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Under the Thumb of a God

An unlikely tale.

By Susanna KiernanPublished 12 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
Under the Thumb of a God
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By the murky ocean I was embraced. Water streamed across the creases of my body as I drifted in the endless expanse. There was nothing else in the world save for me and the sea and the reigning blue above.

But then a shadow fell across the world. I watched as the dark mark spread across the sea, over me and beyond. It had come as sudden as the spark of a fire and brought vicious waves. The water pulsed and ricocheted. Powerless, I was flung around there and here and back again like a leaf tearing through the wind. As suddenly as it had come on, the ocean calmed and returned to peace.

In the stillness the sky darkened further and I watched in horror as a plump, pink finger came down from the sky towards me. It’s thick, clenched hand blocked out the sun. I tried to swim away but it was as if gravity pulled me towards it as it plunged into the ocean and tore the world asunder. I scraped against the rock-hard edge of the nail. Tsunamis rippled in a circle from the epicentre of the finger.

The world tilted on its axis and the ocean streamed past the finger towards me. I tried to cling to the finger, but the world kept turning until it was as if I were on the cusp of a waterfall. The ocean plunged down off the cliff into oblivion and I with it.


In the playground a child held a blue plastic bowl filled with muddy water. He showed an adult the insect that floated in it and tried to touch it. Under the advice of the adult, he spilled the water onto the sun-warmed ground so that the bug might have another chance to breathe.


About the Creator

Susanna Kiernan

20-something English nomad trying to write some things.

Often whimsical. Sometimes dark. Always fantastical.

| Curtis Brown Creative alumni | Arts Council England funded |

You can find more of me across the internet here.

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Comments (15)

  • Jane Katt8 days ago

    What a vivid and imaginative piece! Thanks for sharing this captivating story!

  • Ameer Bibi9 days ago

    I always love suspens You made it, well done Congratulations

  • Hey, back to say congrats on your top story.

  • Very good

  • Caroline Jane9 days ago

    This is delightful! Such a dramatic suspenseful prologue dropping to the facts of the matter. Really well done. ❤️

  • Margaret Brennan10 days ago

    What a story!! FANTASTIC!! Congratulations on TS. Brilliant.

  • D.K. Shepard10 days ago

    So suspenseful and then what a reveal! Congrats on Top story!

  • Novel Allen10 days ago

    From a bugs perspective, how terrible we must be. Cleverly written. Congrats.

  • Andrea Corwin 10 days ago

    OMG! This is such a great poem from 2 perspectives! Yay for the mom and saving the creature! If only all humans would think this way and be gentle. The first perspective was VIVID and frightening - GREAT JOB!!

  • Back to say congrats for Top Story!! 👏🥳

  • Oh wow, that insect had an intense moment. Beautifully written!

  • Aiman Javed10 days ago

    Amazing. 👏

  • Addison Alder10 days ago

    Damn, kids always sticking their fingers where they shouldn't 😁

  • Glad to read your fiction!

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