She says she'd fallen into a cult as a teenager. It had happened
quickly. She left home, getting into a van with four other young women.
The head guy was a man who went by the name of Hadrach. A name meaning
the point. Also meaning joy of tenderness. A sign from God, she
believed. A man who drove her and four others in a van across the
southwest plains, through Oklahoma into Arkansas. She didn't go into
specifics but she sometimes still felt panic if left alone for long
periods of time. She was programmed to respond and believe certain
things. Hadrach was a man whose purpose was to teach, she said. Susan
and the others were reprogrammed to respond and believe. They had a
defined purpose, memorizing words and names. They were taught to obey,
recite, believe. In this difficult world they shared a defined purpose.
They would dedicate their life to Hadrach's teachings. Prophecy arrived
in all forms—prophecy, teachings, silence, obedience. Defined
purpose. He loved them unconditionally, he made sure they knew that.
They were obedient.
Brandon Hobson is the author of THE LEVITATIONIST, a short novel (Ravenna). He has stories in or
coming from NOON, Web Conjunctions, New York Tyrant and others.