Mar. 19th, 2011

Buddhist Mythology is definitely the funnest.

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Of all the humans who were created in the Book of Genesis, Adam was the first to die, as far as the others knew. This doesn't count Abel. When Cain did the dirty deed, he dug a hole and threw the body into it. God knew what had happened, but the nature of Cain's sin hadn't really been well explained to the rest of the family. They knew Cain had done something really bad to Abel, and they knew Abel wasn't around anymore, but beyond that the details got kind of hazy.

One day Adam died. He was nine hundred and thirty years old. He was sitting in his favorite chair, smiling beatifically as usual, when he stopped breathing. It was very sudden and he felt no pain. It took his family awhile to notice anything was the matter.

"Dad? Dad?" said Seth. He shook Adam gently. Adam didn't respond. Enos stuck his head into the tent.

"What's going on?" he asked.

"It's the craziest thing," Seth replied. "Dad's fallen asleep sitting up again. The thing is, this time his eyes are open."

"Weird," said Enos. "But probably not the weirdest thing that one of the elders has done. Look at Grandma here," he added, pointing to Eve, who was sitting next to Adam.

"I'd like some more apple, please," Eve said sweetly. It was the only thing Eve said anymore; she had been completely senile for two centuries. Enos gently cleaned his garndmother's face with a handkerchief and kissed her on the top of her head.

Seth shook Adam some more. "I can't wake Grandpa up. If he doesn't at least blink, he's going to get a bunch of dust in his eyes." He closed Adam's eyelids with his fingertips – the beginning of a grand tradition.
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