The 7 Innocents

John 7:24
'Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.'



Isaiah 64:6
'But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;'


It was when their problems seemed to wane that they escalated. The Australians all disappeared, and the seminary shut down. They were told to run for their lives. Told if they didn’t, their families would die. Told if they did, their families would still die.
They endeavoured to solve the mystery – one that threatened to destroy them and their families – but soon realised that to end it all, they must first find the Australians. But the closer they came to finding them, the more they began to see they should run and never come back.
The question, of course, is why they didn’t call the police.
The answer is simple.
You can’t avoid being condemned unless you’re innocent.
And these men are not.

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1. Prologue:

 

Present Day:

 

He sighed as he remembered what had brought them to this point. Everything seemed so easy now… so simple. It was hard to believe that – only months ago – they had been running for their lives.

Each of them keeping their own secrets.

He supposed he’d never really understood just how much his actions could affect his life. Or some-one else’s for that matter. He’d also never realised the power of pain, and how it could create an enemy. He understood all this now. He’d learned it firsthand. 

He jumped at the sound of a voice speaking, and was brought back to reality. Things were fine now. Life was going to be all right.

But he couldn’t forget what had happened.

Not yet.

 

Three Years Earlier:

 

He remembered when they'd first arrived – 20 Australian exchange students, including two New Zealanders. He had determined to hate them all, as it was fairly clear that they were really only coming to the BSI for adventure. Besides, he didn't want to be distracted by them and lose sight of the young genius.

 

Present Day, Several Months Earlier:

 

'Friend!' He cried excitedly. 'You are back!'

                The man nodded eagerly. 'Have you seen the paper?' He held it up, and there – on the front cover – was an article entitled, The 7 Innocents. 'We are safe!' He cried, his eyes shining with an unimaginable joy and hope.

                The man’s friend snatched the paper hopefully, unable to contain his joy.  'You fare well in this article.' The friend teased. 'Seven Innocents my foot.'

 

Present Day:

 

And, looking back on all that had happened, he knew they weren’t innocent.

            But they pretended to be.

 

 

 

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