TIME IS MEASURED BY WHAT TRANSPIRES WHEN MEASURED TIME IS UNAVAILABLE (2)
eyes, Evan allowed the scene to saturate his mind, like a camera shutter opened
far longer than it should be. Sure, it was an image generated by the Parent and
those stupid colleagues, but why then did they act afraid? He could see what
seemed a bright star leading the forward motion of a large structure that
existed behind the star.
closer, details sharpening, refining, the bright star actually looked more as a
human-like figure consisting of light, standing at the bow of a massive ship.
Behind this light figure were other lighted structures and an odd dome-shaped
area containing numerous sphere or oval shapes.
and the others said quiet, anxious words.
back, wondering about the Parent and its colleagues. They still hovered together,
by those seven ugly piles of crap. He looked forward. The light figure heading
the ship was getting closer. “Dad. Should we get back there with them? Why are
they doing that?”
know. But I really don’t want to be near them.”
Kyleigh was frantic. “What is this light…this light cord, coming out of me?”
where she pointed, by her heart. Dad looked too. A faintly visible white light
beam, about nickel-size in diameter, streamed out of her, passing right through
her hull. It headed far across the silver floor at the same height as her heart
level. How weird! But, even weirder, Dad had it also. “What is this? It’s
coming out of both of you!” Evan looked down at himself, and jolted. “And I
have it too!” He followed the beam’s path once outside the hull around him. Just
like Dad and Kyleigh, the light beam headed across the floor and into the darkness,
in a straight-line path right to the light figure and that ship.
happening?” Nahas asked.
until seeing him. A similar light beam streamed out of Nahas. With his hull-covered
hand, Nahas sliced through it several times, but the light beam wouldn’t break
apart in the least.
had one too.
and Alan didn’t.
not hurting me,” Akina said. “I don’t feel anything.”
me too.” Evan noticed it caused no discomfort at all. He tried whipping his hands
through it many times, but as with Nahas, it wouldn’t break or disappear. He
turned back to the Parent, Child One, and Limati. “What did you do to us?” He
made sure to speak loud enough. “Why do we have this light coming out of us?”
Robert said. “What the hell is happening now? And why are all of you hiding in the
corner there? Isn’t this your ship, or whatever it is?”
is there a light being on it?” Dad asked, bolder than usual. “Why can’t you just
leave us alone?”
walked a few steps away from Child One and the others, getting closer to the
I-arn Cimpengenstin. “We have nothing to do with this. You will soon have all
your answers.” The Parent turned and headed back to its colleagues.
stood near Child One and those ugly colleagues, and for some reason, was giving
an intense, direct stare, right towards Evan again. But why?
is…huh?” Alan sounded confused. “Something is coming out of that thing. And it’s
approaching closer. You see that?”
back. Dad and the others began talking about it. They were right. Some sort of
golden, lighted path, or road, was sliding its way ahead of the light figure
and heading toward all of them. Evan squinted, to see better; definitely some
sort of complicated, futuristic structure was behind the light figure and golden
road. “Is that part of a spaceship, even though we’re not really in space?”
this out.” Alan lunged forward and jogged away.
Robert yelled. “Get back here!”
ignored him. Alan sure could be a bold, unconcerned guy at times. He tried avoiding
the five light trails but passed right through a few, though they remained
completely intact. He got close to the outer edge of the silver floor. “You’re
right, Evan. Come here, check this out.”
wait.” Dad spoke immediately, before Evan could even consider it. “Robert, you too,
stay here. We should all stay here.”
was about to leave, but halted. He shook his head. “I feel like his father, forever
scolding him and chasing him around.”
a tense, shaky breath. It was probably best to stay put. “Tell me what you
see,” he shouted out to Alan.
gazed up into Dad’s face. “Lang. I feel something…good, amazing.” She stared back
at the Parent. “They lied to us. Why else would only the Christians have light
cords heading out there?”
a quick, nervous smile at her. “I hope you’re right.”
back, his expression startled and confused. He then rushed back over to everyone.
“Okay. Don’t know…if you all see it,” he said, breathing hard, “but there’s
this…this huge alien being, made out of light…strolling down that gold road.”
