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VisDare 21: Apocalypse Story

“They are coming,” Mr. White announced as he took the first casket out of the back of the carriage. Despite the thin and antiquated look of the carriage, it was quite modern, with a larger interior than exterior. It could hold the eternity’s worth of caskets.

Mr. Red was shielding his eyes from the sudden bright explosion of light as Mr. First returned. “Come, Mr. White; the others will arrive soon.” They both stood at the back of the carriage by the first casket, at the ready.

Mr. Black suddenly appeared. “We must get prepared; there will be much work to do.”

As he finished, Mr. Pale appeared. “Mr. First will be going back soon. For now, we ride.”

The Lamb opened the first of the seven seals…before me was a white horse!

Then…a fiery red one.

There…was a black horse.

There…was a pale horse. Its rider was named Death.

Click on the photo above to visit the VisDare page for this week. The picture is the prompt, which inspired me to this 150-word version of the opening of the first seals in the Bible’s Book of Revelation. If you are unfamiliar with the story or would like more on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, you can find an interesting recitation here.


  1. djmatticus May 24, 2013 8:41 pm

    This was great!!

    • AR Neal May 24, 2013 8:42 pm

      Thank you! It was an easy write today 🙂

  2. Penny L Howe May 24, 2013 8:42 pm

    So very nicely done. Rich, smooth, piercingly flowing!

    • AR Neal May 24, 2013 8:43 pm

      Thank you, Penny and thank you for tweeting it 🙂

      • Penny L Howe May 24, 2013 8:44 pm

        I love to pass on to others what I consider “good stuff”, that would be your written words, of course! 🙂

        • AR Neal May 24, 2013 8:54 pm

          And I appreciate it more than I can say!!

  3. indytony May 25, 2013 12:54 am


    • AR Neal May 25, 2013 1:47 am

      Thank you, Tony!

  4. Angela Goff (@Angela_Goff) May 27, 2013 2:05 am

    Love this. Even before I got to the closing lines, my brain jumped to the Revelations references…..I would love to know the larger retelling of this, with Mr Red, Mr White, Mr First, etc. So much potential for symbolic storytelling here. Well done!

    • AR Neal May 27, 2013 2:27 am

      Thank you so much, Angela! It was great writing it 🙂

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