Short Story #28
“Papa, come quick!”
At the urgency in the voices of his twin toddlers, Ray immediately stopped icing the black coffee vanilla cupcakes and rushed over to them in the playpen that was positioned by the window. They were directing his gaze outside of the window with frantic pointing and worried chubby faces.
“Something wrong with the sky!” the twins echo in unison as they point out the window. “Look, Papa!”
Ray looked and smiled. “Nothing’s wrong with the sky, mes amours. It’s only a rainbow.”
The twins scrunched their adorable little faces at their ever-patient father.
Ray heartily laughs.
Marcus playfully nudged his sister-in-law. “I bet you a box of the finest Belgian chocolates that he’s going to give the babies a scientific explanation. Ça te dit?”
Diana looked at Marcus and then at her husband who was gathering the twins in his arms. “He’s going to tell them a story, but you’re on!”
“A rainbow is a multicolored arc in the sky. It’s one of creation’s most splendid masterpieces all thanks to God.” Ray explained to the babies. “See, people were very wicked and refused to obey God; it displeased Him. However, one man found grace in God’s eyes: Noah. Had it not been for him, the world probably wouldn’t have existed today.”
Ashley tilts her head sideways to look at her father. “Vraiment?”
“Vraiment,” Ray clarifies. “After Noah followed God’s instructions in building an ark, a great flood came and cleansed the earth removing evil-minded mankind. After Noah and family left the ark, a multi-colored curved bow appeared in the sky symbolizing God’s covenant He made with Noah as He promised to never destroy the world in such a way again.
“It’s a beautiful promise. How many colors do you see?”
As Ray occupied the babies, Diana turns to a smiling Marcus. “I know you got lost in the story, but you owe me a box of the finest Belgian chocolate known to man.”
The smile quickly morphed into a sourish scowl. “Ray, couldn’t you have given the babies a scientific explanation and leave it at that?” Marcus picks up one of his twin’s signature cupcake and starts walking away. “Now I owe your wife chocolates! Chocolates, Ray! C’est ouf!”
Ray’s infectious laughter fill the room causing his wife to join in.
French terms used:
* mes amours – my loves
* Ça te dit – up for it?
* vraiment – really
* C’est ouf – it’s crazy
All grammatical errors are mine.
Three places to study the meaning of a rainbow or what some of the colors may symbolize are found in Genesis, Ezekiel, and Revelation.
On another note, I’ll be sharing more stories, trains of thoughts, ideas, really short stories, etc. in the near future. I may post
a lot of stories on Tuesdays. Most, if not all of the stories are Biblically-based and I want to start incorporating French in many of them.