He pointed back at the whole scene. “The road is moving ahead, the light guy is
right behind it. Behind him…a massive, massive ship, with swirling light loops
all around it and thousands of these bright orbs…floating in a sky setting or
ship following along behind the road?” Dad asked.
it looks that way.” Alan focused his eyes at the Parent and his colleagues. “I don’t
get…what they’re afraid of. I thought they owned this place.”
Dad said, “but I think Kyleigh is right. Maybe we’ve been fooled all along by
to be checked out, and soon, Evan realized. “Should we go over there and see for
some worried wrangling, they all finally agreed to just stay put and not go
over to the floor’s outer edge. If that being was something friendly, then let
it approach. If it was not friendly, well, then, they were all quite screwed.
Not again. Sneaking up unexpectedly, Evan felt his body tremble. This was getting
so old. Why couldn’t all of this just end? He wanted to pray, to ask for help,
but for some reason just couldn’t.
getting closer,” Nahas said. “All of it - that light being, the light road, and
the ship behind it, whatever that is.”
down at his chest. “And these light beams, whatever they are. They’re getting
brighter. You see that?”
down at his own light beam and at the others. Yes. Brighter. It was true.
stared at the light being, her face relaxed, her eyes calm, fixated. “Lang. Everyone.
It is…it has to be him. I just know it.”
him you mean a giant light being,” Robert said, “then yeah, that’s him.”
let out a quick, soft chuckle. “I don’t think that’s what she means, Robert.”
simple,” Akina said, her eyes mesmerized like Kyleigh’s. “He is the Collector,
like Limati said.”
Robert said. “But the collector of what?”
his eyes locked on the light being’s approach, blocking out the continuing discussion
between the others.
passed, feeling like days, minutes, seconds.
the light being arrived at the silver floor’s edge, and abruptly stepped upon
it. The being stood there, motionless. What an enormous being, several feet
taller than the Parent, nearly touching the silver ceiling. Power emanated from
this being, with its tall, broad size and thick limbs, all of light.
began walking toward them, down the slight incline of the silver floor, its
feet not even making a sound upon the surface.
speak. No one else spoke.
being kept shortening the distance between all of them and itself, revealing
details. It was human-like, but different from the Parent and those colleagues.
Each part, the being’s head, neck, shoulders, arms, torso, and legs, consisted
of various white light sections that appeared to be solid geometric, glass-like
shapes, yet blurred wispily into the background at their edges. No, that’s not
right. Actually, each shape was solid internally, but wispy, pure-light at the
surface. No, wait – the internal sections, at times, were see-through too!
Confusing, and amazing.
face, its eyes! Sun-like colored irises existed not against the whites of eyes
but a blue-sky color, resembling viewing the sun on a cloudless, summer sky,
yet without the severe, blinding intensity of the real sun. Actually, none of
the light given off by the being was blinding, but easy, like just viewing a bright
computer screen. Those amazing eyes were surrounded by a rugged, chiseled face,
with a nose, mouth, but no visible ears, all consisting of the same white light
drew closer still. Wait, what are those? More light trails? Wow, it was true;
thin light trails came from the being’s head, both hands, and the heel end of
both feet. The trails were very long, and continuous, heading right back to
enormous circling light bands around the closely looming ship. And again he could
see Dad was right; the light trails coming from their heart areas were getting
brighter, and heading directly into the center of this being. “Kyleigh.” Evan
felt his fear slowly draining away and utter awe becoming the welcoming
replacement. “I think you’re right. I think this is the Savior.”
being stopped about ten feet from where they stood, the top of its head still
nearly brushing against the silver ceiling. The being then stared beyond Evan
and the others, at the Parent. “I see you have lost our challenge.”
adjusting his body’s position so he could keep his eyes on both beings.
walked closer to the I-arn Cimpengenstin, though the other colleagues stayed
back, still cowering. “But you must admit. It was a gallant attempt, and that
more than our meager challenge was accomplished. And, of course, we still possess
the universe engine.”
being stared longingly at the I-arn Cimpengenstin.
as Kyleigh was earlier, walked closer to the light being. He looked way up to
the being’s face. “Excuse me, but…are you the Savior?”
being stared down with those amazing eyes in full view now; they were truly
suns against a blue sky. “Yes, I am.”
it.” Kyleigh dropped down to her knees and bowed her head down.
