I have to say… this is a bit risky of a short story. I couldn’t help myself. I want to be controversial but who doesn’t? Supposedly it acquires you fame or infamy. Either ay it draws readers. So, shamelessly, my mind wouldn’t let this idea go. Please know that I meant no harm. I just needed fictional characters for a “matchup.”
A Year of Writing Prompts by Brian A. Klems & Zachary Petit
“Write a scene featuring a cruise ship or a boat, a sudden change of weather, and the idiom “Fools rush in.””
The prophet Mohammed stood on the rickety dock that jutted out into the waters of the Sea of Galilee. His band of followers were busily preparing the boat to set sail to the other side. One called from the ship, beckoning the prophet forward onto the skiff. Using the gentlest of motions he stepped down and they immediately set sail.
Mohammed tried dearly not to show his uncertainty, he was the prophet from Allah, he could not show any sense of fear, but deep down he dreaded being on the open sea. The fear of being washed overboard weighed heavily in his mind and he prayed for safe passage.
Then the clouds rolled in. Those around him commented at the momentary shimmer jumping from cloud to cloud. “It’s going to be a bad one,” someone said. Mohammed did not know who had whispered, what he thought, were the final words of his life. He had to admit that none of them truly mattered to him. They were mere stepping stones in his journey to retrieve the stone of power that rested on the other side. It was known as the Eye of God and any mortal that held it would take on the powers of one not of this world.
If it were not that he feared another would retrieve the stone he would have walked around the sea or at least found some other transportation other than the sea.
If only I had the stone now, he thought, I would stop this storm before it had spread like a disease across the sky.
The waves began to grow. They lapped at the edges of the boat, lobbing spray of sea at the men. The man chosen as captain tried his best to steer the ship through the waters. Mohammed would have thrown him overboard I he didn’t need him. The man clutched to the side of the ship, trying to stabilize himself, while keeping his eyes pointed ever forward.
The winds picked up and ripped the prophets ‘Imama from his head, relinquishing the greasy, black locks beneath. It whipped at his face like angry tentacles, entangling itself in his thick beard.
The wave first rose like a mountain rising from sleep at the bow of the ship, blocking Mohammed’s view of the other side of the sea. Then with the strength of the earth it crashed over the ship and sent everyone swirling into the blackness.
He scrambled. Climbing his way through the water but he could not tell what was up or down. But soon he found himself slowly drifting ever upwards.
His head broke the thrashing surface of the water. He gasped and gulped down the salty air.
“Why have you done this,” Mohammed cried out.
His black eyes scoured the sea for any sign of his companions. He knew none of them by name and felt it ridiculous to call out for anyone. There was no room for weakness.
A wave rose and cresting over it was another, larger, boat, still surviving the rough waters. It dove down the other side of the wave. It rushed past Mohammed, spraying him with a miniscule wave compared to it’s brethren.
“Over here,” he called out.
Lightning cracked the black and he saw the silhouettes of twelve men, scrambling across the deck of the ship. There was incoherent shouting but he did not recognize any of the words against all the other noise around him.
The storm quickly subside in a cool breeze.
“Look” shouted someone on the boat.
Mohammed waved his arms above his head and shouted again, until he was submerged in the water.
A hand grasped on to his shoulder and pulled him from the water.
Mohammed looked into the face of a Hebrew man, bearded like himself, with long locks of flowing hair. He knew that face. It was the man who claimed to be the son of God.
“You,” Mohammed said.
He looked down and realized with the sense of falling, that this man was standing on the surface of the water.
“Yes, cousin, I got the stone before you.” Jesus sneered. “Cause only fools don’t rush in.”