David was a very depressed man, for whatever reason he could never understand what drove him to despair. Something ugly drove his negative ambition, something that wouldn’t give in. A nagging overwhelming sensation that brought him to where he was now.
He sat still on the chair, gasping between crying, with the gun pointing into his head. The Webley MK Vi wobbled terribly in his hand with every sob.
One second and it will all be over he thought frantically against the tidal wave of emotional pain.
Suddenly his eyes looked to the door, something had grabbed his attention. He shook his head then looked into the barrel of the gun.
The door knob rattled and shook violently, a loud creak of the door. Irritated, David cursed, he wanted it over with. Then the door opened and light flooded the dark room.
He lowered the gun, he got up slowly out of the chair and went to the door. Slowly and steadily he walked to the portal, the light was extremely painful. He had not seen much light in a month. Every step was agony.
Slowly passing through the door he peeked out and peered down the right side of the hall, nothing. Then looked to the left, empty. He turned and at the very end of the room was the dark outline of a horned creature.
He shook his head, the fear rising. He looked again and the figure had disappeared. He thought it was the pills he’d been taking. He laughed bitterly, he felt quite pitiful.
The residual depression rising in his lungs. His mind came back to reality. He was about to cry with the heartbreak of what he wanted to do.
A hand steadied his shoulder and he felt all the pain and torment taken away. A voice gentle and meek said “calm, follow me”. His vision melted away and the last thing he saw was an open door.
His body fell to the ground but his spirit soared out of his body. Flying towards the universe at unspeakable speed, the absolute joy flooding his mind. Never had he experienced it so sweetly.
He was addicted to the sheer will of the universe, the knowledge the stars and vast blanket of night had to offer.
His spirit came to a halt.
“This is the centre of the universe” said the familiar voice, it was beside him.
A man stood next to him, he was middle aged with a kind face and a pony tail. He wore a cloak that changed colour by his mind.
“What am I doing here?” David asked with sincerity, every inch of pain was left behind in his earthly body.
“You have been chosen David, to be shown things the world needs. I am your guardian angel, I have been with you your entire existence. Before you were born and after. But before I go further, I must warn you that things you will learn will put you in danger” the Angel said with calmness.
“What danger? And why me?” David asked.
“The forces of evil will be after you for your knowledge, you will learn in time. However, let me introduce myself. I am Grionia and I have many names, I shall only share this name with you. Any time you need me this will be my gift. I can protect you. Now, let me show you these things.” With a wave of his hand Grionia made ripples in space and stars moved out the way, very much like a curtain. Behind this dark curtain pure light penetrated.
Grionia, Dave’s memory started to flit through images. He remembered this man! He had known him for a long time but the mortal coil had blocked and blinded him. Images of laughter and happiness flooded his brain to the point he thought he’d explode. His soul soared and he was prepared for anything.
“Come!” Grionia commanded.
They flew through the dark curtain into the pure light, he was home he thought. He was happy! As soon as they went though he landed on ground that was tangible, his spirit feet felt the warmth.
He looked up and for miles and miles in the air people had come to greet him. These were family members of past generations he thought but not all were there which brought dismay.
He had the urge to find them, that everyone of them were important to him. Grionia was instantly by his side.
“You can’t save them all David” he shook his head sadly “some don’t want to be saved”. With that he flew up.
People came towards him from above and greeted him, he remembered every one of them. They issued words which initiated thoughts of how they knew of his life on earth. At times of trouble in his life and how they cried or laughed with him throughout his 33 years of life.
He loved them all.
Eventually they all said their words and dispersed. He was with grionia again, and the scenery shimmered into fields of emerald with bright blue and pink skies. Trees of many colours littered the fields with fruit of allsorts. Streams babbled by and animals frolicked. He saw his puppy from his youth that had died of a liver dysfunction. The Labrador puppy sprang toward him with his tail wagging, telepathically the dog said “I love you and have missed you” then sprang backwards and forwards.
David walked for miles and miles taking I’m the beauty. Grionia didn’t say much but let David in peace take it all in. Then suddenly stopped.
“You have a mission David” he said abruptly ” you have to preach to people about the world after, people have lost touch of spirituality. But it is at a vital point. You are not the only one, the great deceiver is hard at work to destroy everything. Take a look at everything here”
The beautiful image melted, replaced by burning trees, wilted flowers, dried up river beds and smelt of brimstone.
“This is what will happen, if the great deceiver wins” grionia sounded downbeat.
“God won’t let that happen” David replied but he was stopped in his tracks when grionia guffawed loudly.
“God! God! There’s no such thing my friend, take a look around! Do you see a majestic celestial being in the sky?” He waved his hand around. “God is a fiction, but we! We are beings of greatness, I guess we would be god’s and goddesses by your reckoning but we are one. Not one above the other!”
Dave looked sadly and shook his head.
