The Meanest Thing I Ever Said #1LinerWeds

We were stuck in traffic on the bridge. Bumper-to-bumper, absolute standstill, to the point where people were turning off their engines, rolling down their windows, and cussing I mean talking.

I saw a man working his way along the line of cars toward us, saying a few words, then talking for a longer time before moving on.

When he reached us, he said, “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior?”

And I, evil bitch that I am, said,

“Yes, I have.”

When I saw how disappointed he was not to be able to witness to me, I wished I’d told the truth.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Someone tells a lie and regrets it.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Meanest Thing I Ever Said #1LinerWeds

  1. Dan Antion

    August 31, 2022 at 8:40am

    HA! I can almost picture this, Marian. The shock value must have been worth it.

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      Marian Allen

      August 31, 2022 at 9:04am

      Poor li’l feller. But he might have found more fertile ground down the line, so, in a sense, I was helping him.

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  2. acflory

    August 31, 2022 at 6:02pm

    If that’s the meanest thing you’ve ever said/done…you deserve a sainthood. 🙁

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      Marian Allen

      September 1, 2022 at 10:24am

      I’ve said a lot of mean things in my time, and an argument could be made that many of them were worse, but I still feel bad for that well-intentioned zealot.

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  3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    August 31, 2022 at 7:00pm

    Jesus did NOT say, “Go out and PROSELYTIZE to all who will hold still for it.” He said, “Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners…”, relieve human misery where you find it in the physical body, and then shut up about it.

    I regard my personal beliefs as something reasonably carefully thought out, and I did not appreciate some former Catholic-Evangelical Protestant trying to convert me and my children at a camp we went to.

    Don’t they get it? Act the way you should, and people will be happy to join you. Badger them, tell them they have to be saved YOUR way, deny them help unless they pretend to convert to your version of Christianity to get a meal and a bed in a shelter, and all you’re doing is making them lie.

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      Marian Allen

      September 1, 2022 at 10:26am

      Well, he kind of did. He said to go and spread the good word, but you’re right that he didn’t specifically say to blackmail people with it.

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  4. joey

    October 6, 2022 at 2:08pm

    LOL I love it, and I think you should always say so. Of course I’m a bad heathen pagan unitarian gnostic, but still, you HAVE already heard the ‘good word’!

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