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Topic: Clarify (10/15/15)
TITLE: The Grievous Truth
By Lynn Smith
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Jabez stamped his foot on the ground and laughed, “It'll never happen.”
Picking up a rock, Abnar threw it in the pond. “You got that right. Yahweh wouldn't flood the world... he just wouldn't.” Yet all the talk of annihilation was making him nervous, and something wasn't sitting right in his gut.
A woman's scream pierced the air. Abnar turned to see a giant of a man walking towards the forest, carrying the woman over his shoulder. He would like to help, but being small in stature he could never take the giant down. The screams became louder, and it was like a hole formed in Abnar's chest making him unable to breathe and he turned away in fear.
His friend, Joseph, walked by with three women hanging tightly to his arm. “Going to have some fun,” he said. “Want to come, Abnar?”
He shook his head, “No, thanks.” He knew one of the women were married, but he wasn't surprised by Joseph's behaviour as everyone seemed to be acting immorally now. Nothing was sacred.
“What about you, Jabez?” Joseph sneered.
“Count me in,” Jabez replied excitedly and followed Joseph into the bushes.
The thick, grey clouds started moving fast overhead, and the temperature had dropped at least ten degrees during the past few hours. The wind was becoming stronger, making the trees look like gigantic fans as they swayed back and forth. Abnar decided to find Noah. He wanted—no, he needed answers.
On his way, Abnar heard arguing. He stopped in front of a tiny cabin where a bunch of men were in a scuffle. A deep voice demanding the murder of the man on the ground sent chills up his spine. When he saw a head being raised by of one of the men, he ran, tripped on a rock and fell. He remained still till he was sure they were gone, then he jumped up and dashed away.
Breathless, he reached the boat that was now completed and stood in awe of its great size.
“NOAH!” He screamed. When no one answered, he yelled again, “NOAH!”
The elderly man glanced over the top of the helm, then walked down the ramp. “What is it, Abnar?”
“You said Yahweh has spoken to you.”
“Yes,” Noah said, solemnly.
“I don't believe that he is going to destroy the world,” Abnar said defiantly. “Why would he?”
Noah pointed towards the village, “Do I have to make it any more clear?”
The ground shook as two elephants walked up to the boat, followed by two mammoths and two grizzly bears.
“Wickedness has filled the earth and Yahweh weeps. It was not his intention for this to happen.”
From the east, the sky began to turn red. Abnar watched as two horses galloped towards the boat and went inside. How did they know to go to the boat? It wasn't like anyone was leading them, he thought.
“He gave you free will,” Noah yelled. “Is this what you do with it?”
Abnar knew that he was talking about humankind as a whole, but a personal conviction from Yahweh pierced his heart. He opened his mouth to speak, but no words came.
Noah's face was dark as he turned and walked back towards the boat and headed up the ramp behind a pair of ostriches and a pair of German Sheppard's.
“Wait...” Abnar yelled, but it was too late. The ramp to the boat was being pulled up as dark clouds became one big mass, making the sky appear as if it were night.
A bolt of lightning ripped across the sky, tearing it in two, followed by a clap of thunder that reverberated throughout the region. People pulled their children close and ran screaming into their huts as the wind howled, pulling trees from their roots.
At the first drop of water, Abner fell to his knees and placed his face to the ground. “Oh God,” he whispered, “Oh God.”
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