Moral high ground

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic


Are you seriously taking the moral high ground on this?” his lordship hissed at his underachieving older brother. Perhaps it was the quality of his clothes that led him to believe he was superior. No other physical explanation was apparent, after all.

His brother only smiled. He knew this game.

“Sir, please forgive any offence I may have caused you or our community. Would you have me lash myself with great haste, like on The Da Vinci Code? A sordid punishment for a sordid mind?” he couldn’t help but smile sarcastically.

“You are gravely ill – your mind is ailed – father was right about you!” cried his lordship.

In response the poorly dressed man simply waited for his lordship to simmer down somewhat, leaving a tense but brief interval. He breathed in deeply and then smiled once more.

“Well, he’s always right, isn’t that true? So it must come as no surprise!” he teased.

His lordship had enough of his incorrigible brother. His red face transitioned from pink to white as he slowly surmised the circumstances.

“I suggest you get a moral compass…” said he, faintly, as if he had finally given up, as if the gravity of his words would speak for themselves.

His brother only sighed and wondered how long it would take this time for his esteemed brother to forgive him his purported sins. Perhaps never, he thought.

“So it goes,” said the rag-clad man to himself as he watched his only brother disappear into the periphery for good.

“He doesn’t get it.” He concluded to himself with tangible bitterness. His sardonic smile turned into a pensive frown, and shaking his head slightly, his mind came back afloat from the drift and he turned his body to the kiln to continue his work, however mundane.


Submitted: February 27, 2021

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