Noah and Margo

A short story about the first quarantine.

Philip Siddons
ILLUMINATION
Published in
16 min readSep 2, 2022

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It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was in the days in the early morning of time. Kids didn’t listen to their parents and generally stayed out with the family horse well past curfew.

In the evenings, after the hummingbird races in heaven, God would look down at the earth and start to get a headache. People were picking too much food and hoarding it. Some went hungry while others watched their stockpiles rot because they hadn’t invented preservatives.

By now, most of the politicians and magistrates were on the take. Even when they did get caught, these powerful crooks would retire rich and earn even more wealth by publishing memoirs commemorating their decadence.

Along with everything else that humanity had messed up, it had been decided by a small-town council, up in Northern Mesopotamia, that yellow people were going to be the preferred color. From then on, the blacks, the reds and the whites were thought of as “inferior.” The more God thought about it, the angrier God became.

Not much was going right. Some people were bossing others around for no rational reason. Millions were living their lives as if they, alone, were the only ones with feelings.

In the end, though, God decided to wipe the slate clean and start a new humanity.

On the morning when God was about to start over, God saw a man named Ham walking down the road. An ostrich was strolling along behind him. To God, variety was the spice of life.

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Right when God was about to reach for the lever to the dam, this Ham fellow made God laugh. He had on a pair of weird sunglasses with strings looping down and going behind his head (as if it would catch them if they fell). He had a shirt that looked like it had been used as a paint rag and his baggy shorts were made of feathers which perfectly matched the ostrich walking behind him.

God was laughing so much, at Ham’s creative apparel, that God decided a bit of this craziness must be carried over into the next try at humanity. Some of these…

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Philip Siddons
ILLUMINATION

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