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Short Story 4. Who Is Frank Really?

I love reading and writing. I came to writing late in life and discovered a world where I feel like a fish in the water.


Frank – Psychic and Healer

Frank was born a psychic with the ability to not only see the future but also to change it. If life’s events were like a computer program code, Frank's ability was in introducing a subroutine to the original program to change the unfolding events and get different results.

His greatest source of pleasure was having free reign. That was his innermost motive in getting close to the founder of the spiritual movement of which he became the leader.

With absolute power comes absolute corruption, but only the strongest can withstand the pull of power and not turn to corrupt behavior.

Frank was not strong enough. He started his spiritual journey with a profound interest and genuine aspirations. His keen intelligence, refined senses and manners, and psychic power helped him to rise quickly in the ranks of the movement. He stayed with the founder for close to ten years helping him and learning from him until he was appointed his successor.

As he got closer to the founder and started sharing the spotlight, people around him started noticing a change in his behavior. He craved recognition and being the object of adulation of other people fed this need. He craved it more and more.

One of the first things that shocked those close to him in the movement was his expectations that female followers were expected to respond to his sexual advances. He believed that he just had to choose the woman who was the object of his desire. It did not even occur to him that a woman could reject his advances. Anyone who was not obedient was cast out of his circle of friends.

His charming personality and higher education and learning won him several international awards and accolades. He was the guest of honor at several international healing conferences where he was introduced as the spiritual and physical healer par excellence.

No one talked about the score of victims of psychological harassment he left on his path. Once he was appointed the successor of the founder, he allowed those in his tight circle of devotees to do whatever it took to increase the membership base and the funds coming into the treasury of the group.

His secretive behavior included a secret and short-lived marriage to a much younger woman. While he was enjoying his first year of marriage, he pretended to be at a long silent spiritual retreat preparing for the next phase of the group. When this came to light and he was exposed, it created such a big wave of shock in the movement that he had to apologize in public and explain the reason for his cover-up.

He seldom talked of his past, and any hint of a scandal was hushed with either veiled threats or money payments.


“Frank was never married. He would have told me. He is a teacher, writer, and healer. People like him. It’s easy for him to form relationships because he is such an easy-going person,” Aline said.

“He was married to a young woman from Italy.”

“Who told you that?”

“I did some research on him. I also talked to a woman who used to be a member of the movement and worked closely with him for many years. She told me that she had seen an old picture of him with his wife. She left the movement after she felt that it was no longer her path.”

“That's not possible. We have been living together for months now. I'd have known if he had ever been married.”

“Did you ever ask him directly?”

“No, but he is the leader of the spiritual group. This isn't something that can be hidden.”

“Do you have friends in the movement?”

“Yes, I have a few friends.”

“Do you go out together and chat about your personal lives and confide in each other?”

“No, all our time and attention is on living our spiritual calling together. Gossip is discouraged.”

“There you go. You have your answer. How could you know about his past if you don't confide in each other?”

Aline’s face was red and her breathing agitated. She did not try to conceal her disgust toward her sister when she said, “Frank is a pure being, a flame of life whose mission is to enlighten others. His words and actions make a great impact on many people, in the group, and in the international arena. You shouldn't be spreading lies about him.”

“Ask him if he was ever married. Make it a direct question without animosity.”

“Without animosity! I adore him and would do anything for him. My life is so much better since he came into it. I want to have children with him one day. Nothing you can say will make me change my opinion of him. Frank is an honest person. It'd be insane to believe he is capable of any deceitful act.”

“Yes, but he is also a climber who will resort to any means to increase his wealth and influence, and earn people’s money and hearts. His actions haven't come yet to the attention of the authorities, but if one victim wanted to get revenge, all his past actions will blow in his face. This might blow in your face too by association.”

“I think you should leave now Lola. I need time to rid myself of the negative vibes I feel from you. Give me space and some time. I'll call you when I can.”

“I don’t want to lose your friendship, Aline. I told you all this to protect you by opening your eyes. Please don’t shut me out of your life.”

“Please go now. Give me some space.”

“I love you, sis. I’ll always be there for you. If you ever need my help, just let me know. “

Lola left Aline’s house with a heavy heart.

  • Short Story 3. Finding Clarity
    This is part 3 of the Hosting a Writing Party short story. Lola took steps to find an action plan to protect her sister from Frank.

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