The Final Task

PHOTO PROMPT © Ted Strutz

En mass, the acolytes drew the attention of passersby. Daniel noticed the expressions of those he passed: fear, disdain, sometimes envy. He lifted his head proudly. He believed fully in the tenets of the Leader and knew that in the apocalypse to come, both his soul and body would be saved.

The final task before complete acceptance into the cult was to spread the message and bring more people into the fold. The young acolytes went where they knew best: the local teen hangouts. Here, the search for self could be directed towards a man striving to be a demi-god.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post was inspired by Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. The challenge asks for bloggers to write a story in 100 words or less in response to the photo prompt.)

31 thoughts on “The Final Task

  1. Wow, that’s an ambitious theme! You give us a clear feeling for the typical nature of such cults; the fervent belief; the eagerness to proselytise; the feeling of being ‘set apart’. Most telling of all – “Here, the search for self could be directed towards a man striving to be a demi-god.”
    It could be the theme of a novel!

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  2. I shudder to think about what goes on in these cults around the world. I always find it hard to believe that people seriously follow them. Fits the prompt perfectly, good write Colline.

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  3. Excellent take on the prompt. Your writing is clear and expressive. I always get the shivers, though, when I read about cults like this one, whether in truth or fiction. So many people being pulled in and deceived.

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  4. This is all too true of young people in general, their need for belonging is what draws them into gangsterism and sadly, cults. You reflected the thoughts of a typical cult-member in your character holding his head high based, not on his own values and beliefs, but on what he was told by the leader.

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