Written for Alastair’s Photo Fiction. Story begins after the photo.
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Word Count: 300
HEAVEN – Almighty News correspondent, Seraphim Marcosian reporting.
This morning, The Lord admitted seven hikers into Heaven. The group planned to enjoy the peace and tranquility of a mountainside for a month, living off the land and enjoying nature’s bounty. A nearby volcano erupted and covered the group in searing ash. All perished instantly during acts of enjoying The Lord’s creations.
While their admission is a happy occasion, this is the first such occurrence in the past eight weeks. What’s interesting is the frequency of large time spans between heavenly admissions is increasing. I spoke with Director of Admissions, St. Peter, to ask why.
AN: Why did this group enter Heaven?
St. Peter: Well, they spent a lot of time enjoying The Lord’s creation. That’s the greatest worship of all.
AN: But they must have been especially sinless to be admitted.
St. Peter: No. They were pretty average sin-wise. The Lord just knew they would be happy in Heaven.
AN: What do you mean by that?
St. Peter: Well, most folks could make it into Heaven, but they don’t like it. Heaven is like a pristine Earth. That means there’s dirt and insects. There’s no highways, no cellphone coverage, no internet, no microwave meals. People actually cook their food. A lot of folks hate that.
AN: What happens to them?
St. Peter: Oh, we just send them to Hell. There’s internet with Facebook bullies, and tasteless instant meals. They’ve got cellphones you can’t escape from and reality TV shows with contestants bickering all the time. I guess that’s comfortable for many people, so they’re happier in Hell.
St. Peter tells me it’s no sin to play computer games all day and never climb a tree. You may not make it to heaven, but then expect business as usual in the afterlife.
Each week, Alastair Forbes presents an original photo and we are all invited to write 100-200 words (400 if The Muse strikes especially hard) from the photo prompt. Anyone can join the creative explosion. Here’s the original prompt: http://alastairsphotofiction.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/photo-fiction-september-8th-2013/