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Topic: Straight From the Horse’s Mouth (11/14/13)

By Don V. Standeford


“Go ahead, Ham,” said Ada, “but keep your hands to yourself.”

“I just wanted to look at the weather with you! No harm, no foul.” Ham flashed his sardonic grin. “Rain’s let up, but still those clouds…”

The cold dark ocean seemed endless. Ada looked for land; it was lost in waves. You could see for endless generations into swirling black clouds, but where was land? “Our world is about to change.”

“It is; but at what cost?” Ham also faced the test of future events, but lacking Ada’s determination he could only talk. “All my friends, dead. And everything is against me.”

“Japheth said you lacked resolve.”

“Japheth?” Ham’s face reddened. “Japheth had mother, Shem had Noah, but I created my own self-esteem!”

Ada inched away from Ham, shivered at the cold night wind. “I’m thinking of the future, not the past.”

Ham turned to her in a fighting stance. “Women will be mere servants soon. And do you think history will even remember you? No, men will think of men. They won’t adorn their halls with portraits of you in your ragged clothes by the campfire. Your philosophies, political views, all will be obliterated. All you will have is religion, sentenced to depend only on the God who killed his own creation.”

Ada glared at Ham, gritting her teeth. He stooped over her, obviously hiding behind his sarcasm. “Ham,” she said, “my father taught me never to give up. Though the stars hide, God delivers.”

Ham smirked. “Don’t you see the waves, sister? The same God that kicked us out of paradise has stranded us. Just where do you think we will live when this hunk of wood finds rock?”

“I suppose we’ll live in the old cities. Japheth says…”

“Forget what Japheth says.” Ham slapped the windowsill. “Those cities are gone!”

“We’ll start new tribes, new cities, and new nations!” Ada trembled. “We’ll start anew.”

“Whatever floats your boat,” jeered Ham. “But I see rejection, danger.”

“Who told you to fear?”

“I have heard from the highest source.”

“The prophecies?”

“More than just the prophecies.”


“My visions have come from the highest source. Men will hate women who succeed, and men will be in control.”

“You lie, Ham!” Ada’s eyes darted around. She gazed into the thickening clouds, but any point of light she saw died out as soon as she saw it. “I must think, think, think!”

“Wisdom will vanish! It’s going to be cold sister, colder than any have felt. The weak of flesh, women and children and the sick will be plagued by tyranny. It is said that a man shall leave his mother and cling to his wife. In the new world a wife shall cling to her husband and have no mother or father or sister or brother.”

“You are a liar, Ham!” Ada pushed Ham into the wall. “I know what Japheth says is true; I will prove it!”

When Japheth heard Ada had disappeared, he tracked her to the library. “My dear Ada,” he said, relieved, “Why have you been a ghost?”

Ada sat cross legged on the wooden floor, her eyes buried in a book. “I have to know. I must cast Ham off of me!”

“I told you to forget Ham. You need to feed the animals.”

“Stop telling me what to do! I will not be subjugated to any man as a slave!”

“Let me deal with Ham, Ada.”

“Go. I too have heard from on high and know that my children will break the yoke!”

“Ok,” said Japheth, “but please inform me when this madness is over.”

That night Ada exploded into Ham’s compartment. “I know the truth, Ham!”

Ham squinted, half rising from his bed. “You talked to ‘The Man,’ Japheth?”

“No, I too have gone to the source! Japheth will father Kings and Queens, and I vow to help him do it. Then God will break the yoke of subjugation you so happily bestow upon us. But you! You have already begun to crumble. And don’t wave me off as Japheth and Ham and even Emzara do! I have appealed to God Himself!”

Ham’s eyes exploded wide open. “From me will come the new world’s first great warrior!”

Ada laughed. “Then cling to your offspring, Ham! Cling to yourself, for God’s day is coming when no warrior can save you!”

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Beth LaBuff 11/24/13
This was quite a fascinating read about Noah's children and wives. I was quit taken with the wives names. I enjoyed your super creative work!
Larry Whittington11/24/13
This seems to be a "reading between the lines of Noah's flood adventure" although the title uses the word "future".

This may have meant they were thinking about the future. Later Bible entries give reference to their future lines of decent.

I assumed that ADA was a wife but I could not determine for sure whose wife.

I would need to study these other references to try to understand your story and the arguing that was going on.

Interesting thought presented in their arguments but also the dis-interest shown by Japhth.

(Am I way off?)

C D Swanson 11/24/13
Interesting story for the topic. Well done, I enjoyed the entire piece.

God bless~