William Smith sat by a small pond, reading by candlelight. He didn’t dare return to his home, because the king’s henchmen were out looking for people who worshiped God in a way contrary to the Scottish monarch’s beliefs. «Kill them all,» he told his soldiers.
So engrossed was William in his book that he didn’t hear footsteps behind him. «We are arresting you for reading the Bible,» the captain of the guard announced, startling William.
«I’m not reading the Bible,» Smith protested, holding up his book. «We are arresting you anyway,» the captain snapped. «We know who you are. We also know that there will be a religious meeting tonight in a nearby town. We’re not sure in which build-ing, so you’re going to take us there.» He poked the barrel of his rifle into William’s chest. «Understand?» The group made their way along the road leading to town. A full moon illuminated their way, bathing the countryside in silvery light. However, unknown to the dangerous band, something was happening behind them. Something silent. Just as they reached the hillside overlooking a quiet Scottish town, thick clouds slipped between them and the moon, throwing the world into utter darkness. «OK, Smith,» the captain called out. «Which building is it?» But they received no answer.
Their prisoner had used the sudden darkness as an opportunity to escape. «Find him!» the officer ordered. When the search proved unsuccessful, he commanded his men to fire into the bushes. Every bullet missed the hiding man, and the sound of gunfire warned the gathered Christians in town, so they quickly disbanded. William Smith escaped.