Salvation (an excerpt)

The gray haze of Midwestern humidity hung over the stopped traffic on Interstate 70. Matthew clicked the radio on to hear the news while he waited for the wheels to start turning again. Commuting to his office in St. Louis from Illinois was getting old. Every morning he regretted listening to his wife, convincing him to sell their home near SLU and move out, away from the city. It was illogical. Since she’d been diagnosed, it only served to make it more difficult for her to get to her doctors. And, it added to Matthew’s stress level. But he wanted her to feel better; she’d said the move would make her feel better, so he reluctantly agreed. Anything to make her last few months more comfortable.

“…someone wasn’t paying attention,” the voice said over the radio speakers.

“What exactly do you mean by that?” the interviewer asked.

“What I mean to say, Kathleen, is that this guy appeared out of nowhere. He became an overnight sensation. Millions of people are following him in less than a month. The streets of Denver are shut down because so many have literally left their lives behind to see if this man is the real deal.”

Matthew reached to turn the knob that would silence the banter when the question came. His hand hovered over the control.

“And is he? Do you think it’s a hoax?” There was a pause.

“I think there is great cause for question.”

“What kind of questions, Eric? What sets this individual apart from the Chris Angels or televangelists? Why is everyone so enamoured with this one person?”

“I think you just asked some of the first, most important questions.”

Matthew’s right hand fell to the shifter in the center console of his Chevy Malibu.

“If you’re just joining us, you’re listening to The Morning Show, I’m Kathleen Jennings. With us this morning is Eric Patterson from the Coalition for Truth. Now, Eric, tell us a little more about the Coalition for Truth and the purpose of your organization.”

“Well Kathleen, the CFT is an organization started in 2009 here in the United States. It was formed by a group of benefactors that showed interest in investigating some of the biggest unknowns in our culture today.”

“Like UFOs?” asked Kathleen. Matthew smiled because you could hear the inquisitor’s smirk through the airwaves. He wasn’t a fan of Eric Patterson, who, ironically, had also become an overnight sensation in the last month.

Eric laughed. “Let me just say that the people I represent are curious about what we do and don’t know. We do our best to keep an open mind when researching claims of all kinds of events. Some of them are rooted in Ancient“>ancient lore, some of them are what we might refer to as old wive’s tales and still others are more, modern.”

“So you’re organization is currently funding an investigation into this man in Denver?”

“We’re just as curious as everyone else.”

“Do you think he can heal people? Do you think he can cure diseases with is bare hands?”

“That’s what we’re hoping to find out.”

Matthew clicked the radio off as the traffic started to move forward.


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Disclaimer: The characters and organizations in this story are fictional. Any resemblance to actual persons or groups is purely circumstantial. 


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