What A Strange Little Man (Chapter 5, page 2 of 6)

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Chapter 5

I tried to calm him down but to no avail. He was evidently terrified by the whole idea of someone coming back to life after they were dead.

"Well, I don't believe a word of it! Come on, Romy, you can't tell me you really believe that, do you?" I said pressing him to calm down.

"What if it's true? Aren't you afraid of what those people who died in our prison would do to us?" Romy asked.

I could tell this was getting out of control, so I tried a little harder to get him to calm down.

"Romy, if I were you, I think I would be afraid of what people might do to you when they hear you talking like this," I insisted.

As I looked into his eyes I could see the fear. He then began to tell me about a man who had come to visit the strange little man before.

"There was this man who came to see our prisoner some time ago. I remember because he gave this visitor a parchment to carry with him as he returned to his own home," Romy started. He took a deep breath and continued, "He said his name was Onesiphorus, and that he was from Ephesus. I would listen as they talked, and I'll tell you, this man's life must be in danger. As they talked I could hear the caution in their voices. But that was when I noticed it." He stopped abruptly, shook himself a little, as if he had a chill, and looked up at me. I could see the fear in his eyes as he held out the amulet. "He was wearing one of these," He said.

I stared at the amulet, full well knowing what he was suggesting. This bronze amulet with a fish stamped on it was their symbol. This meant they were all part of "The Way." The night wind had started picking up a bit, so I motioned for us to continue on to the prison. Romy was acting very strangely, and I could tell he didn't want to go back to the prison.

"What's wrong with you, Romy?" I asked, "You seem a bit tense tonight."

"I heard them speak of something called a 'Christian,'" Romy started again, as we walked, "Onesiphorus told our prisoner how people in Antioch were using that word as a mockery of them following this Jesus fellow."

"Christians? Why that word?" I asked. I was very intrigued by this term because I had heard our strange little prisoner use the word 'Christ' before, but I didn't quite know what it meant.

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