Aphelion Issue 265, Volume 25
September 2021
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A Disgraceful Grace

by Christopher T. Dabrowski

Translated from Polish by Magdalena Kuropatnicka

He was born limbless. He was a bald, humped dwarf. In addition to that, a blind, deaf mute. One could say: no contact with the outside world. That was a facade – he had the sixth sense. With it, he received vibrations, emanations of reality: the vastness of compassion, sympathy, the feelings of people being touched by his fate.

He felt good, he was basking in the vibrations, washing his disability with them. He didn't want to be like the others, his sense would be lost forever.

And then one day a man came along claiming that he was Jesus…

To prove that he was whom he professed to be, he decided to perform a spectacular miracle.

The limbless man regained his arms, legs, sight, speech and hearing. The hump disappeared. Hair grew out.

The Messiah was basking in the vibrations of the people deep in prayer.

Devastated, the cured man committed a suicide.

2020 Christopher T. Dabrowski

Christopher T. Dabrowski has published in the USA and Spain: Anomaly (2019 - Royal Hawaiian Press), Escape (2019 - Royal Hawaiian Press); in Poland: Deathbirth (2008 - Armoryka publishing house), Anima vilis (2010 - Initium publishing house), Grobbing (2012 - Novae Res publishing house), Deathbirth and other stories (2012 & 2017 - Agharta & Armoryka publishing house), Z życia Dr Abble (2013 - Agharta publishing house), Orgazmokalipsa (2016 - Alternatywne publishing house), Anomalia (Forma publishing house), Ucieczka (2017 - Dom Horroru publishing house); he has been included in anthologies in USA, Poland, Russia, and Germany, and has had stories published in PLAYBOY magazine (Slovak edition), USA, England, Czech Republic, Russia, Brasil, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Mexico

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