Rumor Has It
“Did you hear about Moses?” Asked Miriam as she filled her water skin from the babbling brook outside of camp.
“Aaron’s brother?” Her dear friend Abijah asked back.
“Yes, that Moses.” She tried to keep from rolling her eyes.
Abijah unwound the cloth on her neck and tried to fan herself with it. “Rumor has it that he’s been gone for thirty days.”
“According to the Habakkuk Herald it’s been forty days.” Miriam emphasized. “And, he took nothing with him. For forty days?”
“Oi Vey! Who can survive so long?”
Miriam hung the water skin on a low lying branch and sat beside her friend in the shade. “Furthermore, I read in Hannah’s Happenings that his wife of twenty seven years wants to head back to her homeland.” She huffed, “Twenty seven years!”
“Without Moses?” Abijah dared to ask.
Miriam nodded knowingly, “Without Moses. And, the Issichar Inquirer has it – by a reliable source, mind you – that Moses is having those same unreasonable laws inscribed. Again! By the finger of God.”
Abijah scoffed, “The finger of God!”
“Who can keep such laws? Love they neighbor as thyself?”
“Not my neighbors. Present company excluded.”
They both sat in smug silence with the news about their leader and pondered the disgrace.
“And did you read about Aaron last month in the Scapegoat?” Abigail asked.
“Moses brother?” Miriam teased.
“Why yes, dear. That Aaron.” As if there were more than one Aaron, or more than one Moses. “According to the Scapegoat, some people got impatient when Moses was gone so long the first time that they begged Aaron to make them a god. So what did he do? He asked the complainers for their gold jewelry and threw it into the fire. And he claimed that out came a golden calf.”
“A golden calf. Just like that?”
“Just like that. Moses was furious when he returned. Not to mention God.”
The brook gurgled something neither of them understood, but they both looked toward the heavens and didn’t say another word.
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