From childhood, Melek had been afraid. The sight of a bird, the sound of the wind, angry words all brought her dread.
As a young woman, Melek rarely ventured outside. Her timidity worried her parents but fate was to play a hand.
War, a human tragedy, came to her home. Many, including her parents, were lost. Melek hid in terror until she heard the voice of a crying child.
Thoughts of fear disappeared as she searched the rubble. She found one then others. When peace came, Melek had gathered sixteen children and a reputation for bravery in protecting her family.
Known to mortals as The Ancients, they guarded the Earth. As the world turned, they controlled the elements and were the givers of law. This was the faith of the people.
Steven Cargo’s curiosity drove him on as he made his pilgrimage. Days passed until he faced the final climb.
He asked The Ancients the eternal questions, “Why am I here? Is this all there is?”
He awaited an answer never to come. From above, a great object descended crushing The Ancients beneath.
How could this be? For S. Cargo, this was the fate of many of his kind but surely not The Ancients.
Brian rang his mother-in-law, Cherish, “It’s a girl. Destiny’s doing fine but there might be a problem with the baby.”
Brian could hear Cherish’s concern, “She’s having difficulties. Doctors say it’s common in premature babies.”
Cherish was a trained nurse and knew the risks for very premature babies. She wanted to know the baby’s name. Her family had a tradition of uplifting names.
“Cope?… Oh, an aitch. We decided on Faith… Yes, similar meaning. We need to have faith. Doctors suspect cerebral palsy.”
In time, Faith grew and learned to cope with her physical challenges. Her intelligence became her strength.
This story is a prequel to a 100 word story written on February 28, 2012. Entitled, “Against All Odds”, it’s about the success of Faith as a writer and the fulfilment of her parents’ hope.https://rossmannell.com/2012/02/28/100-word-challenge-for-grown-ups-wk32-prompt-take-a-leap-of-faith-100-words-against-all-odds/