Dad bowed down in the same manner, until his face nearly touched the floor. “Savior,
I’ve felt you all along.”
down, but didn’t know what to say. From his eye’s corner he could see Nahas and
Akina silently doing the same. Surprisingly, Alan and Robert copied the bowing
too. Evan continued to lower himself, until he faced the floor, his hull-covered
hands and jean-covered knees blaring contrasts against the bright, silver
You know you have overstepped your boundaries here,” he could hear the Parent say,
its voice insinuating anger and irritation. “Take your ridiculous admirers and
we will leave,” the Savior said.
floor suddenly changed; glowing gold now surrounded Evan’s hands and knees. But
that wasn’t all. The hull had vanished from around his hands and knees. Yet
kneeling, he raised up his upper body and looked all over himself. The hull was
gone from around his entire body!
up to a standing position, and quickly realized he and the other hull people,
minus their hulls too, had been instantly transferred to the Savior’s golden
road. He turned back, to make certain; the silver floor, ceiling and the I-arn
Cimpengenstin were now behind him and Dad, about twenty feet away from the
golden road’s edge. The Parent, Child One, Limati and some of those colleagues
were slowly moving around to the near side of the I-arn Cimpengenstin, getting
closer. But dark space, in increasing width and length, kept both the silver
floor’s edge and the golden road’s edge safely separated.
What a relief. The more space between both places the better.
the Savior said. “Do not bow before me. Stand up.”
back, and a flood of startling visuals knocked into his sight. The Savior now
stood only about six and a half feet tall. And a magnificent, surreal scene, of
which the details were just beginning to register in his mind emanated from
beyond the Savior, by the light bands.
grow taller?” Nahas asked, slowly rising up.
and the others were getting up too, all with shock in their eyes.
the Savior answered. “I can alter my size, and particle numbers and locations, at
will.” He looked at each hull person. “It is I who should bow before you.” The
Savior then knelt down, nearly right in front of Dad.
Evan a puzzled, wide-eyed glance. Evan gently shrugged, unsure what to say or
light-entrenched Savior bowed down, a clear view of the back of his head appeared.
Evan couldn’t help but follow the light line’s path from his head and the other
light lines from his hands and feet. The light lines traversed from the Savior
and then flowed across the golden road, for about four to five hundred feet,
until they arrived at a mind-blowing scene; the light lines entered and wove in
and out of thousands of other tightly-packed light lines. The packed light
lines together formed a strange, bent band or thick loop that circled
underneath the road and above it, maybe a hundred feet up from the road, around
a gated entrance to a wide area, filled with many beings moving about beyond
That’s certainly unique.
Dad said. “What do you mean? How could I…we…be worthy of you bowing before us?”
arose. Nahas, Dad, Robert, and Kyleigh still had shocked, and now confused
expressions covering their faces. Alan just stared blankly.
you chose to end the prospect of eternal life, before you would harm your fellow
Earth residents,” the Savior said. “And you, Lang, led the others to follow
your decision, by deciding first.” The Savior knelt down again, and then looked
up at them. “And now, I have seven before me, who could possible change the
course of the future.” He stood up. “It is a very good moment, for all of us.”
Dad held his hands together and bowed down. He looked up at the Savior, just like
the Savior had done to him seconds earlier. “Savior, I can’t believe I’m before
you.” Dad shook his head in disbelief. “This all seems…so unreal.”
understand. But I assure you, I am real. And all that you see behind me is real.”
mouth dropped open, walked closer. “What happened to the hull around us?” He stared
beyond the Savior, at the amazing, circling light scene. “And what is that
behind you? Heaven?”
