After Him

“They sent me because I don’t exist anymore.”

“Is that supposed to make sense to me?”

“I don’t know, you tell me.”

“Well, I can see why they killed you now, I can’t stand that cryptic bullshit.”

The man shrugs. “Well, the nature of the universe is cryptid therefore so am I.”

“So how is it that you ‘don’t exist’ when you’re sitting right next to me?”

“It’s a long, long story.” The man sighs and takes a sip of scotch from his perspiration coated glass.

“I have time.”

The man smiles slightly at this comment. “Alright. Let me ask you something first, have you ever imagined what it looked like before creation?”

“What what looked like?”

“The universe.” The man sounds wistful as he leans back in his chair.

“No. Why?”

“I saw it.”

“You did?”

“Yes.”

“How?”

“I created everything, therefore I saw what it looked like before creation.”

“That’s not possible.”

The man shrugs again. “Take it or leave it, it is true.”

For some moments there is silence.

“I created mankind.” The man says quietly.

“You did?”

The man nods. “They were my children.”

“Now they are not?”

Another nod, another drink.

“Why not?”

“They grew, as all children do.”

“Is that bad?”

“No,” the man shakes his head and taps his fingers lightly against the counter.

“But it is not good?”

The man grins. “Nothing’s all good, as nothing’s all bad.”

“So what happened when they grew?”

“They thought that they didn’t need me anymore.”

“Were they corect?”

The man stares off into the distance for a long moment. “On some fronts, yes.”

“Other fronts?”

“Not so much.” The man spreads his hands helplessly.

“So what did you do?”

“I banished them. I punished them”

“That sounds harsh.”

“It was for their own good. They had to learn.”

“Learn what?”

“What it means to be human.”

“What does it mean?”

“Many things.”

“What happened next?”

“They defied me. They went against me.”

“Why?”

“To hurt me.”

“They knew that you feared for them.”

The man nods and rubs a tired hand over his face. “They knew I love them.”

“Love?”

The man raises an eyebrow. “Love doesn’t fade just because they are not here.”

“No, I mean what is love?”

“You don’t know?” The man doesn’t sound surprised.

“I cannot compute the desired meaning.”

“Don’t worry about it, you won’t need it.”

“How does that have anything to do with existence?”

The man’s gaze is intense as he sets down his empty glass. “Once love is gone, there is nothing.”

“If you are nothing yet something at the same time, then what are you?”

The man’s smile is sad as he stands. “I am.” He walks around the other chair, stepping towards the door.

“Wait! Then who sent you?”

But the man is gone.

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