The Devil and Me

It is the 19th century and Arash, a young man from a small town, confesses to his local priest his deepest, darkest thoughts about the devil.

Arash: I don’t fear him, Father. Though I know he is always there. He doesn’t leave me, ever. I pity him at times and in my weakest moments, I admire him sometimes.

I have known that saints have battled with the devil themselves and it has been something that I have recently thought about a lot. Perhaps you can help me understand, I think that I am someone special Father…I have thought about this for some time.

Although my life is completely mundane, my spirit is otherwise. You see, I take these long walks every morning, before anyone in my household wakes up, I leave, alone. I walk for miles, over the streets until I reach the ocean front and it is there when my mind at times has amazed me, it has blazed with these visions and voices and sometimes when I am not so strong, I think the worst of happenings. I imagine myself and the devil holding one another and then I imagine destroying him cutting him open!, tearing him apart and gripping the insides of his soul, the dark light he possesses.

And after all of this, I cannot say that I hate him Father, that I do not see his worth. This, I must admit to you…

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Arash has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil! What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into his lifelong passion. There’s nothing he likes better than writing (and reading) stories that is humorous in English and Persian languages, with a touch of Suspense and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Arash is also a YouTuber, Persian singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional kabob eater. When he’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find him in an adventure road-tripping to national parks! If you want to see Arash in his element (ranting about stories) check out his YouTube channel.

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