This is my contritution to Sunday Photo Fiction for January 4, 2015. Every Sunday a new photo prompt is given. The weekly challenge is to write an original story with no more than 200 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week.
The link for all other stories is as follows. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read all the other stories:
Genre: Depends on what you believe. As for me,
who wants to be alone?
Word Count: 200 Words
PROTECTOR By P.S. Joshi
Larry was four. He had been sent by The Creator as many believe all are. As we grow older, we tend to forget the place we came from as is natural.
Larry told his mother, “Mommy, I have the nicest friend. He said he’ll protect me.”
His mother thought, “Isn’t that nice. I’m glad he feels secure and happy.” She also noticed him talking to this “imaginary friend.” She’d heard this was not uncommon with small children, so gave it little thought.
There is a belief among many people that there are guardian angels, one assigned to each child, and we’re never truly alone; one day when we die, we’ll meet that angel.
One day Larry came down with a high fever and went into a coma. He was taken to the hospital and treatment began. His parents took turns at his bedside. The doctor was unsure whether he’d pull through. His parents began a prayer vigil. This went on for several weeks. His temperature came down somewhat and finally broke.
The first thing Larry told his parents was, “My friend was there and said it wasn’t time for me to leave you yet.”
What do you believe?