"Just Because They are Enlightened"

A 2019 Flash Fiction Winner: Cowley Faculty

Just because they are enlightened, doesn’t mean they’re nice.

“I want you to reach enlightenment.” He said it over, and over, as he cut, as he pierced.

“The body is meaningless.” His words flowed in a cold and calculated manner.

“Now, don’t scream, the pain frees you from attachment.” With each stroke, he sliced off more.

“Here, let me show you.” With measured determination, the teacher raised his left hand above the aspirant’s eyes. He placed the side cutters around his ring finger, and closed them. The pair made a soft crunching sound, followed by a dull thud. The finger fell squarely on the aspirant’s forehead. Without a moment’s hesitation, he returned to the lesson.