The heavens wept and the thunder boomed its lamentation for the folly of human endeavour. It had been raining continuously for twenty four hours. The sky a sea of black swirling clouds, the roads a raging torrent of storm water, spilling onto the sidewalk. Cold, hard rain beat on his face, uncomfortable, but clearing his mind, as he fought ankle deep through the rising flood waters. He saw the man in the drab brown clothing off to the side of the road, jumping to avoid an oncoming car, unable to avoid the wall of water that poured over him as the car sailed by. Except, the man remained dry, the water having no effect on his clothing. He strode purposely towards the man knowing the covenant would be renewed or broken this night.
He stared into the man’s yellow eyes, seeing the whole cosmos captured within their glow and asked ” How shall I name you.”
The man’s face twitched into a sympathetic smile. He held out his hand, watching the rain cascade around his fingers, leaving his flesh dry ” Does it really matter. You know me by many names.” He paused as if giving it some thought “In this form you can name me Poseidon. It seems appropriate.”
He gave a nod and answered ” It is not time. The covenant still holds. Honour our agreement.”
Poseidon just stared. ” You do so cling to your illusions about humans. Four thousand years ago I allowed you to build an Ark. Two thousand years ago when I threated another flood, you begged to be the scapegoat, to die to save humanity from it’s many iniquities. You thought to cleanse them with your words and suffering, the ultimate sacrifice of your body to redeem all humans. I say they have learned nothing, you have failed and our covenant is at an end. “
He cried out in despair ” They are getting better. The last two thousand years have seen advancement in their behaviour and living conditions. They still evolve, but there is progress. One more chance. That’s all I ask. You claim to be merciful, than extend your mercy once more. One more chance”.
Poseidon gave a deep sign. “For your sake I will give humanity one more chance. You have another two thousand years. Do not try my patience again.” Walking away he disappeared into the mist of time.
At that moment the rain stopped, the sun shone and a rainbow appeared in the heavens.