Saturday, December 19, 2015

"Three, Wise"

The first raised an astrolabe. There’s the Star, he said. We’re directly below it. Where are we?

Yehuda, the second answered. He was tired of carrying the chest of valuables. He'd thought they'd assign him the astrolabe.

Directly below is vague, don't you think, asked the third. You can't triangulate with one sighting. We should have maps, stand apart on the edges of the plateau. Can we identify one woman in these villages? What if she's in al-Quds?

Let's just walk, the first said. We're bright fellows.

Behind the three, the starlight fell upon the raised swords of Herod's soldiers.


This is my small contribution to Loren Eaton's annual Advent Ghosts shared storytelling event. Every year Loren invites a large and varied group of writers to come up with 100-word stories that might be creepy and might have the season as a theme. It's always a good time and I always dash off my story at the last minute. Thanks again, Loren!

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  1. Well done; I love the unexpected tales that come from such a deceptively simple prompt.

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    1. Thanks! I just wanted to have the Magi bickering.

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  2. Ha! The Slaughter of the Innocents should definitely give those three a clue. You've reminded me of my favorite T.S. Eliot poem, Scott.

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    1. the voices singing in our ears, saying
      That this was all folly


      Yeah, that's one great poem. Thanks for reminding me of it!

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  3. Excellent combination of stories and reminder that behind the gift bearers come the militia.

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    1. Thanks! It was hard working in the soldiers with the 100 word limit. I'm still not completely satisfied with that last sentence. Damn Loren and his deadline!

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  4. Ain't wisdom an elusive and allusive goal!
    But I really like your harmonic riff.
    Merry Christmas from the tireless pilgrim at Beyond Eastrod where the pilgrimage has been redefined and the goal remains the same: wisdom.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you, Tim! I hope you do read the gospels. Remember to focus on the life of Christ, not just his death.

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    2. Indeed, Scott, see my Beyond Eastrod posting today. Onward!

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  5. Like that, the simplicity of the starlight on the swords, the Magi grumpy and weary of travel.

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