RAGE OF ZEUS

 

Thunderbolt

Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my contribution for the week toΒ Monday’s Finish the Story, hosted by Barbara W. Beacham. Every Monday, Barbara supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box, after clicking on the link, to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:

https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/mondays-finish-the-story-june-8th-2015/

I just want to add, my laptop was in the repair shop for several days, then I had to download “177” updates that had accumulated to be installed. It took part of the day and all through the night to install and update them. It became too late to send in a story last week, so I thought I’d wait for the new prompt.

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 3+14+150=167 Words

RAGE OF ZEUS by P.S. Joshi

Zeus was not having a good day and he made sure everyone knew it.

First, he sent a huge thunderbolt flashing through the evening sky. He aimed it directly at one of his other symbols, a monstrous oak on the edge of Olympus. It struck with devastating force, ripping the oak asunder. What remained caught fire. The blaze was seen for miles.

“That will show those stupid humans who is boss,” he thundered.

He raised his massive scepter causing another symbol, bulls, to stampede through farmers’ fields, breaking down fences.

A third symbol, mighty eagles, soared in flocks, then dived toward earth. People took shelter wherever they could duck inside.

Thunder was heard as Zeus shouted, “I have almost twenty children. Do they pay attention to me? No, they do not. I am a god. I am worshipped. Yet my own children defy me. It is the fault of their mothers.”

In his frustration, his giant tears cascaded to the ground below.

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22 thoughts on “RAGE OF ZEUS

  1. I loved your story Suzanne! Well done! If only he could do what he did to the people of earth to his own children to make them notice. Thanks again for continuing to write for the MFtS challenge. I hope that your computer is all better now! πŸ™‚ Be well… ^..^

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  2. I think he can claim some of the blame for himself – after all, he didn’t set a very good example. He overthrew his own father, Kronos, and imprisoned him in Tartarus! I love your inclusion of the symbols of Zeus, though I feel sorry for the people who get in the way of his temper tantrum. Good story, Suzanne. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Louise. You’re right. Zeus was not a good example for his children. and needs to accept part of the blame, but he probably won’t as his ego won’t let him. He’s one who’d rather put the blame on others and throw a temper tantrum. I’m really glad you liked the story. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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  3. Maybe if he were a better example his children would have a father to look up to. Okay, now just promise you won’t tell Zeus I said so. πŸ™‚
    Excellent read! Tears from a god, well some areas are in need of a good rain. The bulls and eagles, we can live without when they are sent in anger, but a little rain is good!

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    • Thanks, Yolanda. I promise not to tell Zeus what you said. He not only wasn’t a good example, he wanted the mothers of his children to take the blame. Terrible attitude. Men and women in those ancient times felt very at home with gods who had the same problems they did. I’m so glad you liked the story. I enjoyed writing it. Yes, rain is ususally welcome and a good thing. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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    • Thanks, Lata. I’m so happy you liked the story. I did some research on that one. I thought the tears would be a perfect ending. The ancient Greeks probably thought everything was due to the gods. Zeus no doubt did continue to complain, so there was thunder after the rain of tears. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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