Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Tie (02/28/13)
TITLE: General Vlad's Tie Incident
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As he made his way down, workers stopped one by one to salute him until he had reached his final destination at the start of the automated ramp where the bibles were loaded and carried to the belly of the incinerator. A young man worked this area and stood to attention as General Vlad studied the situation.
“There is a problem?” He inquired of the young man.
“Sir, the ramp is stuck. It is so cold. I think it is frozen.”
“I do not pay you to think, Private. Thinking is what got mankind where it is today. Thinking men wrote this filth they call the Word of God. We are fortunate enough to have the responsibility of destroying it. You do not think, Private! You do as you are told. Get these conveyors moving, now!”
“Sir, but it will not. See here.” As he pointed to the problem area, a gear that was stuck, General Vlad shot him point blank.
“You there, put his body on the belt and mop up his mess. You, my friend were an incompetent fool!” General Vlad spit on the dead man’s body before stepping over it as another worker rushed over to do as he commanded.
General Vlad surveyed the large gear and ordered a pot of heated oil. He reached his body across the conveyor belt deep into the gear box to pour the heated oil on the frozen parts. As he did this, his military issued pentagram tie tack fell off and his tie was loosened. Unbeknownst to the General, his tie was wedged between the large gear and a slightly smaller one down below. As soon as realized this, he reached for his boot knife but could not get to it. The speed of the belt was taking the lower half of his body quickly towards the mouth of the incinerator. At the same time, the gears were winding his tie around their teeth and pulling his upper body in the opposite direction. The monster machine, already under the stress of the extreme Siberian temperatures and now the opposing forces caused by the General’s predicament could not function properly.
“Stop the machine!” The General called out. Workers were scrambling but it could not be stopped in time and as the General watched his own demise as a reflection in the factory windows before him, X666 blew up. The flames reached far into the starry sky and could be seen for miles.
All that is left on that dark ledge to this day are the ruins of BEF1. Standing over the ruins are two cherubs sent by God with flaming swords as a reminder to all that “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 ESV) The explosion of BEF1 baffled engineers and none could ever scientifically or mathematically prove that a mere tie caught in a gear could do such damage. It was a reminder that God can stop what man cannot. “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’” (Romans 12:18 ESV)
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