Babylon, Iraq, 2015.
Welcome! Marhaba dear reader, welcome. Fadal, fadal, please come. You are an honoured guest and welcome visitor to these humble pages. For thousands of years we have kept a record of the events of our times. On papyrus, clay, print, video, and now, in gigabytes. We are the Order of the Gatherers of Truths. Our job, dear reader, is to keep the stories of the souls that walk this earth, to keep them safe for the day when judgment will pass. On that day, you shall each have a tale read from your life. Your tale shall decide whether you shall pass from this world into the next or whether your deeds in life are worthy only of that other place I shall not name. Now, our Order used to be quite secretive, quite secretive indeed. Heaven forbid a soul should find our books, should find these tales on which so much depends. But an edict from upstairs has changed that. Herself has decided that humans have spilled too much blood not understanding the basic tenements of faith. That your ego has ruled your hearts and therefore we are forced to publish some tales to help you realise that the day of judgment isn't an accounting of your sins and your good deeds, although that is an important part. No, no, no. This is about picking that one moment in your life when, above all others, your true personality, your id, your ego and super ego aligned as one and the instinctual part of your brain melded with your moral part and was balanced by the needs of practicality, love and heart. When your humanity shone through. On that tale shall you be judged. What follows are tales of women and men, of love and loss, collected through the ages and from all of the corners of this great earth. Only one common thread links them, the tales come from the places you have trodden, and the people you have met. A stranger’s tale you shall not read within these pages, although the tales may well be of people who entered your life briefly, but however briefly, they may have been in your presence, they left an imprint.
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