Aromog and Modos copyright 2012 Ilyan Kei Lavanway

Clam-shell image copyright Susan K. Wenzel photo prompt for Aromog and Modos flash fiction by Ilyan Kei lavanway, This clam-shell photograph provided by Susan K. Wenzel is the photo prompt for the August 8, 2012 Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers 100-word flash fiction challenge. My contribution is titled Aromog and Modos, and is posted on my WordPress blog at

Cold ocean water washed over his feet. Ti gazed into space, squinting in the red brilliance of the sun setting beyond the southern horizon. The limb of Aromog formed a second horizon, making the sunset double red. The southernmost shore of the Modos Pangaea was Ti’s favorite place.

His brand of loneliness, a mixture of sadness and peace. His binary worlds were dying. The plague was curable. The cure was free. Everyone knew it. No one wanted it.

People enjoyed the plague. They created it. Rich, poor, young, old, male, female, anything in between. Victims and perpetrators. Everyone was both.

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16 Responses to Aromog and Modos copyright 2012 Ilyan Kei Lavanway

  1. Hmm. couldn’t help noticing Sodom and Gomora mirrored (if you will) in your story. Interesting piece. Sad, not just for the deaths, but that they, the people, both created and chose to die from their plague.

    • I agree. Too many parallels to today with choices people or governments don’t want to make. Just one small thing–I’d say “doubly red” instead of “double.”

  2. boomiebol says:

    An interesting and very creative take on the prompt. Mine is here

  3. Hmm. To me, this reminded me how we won’t listen to Al Gore’s warnings about Global Warming, which is a different kind of plague from which we’ll all suffer voluntarily. The idea of choosing to keep a plague is very powerful.

  4. Sandra says:

    Very profound. I liked the repeated opposites. Nice work.

  5. I wonder why they so willingly accept the plague…it reminds me of the obesity epidemic in the United States…the cure is near free (healthy food and exercise), yet people are happy enough to avoid these.

    ~Susan (

  6. Kaitlin says:

    How interesting – I love the concept of desiring to suffer from the plague, though I couldn’t help wondering what kind of plague it was, exactly. I think I missed an allusion somewhere.

  7. rochellewisoff says:

    Allegory. Yes? No one wants the cure.
    Thanks for commenting on my story, Ilan. I envy you. I’m landlocked in the Midwest, but my times visiting the ocean and snorkeling have been glorious.

  8. Linda says:

    What a perfect little allegory for the world today. Well written Ilyan, it made me want to know more about the people who revel in their psychosis that allows them to want plague instead of life 🙂

  9. Joyce says:

    Certainly an abstract and bizarre way for people to live or think they might live one day way off into the future some time, huh? Your writing has a familiar thread to that of Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker. They are Christian writers that have great books out and are very popular with Christian writers wanting something a little different and off the norm. They are like a version of Stephen King, but with a very positive Christian message in the end. I have enjoyed their books.

    • Interesting. I have never heard of Frank Peretti or Ted Dekker. Nice to know there are others out there who think along the same lines. I will have to look up some of their work.

      My story here is actually more of a commentary on our world today embracing perversions that are so contrary to the will of God that, if continued, they will result in a planetary fate similar to the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah. Hence the title.

      The main difference here is that rather than be burned, the populations of Aromog and Modos will simply dwindle to extinction. Ti is the last to be born and the last who has not given in to the perversion of the inhabitants of Aromog and Modos.

  10. Dear Ilyan,

    Correct me if I’m wrong here but I interpreted your story based on your stating that you are a Christian writer. Ti is God who has not only created the binary world but has offered His cure to His inhabitants, who have refused His cure, the cure being to seek Him; they chose death rather than receive His healing power, His cure, His Divinity. A modern day or futuristic Sodom and Gomorra.

    • Actually, Ti is the last born and the only unperverted inhabitant of the binary planets, Aromog and Modos. He discerns that the impending doom of his worlds is a direct result of the inhabitants embracing a specific type of moral perversion that is blatantly against the will of God and the natural affections God placed within all human beings. Yes, there are humans indigenous to other worlds created by the same God who created Earth.

      Ti realizes that the moral perversion itself is a plague, and the cure is simply to repent, turn to God, and stop engaging in the perverted behavior. The doom Ti foresees is total extinction of the human race. Again, this implies there are humans indigenous to other planets, and they are acountable to God just as we are.

      The nature of the perversion has generated childless global societies and an utter loss of interest in family relationships. No one is being born. Nobody wants to have babies. From this point, the populations of the binary worlds will dwindle to extinction in a human lifetime.

  11. yaralwrites says:

    Another profound tidbit and I hope more seek the cure.

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