(This letter is in the form of C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, which were written from a senior tempter to a junior tempter. In the letter, “Father” is the devil and the “Enemy” is God. The letter is metaphor for the inner spiritual battle and loosely based on Peter's prison break in Acts 12:1-19.)
We have four layers of security. The two layers nearest the prisoner are well paid, highly trained and sadistic. Like hungry lions, they live for attempted escapes. The next two layers are attentive, alert and paranoid. The outer layers are unnecessary, but our Father insists on them- he is always over prepared. Last is the Iron Gate, which even two-hundred hungry and weak prisoners couldn’t budge.
All guards are especially attentive because they know their life will be over if a prisoners escapes. One escape means fourteen qualified soldiers are gone and recruiting to these positions is not easy.
After hearing the details of how Eric escaped I am livid because you know who I report to.
You say Eric eluded the first two layers by miracle. OK. But that is why we have four layers and the Iron Gate!
I thought we outthought the Enemy here. We place certain guards where we do for certain reasons. The ones closest to the prisoner are animalistic. They think of the prisoner as their prey- their way to eat. These brutes have all their primitive assets to employ in a tick.
The outer layers are highly responsible detail-mongers. They notice a pebble out of place. If a prisoner makes it past the first two layers, these guards- OCD types and sinewy devils who can climb sheer walls and chase down a jackal- are sure fires. So, no prisoner has ever made it to the Iron Gate.
The Iron Gate is our Father’s answer to the Enemy’s might. This handcrafted beast is replete with bars of shards of glass. It weighs 7,000 stones and is designed to stab the fortunate fool who gets close to it.
Knowing the measures we have taken to make your job easy, see how penniless you are? We have no idea where Eric is, probably free on the countryside. I hope you feel this failure for the remainder of your existence.