Church Visitor – Weekly Mega Short Story

Photo by: Matthew Wright

Church Visitor

Father O’Shea was a friendly and approachable man. So as he stood outside the church saying goodbye to parishioners after the Sunday service, the ritual took a long time. O’Shea talked with everyone as long as they wanted.

Lawrence was next to last to shake the good Father’s hand. He pointed above the doors and said, “I wanted to compliment you on the gargoyle, Father. It’s beautiful!”

O’Shea looked up with a smile. The heavily muscled gargoyle menaced the facade with a long muzzle filled with teeth. Its great bat wings spread wide across the doorway.

“You’re most kind, Lawrence,” said O’Shea.

“Lovely stonework.”

“Nay, it’s a robot. We’re keepin’ up with modern times.”

“A robot?”

“Aye. Our wee church has been the target of hooligans lately. This robot screams and flaps its wings and the like. Scares the robbers straight off. We’ve had no robberies in weeks!”

Lawrence said goodbye and O’Shea went looking for the last parishioner, a new fellow, who’d wandered back inside. After a moment’s search, O’Shea found him. “Did you enjoy the service, my boy?”

“Yes, thank you, Father,” said the young man.

“Will you be joining us regular-like?”

“Sorry no. I’m actually your account rep from LikeLife Inc.”

“I see. Is there a problem?”

“Just a minor hitch. I apologize, but your robotic gargoyle won’t be delivered for another week.”
Written for Matthew Wright’s Mega Short Story writing challenge. Join us, and write your own story based upon the picture above. You can find the challenge right here:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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12 Responses to Church Visitor – Weekly Mega Short Story

  1. Delivered a twisted ending. great job!

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  2. Great twist! I took a bunch of photos in and around this church. It’s curious: like a lot of historic buildings in the central and south of the South Island, it’s made of stone. The whole area is vulnerable to the largest earthquakes, but that was only discovered after they had been built…

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    • EagleAye says:

      That really looks like a beautiful area. Too bad the buildings are on shaky ground. I’m amazed the church lasted this long. Glad you enjoyed the twist. Thanks much!

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      • It’s one of NZ’s most spectacular landscapes. There is an observatory nearby and a large scale model of the solar system, as in, it takes quite a while to walk between the planets. The lake itself is integral to an immmense hydro-electric system with artificial canals and half a dozen power stations. A fairly awesome area on every count.

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      • EagleAye says:

        That sounds awesome. I’d love to see that.

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  3. Lyn says:

    Yes! Loved that one Eric. I think I’d rather have the real thing than a robot. The real thing can think for itself and knows the difference between someone seeking sanctuary and a real robber or vandal. Short, but exceedingly sweet 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Lyn! Yeah a real gargoyle is far, far scarier, and much deadlier. The real gargoyle was getting fat after eating all the robbers. It works for everybody. 😉 Glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂


  4. Very nice. Your endings are never what we expect.

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  5. Shey says:

    A real one instead of a robot. Love it. Nice accent too. 🙂

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