“He came to me one night…” Noah continued. “It was after sunset and you and the rest of our family had gone indoors. I was about to lock up when I heard one of our sheep bleating in distress. I journeyed out into the darkness to find it.” Mila scooted in closer determined not to miss a single detail.
“I found it. The poor lamb had fallen into a freshly dug pit in the earth. I climbed down and lifted the creature out. It was then that I noticed I wasn’t alone in that godforsaken field. There was something there. Something standing, looking down at me in the pit. Something only illuminated faintly by the moonlight.
“Is this not better?” a voice broke through the cool night air. “Is the heart of the earth not suited to be your eternal dwelling place?” Noah clawed at the loose soil, clumsily pulling himself out of the pit to face this stranger. He couldn’t see the man who spoke, but he could faintly make out golden colored hair, and white armor. This visitor looked like he might be an angel of the Lord, but he wasn’t talking like one.
“Your trespassing” Noah informed the man, reaching for his dagger. “Be on your way now!”
“Oh, I intend to…” the figure retorted “But I prefer to travel light. Tell me, which shall I return to you, your vast flocks, or your family?” As the creature spoke these words, it impressed into Noah’s mind images of black robed beings with ash colored skin, slaughtering all of his cows, sheep, and pigs, by the sword. Blood and innards flowed throughout Noah’s land like a river. Next, he saw this family trapped inside their home while it burned as those same black creatures stood outside, blocking the exits.
“Your wealth or your family? Decide quickly or I shall take both! I have other matters to attend too.” The creature in the moonlight laughed hideously. Noah shook off the terror of the images he had just seen which had caused him to drop to the ground. He rose to his feet, sheathing his dagger and taking a bold step towards the monster.
“Whoever digs a pit shall fall into it” he said “And if you roll a stone at your neighbor, it will roll back and crush you instead.” The figure in black cocked his head as if he was trying to make sense of what this clay-man was saying to him.
“In the mighty name of the Lord who created all of this, you shall have neither. Now leave and return to your own dwelling, monster!” At once the aura of smugness that had encapsulated the stranger vanished. Noah could feel the creature’s hatred stabbing him from across the field.
“How dare you…” it began. However, it was unable to finish the sentence because the ground beneath it gave way, and it clumsily tumbled down a waterfall of dirt and sand, to the heart of the earth, cursing loudly the entire way.
Noah continued his story to his daughter-in-law. “I was able to stand against this Lucifer, because I had the Lord on my side…” Noah continued. “The others were not as fortunate and this monster and his dark angels took all of them one at a time.” Soon, we were the only righteous family left on the face of the Earth. The Living God came to me decades ago and told me of His intentions to end the human race as it then existed. I was given instructions to build this vessel, this lifeboat that would preserve God’s living creations from the coming calamity. This destruction, the watery grave that now entombs God’s good creation, this is all the Devil’s revenge.”
Based upon Genesis Chapters 4-7, Proverbs 26:27
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