What follows is in response to the 100 Word Challenge, authored by our heroine, Velvet Verbosity. The word is 'Tragic'. This will be an exlporation of 'tragic' without using the word.
The preacher stood the pulpit, speaking to his congregation.
He was a man, no more no less.
But he had assumed the mantle of the Holy Man.
He had taken on the resposibility of guiding his flock to whatever there was of goodness and light in the world, working against the forces of darkenss and evil.
Such men are rare among us, but we find them on Sunday.
A man walked down the center aisle of the church, pulled out a gun, and shot the preacher three times.
The preacher, dead. The man, in custody. The congregation, stunned and mourning.
The story is true. It happened this morning in Central Illinois.
May God have mercy on his soul.