then smiled when he thought about what the Good King just said to Him.

Much Cruel was surprised to see Eddy happy. “How can you be smiling?! I just destroyed your Lantern! It’s laying in pieces out there! Don’t you care about it anymore?”

Eddy answered. “You can smash my Lantern, but the words of my Lord and King are in my heart. You can’t take them away.”

Much Cruel snorted. “We’ll see how strong you’ll be in your faith when you are thrown to the tigers tomorrow. Guard, throw him in prison!”

The guard then dragged Eddy away.

When he was locked in the dark prison poor Eddy trembled. The thought of meeting the tigers made him very afraid. When he pictured himself being eaten by them tears filled his eyes.

“I don’t want to die!” he sobbed.

To Be Continued.

 

 

 

“Karen The Lightbearer: Faith VS Doubt” Part Eleven

Benjamin still couldn’t believe that the Good King would rescue them. He wanted to believe but his feelings convinced him that His Majesty had forsaken them. Even Eddy’s witness couldn’t remove the doubt that was eating away at his faith. The Master of Darkness watched gleefully as the troubled little man gave into the negative thoughts and suggestions that he had placed into his mind. Soon Benjamin would be under his power and once that happened the wicked being would make sure that he never had the chance to regain his trust in the Most High.

But the Good King still loved Benjamin and He would do all He could to save him from the Master of Darkness. He was not going to leave the Small Faith Person to die in his doubt.

*******

Much Cruel called a meeting with his advisers. He told them that he was concerned because the slaves had been acting more contented and peaceful since the two Lightbearers came. Having them join the slaves in their labor didn’t keep them from shining. He was missing seeing the little people sad and discouraged. Something had to be done about Karen and Eddy.

The advisers came up with ideas but their chief didn’t think any of those ideas would work. The Lightbearers’ faith in the Good King was very strong so having them work more wouldn’t work.

“Why not have them beaten?” someone asked.

“That wouldn’t work either. The Light in the Lanterns somehow keeps the slave masters from touching them. When they see the Light they back away like frightened children.” Much Cruel responded.

The advisers didn’t know what they could do. All their ideas were useless. Much Cruel was greatly annoyed at them. “And you are supposed to be the brightest men in my tribe,” he scoffed.

Just then a stranger entered the throne room. He was dressed like a Native of Doubt but Much Cruel didn’t recognize him. The stranger bowed before the chief, “Much Cruel, chief and king of doubt,” he said respectfully.

Much Cruel frowned. “I’ve never seen you among my people before. Who are you? How did you find our mountain?”

The stranger looked up at the chief. “I am a humble servant and know of a way to completely destroy the two Lightbearers that I’ve heard are becoming a nuisance to you.”

Much Cruel smiled. He didn’t know who this person was but he was already starting to like him. “What’s your idea, friend?” he asked him.

The stranger laid out his plan before him and the advisers. “The Light of Truth that shines from their Lanterns is their source of strength. The words of fire encourage them and those who are present among them, meaning your slaves. If you take the Lanterns away from them they will become weak and will cower under your oppressive power.”

Much Cruel was loving this idea. He was rubbing his hands together and his smile grew wider.

“But here’s the best part, chief,” the stranger added, “when their Lanterns are gone from them put them in your games. Then when the slaves see their friends torn to pieces by the tigers or killed by one of your warriors their faith in the Good King will disappear forever and you will have them for the rest of your life.”

Much Cruel clapped his hands in glee and rose from his throne. “Excellent! Excellent! You, my friend, have found the solution to our problem. What is your name?”

The stranger replied, “For you to know my name is not important. What matters is that you put my plan into action. For I hate Karen and Eddy with an intense hatred, and would love to see them die more than you would.” His red eyes then started to glow, making the chief speechless. Fear began to build up in his soul as he gazed upon those eyes. He then realized that this stranger was beyond human and that it would be best for him to obey.

“I will do as you say,” said Much Cruel.

All of the advisers who also saw the glowing red eyes agreed with him.

The demons beheld the scene invisibly.

“The boss sure is good at persuading humans,” one of them said.

“Why wouldn’t he be, he’s had over 6,000 years observing them on this planet?” one inquired.

“I’d love to see Karen and Eddy’s faces when their Lanterns are taken away from them. Perhaps this will finally be the end of those wretched humans.” said another.

One of the demons looked worried. “Do you suppose that the Most High will interfere with the boss’s plan and save them? He has done that many times before.”

“He doesn’t interfere all the time. Remember the many Lightbearers we destroyed through our servants in the past? The Most High didn’t save them. I have a feeling that this time Karen and Eddy will die. And when they do we will be sure to celebrate.”

The demons then watched as their leader walked out of the throne room. They then saw him disappear and reappear to where they were. He was now invisible again. He smiled at his helpers and told them:

“The plan is in motion. Now here’s what I want you all to do…”

To Be Continued.