Friday Fictioneers-The Gnashing of Teeth


Copyright – Sandra Crook

I am a Christian, and we commit no wrongdoing.-Saint Blandina

The beasts sent to devour me inhale my stench of captivity.  My crime is the belief in Jesus Christ.

Bound to a stake, the straps slice and blood runs in rivulets. But the creatures do not advance to tear my flesh.  Is it my faithfulness that keeps me safe?

The remains of my earthly master are strewn at my feet. Animals gnash at him. I vomit bile down my breasts.

My captors return and remove my restraints. As I’m lead back to my cell, I overhear their plans. I’m to be roasted alive. But my devotion to Him won’t waver.

100 words/Genre: Historical Fiction

Thank you Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers. Please be sure to go to her page and read the stories from other writers. We are a rather eclectic group. I welcome kudos and criticism.

Thank you.

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Saint Blandina and the Martyrs of Lyon

34 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers-The Gnashing of Teeth

  1. People like to trash Christians and religion in general for the horrible things done in the name of God or etc… and it always makes me sad that people fail to remember the lessons of history (ie, Christians were persecuted and then turned around and persecuted others). It’s sadder to note that when it all boils down and you take religion out of the equation, people are just horrible to each other. And we constantly invent new ways to be evil to each other.
    Okay, I’ve bummed myself out now. Time to go find something nice about humanity.

    So well written, though, darling. Really really well done.

  2. Excellent piece Renee, the history of the world tells of horrific things done in the name of Christianity and of Christians doing to others. I enjoyed the powerful nature of your piece.

    • Yes the evil that humans can do to each other is awful. It’s interesting to note that Saint Blandina did NOT die by being roasted alive. Her captors actually had to stab her to death for her to finally succumb.

      I’m glad you liked the story.

      Love, Renee

  3. Dear Renee,

    I’ll refrain from expounding on Christians and man’s inhumanity to man since it’s been done already.
    You captured both Blandina’s fear and strength. I have no more to add. Well done.



    • Yes, people can be horrid. But they can also be kind. I believe that we’ve lost a lot of our barbarism as we’ve evolved. I hope that the human race will continue to do so. I think that there will be some shred in humanity in even the worst person. I may be a Pollyanna, or I pray that I am.

      Love, Renee

  4. This is so well written Renee, your descriptions highlight the savagery and cruelty so well.

    It never ceases to amaze me the things that are done in the name of religion.


    • Thank you my sweet. I’m so happy you liked it, even if it was a rather sad piece.

      The barbaric natures of those that came before us, never ceases to disgust and intrigue me.

      Love, Renee

  5. And humankind is no less savage today. It’s just found different ways of roasting people alive/cutting their throats. I hope I’m wrong. I know I’m wrong. Statistically speaking, if Love wasn’t prevailing, the button would have been pushed a long time ago. I’m just an Anne of Green Gables! Great and gory story, well-written. Ann

    • My dear, I completely understand what you are saying. It frustrates me to no end what humans will do in the name of government and religion. I, like you believe that love will always beat out hate. I’m no Pollyanna, but I believe in the goodness of most people. I pray that they do the right thing. Every day.

      Thanks for the kind comment about my story and everything else that you shared with me.

      Love, Renee

      Love, Renee

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