Flash Friday: Subcontracting in Shinar

Pezel awoke to the sound of shouting. With a yawn he sat up and enjoyed a big stretch. Blinking, he looked toward the tower site. All around it, men were shouting at each other. Some gesticulated angrily. Others simply shook their heads in disbelief. Something was up.

Pezel saw Almohaz was still sleeping. He gently shook his friend. “Hey, wake up.”

Almohaz slowly opened one eye, then both. “Demo, mada nemui desuyo.”

“Uh… what?” replied Pezel.

Almohaz looked at him quizzically and said, “Eh? Nani? Kotoba ga totemo okashi desu. Wakaranai.”

Pezel looked at Almohaz dumbfounded, then back at the people fighting around the tower. Something was definitely up.


FLASH! It’s Flash Friday, the day when Seeking New Earth authors write short stories up to 1000 words (“flash fiction”) or 110 words (“microfiction”). Both are sure to instigate the imagination and stimulate the synapses. Did you like what you read? Want to explore the story some more? Or maybe you want to try your own hand at some flash fiction? Leave us a comment below!

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12 thoughts on “Flash Friday: Subcontracting in Shinar

    1. Thanks! I was trying to pick names that looked like they might fit right in with Genesis 10, so it sounds like maybe I did alright.

  1. Wasn’t I just asking about doing other Bible stories flash style?
    Awesome! Never really thought of the mass confusion of that first day.

    1. Thanks Jen! I like to think sometimes about the personal stories that must have been involved with some of the grand events in the Bible. There’s lots of good stuff to explore there, I think.

      1. Hm. This comment just made me think… I wonder if any families were divided. Two brothers not able to talk to each other any longer? A mother and her daughter no longer able to communicate? What heartache to those who refuse to listen to God! They wanted to make themselves gods… and they couldn’t even say “hi” to one another!

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