“Then what’s the point of it all, what’s the meaning of life?” He felt that old feeling of despair creep in.
“Don’t you see? Its knowledge, it’s always been knowledge. You’ve seen 0.1 percent of this place, there’s infinite knowledge you can learn. The point of life, the meaning is knowledge.” He waved his hand again and the landscape changed back to the beautiful scenery.
“But the great deceiver, he is real and he is amassing an army of followers. He was cast out, he peopled giants on your earth with the daughters of man. He tried to biologically imprint his army on earth. He failed miserably when we worked on extreme weather and sent the flood. He is trying once more to put a body of deceivers on earth. You and others will confront this “devil” as you would call him. He is real and he will not stop”.
“Look!” He waved his hand an a giant image appeared in the sky. A large giant stood in the image, it was like a grotesque gargoyle however the body of an angry man. He kept uttering commands and throwing groups of people for miles. His image stunned David and he recoiled in terror.
“You are safe here” grionia uttered.
The giant man in the image turned his head slowly to look straight into the beautiful land. It pointed straight at David and let out an almighty roar, it screamed instantly after and his razor blade teeth gnashed.
“I will get you David, you shall bow before me! You shall fail!!” The creature screeched. David became afraid.
“It is you who shall fail, Chuthra! You who is imprisoned in a false prison! You cannot win, these brave soldiers will put an end to your misery!” Grionia replied calmly.
The creature mocked him, spewed and spat. He was insanely cruel and showed it by chewing on a human and spitting her out. Her body becoming one when it hit the ground.
David recoiled in terror. Grionia waved his hand, the image disappeared. Exasperated, he knew that creature and always had. A distant memory occurred to him of pushing and shoving this Chuthra.
Grionia turned to David and with a smile said to be still.
David was instantly calm and the joy was creeping back. He felt happy in this place once again. He thought about his life and how meaningless it was, how he spent more time in depression when he could be swimming in joy. This place was an open and transparent place, full of every secret in the universe. Except here it wasn’t secret, it was knowledge.
“It is time David, let us begin” grionia sat him on the grass and knelt behind him. He put his hands to David’s head and pushed lightly down.
An exhilarating rush of pure energy pulsed into David’s spiritual body. He felt warm and radiant, he was full of truth. He cried with the power of this knowledge. Grionia finished.
“It is done. You must go. Please throw the gun away, it will solve nothing. Return to your body, I will instruct you 3 days hence. Your home is protected. Go!” Grionia was forcefully this time and shown his hidden power.
David felt a magnet pulling him through the scenery, out of the light into the darkness, through the universe and fell straight into his body. His body jerked quite alot and settled, his breathing returning. The body felt like a weight, a heavy wet towel dragging his soul down.
He awakened and saw the gun lying a few yards from him, the door still ajar. He closed it quickly. He sighed, saddened to be in his body again. He looked at the clock, 20:08 the clock read. He was puzzled. He planned to kill himself 8pm on the dot, he was dead for 8 minutes!
David looked at the gun and noticed there was a bit of smoke, which meant it was fired very recently. He looked in the chamber and sure enough a bullet was missing.
He looked around the room for a bullet hole, he noticed a dark hole in the top right corner. Who fired it? He became anxious and scared. He flicked every light on in the house. Checked every room, every closet and every door. Except the outside, he couldn’t bear to look.
A knock at the door.
He became scared, who knew what or whom was knocking. He hesitated. The door knocking came back harder. He became anxious, he walked tentatively towards the door. The knocking became pounding and he heard scratching. The scratching sounded desperate.
A voice entered his mind “be calm David, chuthra has sent his minions. Do not be alarmed you and your home are protected. Open the door”.
He walked slowly towArds the door, obediently he opened it. It flung out of his hand and there stood six creatures full of hate, leering and drooling with venom.
Monstrous beasts, one with one eye and rest of the group had three. They rasped and mocked him.
“You will die David, son of Greta, and Chuthra will devour you!” The one eyed creature declared whilst examine the doorway. His lizard tongue smacking every way. The other creatures laughed and mocked, they sent thoughts into David’s head of being impaled with barbed rods and being moved up and down for all of eternity.
He winced, scared beyond measure. The creatures knew this and fed off his fear. Smacking their lips hungrily, he knew they wanted to rip his mortal body from limb to limb.
“Can we come in? You’re only delaying the inevitable” the creature asked with a sly look as it moved it’s head side to side.
Grionias voice was back “don’t accept their invitation!”
“No!!” David replied.
The beasts all jumped in to the flat, or at least they tried to. The room filled with a barrier of such force that the creatures were scared, they screeched and howled, clawed and bit at the barrier. It was impenetrable. David had solace and felt safe.
“We will be back!!” One of them screeched.
The barrier faded and the doorway was empty, David hurriedly closed the door.