A Pebble on the Road by Maribel C. Pagan


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He called it a pebble on the road, but it was so much more than that.

It was a lifelong journey. He had exaggerated his tripping upon the pebble, exaggerated the fall and said it was similar to “the Fall in the Garden.”

Perhaps that was what tripped him up. His exaggeration of the matter, of the roadway he had decided to take, and the pebble that drove him away.

He blamed the pebble as an “obstacle” to his growth in the pathway of life. The thorn in his side. He took it as an invitation to escape his decided pathway. Instead of bringing pleasures, the new pathway brought far more pains. They were the real thorns, the real sufferings. Nothing like the pebble, the “obstacle”.

After some time, he tried to find a way out. But there was no way through. There seemed to be no passageway out of the cluster of thorns poking his face in a million different places. The tears bulged in his eyes, and he cried aloud.

That was when his savior appeared, guiding him to a space free of thorns and pains, to a space filled with an immensely bright light. Yet the bright light didn’t hurt his eyes. Instead, it made his surroundings more obvious, the thorns clustered far behind him. He was no longer in its midst. There was no more involvement in its unnecessary pain. It simply existed in the distance.

Far behind him sat his past. The future stood before him, a bright light leading forward toward the pathway where his journey had first begun. His knees were weakened, his face sore, as he began the long trek back to the first pathway.

The first thing he noticed was the pebble upon the road. This time, he smiled smugly and stepped over it cautiously, almost reverently.

Then came his first obstacle – the real one – before he finally arrived at his new home and met the one who saved him.



Maribel C. Pagan has appeared in Zaum, Persephone’s Daughters, Every Day Fiction, and others. She has received the Junior Reading Giants Award, has made the President’s List in Mohawk Valley Community College, and has received 5th Place in the Word Weaver Writing Contest, among many other awards and scholarships. Additionally, she is a Prose Reader for Apprehension Magazine, and a singer and musician for The Angelic Family Choir. Visit Maribel at http://therollinghills.wordpress.com/