Leahna is the secondary main character in “Pursuit of Power” and has been pretty one-dimensional for the most part. I wrote this from a prompt, but I think I’ll keep her in the next few weeks’ free writing too, to try to draw out her background and life outside of the story.
“If you could ask God one question, what would it be?”
“That is quite a question,” Leahna said. She turned wide eyes to her younger sister who was laying across her bed. “Why do you ask that?”
“Because I know exactly what I would ask.”
“What would you ask?”
“I would ask if the Power really does come from him.”
The older sister gasped and stared at Noelle from her desk chair. “Of course it does! Why would you even question that.”
Noelle shrugged. “It seems to me that when we start to assume things about God, that’s when we get in trouble. Throughout history, that’s been a pattern, don’t you think?”
Leahna furrowed her brow. “I…I do not think you are quite correct.”
“Of course I am. Think about all of the times that people have done something in God’s name, but later they were judged to be evil, ignorant, or crazy. Joan Archer, the Crusaders, the Restoration Society, even the pharisees.”
“Oh, but you can’t…” She trailed off as she thought through the list of examples her sister had given.
“Does it say anywhere in the Bible that God would give us this great Power that would prolong our lives and give us special abilities?”
“No, it certainly does not.”
“Then why is the Church of Pithea so adamant that the Power comes from him?”
“From where else would it come?”
Noelle’s eyes lit up. “I don’t know, but that’s not really the point. If I can’t come up with the alternative, it doesn’t mean it has to be God. Maybe it was a spontaneous mutation. Maybe we’re all using evil powers without realizing it.”
“No!” Leahna jumped to her feet. “You will not defile the good that we do, the healing, the protection. You will not claim that it comes from a place of evil.”
Noelle shook her head, rolled her eyes, and sighed. “You sound just like Mom and Dad. I mean, is it really that big of a deal where it comes from? Like you said, we use it for good. So what if it doesn’t come from God?”
Leahna crossed her arms and took a few steps toward the door. “I would strongly suggest that you do not let Mom or Dad hear you say anything like that.”
“It doesn’t really matter, does it? They don’t care what I think about God or the Power. You’re going to be a Cleric, and they don’t really care what I do.”
“They care what you do. They want you to do whatever God leads you to do.”
“Yeah. They want you to be a Cleric like Dad, but whatever I feel like doing is fine, because I’m not the oldest.”
“I thought you were planning to become a Cleric too,” Leahna said.
Noelle looked down at the floor. “I was going to. But I don’t know now. I mean…I thought they would want that of me, but I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter to them. Just like they don’t care that Ronald decided to become a Swordsman and join a militia.”
“I thought you both would be happier if Mom and Dad didn’t force you to do whatever they want you to do. How can you complain that they are not forcing their will upon you?”
“Like they are you?” Noelle pointed out.
“Well…not exactly. I know they want me to become a Cleric, but I am okay with it. I enjoy my studies and learning to use my Power to help others. Do you and Ronald believe they’ve forced me into it?”
“And you wish them to do the same to you?”
Noelle shrugged. “At least then we’d feel like they cared.”
Prompt used: You encounter an omnipotent being who says they will answer only one question.