His Dilemma

Image copyright: Marie Gail Stratford

Image copyright: Marie Gail Stratford

Adam’s difficulty is one many have to face at some point in their lives and it’s a topic that agricultural colleges just don’t touch on. Here he is, one of the region’s more successful farmers, but is reaching the age when he will soon be departing for the great silo in the sky.

He sits in his parlour, pen and paper in front of him. He is stuck at “My Will”.

Outside in the yard, his two sons, Cain, a keeper of flocks, and Abel, a tiller of the ground, squabble.

Eve is busy elsewhere. He sighs; asks for guidance.


Written in response to the 100 word challenge from Friday Fictioneers.

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57 Responses to His Dilemma

  1. MythRider says:

    So that’s what happened.

  2. Ellespeth says:

    Oh! What a spark of imagination this is, Patrick. It has me chuckling. So I guess Adam asking for guidance is why the Bible is so wordy? That’ll teach him.

  3. Margaret says:

    What a fantastic lead-in. I really like how you set off in one direction then twisted it around. Adam’s will – lots to ponder in that phrase.

  4. Dale says:

    Typical. Man sits writing will; wife busy keeping house and children bickering in the yard instead of helping out… 😉

  5. phylor says:

    I really like the idea of Adam trying to write a will. He should have done the unthinkable — left everything to Eve.
    Great story.

  6. Alice Audrey says:

    I suspect it will ultimately work out, though not in a happy way,

  7. afairymind says:

    Such a clever take on the prompt! Love it. 🙂

  8. McGuffy Ann says:

    Very interesting take on the prompt. I think I know what happened!

  9. IB Arora says:

    guidance rarely comes to Adams of this wretched world

  10. Well, Adam’s will is going to be a bit simpler by one person pretty soon. Nice non-reverent Biblical tale.

  11. Great take on the prompt. Adam’s dilemma and Eve busy elsewhere. LOL

  12. livingonchi says:

    It’s a problem that nearly every family will have eventually. Very telling story!

  13. And Adam’s will has been the whole problem ever since. What a great twist on the prompt.

  14. Ha, should have left it to the animal sanctuary!

  15. Dear Patrick,

    Where’s the ‘love’ icon for this? Oh the ensuing drama. Poor Adam. The idyllic family life is about to end. Curse that serpent! Well done.



  16. storydivamg says:

    Should anyone ever ask “What’s in a name?” again, I shall refer them here. So much told here with just the names used.

    All my best,

  17. If ever a man’s sigh will be heard from above, I think it will be Adam’s. Thanks for the clever story and the smiles!

  18. Ah.. I guess sharing was out of the question.. But I guess that Eve will bring the knowledge soon,

  19. Nice. I like the big silo in the sky. 🙂

  20. ansumani says:

    LOL. ‘Eve is busy elsewhere’ is too funny for some reason 🙂

  21. ‘Eve is busy elsewhere.’
    AnElephant rocks with laughter!

  22. gahlearner says:

    Cain will soon take care of any unclear declarations in the will by reducing the benefactors to one. Great story.

  23. It’s God’s will he should be concerned with! Excellent.
    Rosey Pinkerton

  24. micklively says:

    There’s only four people with the whole world available. Why does he need a will? We won’t be short of resources for thousands of years.

  25. Nice piece! I love the idea of Adam thinking about his will. In the end, God knows best…

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