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Door in the Sky

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Entry to this week’s FFfAW! Image courtesy of TJ Paris.

Legends tell of a door in the sky that connects our world with the old divines. In the days when stars illuminated signs and the heavens conversed openly with the earth, mankind need only look up and listen for the sky-door remained open, never shut. In time,  man mimicked the divines, learning to speak from the sound the wind and learning to write from alignments of the stars. The divines then issued a mandate; man was to rule so long as they heeded wisdom and continued to learn.

Eons would pass as mankind’s achievements grew great. Multiply it did to cross the seven seas and inhabit the seven continents. But conceit grew with its knowledge; preoccupied it forsook wisdom and turned towards itself. Its own voices drowned out the wind and its edifices blotched out the sky. All the while, the door in the sky silently closed as mystery and wonder fell to simulation and abstraction. Only the children were spared for they could still see and hear the faint outlines of ghosts and whispers of the divines. Lanterns they launched into the night; the door in the sky creaked.

 

Perils 5.

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Squish! The ant hill collapsed as a mischievous boy stomped his foot over the little colony. Adding insult to injury, the boy twisted several times and then spat over the ant hole, sealing the exit and escaped. The ants were not pleased and could do nothing except pray.

Snap! The human city evaporated as a vengeful God flicked its finger at civilization. Adding insult to injury, the God set fire to the land and then raised the sea level, drowning most of population and vanished. Humanity was at a loss and could do nothing except repent.