The Fall of Cain

February 6, 2019 at 9:29 am 54 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 8 February 2019

Anshu Bhojnagarwala
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Cain couldn’t understand how the Lord favored Abel over him. It gave way to bitterness that led him to treat his younger brother badly.

It came to pass that Abel couldn’t take the abuse anymore. He decided to fight back.

“Is that all you’ve got?” Cain mocked Abel who struck him in the face.

With anger burning deep inside him, Cain knocked Abel down hard. He died instantly after hitting his head on the rock.

“What have I done?” Cain wailed.

For killing Abel, the Lord took away his farm and livelihood and made him a wanderer on the earth.
 

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  • 1. Alice Audrey  |  February 6, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Wait. Cain had a farm? Oh.

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    • 2. plaridel  |  February 6, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      alice:

      yes, indeed. according to the bible, he grew up to be a tiller of the soil.

      Reply
  • 3. jennifermacaire  |  February 6, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Jealousy – it’s all throgh the bible, isn’t it?

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    • 4. plaridel  |  February 6, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      jennifer:

      i think you’re correct. isn’t it one of the eight deadly sins?

      Reply
  • 5. Dale  |  February 6, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Interesting take, Plaridel.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  February 6, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      dale:

      i hope you liked it. thanks.

      Reply
  • 7. rochellewisoff  |  February 6, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Dear Plaridel,

    Once more you’ve added humanity and emotion to this age old story. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 8. plaridel  |  February 6, 2019 at 2:36 pm

      rochelle:

      i can’t help myself thinking of the past. 🙂

      Reply
  • 9. Violet Lentz  |  February 6, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Hmmmm Able started it huh?

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    • 10. plaridel  |  February 6, 2019 at 2:40 pm

      violet:

      at least, that’s how i imagined it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. Iain Kelly  |  February 6, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Another fresh look at a biblical story. If only Cain realised what he’d started.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  February 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      iain:

      i think he did but it was too late.

      Reply
  • 13. anuragbakhshi  |  February 6, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    You brought the scene alive. Nice.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  February 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

      anurag:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 15. draliman  |  February 7, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Sibling rivalry. Not sure I’d want “Invented murder” on my CV…

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    • 16. plaridel  |  February 7, 2019 at 9:03 am

      draliman:

      me too. 🙂

      Reply
  • 17. Abhijit Ray  |  February 7, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Cain the first sinner, was a prodigal son. Lord welcomed his back when he showed grief.

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    • 18. plaridel  |  February 7, 2019 at 9:03 am

      abhijit:

      getting forgiveness would be a nice ending to the story.

      Reply
  • 19. gahlearner  |  February 7, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Horrible consequences from the actions of an unfair parent-god. I always hated that story. You make their feelings come alive.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  February 7, 2019 at 9:03 am

      gahlearner:

      all wouldn’t be lost if we can learn a lesson from this episode.

      Reply
  • 21. Liz Young  |  February 7, 2019 at 7:01 am

    The old story retold – well done.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  February 7, 2019 at 9:03 am

      liz:

      sadly, it’s something humanity has to deal with. It’s still happening today in different iterations.

      Reply
  • 23. Brenda's Thoughts  |  February 8, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Well done in adding emotion to the age-old story of Cain & Abel. It’s a tragic one, for sure.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  February 8, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      brenda:

      thank you for reading as usual. it means a lot.

      Reply
  • 25. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 8, 2019 at 2:21 am

    There are so many biblical stories that would work well in a modern setting. Excellent

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    • 26. plaridel  |  February 8, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      keith:

      i second the motion. more stories waiting to be retold. 🙂

      Reply
  • 27. Sandra  |  February 8, 2019 at 4:01 am

    A new slant on an old tale. Nicely done.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  February 8, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      sandra:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 29. lisarey1990  |  February 8, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I love the re-creating of the old story. Great job.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  February 8, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      lisa:

      you should try it sometime. it’ll be fun. 🙂

      Reply
      • 31. lisarey1990  |  February 10, 2019 at 12:51 pm

        When I find the right prompt, challenge accepted! 🙂

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        • 32. plaridel  |  February 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm

          lisa:

          i’m looking forward to it. 🙂

          Reply
  • 33. Margaret  |  February 8, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    No good ever comes of jealousy – or of favouritism. Well told.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  February 9, 2019 at 9:28 am

      margaret:

      i guess it’s in our nature, but can be tamed and put to good use.

      Reply
  • 35. Russell Gayer  |  February 9, 2019 at 6:11 am

    I enjoyed your take on the first murder in recorded history. From what I understand, Cain found a wife while wandering the earth. I’ve always wondered who her parents were?

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    • 36. plaridel  |  February 9, 2019 at 9:28 am

      russell:

      i think he found his wife just like adam did his first mistress. i wrote about it in previous story.

      https://wp.me/p6FwZ-3tu

      Reply
  • 37. granonine  |  February 9, 2019 at 8:34 am

    God hadn’t ruled on incest yet. I’m sure Cain’s wife was a relative. I used to wonder about that one myself. She was very likely a much younger sister, which is appalling to us. But, as I said, the ban on incest hadn’t yet been given.

    Anyway, I like your treatment of this story. I never considered that Abel may have tried to fight back–always pictured in my mind that he was taken by surprise. And the actual word in Hebrew would indicate that Cain strangled his younger brother, a very personal and angry way to kill him, expressing what was likely an ongoing hatred. It was the first brother-against-brother incident in history, but certainly not the last.

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    • 38. plaridel  |  February 9, 2019 at 9:27 am

      linda:

      i believe his wife came from other hominin species that roamed the earth at that time.

      Reply
  • 39. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  February 9, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Interesting way to take the prompt. Nicely done …
    Isadora 😎

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    • 40. plaridel  |  February 10, 2019 at 8:33 am

      isadora:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 41. Sascha Darlington  |  February 9, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Well told.

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    • 42. plaridel  |  February 10, 2019 at 8:33 am

      sascha:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 43. Nan Falkner  |  February 9, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    This is so very clever! WOW!

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    • 44. plaridel  |  February 10, 2019 at 8:32 am

      nan:

      you made my day. thank you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 45. michaelwynnauthor  |  February 10, 2019 at 1:50 am

    You’ve made the story accessible and relevant to the modern reader, well done

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    • 46. plaridel  |  February 10, 2019 at 8:32 am

      mick:

      thank you for reading and support. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 47. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  February 10, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Oh the jealousy… so bitter and so dark

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    • 48. plaridel  |  February 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      björn:

      i agree with you totally.

      Reply
  • 49. Still Loved...Still Missed  |  February 10, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for letting me know

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    • 50. plaridel  |  February 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      still loved…still missed:

      you’re welcome. hopefully, you liked my interpretation. 🙂

      Reply
  • 51. Fatima Fakier  |  February 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    I like the idea of retelling biblical stories. Jealousy is an age old emotion.

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    • 52. plaridel  |  February 11, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      fatima:

      the bible is rich with opportunities for retelling. maybe you should try it sometime. 🙂

      Reply
  • 53. Joy Pixley  |  February 11, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Jealousy is like a fire that burns you from within. Interesting take!

    Reply
    • 54. plaridel  |  February 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      joy:

      you nailed it. that’s exactly what jealousy is.

      Reply

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