What follows is a rushed dialog only piece to enter the flash challenge hosted by Daniel O'Shea over at Going Ballistic. Cormac mentioned it and I did not think I could come up with something based on "where folks hit their knees", what with me being the heathen that I am. Anyway, here is my effort, whether I make the deadline or not. And please, I did not mean to offend anyone. It is just a story after all.
"Father, what are you doing?"
"Well Sister Agnes, I am replacing the cords on some of the rosaries we just got in."
"I see. Why would you do that Father?"
"Some of our wonderful flock have been complaining of late about the quality. I have heard complaints about them just not holding up during strenuous prayer vigils."
"Prayer Vigils Father? I have heard nothing of any event or catastrophe that would warrant a prayer vigil inside the parish."
"Actually Sister, the problem seems to be in one of our affiliate organizations. Primarily the complaints have come from the local Odd Fellows chapter."
"Oh, I see. You know the Vatican does not ....."
"I know, I know Sister. The Odd fellows do not currently enjoy the favor of Rome. But they are some of our most faithful and generous parishioners. Should I not at least give their concerns over such mundane matters as the quality of the rosaries some consideration?"
"I guess so Father. But really, the Odd Fellows? The ones I know make me so nervous......Why just the other day, one of them wanted to massage my neck when I complained I had awakened with a cramp."
"That seems innocent enough. Just a good Samaritan offering of his time and energy."
"Father, the cramp was in my thigh."
"Sister Agnes, please. Enough about the Odd Fellows. I have fifteen more rosaries to re-string."
"Yes Monsignor, of course..............."
"Well Sister Agnes is that all? I do have to complete these rosaries by this Sunday."
"I was wondering if you had heard about the awful occurrences happening over at the Methodist Church?"
"Why No Sister, what has happened?"
"Apparently several of the more affluent members have been found strangled and hanging upside down from their barn rafters."
"Oh Dear. That is awful. How many unfortunate protestants have they found?"
"Seven so far. Constable Akins is checking other farms for more........Say Father?"
"What kind of cord are you using to re-string the beads? It looks much more robust than it needs to be for simple rosaries."
"Sister Agnes, I really had hoped you had not instigated that nosy nature of yours. It really leaves me no choice I guess."
"Uh, why is that Father?"
"Let's just say I think it is time we retired to the barn. I want to show you why the rosaries........ You see if Elder Milton had not been overheard calling us Bead Mumblers, there would be no need to fortify the rosaries. Please Sister....this way."
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