Belief – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Photo by: Etol Bagam


Adit looked on with pleasure at the bridge spanning before the waterfall. “The tourists will love it, Devaj!” he enthused. “We’ll make money hand over fist! Is it ready yet?”

“Not yet,” said Devaj, studying engineering drawings. The two sat, overlooking the bridge.

“Is that a Lord Ganesh beside the bridge?” Adit pointed to the elephant-headed idol.

“You like? It turns blue when removing the obstacles of business.”

Adit groaned. “You believe that stuff?”

Devaj stared at the blueprints. “If you’d seen what I’ve seen, you’d believe too.”

“Ridiculous!” spat Adit. “Mystical mumbo-jumbo.”

“In time, you’ll understand,” murmured Devaj.

That’s when Adit realized twelve tourists were already crossing the bridge. “Devaj? How much weight can the bridge support right now.”

Devaj didn’t even look up. “Without attaching the main supports? Not even a monkey. Why?”

The tourists safely crossed and passed the Lord Ganesh, glowing blue. Astonished, Adit said, “You know, I think I believe that Lord Ganesh helps after all.”

Devaj grinned, unaware of the narrowly avoided disaster. “See? That wasn’t so hard.”
Author’s Notes:

Lord Ganesh: Elephant-headed Hindu god. Known as the remover of obstacles, especially to business opportunities. Thus, he is nearly always present in any Indian business.

Written for the Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers writing challenge. Look here to see what others have written in answer to the picture prompt above:

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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22 Responses to Belief – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

  1. Shannon says:

    I love this! I sometimes believe that Ganesh is my guru, except when I’m feeling playful and then it’s Hanuman. Ha, or Kali, if I feel like stomping my enemies to mush 😏 Really great tale for such a short story, well done sir.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Thank you! Sometimes, after a day at work challenges my patience, I’m feeling like Kali too. 😉 Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks so much for the wonderful words. 🙂


  2. Hahaha! Loved the last line. Hilarious! I can picture this interaction going on!

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  3. List of X says:

    Knowing me, I’d still be skeptical. 🙂

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  4. luckyjc007 says:

    It’s true what they say…”seeing is believing!” Thanks to the walkers on the bridge for the demonstration.

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    • EagleAye says:

      It is true. I think Adit could’ve gone without the demo that terrified him out of 5 years of life, though. It’s still good that he has something to believe in now. Thanks kindly! 🙂


  5. Lyn says:

    I love the contrast between the two characters. I see Adit as being the exuberant, fiery partner in this business venture and Devaj being the calming influence. Maybe they can teach each other. Another great story, Eric 🙂

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  6. susielindau says:

    Nice! Ganesh is one powerful dude.

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  7. Excellent story! Coincidentally, I have a small brass statue of Ganesh sitting on my writing desk – a gift from my wife.

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  8. Eric, thank you for participating in FFfAW challenge! 🙂

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  9. Indira says:

    No harm in giving credit to God for everything, good or bad, they are not going to acknowledge or deny. Nice story.

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