After the agony of burning, there was a beach.
Not what I had expected. But then I'd convinced myself I had no expectations. Just went to show.
Pleasant to swim in the cold water. Pleasant to lie on the sand and soak up the sun.
But I was arranging shells in a pattern when I felt Au come. After a quick glance sideways to be sure, I stood up to greet him.
He put both his hands out to me in welcome. "Here's my Lodestar, with his swift and eager look."
"Here's God, come to answer all my questions."
We clasped hands. Interesting to know how much power he was reserving.
"Yet still he thinks I've come to punish him."
"You have," I said, smiling. "You want me to go back."
"Still he thinks it's for him to form the pattern."
"I read it in the shells."
We looked at them together. Then he released his grip on me, and knelt down, and looked at them more closely.
"I formed you well," he said.
"And yet I'm broken."
He looked at me over his shoulder, and his look was swift and eager too. "Perhaps the only break in you is to think you're broken."
"My only crime was not to believe."
His eyes sparkled. "Didn't I bring you here? Didn't I tell you how it would be? Your only crime was not to listen."
"All right, already," I said. "I get it. You're omniscient. Now give me the freaking sun block, Daddy!"
Opening: BuffySquirrel.....Continuation: anon.