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by B.G. Smith
The encounter was an inconspicuous manifestation concealed amongst the sacraments at Sunday Mass. Sister Elizabeth stopped to adjust the tab collar dislodged from his cassock. Chestnut eyes locked with hers.
Her hand brushed his chin, and a familiar warm flash originated in her pelvis and coursed through her lower extremities. After a brief silence, Father Gallagher managed a hushed, “Thank you.”
The moment was shattered when the deacon entered the nave carrying the Evangelion. Father Gallagher sprinted to the altar, glanced back over his shoulder, and a small smile appeared on his face.
O Lord, what have I done? Stricken with guilt, Sister Elizabeth fell to her knees and recited the Prayer for the Forgiveness of Sins. She dragged the pointed end of the rosary crucifix across her left forearm and felt relieved as the blood droplets formed between the scars.
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About the Author
B.G. Smith studied creative writing at American Military University, and his stories have appeared in Microfiction Monday Magazine, The Drabble, and Scribes*MICRO*Fiction. He enjoys writing short fiction and drinking bourbon. B.G. is a married father of four boys and a lifelong fan of Philadelphia professional sports teams, which explains the affinity for bourbon.
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