Zeus was not having a good day and he made sure everyone knew it. Hera had caught him with another mortal woman and wouldn’t stop shouting. Apollo has indigestion and it was causing sun spots. Ares started another war in the Middle-East. Worst of all, Prometheus got loose again and wasn’t satisfied with giving Humans fire. Now, he wanted to give Humans nuclear fusion, different from the dangerous nuclear fission. With that Humans would possess nearly unlimited, safe, clean power. They would become the equals of the Olympian Gods. Outrageous!
In a fit of pique, Zeus let loose hundreds of thunderbolts, venting his rage upon humanity.
Unbeknownst to him, one bolt bent just slightly and triggered a power surge in a little-known research facility.
David stared at the display with awe. “That’s it. It’s happening!”
“Sustainable fusion power!” cheered Tim.
A fellow with stunning good-looks and a toga preened behind them saying, “It was nothing, really.”
“Thank God!” crowed David.
Prometheus grinned. “I assume you’re thanking me?”
Prometheus is best known for bringing fire to Humanity. Later, he was punished by Zeus to be chained to a rock, and have a giant eagle rip out his liver every day. Afterward he would heal with godly powers, and the next day the eagle would tear it out again. In some versions, Prometheus escaped. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus
Current nuclear facilities use fission and leave a lot of radioactive waste behind. If fusion could be managed it would be far less dangerous, and leave far less waste. http://nuclear.duke-energy.com/2013/01/30/fission-vs-fusion-whats-the-difference/
Each week on Monday, it’s time to finish the story. The photo from Barbara W. Beacham above is one prompt. The other is the opening sentence which is: “Zeus was not having a good day and he made sure everyone knew it.” Look here to see what other folks wrote: https://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/mondays-finish-the-story-june-8th-2015/