When Bad Events Lead to Good Outcomes: Snippets from The Prodigal Band Trilogy and The Murder Rule, Part One

There are several instances of evil or nefarious or just plain bad scenarios and events within both The Prodigal Band Trilogy and the (for now) three parts that will make up the new novel I hope to complete in a few months called The Murder Rule that lead to good outcomes.

Consider that the main idea within the Gospel of Luke Chapter 15 Parable of the Prodigal Son is that the son, who leaves his father and in a foreign land partakes in ‘riotous living’ and then suffers the consequences, ultimately realizing he made a huge mistake, begins to turn his life right-side-out and then returns to his father, who celebrates his return and repentance bringing about a good outcome. Because sometimes that is what it takes—an evil or bad event or series of events—to get one to realize that there is a better way forward, physically and spiritually. And this wake-up call can occur even on one’s so-called ‘death bed.’

To begin this new series of snippets from the trilogy and The Murder Rule I will only post one rather long snippet, but others are in the works. The next snippet post in this series will be posted in mid-March.

This snippet, from Chapter Sixteen of The Prodigal Band, concerns a death-bed confession from the evil banking dynasty controller, Baron Torquay-Lambourgeau, the father of the prodigal band manager, Joe Phillips. Two years previously, in 2001, Torquay, while leading a satanic Hellyon Society sacrifice ritual whereby the six members of Sound Unltd would be sacrificed for not doing the will of the evil that they had supposedly vowed to serve in order to acquire fame and fortune and elite status, would himself be ‘sacrificed’ in a way when the actual sacrifice went awry and the sacrificer, Mark Besst, who was possessed by the satanic figure Corion, took nearly all of Torquay’s trillions of wealth away from him while allowing him to live on his manor in a state of worthlessness. Instead of being one of the rulers of the world, Torquay was consigned to simply being a figurehead of little consequence. By 2003, Torquay was nearing death, and he knew it—but he did consider that when much younger and married to a woman he loved, he was to some extent on the side of God, whereas his Dracula-like evil father was on the side of Satan-Corion. Helped by his caretaker, Swinton—who would also aid Joe Phillips in Part Three of The Murder Rule—Torquay eventually ‘saw the light’ so-to-speak, and he let his son Joe and the six prodigal band members know it as they gathered around him at his bedside.

Background: Torquay is telling Joe and the six why he joined the Hellyons after his wife he loved died, and it was not because he held the same mindset as his father—but because God took his wife, which caused Torquay to hate God and which would soon cause Torquay to ‘love’ Satan-Corion. Here is the snippet:

His father’s words then shook Joe to the core. “No, and I did not join the Hellyons until my father had already died. I joined the Hellyons because God took my only love, your mother, Joe, away from me! He caused her to die, Joe, for whatever reason. But I could not accept that the God I had always believed was on my side within a family of evil, could hurt me that way! After she died, I turned to hating God. And to let God know how I felt, I not only joined the Hellyons, I made an effort to take over the Hellyons as a vengeance, so to speak, against God! I never loved Satan! I did not care about Satan, about Corion, about Horus, or any other false god. I did it because I hated God.”

So then Joe, who knew his father had repented of that hate the night Mark-Corion took everything but his estate away from him, just had to ask, “So why do you no longer hate God?”

Laugh. “Now, God took my wife from me, but Satan took everything I had ever worked hard for. Yes, that includes the evil of my trillions in wealth. Satan took me away from me! When Mark Besst forced me to sign over everything, I realized that the me that I believed I was, was an illusion. I was back to when I was a boy wanting God to make my life worth living again.”

As Jack thought, just like I wanted Christ to put me in His hands. Could it be me and the baron had similar childhoods?

“So I have repented of my hatred of God.”

“And—?” Joe put his hand on his father’s hand. “You know, father—and I told Swinton to tell you this, but I suspect you knew already—that I have accepted Christ as my Savior. You also know my boys here have.”

“Yes, and I knew that the night Corion could not sword Erik. I did,” Baron turned to the singer, “I did see your face shine. I think that is what astounded me so much that I fell to the floor in anguish. It was then that I realized that the decision I made to worship Satan was the worst decision I had ever made. From then on, all I could think was would Mark kill me as well, and would God forgive me? The me that I had been was completely broken. From then on until very recently, I lived in constant fear. Of God, of Mark. Dreaming I was burning for eternity in Hell. And I had sinned so gravely—so gravely!—that I did not believe until recently that I was even redeemable.”

“So, Swinton convinced you otherwise?” Joe asked.

“Not really. Swinton helped, yes, but what did the trick so to speak was you six.” He looked one by one at the sextet and smiled. “Yes, you boys made me know, know! That I could also be redeemed by the acceptance of Christ as Savior.”

At which the baron called out. “And now, my Father God in front of these witnesses, I now proclaim—and I am being sincere here! You know what is now in my heart, Father God, that Jesus Christ, now and for always until the day of Your choosing, Christ—I pray in Christ’s Holy Name—Christ is now my Savior. You know my Father God I am one of the most vile sinners ever, and I repent, totally—I have so little left anyway—of all of my abominations, from human trafficking to drug trafficking to sacrificing children and adults and worshiping that abomination called Lucifer and Satan and Corion to lusting after the world’s wealth, as if I could take it with me, to hating You and Your Son, my Savior Christ. To wanting this band of boys in front of me to turn the world’s youth to the evil. And I have so many other sins I can’t even name them all! But these sins are gone from me, and thus I repent. Please take me, this one-time doer of every evil imaginable, into your hands, my Father God and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

To which the seven around him smiled and collectively thought, Now that’s a repentance!

And let me finish by saying this, in case the reader thinks the above outcome is just fiction or fantasy:  a loved one of hubby and I did in fact confess her sins and accept Christ as Lord and Savior the day before she died in the hospital several years ago–we heard her say so!

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Author: deborahlagarde

Born on Long Island, NY, in 1952, now live in the mountains of far west Texas. Began writing fiction stories at about 8 years old with pen and loose leaf paper, and created the characters in my Prodigal Band Trilogy as a teenager. From the 70s to the 90s I created the scenario which I believe was inspired. While bringing up and home schooling my two children I continued to work on the novels and published "Battle of the Band" in 1996 and "The Prophesied Band" in 1998. Took off the next several years to complete home schooling and also working as an office manager for the local POA. In 2016, I retired, then resumed The Prodigal Band, a FREE PDF book that tells the whole story to its glorious end. Hint: I'm a true believer in Christ and I'm on a mission from God, writing to future believers, not preaching to the choir. God gave me a talent and, like the band in my books, I am using that talent for His glory, not mine (and, like me, the band is on its own journey, only fictional.) I also wrote for my college newspaper and headed up production, was a columnist in a local newspaper in the early 2000s, and wrote for and edited "Log of the Trail," the news letter for the Texas Mountain Trail Writers, and wrote for and edited it's yearly catalog of writings, "Chaos West of the Pecos." OmegaBooks is my self-publishing sole proprietorship company founded in 1995. Other jobs included teaching secondary math, health aide, office worker, assembly line work, and free-lance writing and bookkeeping,much of it while home schooling.

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