100 Stories- 100 Days – Short Story #24

100 Stories- 100 Days – Short Story #24
January 21, 2014 Miro Sevin Siegel

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When the Clouds Met the Mountain

It was quiet; as it usually was, and it was overcast, a sight seen very often here in the far lands of Kog. The town was dead; everyone was hiding in some bunker or a crevice somewhere, we all knew what came next.

Tempest and Gaia were to fight soon. The clouds generated by Tempest angered Gaia, and Gaia’s large mass infuriated Tempest. This had happened many times, and the people of Kog knew the phenomenon well.

Quakes, tremors and landslides came from the west, and lightning, heavy rain and hurricanes came from the east. The two deities met in the settlement of Juncon, as they did every month; inadvertently raining destruction from the heavens, and the ground below.

And as the deities fought every month, so did the people; The people rebuilt and repaired as they needed. A single flaw in their structure could send them flying into the sky, or plunging into the depths of the earth.

The population of Juncon was dwindling. Every month, people would decide they’ve had enough, or simply succumb to their wounds. The life of a Junconian was a hard one. However the people of Kog knew what they were getting into when they built here, in fact, they welcomed it. This was the first step in taking back our freedom, breaking free from the tyranny imposed by the deities. We built a settlement in their playground, the valley of Pok, and it angered them greatly.

Quakes every few minutes, and an endless thunderstorm were the most common occurrence, however there was also interference from other deities. Incredible heat waves caused by Agni, yet minutes later, sub-zero temperatures as a by-product of Boreas’ fury. Ceres frowned upon us, and our crops died. There are too many to name.

Yet, despite the god’s punishment, we’re still here. However, Tempest and Gaia are the only ones still present. The others simply vanished; people stopped worshiping them, and without the power of the peoples prayers, they couldn’t survive.

Tempest and Gaia have certainly grown weaker. We’ve gotten through the hardest part, as their attacks won’t be as fierce as they were before. However it is concerning; without Tempest there is no wind, no rain, and without Gaia there is no nourishment in the ground, making plant life impossible. Life would not be possible without these two gods, so even though they are our enemies, our predator, we must pray to them.

It is because of us, and us alone that life is sustainable on this planet, the people of the far lands of Kog, the guardians of the Earth.

What is this? it’s part of the NEW PROJECT: 100 Stories- 100 Days – Send your suggestions for stories by submitting a title and genre and I’ll write it!

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