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Inquisitive: Part 14

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By Hassan Izzo

I watched and listened to my grandmother explaining the intricacies and plot details of this on-going battle with a feeling of detachment. My anger and disbelief were giving way to sorrow and longing for the normality of the life that I had.

“They started to use limbo as a means to further their own mission. Instead of leaving people there for the time of Christ’s second coming as it is written, they realised the great immediate potential of such an untapped resource. By reaching the souls that have entered limbo quick enough, they can show them a glimpse of the kingdom and recruit them for their cause, promising them a place in heaven. You see, people end up in limbo all the time for all manner of reasons when it is not yet their time to die: accidents, sickness, drugs.” She looked at me pointedly. “Misadventures. Most people come back having no real recollection of their visit or what they saw, while others attribute their experience to the trauma of the event. These are the ones that are targeted. Once safely recruited, they place them back into their bodies and there you have it: a person who is now a bona fide believer that will go out to recruit new followers as requested.”

Something new sparked in my mind that I voiced: “Why doesn’t Jesus just return right now? I’m pretty sure that would end this battle in their favour.”

“Because it is not yet time. There are changes that can be made, and then there are things that are set in stone. They can see the way the tide is going though and are determined to stop it, but once we work out how to access limbo, we’ll close off that avenue too.”

I pondered what I’d just heard. “Why would I have ended up in limbo if I didn’t believe in God or cared about religion? According to you the reason for that is because of this plan—this illusion.”

“Like I said, the system is not perfect. You can live an entire life within it and still not have that part of you that is open to the call of God, closed shut. There are still philosophical issues that impede the system from being a perfect weapon. For example, someone like you: young and inquisitive, are still very much open to suggestion, even if you think you are not. Most young people are in fact. That is the reason I did what I did. As soon as I heard what had happened to you, I could not let you be recruited by them for a battle they are doomed to lose.” She shook her head and sighed. “But that does not mean that I am proud of how I handled the situation.”

I let those last words resonate and felt anger swell within me once more. “That’s because you shouldn’t be! You lied and tricked me and gave me no choice! Now you’ve told me all of this. Explain what happened with the girl.”

“Yes, the girl. One of our numbers theorised that once we gain access to limbo, instead of simply taking those souls, we could put them to good use. With careful manipulation, we could make them agree to be put back on earth, but in the body of someone else. The puberty hypothesis was put forward and in theory everything fitted perfectly. The next step would’ve been to identify those who it would be beneficial to replace, owing to their potential for future disruption.”

“Why that girl?”

“Truthfully, there was no reason, she was selected randomly. Not by me, by people above me. They saw you as the perfect candidate to test these theories out on.”

“I was an experiment?”

“For the greater good. Once you agreed to enter the girl’s body, there was no way you could ever enter the Kingdom because of the action of replacing someone’s soul. That was another positive of the theory.”

“But I only agreed on false information. I was never given a true choice.”

“Like I said, careful manipulation. I’m sorry but in this war, being fair is for the young and naïve.”


 

Hassan Izzo

Like any other writer, Hassan Antonio Izzo is happiest when he is sat at his desk putting words down on paper; whether it be updating his blog, working on a short story, script, poetry, journalism, or wrestling with his first novel. If anything stands a chance of getting him away from his desk, a few drinks with friends would stand a good one. His biggest claim to fame is that Quentin Tarantino loved his Mr T t-shirt when he met him; which was pretty cool.

A proud South Londoner, you can follow on Twitter @Hassanizzo86

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