you still have an external protective environment around you, but it is invisible,
and cannot be felt. And yes, what you see behind me is what you know as
at the large opening formed by the light band. The gate was open, and figures -
no, people actually, it seemed - were walking on the golden road toward the
direction of where he and Dad stood. He focused his eyes better and looked
beyond the people and gate, to the wide-open area, noticing it too had a golden
floor. A football’s length away from the gate was another gate, with tall
golden doors, taller than some beings walking around, and a tall golden border
spreading out on either side of the gate, indicating that the border made a
fenced-in court area. But beyond this border was a blue sky, and a hilly landscape,
of green plants, trees, and some futuristic golden buildings, of various shapes
and sizes. But that wasn’t the coolest. High above the landscape were numerous
floating globes or oval orbs, so numerous that many were tiny dots far off in
the distance. From the closer ones he could see clearly, their fronts were
transparent, like made of glass. They glowed bright light rays on either side,
and long, winding trails came from front entrances out of the globes, on down
to the landscape below.
are those creatures?” Robert pointed at the Parent, Child One, and Limati, standing
in front of the universe engine and staring at the Savior. Those seven other, ugly
colleagues now huddled together on the far side of the universe engine.
them Causalitors,” the Savior said. “Dark Causalitors.”
Nahas asked. “You mean, like from causality, cause and effect?”
They accumulate great quantities of cause and effect, and other data, and especially
relish ueluxhra, the change to fear.”
Nahas said. “As they have told us.”
Kyleigh grasped hold of Dad’s arm. She pointed at a kid coming down the golden road.
“I think it’s…it’s Brayden, but he’s taller. Brayden!” She released Dad’s arm
and ran off, passing closely to the Savior’s left side, nearly knocking into
him. She stopped and looked up a moment. “I’m sorry, dear Savior. I…I don’t
mean to be rude, but my--”
Savior gave a slight head nod, so human-like. “Please. Go to him. I want you to
see Brayden again. And do not worry of the soul connector. It will not impede any
of your motion or behavior.”
you, Savior” she said, sincerity and gratefulness gushing from her, “thank you so
toward Brayden, completely ignoring the light connector trailing after her between
herself and the Savior. Her son, a blond-haired boy, was walking, but then took
off running too, heading right for her. When she reached him, she immediately
embraced him in a close hug, and he hugged her back.
by that light-banded gate shifted Evan’s eyes away from Kyleigh and her son.
Good thing the golden road was spacious, maybe fifty to seventy feet wide,
since many people and other beings were slowly streaming out of the gate and
heading their way. But, wait, that wasn’t all – the distance between the gate
and where he, Dad, and the others stood was decreasing. He turned around. The
dark space between the end edge of the golden road and the edge of the Causalitors’
silver floor was increasing, but in a slighter manner. So maybe the light-band
area was drawing closer to him and the others, since the golden road was
a Mobius strip,” Nahas said, stepping closer to Evan. Nahas was staring at the amazing
light band around the gate. “Beautiful. It is often used to represent infinity.
What a sight.”
know. It really is.” Evan turned around, his eyes fixing on the Parent and other
Causalitors once more. And eerily, Limati, moving closer to the silver floor’s
edge, was staring right at Evan yet again.
to tell Dad about this, but Dad, Robert, Alan, and Akina were intermittently
speaking with the Savior.
can’t be!” Nahas said. “Of course, all of our deceased loved ones must be coming
to see us! Evan. I see my twin brother, Manu.” He rushed off in a straight line
path to a tall, dark-skinned man, much like himself. “Manu! Is that really
his eyes on both men, but couldn’t help noticing that more people were walking
beneath the Mobius light band and heading toward them. Men. Women. But one
woman, coming closer, was so familiar. He squinted, the image quickly becoming
clearer. Could it be, really? “Dad. Dad!”
over. “What’s wrong.”
at the woman. “Is that Mom?”
widening, mouth dropping open, Dad stared. “Oh my gosh. Savior. Thank you. Is
that really her?”
nodded like earlier, the light trail from his head moving only slightly, surreally.
“Yes, that is Deidra.” He glanced at the other hull people. “All your loved
ones want to visit with you now.”
caught eye of someone. “My cousin, Todd! Oh man, this can’t be happening. I got
to see him.” He promptly rushed away.
