Sacred Ground

Standing in front of the ruins, my brothers and I stare up at the tower remembering. Mt. Mayon watches in the distance.

I hear my father’s voice. “Whoever makes it to the bell tower will live forever. Don’t look back! Your mama and I will catch you.”

My brothers and I run as lava flows from the mouth of the volcano. We make it to the tower just in time.

Sadly, our father was right about one thing. Two hundred years later, we stand on sacred ground, our family and friends buried beneath.

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Photo was taken by my daughter, Sarah!

While recently visiting the ruins of the Cagsawa Church in Albay, Philippines, our guide explained how the church was destroyed. He wove a story of villagers running to the church when Mt. Mayon volcano erupted in 1814. They sought sanctuary from the flowing lava but were sadly buried alive. The truth of this story has been debated, but he enacted the tale with somberness and certainty.

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a fun group of writers who accept the challenge to write a story (beginning, middle, and end) using only 100 words. Each week we are provided a photo to inspire and away we go! This week’s photo was contributed by Jean L. Hayes.

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Our lovely and talented host is Rochelle Wisoff Fields. If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit HERE.

39 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Sounds like an incredible place to visit. We are nothing in the face of Mother Nature.

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    1. It really is. Such lovely people too! Mother Nature can indeed be a powerful and destructive force, especially for those living on small island countries in the Pacific. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Iain!!

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  2. draliman says:

    Quite a grim tale, but a good place to visit.

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    1. It was a wonderful trip and the people are so lovely. I promised my husband that next week I’d try to write a more upbeat story (not so morose) … haha. Thank you for commenting! =)

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  3. Sandra says:

    Definitely sounds worth a visit. Nice one, Brenda.

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! There are a lot of incredible places to visit in the Philippines. =)

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  4. Tannille says:

    The two hundred years later threw me as much as it intrigued. Trapped souls? Something else?

    Great capture of the eerie feel of the place.

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    1. Hmm … I love that it left you wondering. Thank you so much for the encouraging comment, Tannille! =)

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    1. That’s certainly true. We were told by the guide that National Geographic wanted to dig up the site but the locals refused to allow it. They didn’t want to upset those buried there. Thank you for reading and commenting, Keith!

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  5. Junieper2 says:

    Coming from Thurs. Doors, so I wrote down your url:). Intriguing story Brenda! Am writing too these days, which makes my presence on my blog more haphazard. What are you up too these days.? Did you change your blog theme? It looks different…

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    1. Hi there, I just posted a Thursday Doors after two months plus away. It’s so lovely that you found me. Thank you for reading my story and for the kind comment. I took a look see at your paintings and they are beautiful!

      What are you writing? I’ve been working on a dystopian novel (actually my first novel) and have a bit over half finished. I’m trying to take the summer to finish it.

      The layout of my blog is the same theme. It’s the same as yours. Have a wonderful weekend and look forward to ‘seeing’ you again! 😄

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      1. Junieper2 says:

        Oh, no, that means I have been away too long from your blog, lol! It’s also the colors on your blog theme that are different!
        I wrote before but never published it. now I’m working on a novel about a person of a seeker-friendly church who gets a wake up call, because she gets a major physical illness, which is actually the turn around for her to discover what real faith i God means (if you don’t know the term, these are the mega churches where people are entertained, and where hyper grace (once saved, always saved) is prevalent.)
        What is the story line of your novel?

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      2. Good luck in finishing your novel. Write each day! Mine is a dystopian fantasy still evolving (hehe). That was a good question, not sure how to answer it right now. 😉

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  6. Enjoyed this “twist” on the prompt.
    Good job!

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    1. When I saw the ruins, my mind went to the ruins on my recent trip. Thanks so much for your encouraging comment, Dawn! =)

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  7. Ann Coleman says:

    So sad…you caught the horror and the humanity of that story perfectly!

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    1. It is sad indeed. Thank you for your comment on the writing of the story. I really appreciate your encouragment, Ann! =)

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  8. Dale says:

    Hmmm… two hundred years later, eh?
    Wonderful story, Brenda.

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    1. Yeah, his father told them if they made it they’d live forever. I’ve been thinking of a bigger story … but … you know … 100 words and all. (haha) Thank you for your kind comment, Dale!

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      1. Dale says:

        Loved it. And I know what you mean. 100 words go by so fast!

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  9. Create Space says:

    Very enjoyable story from a dark history Brenda.

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    1. Thank you so much, Marie, for your kind comment on the writing! Love that you read my stories and send encouragement. 😄

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  10. Dear Brenda,

    A somber tale well told. Love your daughter’s picture.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you, Rochelle. She’s a talented photographer (but I’m not biased). 😄

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  11. granonine says:

    Immortality but still confined to earth? No, I don’t think that’s such a good idea. However, your story WAS a good–GREAT–idea, and I loved the imagination.

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    1. That’s a good point. =) Thank you so much for your encouragement, Linda!

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  12. A good story based on a myth. If not true when you heard part of it, probably it had some truth to it that was added to over the years. Well written, Brenda. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you so much, Suzanne! =)

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  13. What a clever take. So well told, too.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed. Thank you so much!

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  14. Interesting history in this tale. I’m not sure I’d want to live forever. I’ve always thought it would be nice if heaven involved seeing history from beginning to end. Or, maybe not. Well done, Brenda.

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    1. I’m with you, don’t really want to live here forever. Also, it would be nice to have an accurate view of history. But, maybe then I won’t care. 😀

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  15. subroto says:

    Intriguing story. Two hundred years is but a drop when you live forever.

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    1. In a longer version of the story, the brothers carry the souls of the departed and they have a ‘mission.’ Otherwise, I think it would get boring to live forever. 😀

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  16. pennygadd51 says:

    You made a considerable effort to imagine the thinking of those overwhelmed by the volcano, and I think you did it rather well. Nice work!

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    1. Thanks so much, Penny! 😀

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  17. Oh to be caught in something like that… a very stark reminder of how it might end.

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    1. I can’t imagine it. Nature can be devastating in its power. Thank you so much for commenting, Bjorn.

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