The ruined building had only one window left intact. On it was a star.

‘Your star.’

‘What do you mean, Father?’

‘The star of David. It belonged to a religion, long ago.’

‘A religion?’

‘Like a belief, a faith. People gathered to worship their God.’

‘People believed Gods were real?’

‘Before science had given us all the answers, yes.’

‘It seems so primitive.’

‘Maybe, but now we were left with this.’

He opened his arms, gesturing at the devastation around them.

‘Beware false idols, Son.’

They shuffled on. With luck they would find something to eat soon.

Copyright Roger Bultot

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

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70 responses to “AFTER THE FALL”

  1. Once upon a time, people believed. They believed so much they destroyed each other in defence of their supposed best god. They did it for millennia…
    Well done, Iain!

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    • Probably a combination of science and something else, or competing versions of understanding the same science. I’m sure they’ll figure out something to fight about even if it’s not religion… 😉

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  2. A very bleak look into a possible future. I think we’ll never be able to live without faith, without the believe in something greater than us. The evil I see is religion, a power game since the beginning of time. My god is better than yours fed to the masses makes you powerful as cleric, bishop, pope… there’s a reason why younger sons of nobility took the cloth.

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    • Perhaps not science but the way science is being interpreted to justify behaviours – for example, denying that we are contributing to climate change – in much the same way that religion is twisted by those who wish to commit evil.

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  3. A good story, Iain and well written. I also thought of the movie “The Road”. As religion has lasted for thousands of years I doubt it will totally disappear. It will probably change though as it has been. I just hope we last as a world for that long without causing the wild animals and breathable air to be destroyed. If we don’t get busy, we’re well on our way. It’s a shame we have to fight legal battles to keep those who should know better from making things worse for profit. —- Suzanne

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    • It’s hard to not look at religion as flawed in our world today, but I think you are right, there will always be something ‘there.’ Perhaps a religion based on how we treat nature and the earth we live on rather than worrying about what might be in the heavens above us would be a good place to start!

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  4. I read it as Full of double meanings and allusions. Adam’s fall from grace into sin;Satan’s fall from angel to devil; the false idols reference, applicable either to religion or science; in either case, inviting Heavenly retribution…And to complete the Adam analogy, on being ousted from Paradise, the pair must eat by the sweat of their brow.

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  5. Wonderful take on the prompt. In approximately 5 billion years, the sun will start turning into a red giant star. Its outer layers will consume Mercury and Venus, and reach Earth. Hopefully by that time humanity would have found new planets to inhabit, would they still take their Gods with them?

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