Akina said. “My husband!”
in the direction of the voice. Mom was running, out-pacing everyone else, her
eyes locked on Dad.
Sally?” Alan watched an older woman approaching. “Aunt Sally? I’ll be right there.”
He shot off to get to her.
was getting closer, her appearance stunned; she looked younger, healthier. She
had this glow about her, and was more beautiful than Evan had ever remembered
her to be. And oddly, she was wearing jeans and a maroon long sleeve shirt,
similar to clothes she wore at home. No white gowns, or robes? He glanced at
Nahas’s twin brother and Akina’s husband; they too were in regular clothing.
closer, to meet her. But she stopped near Dad, and then stared up at Evan.
remember me? “Mom, it’s me. Evan.”
“I didn’t recognize you at first. Now I know how you will look, older. Please,
come let me hug you. I have missed you so much.”
to rush forward, but felt awkward - Mom was so much shorter than him now!
pushed the awkward discomfort away and went to her. He wrapped his arms around
her, but didn’t feel the light connector’s presence in his chest whatsoever.
Sudden joy and heart-wrenching disbelief struck him at once, forcing tears from
his eyes. But he kept blinking hard, to get any remaining tears to dry up
quickly, and concentrated instead on the new hull surrounding him. Whatever it
was, he couldn’t feel its presence at all, as if there was nothing around him,
like the way he couldn’t sense the light connector’s presence. He was able to
hug Mom as he had always done. And oddly, she felt as she always had, except
somehow stronger, more alive.
some moments, he released her. She stepped back, but took hold of his hands, and
gazed up at him, her eyes warm, loving. “I can’t believe I am seeing you now,
at sixteen. Imagine that. You look…wonderful.”
You’re the one looking great. You look like a teenager.”
closer to Mom. “Evan is right. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you so beautiful.
You look truly amazing.”
Evan’s hands and stared up at Dad.
seemed to be brighter somehow; her eyes, her skin, her hair glowed and radiated
with beauty and color.
missed you…like I cannot even describe,” Dad said, and he moved forward and
embraced her, resting his head on her shoulder and wrapping her up so closely
in his arms. He wiped his eyes, obviously crying again, though it was hard to
say for certain. But it showed how this new invisible hull was truly remarkable,
like it didn’t exist at all.
and spoke softly to each other for some time.
they loosened their embrace and only stared into each other’s eyes.
over at the Savior and then looked at Dad again. “Lang. He IS Heaven. The light
that extends from him connects to everything here and makes it work.”
cool,” Evan said, though noticing Mom didn’t have a light connector. Actually, none
of the beings living here did. “Why don’t any of you have the light connectors
too, like we do?”
we are here, with the Savior. Those still in the universe need that lifeline to
“I guess that makes sense.”
amazing.” Evan watched Alan with his Aunt Sally for a moment, and thought more about
what Mom had just said.
it is amazing,” Mom said. “And the Savior, his angels, and the Causalitors you met
first…they exist everywhere, at once.”
at once?” Dad asked.
“Like those crystal shapes you saw. Those were only parts of some Causalitors.”
interesting.” Dad slowly nodded. “Does the Savior exist in the same way?”
think so. Just like you experienced, we see what they allow us to see, because everything
is so different here. And we need to stay in the Heaven realm, because we are
not able to exist like they do, everywhere at once.” Mom turned, and looked
back at the Heaven realm. “In there, beyond the entrance, there is a portal
entrance to an Earth-like world. And the aliens, or non-human intelligent
beings, each have portal entrances to worlds like their planets.”
those glass-like globes, with their paths winding on down to the land below.
“You mean, there really are other intelligent beings in the universe?”
dear.” Mom’s gaze was now on the wide area before the entrance. “See. Some with
blue skin. Some tall. Some short with big eyes. Some with more arms and legs. But
they are all intelligent, and can easily communicate, like us. They’re just different.”
right; watching all of them more carefully, Evan could see the many varieties
of forms they all took. Fascinating. And absolutely mind-blowing.
shaking his head in disbelief and beaming a broad smile. “That’s incredible,
Deidra. Amazing. But…what’s it like, living here now? I mean, as you probably
know, we haven’t eaten, drank anything, or used the bathroom in a very long
time. Is it anything like that?”
the Savior told us what all of you have been through.” Mom gave Dad a warm smile.
