It Wasn’t There Before

Father and son stared up an early evening moon.  The moment, so universal, was not lost on the father.  He knelt beside the young one and started what had been done countless times since the dawn of humanity. They talked about night and day and the craters they could spot from so far away.  The moment was used to teach the young one to be curious, to question; to learn.

Countless times the discussion had occurred the world over.

“What’s that?” the child asked.

A unknown light beside the moon grew larger, brighter.

In that moment the father taught fear.


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