Reflection of Sin

Photo credit @Roger Bultot

Reflection of Sin

My home world and all of my transgressions reflected in mockery through its enormous eye. It snapped its mandible in anticipation. I scrambled backwards trying to find my footing as my flesh tore against the gravel.

It was true that I had fallen far from grace: the son repeats the sins of the father.

Cruel punishment, to be devoured, even by my most honorable sire’s standards. I surged with sword in hand blinding the beast and forever erasing the images of home and hearth.

I was alone again with my crimes.

Photograph by USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Post script: I re-read my work today and realized that this tale although meant to be an attempt at sci-fi could be a parable. Do we have a choice? To be devoured by our sins or set ourselves free from our past? Does history have to repeat itself? The sins of our fathers. In that sense it becomes almost biblical.

For more tales of reflection go here to Friday Fictioneers. Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields our hostess will give you 100 words to light your way.

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  1. Interesting take on the prompt, Doc. In fact, THIS was original. That pic of the fly is awesome! I have never seen an insect so beautifully crafted as defined w/today’s digital technology. Looks a LOT like David Hedison (who Rochelle, to this day, drools over and who could blame her?) from the movie The Fly.

    Five out of five swatters.

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      1. Do you need a safe word? HAHAHAHAHA!

        As for a remake of a Biblical parable, I’d say, as someone who is very familiar with the content of the Bible and as someone who visits Israel all the time, there is no historical narrative nor allegory parallel to this one. It’s not there.

        However, the verse you’re thinking of is this one — ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ Numbers 14:18 (NIV). The guilty (who have not asked for and accepted forgiveness) will pay and it won’t be payable on their own merits.

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  2. Like Kent said, your story is original. That is especially difficult when including the world sin. There’s an old saying, “Even a blind hog finds and acorn once in a while.” Perhaps we could reword that to include insects and sinners.

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  3. I see the parable in the biblical sense. It must be the Catholic girl in me. With both sins of our fathers and history repeating you wonder if we have any say in the matter at all or is it possible to stop! Love this story. Well done, Tracey.

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