Snyder awoke and grasped his head. It felt like it was about to split in two. Snyder cursed. He sat up and buried his face in his hands.
Once the dizziness subsided, he looked up. He was in an old-fashioned doctorâ€™s office.
In strolled an auburn-haired man wearing the odd combination of a kilt, a sweat shirt, and a lab coat. â€œI see youâ€™re awake.â€
Snyder groaned. Talking hallucinations.
The redhead said, â€œThe pain youâ€™re feeling is a good thing. It means youâ€™re alive. You almost werenâ€™t after last night.â€
â€œYou had a rather severe case of alcohol poisoning, but God healed you.â€
Snyder rubbed his temples. â€œIf God healed me, why do I have the headache?â€
â€œTo remind you not to do something so stupid. The bartender said youâ€™d gone through two bottles of Scotch. You might as well have been drinking arsenic.â€
â€œIf itâ€™ll help me forget.â€
â€œI suspect a young man as brilliant as you will find that pretty hard.â€
Snyder peered closer. â€œHey, I was here a few months ago! Youâ€™re Dr. McIntyre. Howâ€™s the new security software going?â€
â€œFine, and please, call me Brother Kael.â€
â€œIâ€™m no brother to you.â€
â€œThen I take it man has let you down, and youâ€™re walking away from God?â€
â€œItâ€™s not just a man. Itâ€™s the Church.â€
â€œThatâ€™s a shame.â€ Kael hesitated. â€œI can help you find a new church.â€
Snyder laughed. Kael probably could; his folks deserved the credit for half the protestant Christian â€œterror cellsâ€ in existence. â€œYou might as well ask me to find a new God. The Catholic church is the Church.â€
â€œSo youâ€™ll punish the entire denomination because of one man?â€
â€œIf you want to view it that way, fine.â€
â€œAnd youâ€™re either youâ€™re a Catholic orâ€”â€
â€œA heathen.â€ Which Protestants called him already. â€œAnd this heathen is leaving.â€
â€œYou friend John McGraw will be here in a couple minutes.â€
â€œFine, but no more religious talk. I thank you for saving me. Youâ€™re a good doctor. But Iâ€™m done with God.â€
â€œBut heâ€™s not done with you, Snyder. Go your way, but our Father will call you home.â€
Continued Next Thursday
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