Welcome! Welcome, dear Malek! 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, film, video and now in gigabytes. We are The Order of the Gatherers of Truths. Our job, Malek, is to keep the stories of the souls that walk this earth, to keep them safe for the day when judgement will pass. But before judgement can be passed this book shall test you and ask you to decide who gets to go to heaven and to the other place. 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. She has decided that humans have spilt far too much blood not understanding the basic tenets of faith. So, in your hands you hold a book containing some tales. The concept is simple. From the tale you read, can you see into a person’s soul, and can you decide whether that soul goes’ to heaven and hell? The tale is a study of character, if you will. 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, Malek. A stranger’s study you shall not read within these pages, although the study 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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