Stairway to Redemption

Photo prompt courtesy John Brand

I looked at the stairs leading up to the Church, and froze.

I remembered how I used to jump up and down those stairs when I was a kid. My mother used to say, “He’s like a little angel, climbing up the stairway to God’s house.”

Somehow, I lifted one foot, and set it upon the first step. A jolt of sharp, almost physical pain, ripped through my body. My face was dripping with sweat by the time I reached the huge Church door at the top.

I pushed it open slowly, and shuffled inside, making my way straight to the confession booth.

“Forgive me Father, for I have sinned,” I said softly.

“What is your sin, my son,” asked a concerned voice.

“That I kept quite for so long,” I replied, and then, without me even realizing it, my voice became louder, till it filled the Church and burst out of its seams, till it flew down the stairs like the little angel who used to jump down them, till it reached the ears of the God who had allowed it to happen in his own ‘home’, as I shouted, “And…I….am….not….your….son….you creep!


199 words.

Written as a part of Sunday Photo Fiction, hosted by Susan Spaulding. The challenge is to write a story in 200 words or less inspired by the weekly photo prompt. For more details visit HERE. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.



About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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14 Responses to Stairway to Redemption

  1. Abhijit Ray says:

    What has happened that made him cry out loud? Who is the creep? Father or lord?

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Highlighting an extremely troubling topic. Still shocking that so much abuse has been happening and covered up for so long in the name of religion.

  3. JS Brand says:

    A well told story, sensitively told, about a horrible subject.

  4. Jelli says:

    Wow! That spoke powerful volumes, enough to hear the world over. Great write!

  5. michael1148humphris says:

    What one has to write, one must write

  6. Dahlia says:

    It’s horrifying and disgusting that this kind of abuse still continues…

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