Removing themselves from the tent, the three of them sat cross-legged on the sheet of tarpaulin, and looked skywards.
“Red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning”, said Japheth.
“Red sky at night, shepherds’ delight”, added Shem.
“Baked potatoes on lamb, shepherds’ pie!”, said Ham.
Shem plucked a sod of grass and threw it at Ham. It struck the top of his head and bounced away; they all laughed at that.
Outside of the city, the sky appeared vast and overwhelming, its shocking redness increasing its imposingness; the broken plane of cloud resembled a sheet of bloody tripe.
“I imagine it’s like being inside the belly of a dragon”, said Japheth.
“Like a belly of fire?”, asked Shem.
“Do you think the dragon’s fire starts in its belly?”, said Ham, “wouldn’t it more likely start from its lungs?”
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