Failure to Communicate

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Stopping in the hallway, Joe took a minute to straighten his halo and take a deep breath. Letting it out, he walked into God’s outer office. “Good morning,” he said to God’s secretary, Esther.

Esther smiled. “Good morning.”

“I have the monthly prayer report. Is He in?”

“He’s always in, but now is not a good time.”


“In the past year He’s sent countless hurricanes, earthquakes and blizzards, but people still haven’t gotten His message. He’s debating whether He should unleash locusts.”

“Oh.” Joe frowned for a moment. “You know, just before I died they had just come out with cell phones. From what I understand, just about everyone has one now. Why doesn’t God just call everyone and get His message out that way?”

Esther shot up from her chair and slapped Joe. “How dare you question the Lord’s methods of communication. Leave this office, now.”

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  1. Avatar Infinity.

    This shouldn’t make me chuckle, but I love the way you wrote this.
    Creative in my eyes, and I like the tone it’s in.
    Ah, modern technology.

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    Has a really relevant feel, more than the cell phone bit, along the lines of being slapped for questioning – to thwart the innovative thinking that we need so desperately to survive. metaphorically, what if the heavens were run as an office, and how ridiculous the executive system is at putting on airs.

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Made me think of a recent story where some televangelist or politician or somebody tried to say a natural disaster was because of gays or something. An amusing piece, even if I’m not on board with the brand of theology.

  4. Avatar 32 ^2

    Not too sure about the slap, a tired response about a suggestion box would have been good. But I still enjoyed. And I could totally see an Esther guarding the outer office, since there is a book of Esther.

  5. Avatar smdasilva {LoA}

    I agree that the slap seems a little out of the tone of the piece.

  6. Avatar oneoveralpha

    Thank you all.

    Maybe the slap is a little too much, but getting a write up from HR is rather dry and probably would be too long for a Ficly story. :D

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