It just happened. And in such a stupid way. If I weren’t dead, I’d be angry with myself. To fall off a cliff… Who does that?
On the positive side, once you’re dead nothing matters anymore. Some feelings are left, some memories from the past, some emotions that were strong while you were alive. I’m a spirit now, a shadow of myself, but I am still me. It’s hard to explain it to the living, so I’ll leave it at that.
It all happened just like they said it would. I appeared next to a wide river, a river so long I could not see its end. I was greeted by a boatman. Well, actually, he just gave me a small nod. He didn’t welcome me or call out my name. I realized I had a golden coin in my hand, and I handed it to him. He then helped me climb into the boat.
“It’s strange,” I said.
“What’s strange?” I was surprised that the boatman actually replied.
“It’s all happening just the way I though it would.”
“Well, I don’t see why it’s strange then.”
“I didn’t expect it to happen the way I expected it to happen,” I tried to explain. I guess I’m quite bad at explaining things.
The boatman said nothing. He must’ve thought I was a complete fool. Before I had the time to feel embarrassed, the ride was over. It was impossible we’d already reached the other side, but this was the Underworld. You can expect everything. I had passed to the other side, and I wasn’t bothered by such questions anymore. My only desire was to be given a place to live, my own little piece of eternity.
“Oh, not again!” the boatman suddenly gave a loud sigh. In that moment, he almost looked like your average mortal.
I looked ahead and saw a young woman approaching the river bank.
“I will come for you, my love!” she shouted into the void.
“I know, my love!” even I, being dead and all, was surprised to hear a voice respond to her from the mist.
“Stupid young people,” the boatman grumbled.
“What is going on?” I asked.
“These two stupid lovebirds are really making a mess here. I don’t know why the Mistress allows it. I think she finds it funny. Well, it stopped being funny after the first forty-two times!” he screamed into the mist.
“What are they doing?” I wanted to know.
“Well, he promised her that, if she died before him, he would go to the Underworld and beg the Master and the Mistress to let her live. He would take her place. And she promised she would do the same. Stupid young people. They swore an oath to each other. They never realized it lead to an infinite loop.”
“You aren’t too bright yourself, are you? Well, he was the first to die. Killed in a war. And she did what she’d promised. She pleaded the gods to let him live and take her instead. They had better things to do than deal with their nonsense, so they accepted. They cared only for the number of souls, not who those souls belonged to. But, you see, now she was dead, and he was alive. So, to honour his oath, he had to come back and take her place. And then he was dead and she came here again… You understand?”
“That’s quite stupid,” I had to admit.
“Well, at least we see each other in passing,” the girl hissed at me and took her place in the boat.
The boatman shrugged in resignation and went to do his job.
I felt like laughing, but I didn’t. Everything was paler now, even my amusement. Still, I knew, I would like my new home.
A silly story. Hope you like it anyway. XD