The Man from Merrell

Ok a little background:   I wrote this story while at work on a register while I was working at a shoe store in Massachusetts years ago.  I used notepad which had no spell check and printed it out on three inch wide receipt paper.  This was written in between customers and is very rough, but it seems nice that way.  You should read this and take from it whatever you do, and then reply and tell me what you thought it was saying (or more specifically, it said to you).  Then maybe i can take all of the replies and compile them into a sweet book that Oprah will love and make me a bestseller!  Man that woman’s rich…

Enjoy!

Once upon a time there was a man from the magical kingdom of Merrell .  He went hiking on Mount Ugg .  Halfway up the mountain he ran into another lone hiker from a different part of Merrell.  An area that didn’t agree with the rest of the Merell kingdom. 

 

They did not get a long at all and before long they began to fight about their religious beliefs.  In the midst of beating the fear of God into each other they rolled to close to the edge of the mountain.  They fell off and got stuck hanging on the edge of the cliff.  One hiker holding to the cliff face, the other hanging onto the others right leg.

 

The top hiker is facing a moral dilemma.   Should he help the other hiker to safety as his god would want?  Or should he kick the savage hiker off and send him to meet the Lord face to face?  If he tries either, will he be able to climb to safety before his magnetic-like grip fails?

 

** Join us next week for the exciting conclusion of our hair-raising adventure.**

 

 

 

***NEXT WEEK****

 

After hanging off of the edge of a cliff for an entire week while holding another man’s weight attached to his leg, the hiker’s magnetic-like grip began to fail.  Gravity was forcing him to make a life or death decision for the both of them.  Just as he feared the worst for the both of them he heard a voice from above him.

 

“Don’t worry, I am your saviour!”

 

The man from Merrell was shocked!  The upper man from merrell stammered, “Is that you God?”

 

“No,” the voice replied.  “I am a shepherd from outside the kindom of Merrell.  I have been searching for a lost sheep on this lonely mountain pass.  I thought I heard its bleating but found you here instead.”  The shepherd leaned over and offered his crook to the hanging man.  “Come to me, I will save you as if you were one of my flock.”

 

At the same time the lower man from Merrell also felt his grip giving and was worried as to what the man he was hanging from was thinking.  Just then he too heard a voice.

 

“My child, let go.  I am below you and will catch you if you fall.”

 

The lower man from Merrell was so shocked he almost lost his grip.  “Are y-you a-an angel? He stammered. 

 

“No,” said the voice.  “I am a snake charmer who wandered up this mountain in search of a snake I lost.  I though I saw a flash of its hide on this ledge below you but it was just your bright shirt.”  He held out his arms to the man.  “Let go and I will catch you.”

 

The men from the magical kingdom of Merrell had come to an important decision point.  Two separate saviors had come and offered safety to them.  The conversation that ensued was fierce and heated.

 

The men from Merrell both looked at each other with hope in their eyes.  “Come with me brother, I have found our savior!”

 

They were both astonished as they echoed each others words back at each other.

 

The lower man from Merrell said, “Just let go and we will be caught by our savior the snake charmer.”

 

The upper man from Merrell said, “Just hang on and we will be pulled up by our savior the shepherd.”

 

A battle of wills ensued and the bickering lasted well into the night and into the following morning.  Finally the men came to a decision to each be helped by their own savior.

 

The higher man from Merrell said, “I’m reaching up!”

 

The lower man from Merrell sain, “I’m letting go!”

 

Each did this at the same time.

 

The upper man from Merrell reached up to the shepherd to find that he had left, disgusted by the fighting over who was right.  With no one to help him over the ledge he lost his grip and plummeted towards the ground below.

 

The lower man from Merell let go and reached his arms out to the snake charmer only to find that he had left, equally as disgusted by the bickering.  With no one to catch him he plummeted towards the ground below with the other man from Merrell.

 

As they fell they had time to make amends with the other man for the wrongs each had committed.

 

The lower man looked over at the upper man from Merrell with tears in his eyes.

 

The upper man looked over at the lower man from Merrell with tears in his eyes.

 

As if one person was speaking their words came out synchronized yet again before they hit the ground.

 

“This is all your fault”

 

******

 

The snake charmer and the shepherd met each other on the opposite side of the mountain.  Both had found the others missing item and they happily exchanged them.

 

The snake charmer put his snake into a bag on his hip with the rest of his snakes.

 

The shepherd began herding the sheep down the hill towards the rest of his flock.

 

They were near the base of Mount Ugg when they heard the scream.

 

“This is all your fault!”

 

The men walked slowly down the mountain arm in arm, silently shaking their heads.  As they walked off into the distance the shepherd smiled a grim smile at the snake charmer.

 

“They will never learn will they?”

 

At the very bottom of the mountain path they passed a man beginning his hike up the mountain.  They smiled at him and went on their way.

 

******

 

Once upon a time there was a man from the magical kingdom of Merrell .  He went hiking on Mount Ugg .  Halfway up the mountain he ran into another lone hiker from a different part of Merrell.  An area that didn’t agree with the rest of the Merell kingdom…

 

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2 responses to “The Man from Merrell

  1. Pingback: The Man from Merrell « Cigar Freak

  2. disagreeing with someone else’s choice of religion or beliefs is not worth fighting or dying

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