Chapter I: A Void and a Voice
What lies after Death? Our bodies decay but what about… us? Our soul, spirit, whatever you want to call it? As a child, they told me in Sunday school that my spirit would go to Heaven to live with Jesus in His kingdom. Back when I loved Him. Before I messed everything up.
Is that what Death feels like? This… floating? Some part of me was conscious but I felt somehow… disconnected. I couldn’t feel anything; I tried to open my eyes but there was nothing. Not like a pressure preventing my eyelids from opening, but as though I had never had eyes in the first place.
No eyes. But then how could I see?
There was white; all around me. A soft, glowing light that encompassed my body. There were no shadows, no reflections, no sound. Just me… and this void of white.
I would have thought sound would carry easily in silence, but I was wrong. I had heard that whisper, a soft breath from lips that caressed my name.
Who is that? I wanted to say, but I could not locate my mouth and so no words passed from it. Who are you?
You know who I am. You did once.
Am I… am I dead?
Perhaps. It is your choice, Seattle. You took your life into your own hands and you hid from me. But you could never hide; I am always with you. I have great plans for you Seattle, but you must be alive to fulfill them. I love you so much; this is not the end I wanted for you.
I will not take away your will. But I hope that in the end, you choose my path. It will not be easy, but I guarantee the reward will be greater than you will ever know. Arise, my child, and awake.