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Air1 Radio – Hanging On Because of You
A Last Stand Chronicle – Custom Fiction Short Story by D.I. Telbat
In a quiet apartment in Modesto, California, Alison Brody was locked in a small room. Her husband had left the light on before he left for work, so she was able to see her broken face in the cracked mirror.
The bruises on her jaw were yellowing and fading already. Usually, he had given her fresh bruises my now, darkening her eyes and cheekbones. Her nose had been broken many times, and her teeth were chipped from his hard fists.
Alison dragged her thin mattress away from the wall to expose a cubbyhole in the sheet-rock. From the hole, she drew a radio and a single ear bud wire. The radio was Alison’s only pastime and friend.
The Air 1 Radio frequency was clear again today, as it always was, but she still prayed every night that the station would remain crisp as the last. Since he had taken her Bible, Air 1 was the next best thing.
A devotional was on the radio station. Alison pressed the ear bud into her ear and closed her eyes. She didn’t want to miss a word. Did these strangers realize how much she depended on their encouragement, their music?
Alison looked at the door that kept her so isolated from the world. For a year, her husband had been locking her in when he went to work. He was a jealous and sometimes drunken man. She used to hate him, hate the door, hate this room…
He had been changing in the last few weeks. Instead of fighting him, she loved him, not with her own love, but with the simple love of Jesus, like Air 1 said to have. Maybe Jesus’ love through her was changing him, turning him into a better man.
With her face close to the radio, Alison whispered the words to a song she knew by heart. “All things bright and beautiful, you are…” She knew every word, every note.
Each day, Alison prayed for the people at the radio station, that nothing would interrupt their programming. She prayed with tears when it was aired that Air 1 was low on funding. If Alison could have, she would have sent them money to help them stay on the air.
Her suffering seemed slight when she could be watered and fed daily like this. The locked door became a shield to protect her from the worries of life. The bare room became a sanctuary of worship and prayer. God was with her.
Alison laughed at a radio host’s joke, something silly that the woman’s young son had said at a playground. This was Alison’s family. They didn’t need to know of her suffering, but she wished they knew that they mattered so much to her, especially on the worst days.
With a sigh, Alison slipped the radio back into its hiding place. He would be home soon. Once, he had caught her with the radio. The cord had been ripped out, and she had no batteries to put into the back.
The radio had never been repaired, and yet it played faithfully day after day, without power—at least without earthly power. It was a miracle, a sign that Jesus was with her. Like the radio, she was broken, but there was still goodness to be shared, even if it was with an angry man.
Though Alison cried every day, she knew she was not alone. Her friends spoke and sang to her daily. Because of them, she would continue to stand.
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