TSoA: Chapter 32: Just Another Rape
So, we’re back with the Family Noah. Or at least one branch of it.
Shem and his wife Achsah have gone to market, not to buy a fat pig, but to buy some lamp oil and spices. They split up to do this, Shem getting the oil and Achsah getting the spices, but this turns out to be not quite so simple as splitting up at the mall and agreeing to meet at Auntie Anne’s in an hour.
Achsah is almost raped. Three guys grab her and carry her off.
Some in the marketplace turned and looked, then went back to their business.
Just another rape. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Huh. So in this horrible, pre-Flood town, it is BUSINESS AS USUAL for women to be carried off and raped.
Huh huh. Wonder why Shem left his wife alone for EVEN ONE SECOND.
Idiot. Kinda sucks that this guy is one-sixth of the future of humanity. No wonder we’re so screwed up.
Shem kicks the crap out of the guys, and no one else lifts a finger, largely because Shem just so happens to be carrying one of Tubal-cain’s singing swords.
“Let the flood come, O Lord,” [Shem] said to himself, “so we do not have to endure such things any longer.”
Um, Shem we weren’t the ones almost raped. Just your wife. How about letting her talk about the situation?
Yeah, let the flood come, O Lord, so the (no doubt) thousands of rape victims can be swallowed up and horribly drowned right along with their rapists. Because it’s The World that is sinful, right?
Meanwhile, back at the ranch…
Birdies have started to alight on the ark.
Birds from every breed and fashion…
Japheth has apparently been designated Official Bird Wrangler:
For 120 years he had helped his family build the ark. It had seemed like a never-ending task. Would there ever really be a terrible rain and a great flood? Would all the animals really gather and come aboard the ark?
His smile of understanding began to fade. What about those who would be left behind? They would be facing God’s judgment. They would be destroyed. His father’s warnings were now coming true.
Wow. Is this a moment of clarity? Is Japheth actually coming to the realization that his god is cruel and capricious, warning one man of the coming destruction and letting the rest of the world burn?
MAYBE DROWNING SMALL CHILDREN ISN’T A GREAT POLICY FOR A GOD???
But no. This brief spark of near-understanding extinguishes itself as it is created.
Japheth’s thoughts were interrupted by a harsh yelling.
His father and brothers are calling him to look at the land-dwelling animals coming through the clear-cut forest.
Good thing, too, or Japheth might have to deal with complicated thoughts. Can’t have that.
And Noah isn’t one to give a flying frak about innocent victims of an unjust god, either. Not while animals are being docile with each other and the humans and sorting themselves into matched sets:
[Noah's] heart leaped with joy as he realized what God was doing.
Good for you, Noah! Way to appreciate the gravity of the situation!