#writephoto — Brotherly Love

img_0260James and Amy crawled out of the tunnel and into the open air. They both had on their protective masks as they emerged from their underground dwelling. James took out a kit he used each week to test the air.

“This is a positive sign,” he said to Amy. “The particulate level is down significantly from last week’s reading. Maybe by next week we’ll be able to come to the surface and remove our masks.”

Amy looked toward the horizon beyond the large tree just outside of the tunnel’s hidden entrance. “The haze also seems to be lifting a little,” she said. “The sun is a little brighter and I think I can even see some hints of blue in the sky.”

This was the latest bit of encouraging signs the two had witnessed since the bombs came close to destroying the planet and civilization a few months back. “We are the fortunate ones to have survived,” James said. “So many others were either killed instantly or died shortly after the bombs.”

“Or maybe they were the lucky ones,” Amy observed. “We are living in a hole in the ground, barely surviving. We’re cold and hungry all the time. And who knows, once it’s safe to return to the surface full time, what will be left? How many others, like us, survived?”

“I don’t know,” James admitted. “But perhaps we’ll find ourselves a new Garden of Eden and we’ll be a modern day Adam and Eve.”

“Eww,” said Amy. “I know it’s been tough living together in that hole and I’ve seen you jerking off in your corner. But you’re my brother, James. Don’t be gross.”

Written for the Thursday Photo Prompt from Sue Vincent.

Create Controversy


A few mornings ago, I was sitting at a small table at my local Starbucks, sipping on my vanilla latte and reading my news feed on my iPhone. Starbucks was crowded and I was sharing the table with another guy who was reading the newspaper.

“Holy shit!” I exclaimed. The guy sitting across from me looked up and asked if I was okay.

“Some congressman said that it’s a fact that the earth is 6,000 years old. Can you believe this guy?” I responded. “He also believes in creationism.”

“Why do you find that disturbing?” he asked.

“Seriously? This guy is a representative in the Congress of the United States. He can create and vote for legislation that affects all of us, legislation that is based upon stories from the Bible.”

“Yeah. So?”

“So, he believes that the earth is 6,000 years old and doesn’t believe in evolution. He believes that one day God just created Adam and Eve and that they were the first two people on Earth.”

“That’s what I believe, too,” he said. “You don’t buy that bullshit that the our planet is billions of years old or that we evolved from monkeys, do you? That’s ridiculous.”

“We didn’t ‘evolve from monkeys,’” I said. “Humans and apes evolved from the same ancestors; from the same biological tree branch.”

“No, that’s just wrong,” he replied, a look of incredulity on his face. “Read your Bible, man. God created Adam and Eve in His image. Humans are a unique species. We are above all other creatures. We alone, among all of God’s creations, have a conscious mind. We alone have souls.”

Now I was the one who was incredulous. “Wake up and join the 21st century. The Earth isn’t only 6,000 years old. Adam and Eve were not really the first two human beings alive. If they were, and they had two sons, Cain and Abel, and if, as the Bible says, Cain slew Abel, where did the next generation of humans come from?”

My table-mate remained silent, so I continued, “Are you suggesting that Cain had an incestuous relationship with his mother? After all, she was the only female on Earth, according to the Bible.”

“This whole evolution thing is a relatively recent theory, and that’s all it is, just a theory,” he finally said. “The Bible has been around for two thousand years. It’s the word of God. It’s beyond question. You can’t equate some cockamamie theory developed by man to the gospel written by the hand of God.”

Exasperated, I just shook his head. “You should consider running for Congress. You’d fit right in.”

This post was created for today’s one-word Daily Prompt: Create.