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An Origin StoryTales of the Shattered Sword
P. Thomas Ramirez
The Kind God, The Curious Goddess and The Lord of Fire and Stone: An Origin Story
There was once a goddess who was curious. There was also once a god who, in his kindness, indulged her wishes. Together, they wandered the heavens in search of things new and novel. At one particular time, their wanderings led them to cross paths with another god, one that lorded over fire and stone.
This god was grizzled with burns and scars. Alone, he toiled upon a great forge, crafting objects glorious and beautiful torn from the skin of his own flesh. The Lord of Fire and Stone suffered much but reveled in his work. When the Kind God and the Curious Goddess greeted him, they were met with enthusiasm and hospitality. The three shared tea and exchanged stories of travel and anecdotes of art and craft.
Their meeting done, the Kind God and the Curious Goddess parted from the Lord of Fire and Stone, but not before gifting the Kind god with his masterpiece,
How It Began"God, your two o'clock is here."
"I have a two o'clock?"
"He's been here since 7:45. I figured it's only polite to... sir."
God sighed. "Fine, send him in."
While He waited God cleared His desk of papers and blueprints; no need for outsiders to see His plans. Soon enough the door to His office opened and God stood, smiled, held out a hand towards one of the two visitor's chairs.
"God! Great stuff you're doing in sector 2-7-0! Great stuff!"
The man's hands were clammy, his handshake limp. Rumpled suit, porkpie hat, briefcase... oh Jes-- oh dear, a salesman. God's smile slipped a little but He soldiered on gamely. With luck He could shoo the poor guy away in a few minutes.
"So, what can I do for you?"
The man sat, briefcase across his knees. "Sector 2-7-0! Everyone's talking about it! What do you call it? Man and merman?"
"Man and woman, actually. And thanks. But we're pretty busy around here, and..."
"Oh! Right! No time for the wicked, eh?" The salesman winked and popped his briefcase,
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