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Okay almost impossible to sleep then. I eventually dozed off. After a couple of hours I was wakened by a creak of bedsprings. Kari was on the move, but to where? I rolled over to face her bed and carefully opened my eyes enough to see without alerting her to the fact that I was awake. And nearly died of fright, Kari was right next to my bed, hunkered down, her face close and level to mine. She was watching me intently and smiled when I jumped,

"Spider, I'm sorry, but you're the only ally I have right now. We both know that our future is looking grim once we find out what's going on."
She smiled when I jumped,

"Spider, I'm sorry, but you're the only ally I have right now. We both know that our future is looking grim once we find out what's going on."
Then Kari blinked,

"Now what the hull was that?"

"Some kinda temporal hiccup, you repeated yourself from a second before. What d'you remember?"

"I said something to you then I said it again. Weird tingly feeling in my stomach."

"Before the blip?"

"That's right, you as well?"

I swung my legs off the bed, nearly kicking Kari,

"Look we've got to tell Chang about this. We promised to share information remember."

"Well, all right then."
She was pouting again and I had to fight down an almost overwhelming urge to start more setallen.

Chang had company but he waved us in anyway,

"Was going to send for you in a minute." Huh, I bet. The stranger standing next to him tutted and murmured,

"Bearing false witness? Whichever set of commandments you use, you've probably broken most of them."

"Who the hell is this?" I demanded.

The stranger winced, then she said, almost apologetically,

"Well, I'm God actually."
I said slowly,

"I think my ears have been out in the sun too long. I thought you just said you were God. An auditory hallucination - yes?"

"No - actually. Well, okay I'm a representative for the Gods of all the various religions in the universe. "
This was going to be a kick in the nuts for the atheists, I mused until God said,

"Of course you can never release that information, that the Gods do exist. "
Dammit - always a catch somewhere along the line. God continued,

"Call me Diane if you like - a bit more informal. It does get a bit embarrassing be called 'Heavenly One' and 'Most Divine Being' and all that jazz."

"I'm sure." I murmured. Must be a real drag having all that power. Kari was more direct,

"So you can tell us why all this weird crap is happening."

"Certainly. It's quite simple really. The universe is close to term and we need your help."

"Just a minute." I began, Diane held up a hand,

"Sorry time's awasting and we need to get you three ready."

She snapped her fingers.

Our journey can best be described thus: imagine you're a rubber band and some obnoxious child is stretching you further and further apart until finally the child lets go and you snap back together and fly across the room. Scale that up to human size and that's how it felt. At journey's end we landed in a room tastefully decorated and fitted out with an impressive supply of food containers and drink.
"Diane," I asked, "Where is this?"
She hesitated,
"I suppose the best way to explain is that you're in heaven."
I looked around, well it sure as hell seemed that way. A thought knocked on the back door of my awareness but the ever direct Kari was first,
"You mean we're dead?"

In five hundred years time, most of us will be forgotten dust. But Hitler will still be remembered, God loves irony.

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The following comments are for "Incident At Treber part 4"
by Ogg

I liked this. Look forward to more.

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: February 23, 2009 )

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