The Mechanical Man 8 – Into the Darkness
It is pitch dark around him.
“Odd”, Andrew thinks. All the other times he had been in surgery, it had become pitch dark, and the next second there was light again and he had been on the table for hours. And now?
”What’s going on?” he says out in the blackness.
”What do you think is going on?” A dark voice timbres.
A voice in the dark?
Cold tears run down his spine and his heart makes a triple beat.
”Am I … dead?”
He had come to think of all the stories about dying and seeing light in the dark, like a tunnel, and then some angel or something. He didn’t remember clearly since he had never really believed those stories and therefore never put them into his memory bank.
”Do you think you are dead?”
’Oh Jeees…. ’
Flickers of thoughts run through his head.
It is really something odd going on. He should be lying on the operation table, and he should know nothing, experience nothing.
”You are lying on the table, but do not bother about that now. Come on! I will show you something!”
A small light appears and quickly grows larger. Just like a tunnel. He gets curious and forgets about being dead. If that is what he is. Instead, he starts walking along the tunnel to what seems to be an opening.
”Why do you not fly instead?” The dark voice again.
”Fly? I can’t fly!”
”Have you ever tried?”
No, of course, he has not. He is a human being, not a bird. Humans do not fly.
A deep belly laugh fills the air.
”Rather the Void.”
”Can you read my thoughts?”
”Uh…uh… How about flying now? You just need to think you do it.”
”Like a bird?”
”However you like it.”
And suddenly he is floating along the tunnel which is growing wider and brighter every second.
Soon Andrew lands on a field. A beautiful field. Green grass, trees, blooming bushes. Beside him stands a green person. If it is a person. He, she – he can’t decide whether it is a he or a she which is quite irritating. Can not think of it as an ”it” either. The he-she is, anyhow, quite small and dressed in a green outfit that mostly reminds Andrew of Peter Pan.
”That was a good one!”
The deep belly laugh fills the surroundings once again.
”Why is it like this?”
”Don’t bother, it is as it is, and I am about to show you something.”
The next second they are standing at the top of a hill looking down on the landscape before them. It is a desert. A vast, arid area with two suns oozing their heat upon it. In the middle, there are a couple of dots moving.
”We have to zoom in a bit.”
The dark voice streams out of the small, green person. Andrew looks amazed on … him? and realizes that most of the earlier conversation has been in his head. But every time he tries to figure this out, he just gets dizzy and gives in.
”Oh! You may not need a zoom, but I do.”
Again that laughter.
The dots appear to be four human beings. An elderly man with a big bushy beard, a black-haired woman of undefinable age, one young woman – really cute Andrew thinks – and then…
Andrew gasps! Before him, he sees himself, but without the implants. He has a lot of scars though, which indicates there have been some.
”What is this?” He says in a small voice.
”A possible future.”
The four in the desert struggle along. Seem to be heading to… a city?
”Yes. A city. The City”
”Yes. The city where the final battle will occur.”
The next second they are in the middle of the city. It is dark and cold. The sun is covered by something huge and black.”
”A solar eclipse?”
”Maybe. Maybe not.”
”Where is the other sun?”
”Magic. Deep black magic.”
On one of the streets, a young boy with a horse is striding towards…
”What? I can’t see. Where is he going?”
”He is trying to reach the Tower.”
The Tower. Way back in the city, leaning against the steep mountains that disappear among the clouds. He can see it now. The Tower. He gets cold as ice in his chest and stomach. He does not want to be here. He does not want to see this. Does he really have to know about this? Does he really have to come here? He understands he is shown a piece of his future, but he does not want this future.
An image of the girl suddenly stands before him. The cute one from the desert.
”You got to help her. She will need you.”
The images fade away and they are back on the green hill. The desert before them is gone, and all he can see now are gardens with apple trees and grape wine.
”When you wake up after the surgery, your mind will not remember anything about what you have seen now. But your heart will remember, and lead you. Trust it. But until that time is due, you must do your best with what lies upon you. You are blessed, Andrew.”
Andrew woke up with a splitting headache and a body as if a truck had hit him. He didn’t care about the pain. But before he even opened his eyes, he gently stroked his arm and chest. Then he smiled. The golden armour was gone.
”Are you all right?” A voice said. The robot.
”Yes. Now, I’m all right.
To the other parts in order, can also be found in the menu.
- 1.) Being another you
- 2.) Andrew Millbourne’s big secret
- 3.) The Voyage of no return
- 4.) Time in space
- 5.) The appointment
- 6.) Living in pain
- 7.) The Surgery
- 8.) Into the Darkness
- 9.) If the end isn’t good, it isn’t the end