Below you will find the results of my having challenged myself for a number of days to write a short story with a beginning and middle and an end inside of 30 minutes. Here is what I came up with. I hope you like it.
Inspired by Tom Perotta’s ‘The Leftovers.’
Russell was heavy born again. Before that, he was a white supremacist. The only real differences were that he allowed his hair to grow out and started wearing earth shoes and a lot of beige.
His personality remained essentially the same. Lots of yammering and fingering pointing. Jack Chick pamphlets replaced the handouts about Jews controlling the banks.
The Rapture came. The entire San Diego Padres disappeared from the field; The Texas Rangers could only stand and watch.
Russell was gone. Taken to the bosom of The Lord.
Turns out he was hiding in the tool shed.
He was so embarrassed about not having been welcomed into Heaven that he simply pretended he had floated away. Pat found him, bleary-eyed and skinny as a rail, when she went to get the lawnmower.
For a while, Russell just cried. After a few weeks, he started making up bullshit about he had been Raptured, only to be sent back by The Lord to keep on eye on the world. None of us believed that, and we told him so.
Later on, he got really into rockabilly.