clare_dragonfly: drawing of a man in a brown turtleneck, looking away, text: time for a hundred visions and revisions (Writing: visions and revisions)
Title: Origin Story (goddamn I am uncreative with titles)
Word count: 651
Rating: PG-13
Prompt: [community profile] origfic_bingo B3: apocalypse
Notes: Those who have read earlier pieces set in this world may notice that I've changed the world a little bit... I'm still working it out, really.


By the time they realized it hadn’t been China that had sent the first bombs, it was too late.

They’d been clever: the first nukes hit close enough to DC to send the capital into a full-scale panic, but left the politicians and the Pentagon alive and intact enough to plan retaliation.

Then there were the bombs up and down the California coast. It wasn’t clear whether they planned it or it was just serendipitous timing, but the earthquake that followed the bombs multiplied the destruction. And they left behind just enough evidence to point to China.

Refugees poured from the coasts by the millions. Then they bombed the refugees.

But even terrorists slip up eventually.Read more... )
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (! stories last longer)
The story the Sefadare tell their children:
In the beginning of time, the Goddess lived with her two sons. They wished to provide all things for her comfort, so one autumn at harvest time, each brought her the fruits of his labor. Sefa, who was a farmer, brought her corn and vegetables; Kuni, who was a herder, brought her goat meat and milk.

The Goddess was pleased with both gifts, but greatly delighted with Sefa's, and she chose to take him as her lover. Kuni grew furious with jealousy and killed his brother. Grief-stricken, the Goddess cursed Kuni to always wander the world, never settling in one place.

But in the spring, Sefa lived again, growing up with his corn in the field. And the Goddess, and his people, rejoiced.

The story the Kunidare tell their children:
In the beginning of time, the Goddess lived with her two sons. They wished to provide all things for her comfort, so one autumn at harvest time, each brought her the fruits of his labor. Kuni, who was a herder, brought her goat meat and milk; Sefa, who was a farmer, brought her corn and vegetables.

The Goddess was pleased with both gifts, but greatly delighted with Kuni's, and she chose to take him as her lover. Sefa grew furious with jealousy and killed his brother. Grief-stricken, the Goddess cursed Sefa to grow roots, never to see new sights or learn new tales.

But in the spring, Kuni lived again, born with his goats in the field. And the Goddess, and his people, rejoiced.

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