Friday Fictioneers, 10 May 2013: Nephilim’s Shot Glass

Ariel came in every day as soon as the pub opened; she preferred to get there early to avoid the groping hands of after-work businessmen looking for a way to loose tensions before heading home to hot meals and homely wives. In the quiet of late morning, she sipped a coffee and stared at the shot glass; no one but she (and the barkeep) knew it for what it was. Everyone mistook it for a vase inside the locked glass case next to the mural and above the fancy wine. It was a cup for giants, and she wanted it.

Photo courtesy: Ted Strutz

I have always been fascinated by the story in Genesis about the nephilim, the race of giants that were the result of mating between angels and women. The item in that case in the photo just seemed to fit this little 100-word offering so well. Click on the photo prompt above to visit Rochelle’s site and to read the other offerings this week.

(18) Comments

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 The more I read about the Nephilim, the more I believe they weren’t giants like the one at the top of the beanstalk. Various descriptions of Goliath suggest that he was somewhere between nearly 10 and 13 feet tall (depending on which length of cubit is followed). Looking at that vase , I could see how it might be like a shot glass to someone that tall 🙂

    1. Thank you, Lily! I will have to pop into the blog you mentioned. As the mother of a child who was born prematurely and who was very small, I can only imagine what her experience has been. I know of Gigantism, but was leaning more toward the fanciful and somewhat faith-related…

  1. Nice to see you again, AR. I hope everything’s been going well for you. What an interesting take on this! I’ve read of the Nephilim in the Bible, too.


  2. Although I grew up with the Bible, I must admit the giants passed me by entirely. Left Christianity in the meantime so it has been a while. Would want to research this.

    1. Thanks for stopping in, petru. I too turned my back on Christianity as a young adult, but life brought me back to that particular belief system. I’ll have a couple posts coming soon on the why’s and how’s of that, so if you are interested in my story, do come back again!

  3. Hmm, that is an intriguing story, although it raises a lot of questions like how she knows about it and how it got there. Not saying you have to write more about it, but you’ve made me very curious. Also, the line “heading home to hot meals and homely wives” is a beautiful piece of alliteration. 🙂

    1. Thank you, David! I am glad the story inspired curiosity and that you liked the alliteration. I love the intrigue of trying to discover the background to a story. I am considering doing a reverse story soon…read a fabulous one yesterday. Giving the middle bits (like this) is good practice too 🙂

  4. Dear AR,
    Nephillim notwithstanding, I enjoyed the inner workings of your main character. Her wanting to get there early to avoid groping customers.

    1. Thank you Rochelle! But one must wonder how something belonging to the Nephilim showed up in such a place. I do, anyway 🙂

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