24hrFFC 24: Option B Remains Open

Posted: 16 March 2013 in 24hrFFC, fast fiction, fiction, writing
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Title: Option B Remains Open
Word: declamatory
Challenger: Mitch Benn
Length: 200 words exactly

The old god tried not to laugh when mortals applied for godhood. It wasn’t easy, even for a being as old as he, and he was by far the oldest of the current pantheon allowed contact with ‘temporal corporeal beings’, as the newer, more politically correct gods insisted on calling them.

Every decade or so, he’d check the various temples erected in his or his families honour on Earth, from the mud huts of one continent to the golden palaces of another. He had long ago ceased to even find any amusement in treating them the same. They were just buildings; neither he nor his kind had required buildings for longer than humans had had recognisable forms of language.

Oh, here was one, uttering both plea and demand in the declamatory style they so believed was expected of them. The old god could no longer sigh, and at times like this, missed the ability. The fools genuinely had no concept how boorish and boring they simultaneously appeared.

The old god rarely granted godhood, nor immortality of being. Their own activities, however, usually guaranteed they would never be forgotten. Isn’t that true, young Caligula? the old god thought, before he left.

© Lee Barnett, 2013

This is the twenty-fourth story in The Twenty-Four Hour Fast Fiction Challenge. There are no more. That’s it.

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  1. margomusing says:

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