They All Fall Down

Novas Challenge

What’s It About?

A writing challenge for the picture above, from Nova’s Namastè 365 Online during the summer. I was quite busy with other projects so I’m just getting to this challenge she gave me. This is what I thought of the image. I call it “They All Fall Down.” A high ranking angel fathers a child with another angel, lower in rank. This causes a domino effect on all creation. God makes everyone pay for the transgression.

**A mystical rant from an angelic being, as I slip in the four horsemen. Mature theme, but nothing graphic. God is the parent of all creation. Don’t make him angry, or he will handle it like parents did a long time ago…punish everybody to get the one responsible.**

(2 Minute Read)

The affair caused the angel to lose favor with the Most High. His strength and ability to fly about the heavens were sliced away with the sword of Mars. Maximus, the keeper of all things damned, rejected a plea for mercy. White, one of the four, urges a magpie to force him to let go of the chain that balances the scale of our worlds. Conquest is imminent.

His ignorance binds the wings of proletariat Fairies, Dragons, Manticore, and the Nue. Gargoyles crying out for revenge are rewarded as his broken bones strike the ground. Red, second of the four, will trample over the fallen flesh to incite war among the peaceable. The innocence of the child born between both worlds will be sacrificed with the blood of all things in the sea. Black, third of the four, will offer famine as a reward for those acknowledging the life of the child. Pale, the fourth one will stand close to this generation causing them to pass away and be forgotten as a man with lapse of thought.

The light and the dark will become gray as the Almighty balances the worlds for a thousand years, enough time for the child to decide which world will live and which world will die.

Copyright © Darnell Cureton. All Rights Reserved

  One thought on “They All Fall Down

  1. January 11, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    That’s a long time for the child to think about who will survive and who won’t unless, it’s been like 999 years. Life sure does go by quick! Haha. Excellent story!

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  2. January 7, 2020 at 4:48 am

    An interesting and quite evocative image, and your short piece on it is very powerful, Darnell. You’ve done really well with creating darkness and mystery because it feels like there’s a weight over the words as you read them. With the child, I’m curious though; will he/she be sacrificed imminently or will they live on to wield the sword of punishment unto others (like your last line suggests)? Quite interesting too that it reflects what I often find happens in society, where the ‘transgression’ or awful deeds of one or a minority of people have an effect on the larger population, where more people have to pay in some way because others don’t play by the rules. Nicely done.
    Caz x

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    • January 7, 2020 at 6:23 am

      I believe the child will live on, only innocence is sacrificed. Like many works, it can be interpreted differently by everyone. For me, that’s what makes this piece stand out. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. The insight you have has value that can’t be measured. Have a great day Caz. 🥰

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  3. December 31, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    It’s amazing how you came up with this story based on this photo prompt. Our minds work in mysterious ways. Well done.

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    • December 31, 2019 at 1:32 pm

      So true Goldie. We all see different things. It’s a photo prompt so why not write what you see… sometime in 2020? Love to see how you handle. Have a great day. Side note…Lulu has shipped. Will be reading your story soon.🙂

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      • December 31, 2019 at 2:08 pm

        My brain is scrambled, trying to fit everything in before I’m due back at work on the 2nd. I started dabbling in other short story writing contests. It’s a lot of fun, but I need MORE TIME! Can you sense my panic? LOL
        That’s awesome. I can’t wait to hear from you. Great, it also makes me slightly nervous.

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      • December 31, 2019 at 2:14 pm

        Ha! That’s human nature. I know your writing style. I’ll enjoy it and want more. Good luck on the contests. Remember our unwritten rule, just have fun! 🤗


  4. December 26, 2019 at 10:20 am

    You had me at “His ignorance binds the wings of the proletariat Fairies”. Love your imagery of this balance between good and bad 🙂

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    • December 26, 2019 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Christine. This one was a little different for me but I enjoyed writing 😊

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      • December 26, 2019 at 10:45 am

        Yes, I don’t read fantasy fiction but I certainly enjoyed yours! 😊

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  5. December 26, 2019 at 4:33 am

    This was most certainly different…..we were looking for the Spectre to make an appearance!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. December 26, 2019 at 3:55 am

    A great mystical, mythical mash-up. 🙂

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