A New Heaven and New Earth by SidheRoseGraphics ()
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"A New Heaven & a New Earth." Ash let the words sink in and gestured to the land and sky above them. ""That's what The Other Side promised Humanity back on Terra," Ash said. "What do you think we have here?"
"Just that," Djinn answered. "Stars we'd never seen before." He gestured to the darkening sky, the stars becoming visible as night fell around them. They were far enough away from the party to watch from above, in private.
"The UGF - the Universal Gaming Federation gave us this planet. At least it's not 'Theirs' - The Other Side's. How long do you think this lull in the 'festivities' is going to last? I'll tell you," Ash answered his own question. "No one knows. I do not know. All I can see is the same old patterns forming, when they do. They haven't started yet, but they will." After a long pause, he sighed with resignation. "We made a mistake, bringing what we did of Terra here. It's only a reminder of what we don't have here. One day there will be questions about WHY we don't have those things, and a declaration to have them. What will you do then? Become a despot and say NO. Not only 'no' but 'hell no!' I've had this same conversation with the Elders. Whatever we do, we have to stand united. I want you and Glory's friends to think about that. You let one thing in the door, it's kind of hard to keep the rest of it out."
"Glory and I were talking about that, the other night. Everything's so right, right now. What could go wrong? Turns out, she'd thought about it more than I had. Trust me, I've been thinking about it ever since."
"As you should, but you can't live waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop, son. You just have to be prepared when it does. Know it will. Their favorite tools are Control and Fear. Let me know any further thoughts, once you and the others have sorted them out. You have time - we just don't know how much. Live and enjoy your life. I know I'm going to. Will you ask Miss Luna to bring me my dinner in my room? Thank you. The rest of the night is yours. I'm proud of you for what you've done. I expect more," he laughed, getting up from the ground. "Go dance with your lady, sing a song in her ear. Tell her you love her."
Djinn stood up and brushed himself off, asking, "What's up with Luna?"
"That's what I intend to find out."
Ash's voice was a throaty whisper like fourty miles of bad road. Evenso, Djinn heard the smile that came with it. "Just don't let her get you all discombobulated," Djinn laughed. "She has a way of doing that. No filters on her, man. None, whatsoever. She's her Daddy's girl, all the way - if you know what I mean."
Ash shrugged. "I like that. She's just a natural girl. What's wrong with that?"
"Let me know how it went," Djinn answered him as he headed down the stairs.
Image Comments (11)
RodS () 6:34PM | Fri, 13 December 2019
Yeah, exactly... Sad to say, but once the "normal" specimens of the human species gets rolling they could muck up a bowl of corn flakes..
Excellent scene and continuation of the story, Ray! 👍
misty7j3 () 9:25PM | Fri, 13 December 2019
Awesome image, and awesome story, Ray......and I totally agree with the comment above, that Rod S has made....what he said is so true! This story is getting more interesting all the time......I'm curious and anxious to see what happens next!! I LUV these two characters.....Ash and Djinn!! They are fabulous!! Keep up the good work Ray!!! I likey!!
Savage_dragon () 6:33AM | Sun, 15 December 2019
Just a natural girl... oh, the connotations! Nicely done, kid! <3
mtdana () Online Now! 4:14PM | Sun, 15 December 2019
I like that advise 'be ready when the shoe drops' Very wise :) Interesting continuation and characters!!!
Crudelitas () 4:24PM | Sun, 15 December 2019
I find both boys so incredibly sexy ... I can't choose one at all. LOL Great picture and story, Ray.
adorety () 9:11PM | Mon, 03 February 2020
The UGF eh? They sound a bit scary really. I suppose life is a game but it is an awfully serious game and I guess most of us just look like pawns to the powers that be.