Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A drink at the well

It smelled them long before it heard them.  It heard them long before it saw them come down the rocky draw.  There were two, one of the little scaly ones, twitchy, scurrying along the walls as much as the ground and one wearing robes and smelling similar to the meat animal it had feasted on with its kin a few nights ago.  It had filled itself on water from the well prior to their arrival so the Need was more of a cold breeze on its back than an all-powerful roar.  It was able to think a little.  To be patient.  To plan.  To wait.  They could both be taken, if it was careful.

They were making sounds.  Some of the sounds did odd things.  It listened and was surprised to find some of the sounds created thoughts in its head, like sparks from flint.  The sounds sometimes had meanings.  Sometimes the meanings arranged themselves together to form ideas.  It found the ideas … curious.

“Don’ know why you come ‘long.  Gettin’ water is nooey na kway job,” said the scaly meat animal.
“Seemed the least I could do, seeing as our delayed departure is only adding to your labors,” said the robed meat animal.
“That dumb.”
“Well, I thought we’d have been on our way by now too.  I’m not sure why the Captain lingers though he must have his reasons.”
“Ha!  You dumb!  You help like nooey na kway when no have to AND you too dumb-dumb to know why Captain no leave!  You tray-so-sheen!”  It had trouble following the scaly meat animal’s sounds.  They did not make many sparks.
“Yes, I suppose I am.  You are not the first to remark on it.  Do you then know the cause of our delay?”
“I know.  I not tray-so-sheen dumb dumb like you.  Hahahaha!”
“How fortunate for you.  Is this the well head then?”
“Yes, I show you how work handle, you too dumb dumb to know, haha!  You lift here, see?  Theeeeeeeen, you push back down!  See?  Then… you lift again!  Simple!  Even you get it!  Haha!  You big, you good at nooey no kway job!  We sign you up, I no have get water anymore.  You fill jugs, I go see what wrong with sensor.”  The twitchy meat animal climbed effortlessly up the rock wall to where the sensor was mounted over looking the well below…
…And just below where it hung, hidden in the shadows, over looking the meat animal and the sensor below.  It knew what was wrong with the sensor.  It readied itself to pounce.
“What hell?  Something smash sensor!”
“Is that bad?”
“Not good dumb dumb.  But I fix.  I not useless tray-so-sheen like you.  Only good for getting drink.  Haha!”
““If you had known the gift of God and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me water to drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.””  
“What hell you talk ‘bout, dumb dumb?”  Now, while the meat animal’s attention was focused downward!  In one, explosive motion, grab its throat to keep it from making sounds; grab its belt to control the body; pierce the eye with the tooth and a long pull from the skull to end it.  The scaly meat animal went limp in its grip.
Oblivious, the other meat animal continued making sounds.  ““Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks of this water which I will give to him will never be thirsty for eternity, but the water which I will give to him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.””

More sparks in its mind.  The sparks caught fire and a light seemed to come on in a place that had lain dark for a long time.  It was so shocked by this, it actually forgot about what it was doing.  It stopped feeding on the scaly one for a moment and stared down at the other meat animal.  The animal was looking up at it, eyes growing wide.

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