Jeremy’s Daily Challenge: Antitoxin of the Soul

This is yet another ongoing story. This uses the prompts solely from Jeremy’s Daily Challenge. If you want to have a go, he creates a different challenge every day. He uses prompts from a variety of sources including music, books and poetry. Today, there are three quotations:

  1. To be a revolutionary you have to be human being. You have to care about people who have no power – Jane Fonda

  2. Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love – Henry David Thoreau

  3. Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless – Eric Hoffer

I chose the last.

I haven’t written part of this for a while, you can read the whole story up the top under Fiction –» Mama Knows Best

The story started with two kids – Joseph and Jedra – running into their mama’s house yelling that the other kids have gone missing. After listening to everything the boys said, she realised that this may have happened before. It is revealed that she is one of rare kind of person who can see words as they are spoken. They go to the place that the boys went missing, where Mama’s fears are confirmed.

Antitoxin of the Soul

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Jedra looked at Joseph as they watched Mama recanting her words as if it were a prayer. The latter glanced around; worried that whoever took the others away would come back for them.

Mama finished her mantra and then opened her bag. She took out a spike, a box and what looked like very stiff string. After digging the spike into the bag, she picked up the small box. It resembled a completely square jewellery box with what looked like shells placed over it. Mama placed three fingers on the top and slid the thumb of her other hand across the side and quickly placed the box beside the spike. She then gently placed the stiff string across the top of the spike where it balanced precariously in a way that did not seem possible.

As the box opened, Mama said “Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: Where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless so we must always treat everything with compassion, even if we fear it.” The box opened, and a Krinsaba beetle came out. The boys backed off as they saw the most venomous creature on the planet. Mama stroked the back and the beetle climbed the spike and started chewing on the string. As the remains fell, a map started to form.

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