The story below was an alternate story I wrote for the 52/250 prompt ‘Password‘. ‘Safe Room’ was the other story I submitted to the 52/250 flash site.
Saint Peter scanned the Book of Life and frowned. “Sorry, but you’re not listed.”
The woman paled. “You mean…?”
Peter’s frown deepened. He scratched his white robe, adjusted his halo. “Sorry, but I can’t admit you.”
“But I went to church, volunteered-”
“Are you suggesting God made a clerical error?”
“Well, not God personally, no, but somewhere along the bureaucracy-”
“I’ll see what I can do.” From his robe, he pulled out a PDA, and tapped the screen. “I’ll put in your… Yee-es. Seems there’s been a major snafu concerning your demise; sorry. Your override password is being emailed to you.”
From the woman’s coat, a sharp ping sounded. She pulled out a dripping cell phone. “It still works?”
Saint Peter fixed her with his steely gaze. “You drowned and your consciousness still functions; so why wouldn’t your phone work?”
She shook water from the cell. “Dammit…uh, DARN. I can’t remember how to sign in. Must be the trauma of death and all.”
Peter shook his head. “Sorry, but if you aren’t on the list, then the Pearly Gates only open by the override password sent you in that email. I can’t access it. It’s personal.”
“Is this some test? Like a riddle? I mean, the gates aren’t ‘pearly'; they’re silver and gold.”
Saint Peter patted her in friendly condescension. “It’s a misnomer. Tell you what, I’ll see what I can do on this end, and in the meantime find a nice place to haunt.” He placed the PDA somewhere in the folds of his robe, then added, “I hear Jamaica’s nice this time of year.”
To any regular followers of my blog, I apologize for my lack of content the past week. I had severe pain in my arms, wrists, and hands that made it difficult for me to write. I’m beginning to feel better now, though I still need to do things in short spurts.
My poem “Conformity”, written for the theme ‘Crowd’, has been posted at the 52/250 flash site. Though I had planned on using some of my 52/250 submissions for #Friday Flash, the poem is not fictional.
My other writing projects are coming along. I should have a book review up soon at the Functional Nerds website. The collaborative project I’m beta reading for is coming to a close in the next few weeks, and on April 1st I’m participating in The Great April Fool’s Day #Friday Flash Blog Swap ala Tony Noland.
Thank you for visiting my site. As always, I beg for welcome feedback. Barring any other medical issues, I will post My Writing Niche on Sunday and further content throughout the week.Thank you, and have a great week!
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