Greetings, Reading Friends and New Subscribers! We have David’s new “Militants of Mercy” short story for you today, which includes all three parts of “An ISIS Militant Receives Mercy.” Be sure to catch our news after the story. Enjoy!
Militant of Mercy – Part I
by D.I. Telbat
Alper Hanieyeh laid down his AK-47 and stared at the carnage his ISIS death squad had just wreaked. The Christians, whom they called Nazarenes, had died almost peacefully. A few of the older men had raised their heads proudly, and most of the women had clung to each other in tearful defiance. In the seconds before his fellow jihadists had pulled their triggers, Alper had noticed that one woman even smiled and nodded at him, as if she knew what she would face after death. Such bravery! Had that been love on her face?
Alper knew he wasn’t that brave, not when it came to dying. That’s why he killed, because he was afraid. The god he served made him fear. But this woman who had smiled—this was the last incident in a series of incidents that left Alper to wonder why he served a god of fear. Why not the God of mercy, like the Christians served?