- Tom Deaderick
Jon Falvo and the Lifeflash
One of the characters of my books, Jon Falvo, has the ability to "lifeflash" other people. Eye contact with Jon, flashes your life into Jon's mind and all your memories are his.
But the lifeflash is a two-way connection, and what comes back is judgment. Not God's judgment, but Jon's, and it is deadly. In an unguarded moment, Jon's lifeflash can kill, requiring him to maintain the kind of control that is impossible for men, described in Matthew 5:21-22.
"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment."
Jon's ability is a danger to everyone around him, because in a brief instant of pique, he can death-sentence a person with an otherwise good life arc.
He uses it to hunt down abusers, especially people who abuse children.
I despise people who hurt children and wanted to make a story where they are judged, and killed by Jon, as he makes his way through his own life tortured by the lifeflash memories of both sadists and the tortured.
Jon is in the book I am writing now, so this morning, I researched samples of abuse from the web to help me imagine what would otherwise be impossible for me to imagine.
I wish it were harder to find examples. It is not hard at all. I found this one today. It's horrific and sad. The only reason I know to share this, or to write books about people who stand against it, is to make us vigilant, to help us be the watchmen for the defenseless.