Sunday Photo Fiction: ‘All Hope Abandon Ye Who Enter Here’ #amwriting #flashfiction #Dante #TheInferno

Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting SPF.


Credit: A Mixed Bag – Alistair Forbes


“THROUGH me you pass into the city of woe: Through me you pass into eternal pain: Through me among the people lost for aye. Justice the founder of my fabric moved: To rear me was the task of Power divine, Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love. Before me things create were none, save things Eternal, and eternal I endure. All hope abandon, ye who enter here.” –  The Divine Comedy, The Inferno (Canto III. Lines 1 -9). 


“Abandon all hope? How can this be right?  I didn’t kill anyone and I was no pervert. I stood for my political office. I did what I had to do,” Ker said. 

“How do you know it was the right cause?” 

“Well, I just do.”

“What about those you hurt along the way? Your wife, Meredith, who now rests in Heaven’s fold? You’re here at the gates of Hell at the river Acheron for a reason,” the wise Charon told Ker. 

“I didn’t mean to hurt her, to use her to get where I needed to go. I loved her, but I didn’t mean to leave her. I prayed and I apologized. I admitted my sins to a priest in confession. Yet, here I am in Hell at the Traitors’ Gate, why here?”

Charon sighed and whisked the regretful Ker’s soul into the boat. “I wonder Ker, where Midas will send you? Will you be in the eighth circle as a corrupt politician or the ninth circle for being a traitor to your wife, to your family? Will you spend eternity ‘a Judas?'”

Ker shook his head, “This is nothing but a dream. Dante’s Inferno does not exist. I won’t abandon hope, I won’t. Meredith is not dead and I’m not really here.”

“But you did stop hoping and you’re a traitor so now you face the Traitors’ Gates. You are one of them and that’s why this gate is where you will enter into the ninth circle of Hell.”

“What?! I’m so sorry, I mean it. I repent. I’ll do better and change my ways. Tell me this is just a dream, let me have another chance.”

Charon chuckled and shook his head wearily.”It seems someone up high is fighting for your soul, Ker, I don’t why because your soul is pitch black. Yet, you will have another chance. Remember you won’t get another.”


Ker awakes suddenly whispering pleading prayers in words of Latin and Ancient Greek. He doesn’t know why he understands these prayers to God, but he does. Ker attempts to pick up his smartphone nearby but feels terrible pain whenever he moves. 

Then, his beautiful Meredith walks in the hospital room door. “Meredith? I thought you were dead. That you would never speak to me again. I thought you were in Heaven and I was in Hell, I dreamt it.”

Meredith smiled at Ker with love despite how he had treated her recently: “Who do you think asked God to give you a second chance? I gave up eternity for a later time, hoping you will be there with when I return. Now you must fulfill your promises made in front of Charon.”

“So, can you change, Ker? Can you stop being a traitor and fight for ‘the good’ in this world? Can you fight for me, for us, for our family?” Meredith asked. 

Ker was just grateful to be alive. He swore to do better in life, in love, and he did. 


©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 

8 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: ‘All Hope Abandon Ye Who Enter Here’ #amwriting #flashfiction #Dante #TheInferno

  1. Joy Pixley May 26, 2017 / 6:42 am

    I hope Ker learned his lesson and really took it to heart and will change. It’s not many people who get a second chance like that!

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    • mandibelle16 May 26, 2017 / 10:41 am

      Thank you again Joy. Yeah I hope so too. I finished reading Dante’s Inferno for an academic article having only read bits of it before. All though poetic, Dante’s version of Hell is disturbing. But it was also met to be a warning to those at the in Florence, Italy in the gov’t and papacy etc as the Middle Ages ended and the Renaissance began. It’s pretty fascinating although, it is not my view of Heaven or Hell, just a story off a story 🙂

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      • Joy Pixley May 27, 2017 / 7:20 am

        I’ve never read it myself but from what I know, yes, he meant it to be very disturbing!

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  2. patriciaruthsusan May 26, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    A powerful story of love and an after-death experience, Mandi. This was a happy ending with his repentance and change of attitude. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • mandibelle16 May 27, 2017 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks Suzanne. It was fun to play around with the story if the Inferno for this piece 🙂

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  3. Sunday Fiction June 1, 2017 / 3:20 am

    Not many people get the second chance he had. I hope he managed to do what he promised. If so, he will be the first politician to do so.

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    • mandibelle16 June 1, 2017 / 11:45 am

      Haha. You are right Al. My thought is he drops out of politics and finds a job he can spend more time with his family. After all his wife gave up a great deal for him. Thanks for reading!

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