Five Lives In Lockdown - Tim faces God

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Booksie Classic

“Five lives in lockdown” details an event in the lives of five fictional characters. Each story is told from a different character's point of view as they relate what's been happening to them in lockdown. This gives the reader a snapshot into their lives.

  Emily said she would call at half past eight. I kept looking at my wrist watch. The minutes seemed to pass really slowly. Why is that when you are waiting for something to happen? It feels like an eternity. I had not seen her since college and I could not  wait to catch up.

  To occupy my mind I made myself some tea and rearranged my books and CD’S alphabetically. I also did some DIY around the house. That’s the thing about lockdown - you get to finish so many home improvement projects. “I must remember to tell Emily about it on our video chat. She will be proud of me.” -  thought. Nothing I built in college stayed together for more than a second. I was putting the last book on the new bookshelf I assembled when a ringtone came out of my laptop. I hurried to open the lid without even looking at the name on screen I pressed to accept the call button. I was so excited but the face I saw was not the face of Emily… I frowned. “Hello?” I said. The person on my screen was smartly dressed in a pinstriped suit. He smiled sweetly. “I’m so sorry to interrupt your day. Have you got a minute to talk about God?”. “How did you manage to get on my laptop?!”- I asked. “God works in mysterious ways. And also we have a list of IP addresses.” Just then an email came in. I clicked on it. What I saw was a Jehova’s witnesses’ leaflet. I involuntarily whispered “Oh, God'' under my breath. The man on the other end of the video call heard my whisper, smiled and said: “Exctaclly. Now I promise I won’t keep you too long. Do you have a few minutes to talk about our creator?” What could I do? Before lockdown you could make excuses like “sorry, I’m just going out.” or “I have friends in the other room I need to get back to”. I could have hung up of course. But what if what that man was saying was true and God was watching? It just felt rude. So I spent the next half an hour talking about God and all his divine power.

  When the Jehova’s witness whose name was Steve hung up I sat back and sighed with relief. That was the weirdest experience of my life. But I guess if God created the world he could have created the world wide web as well. If nothing else it was a good story to tell Emily. It was late. I decided to try to call her. I was just about to call when another call came in. I pressed the accept button. The call connected and Emily’s face filled the screen. Oh, thank God it  was Emily, not another religious group. God really does work in mysterious ways. “Oh, Tim, hi! I was trying to call, but my call was dropping out.” “Yes, sorry about that, I was trying to stop this man talking about God.” “What?”- said Emily with a laugh. “Jehova’s witnesses apparently are online now.” “Well, I guess they can’t go from door to door now, so it makes sense.”

  I was pretty stressed out after the incident with Steve, but during my conversation with Emily all that was forgotten. There was no coronavirus, no lockdown, we were back in university. All the worries and stresses were gone, they just melted away.

 


Submitted: January 10, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Christopher Long. All rights reserved.

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