“And I am so proud of you too, Lang, that you encouraged the others to sacrifice
what you believed was eternal life to prevent people from being harmed.” She
gently grasped his hands. “Lang. All I can say is…I was never really alive
before. You and Evan, you haven’t really been alive. None of us have ever truly
been alive. The Savior takes us from the universe, and transforms us somehow,
into these new bodies. We can eat and drink if we want here, and then use the
bathroom. Or we can choose not to eat and drink. We can sleep if we want, or
not sleep. I’m just…I am really, truly alive now. It is hard to describe, but
feels amazing. It is truly being alive and healthy and having a mind that never
fails, never forgets.”
you learn here?” Evan asked. “Are there things to do?”
she said excitedly. “There are zillions of books, and amazing libraries, and
even a type of computer system for accessing even more information. And there
are billions of other worlds to visit, to learn all about their intelligent
beings, and their cultures and languages. But most importantly, the Savior
wants us to learn preparation methods for when the universe will be restored to
its original purpose, an eternal paradise. There is so much to do here.”
paradise?” Dad asked.
The Savior will tell you more soon.”
different – she used to have some trouble in choosing the right words to say,
but not now, really – she sounded more intelligent, more articulate. Evan wanted
to ask her more questions, especially about the eternal paradise, but for some
reason he felt the need to look up and around. Strangely, wherever he looked
into the dark, away from the Heaven realm, he could see a deep, faraway light
image, like dark clouds breaking away to show a very distant star or sun, almost
similar to the sun’s distant view on Titan. But his peripheral view showed just
darkness. Only when he stared straight ahead, anywhere he pointed his
sightline, did he see this. He also sensed it was like the infinity effect of
two mirrors reflecting each other. “Dad, you see that, when you look around? We
couldn’t see it before. The Causalitors must have kept it hidden from us.”
I do,” Dad said, looking up. “Why is that, Deidra?”
universe, or place Heaven resides within, is truly infinite,” Mom answered.
reason, Dad then looked at Kyleigh, talking with her son. Kyleigh glanced back
at Dad and smiled.
Mom stared up at Dad. “I want you to be happy. Go to her. Be with her.”
felt very uncomfortable.
showed it. He got that embarrassed face. “No. I…I always think about you. It’s
just that…it’s just that, with everything that happened, I needed to be with
someone, I just--”
Mom said. “I understand completely, and I feel no negative emotions from this. You
don’t have to explain. I love you, as I always have, but Evan needs a mother,
and I need you to be happy.”
don’t want to forget what we had.”
won’t. But you need to be okay. Everything has changed now. All of you can change
Evan looked back at the Parent, Child One, and Limati. Fortunately, they were all
standing closer to the universe engine now, instead of near the silver floor’s
edge. “Not according to those losers over there.”
them, Evan,” Mom said. “And they will not live forever, like they said. They are
it, Mom.” Evan noticed that the distance between the rounded edge of the golden
road, so similar to the edge of a gold CD disk, and the silver floor edge was
getting lengthier. Good. He, Dad, and Mom needed all the distance they could
get, since they stood only about ten feet from the road’s edge.
swift motion near the universe engine caught Evan’s eye. He focused there - Limati
was sprinting away from the Parent and Child One and heading up the silver
floor at an impossibly fast rate. At the silver floor’s edge, Limati dove off
into the wide dark expanse. The being flew a short moment until suddenly
clanking down hard on an edge of the golden road, and then quickly clumping
together a bent section of the road within its tightly folded arms.
Mom grabbed his hand and pulled him back. “We need to leave right now!”
instantly arrived by Limati and reached down, readying to take care of the
Limati do that?” Dad asked, seizing Evan’s shoulder and tugging him away too.
and cries of panic exploded out from many of the beings nearby and from farther
away, on that wide, open area.
gushed through Evan’s mind. “Why is everyone so afraid?”
never come to our domain,” Mom said. “It is forbidden.”