Normally this blog is the home of my random thoughts. I don’t put anything here that you would describe as “fiction”. But yesterday evening something happened, probably triggered by recent events. Words bubbled up in my mind, forming a sort of story I felt needed writing down. They bubbled up in English, so I wrote them down that way.
So, here you go, a strange little piece of I do not know what. Probably just a piece of my mind.
A flash of lightning.
Greyness. The man whose finger had been on the trigger slowly got up. He looked down on himself. Although he could see his clothes, arms, hands, could recognise them as his, they had a strange shadowy quality. He looked around, at the bodies lying on the floor. Men. Women. Children. A little boy.
The man took a step forward, and the surroundings began to fade, turning into mist. More grey mist. In front of him, the mist solidified into a shape. Dark robes, a hood concealing the wearer’s face. The shape gestured with one arm, while words turned up inside the men’s head. “Come.”
The man hesitated. “Will you lead me to paradise?” he asked. He had imagined this differently.
“Paradise?” The voice in his head was flat, expressionless. “I would not call it that way.” He lead the way, and the man realised he had no choice but to follow.
They walked through the grey mist.
After a while the dark shape stopped He stretched out one arm. “Go. Your questions will be answered now.” Strangely enough, this did not sound reassuring.
The man took one more step and saw something taking form in the mist. It seemed to be a swirl of movement, a mixture of dark and light. Power radiated from it so strongly that the man did not dare to move any closer.
“Are you…?” he asked timidly.
Again words turned up in his head.
“I am.” The man was not certain if that was the answer to his question or just a statement of facts.
He almost did not dare to speak. “Will you reward me?”
“Reward you?” The voice inside his head sounded almost surprised. “You have destroyed life. Why should I reward you?”
The man started to shake. “But it was only the unbelieving…” he began, but the voice cut him short.
“There are no believing and unbelieving. There are only living and dead. I cherish life in all its forms. It needs to be respected and protected. Not destroyed.”
The man stared at the thing in front of him. It was moving more quickly now, and he thought he could see different shapes, human ones. Male and female, old and young, tall and small, with dark hair and light hair, with white skin and dark skin, and everything possible in between. He tried to concentrate more, give the shape some more distinct definition, but instead of clarifying, it seemed to become even more varied, including shapes of animals and even plants. It had began to pulse in the colour of the rainbow and now the shapes began to fade, leaving only dancing light.
“What will happen to me?” The man was confused and scared.
“I will let you see”, the voice answered. “I will give you a shred of my knowledge, so that you can see what you did. You will see why it was done and what the consequences are, the small ones and the bigger ones. You will see the whole picture and you will also understand your responsibility. This will be – your reward.” A wisp of rainbow-coloured mist trailed around the man now, and were it touched him he faded. After a few moments the rainbow around what had been the man dissolved, leaving a small spinning shape, rapdily changing forms.
A scream pierced the mist.
The little boy walking besided the robed figure stood still. “What was that?” he asked. “It sounded scary.” He hesitated. “Is someone being punished?”
The hood bend down a little. “Don’t be afraid.” The voice seemed softer. “That is just the moment of realisation.”
“Realisation?” Still the boy did not move.
“When you suddenly understand everything. Don’t worry. There is nothing for you to fear in this place.”
They walked on.
A little while later the robed figure returned alone. He walked, then stopped, turning his head as if waiting.
Laughter cut through the mist. Pure joy.
The robed figured nodded. Then it walked on.