Copyright (c) Victor Darnell Hadnot
"Then pealed the notes, omnipotent to charm, and the loud tocsin tolled their last alarm." Thomas Campbell
"I guess there isn't much to say," Tessa answered.
The red raven moved in closed to her. It was perched on the seal of the open window which looked over the vastness of Utopia. It had been waiting for her to return all day and when she did, it decidedly engaged in a conversation.
"I have a message for you," said the Red Raven.
Tessa didn't find it odd that she was talking to a raven, most of the animals in Utopia were either hybrids or robots, designed to look and act like the real thing. "A message for me? And who in this place would send me a message via a red raven?"
Red Raven let out a loud call, then seemed to settle down. "This message is from Shinar. All is not as it seems."
"And what is that suppose to mean?"
"It means that everything that you have been told about the nature and the purpose of Utopia, might not be true." The raven looked off.
"Okay. I'm standing here, looking out my apartment window, in a place that can only be described as paradise, and a red raven is telling me that all is amiss. Who is Shinar?"
Red Raven asked, "Would you like to meet him?"
"Okay? What is going on here? Is this some kind of test, to test my loyalty for the cause. Because if it is, this sucks. I'm here because of Dr. Thomas' recommendation."
"Yes." answered the raven.
"Yes this is a test. Or, yes, I am going to meet this Shinar person?" Tessa asked.
Red Raven walked over to her and whispered. "Remember the bells of Tollen."
Tessa stared at the animal. "Okay. And what is that suppose to mean?"
Red Raven then took flight, "You will know when the time is right."
Just then there was a buss at her door. She watched the bird as it disappeared in the sky. Then she went and answered the door. It was Max.
"Is everything alright?" Max asked, not waiting to be invited in.
"Sure. Come on in...make yourself at home." she stated after the fact.
Max found the sofa while Tessa went to the food synthesizer and synthesized a sandwich. "Do you want something?"
"Something to drink would be fine." answered Max.
Tessa pointed to some drinks, then tossed him something. "So, what brings you here on your day off? Aren't there enough pretty women in Utopia?"
"Oh yeah. That there are..."
"Really? You were not suppose to answer like that. I should throw you out."
Max laughed, "You asked."
Tessa joined him, but across from him. "So. What is up?"
"There is suppose to be a carnival tonight. Want to come?"
"You are asking me out on a date?"
"Not a date, date, just to join me for some fun."
"Hmm? Naw, I think I'll pass. Got a lot of research to look over."
"Ah. What is wrong? Are they working you too hard?"
"Seriously? We are getting ready to leave the rest of humanity to fend for itself, while a bunch of super rich folks, save their own miserable stinking hides. So, yes, I have a lot of stuff to do, Max. That is why they sent for us. Because it wasn't because of our pedigree."
"How do you know it wasn't because of both?"
"Well. I don't know about you, but I come from a poor family. If it weren't for my brilliant mind, I'd be one of those poor slobs left out there to eventually die."
"Would you like to go back?"
Tessa studied her friend for a long moment. "No. I'm fine just the way I am."
"Good. Then I'll see you at the carnival." Max got up and started for the door.
"Did you happen to see a bird while you were out there?"
"A bird? What kind of bird?"
"I don't know. Just a bird."
"You do know that most of the animals here in Utopia are artificial. Not all, but most."
"Yeah. I know that." answered Tessa.
"So...I guess I'll see you there then." Then he left.
The carnival was really spectacular. Tessa found herself enjoying everything. It actually looked like a large portion of the city had come out to play. Then up in the night sky, she spotted the red raven. She managed to ditch Max and she began to follow the path of the bird. Finally, she found herself more and more isolated until she came upon a dark and foreboding place. The red raven perched on an object nearby. Tessa stopped: "Okay, bird, what is this all about?"
Then, out of the shadows came people, they didn't look too friendly, fact of the matter, they looked dangerous. Tessa began to back away, then a voice came from in back of her and she twisted around.
"Nice to finally meet you, Tessa." The man was tall and dark and thin. Built kind of like a ninja.
"You must be Shinar?" Tessa finally found her voice."
Shinar nodded, then motioned for the other to stand down. They all disappeared back into the shadows. "We need to talk."
"About what? I wasn't about to get anything out of your pet bird over these."
"Ah. Red Raven. Yes. Well, he talks too much and then he doesn't."
"What do you want from me?"
"Nothing at this point. I just want you to listen."
"Okay. You have my attention."
"What have they told you about this place? Utopia?"
"They are going to ditch the rest of humanity. The rich folks are going to save their own slimy hides while leaving the rest of humanity to die."
"Did they tell you why?"
"Sure. It is no secret...a massive blackhole, going to swallow up everything."
"Why? That isn't true?"
"No. They lied to you."
"Are you serious? I've seen the data. It looks pretty credible. And I'm no fool. My area of expertise is fractal quantum physics."
"Yes. And Utopia has the most advanced team of experts in the entire world. But ask yourself this question. After hundreds of years of building this monument to the vanity of mankind, why hasn't the rest of the world gotten wind of it?"
"You know how rich folks are. They oppress the poor. They control the media. Hell, if God Himself were to come down today, they'd probably spin it as an alien invasion and get the rest of the world to fight Him." she uttered in jest.
Shinar glanced at the others. They all began to step back out of the darkness. Shinar said, "Welcome to the resistance."
Tessa was frozen in thought for a long time. She watched slowly as each person finally emerged from the darkness. They were no different than herself. Men and women, professionals no doubt, brought to Utopia, under false pretenses.
"Are you telling me that I was right? I was just joking..."
Shinar said, "Funny, how some things said and done in jest, can turn out to be right."
Tessa walked up to each person, looked them in the eyes, each person, just a normal man or woman, then she finally let her eyes settle back on Shinar. "There is no blackhole coming?" "They have managed to create an advanced warning system, so that they will know when God is coming back. They plan on fighting God. When God comes back, everything that the wealthy, the ultra rich, have will be taken away from them. They don't want to part with their wealth. They killed God once, they figure that they can do it again." Shinar paced around her. "These are the faithful. We are called Faithers, because we believe in Jesus Christ, and nothing else."
"I don't understand?"
"The world deceives us all. You can't trust what you have been told. Technoligion has been controlling things for a very long time. It existed in different incarnations, but, it has always been at the center of everything."
"Technoligion is a new, artificial religion. The worship of technology." Tessa said.
"No. Its true origins come from witchcraft and sorcery. Those things dealt with contrivances and sayings and devices, no matter how primitive or complex."
"What are you saying?"
"In times gone by, those crafts were always at the cutting edge of society. Experimenting with the unknown. Shrouded in secrecy, covered up in myth and mysticism. Science and technology, none the less." Shinar explained. "The forces of darkness always knew that the day would come, when God would come back, to lay claim, to what was his."
"And that day is rapidly coming?" Tessa concluded.
"We had to evolve just .like the children of darkness had evolved. We were once called Christians, by another name, having evolved through the ages, we are now called Faithers. The keepers of the faith in Jesus Christ."
"Then. This is about a war coming."
"The evil ones are being gathered for the final battle against Good and Evil. We happen to be born in the time when such things have come to pass." Shinar stepped out away from her into the dim light.
"Well. I'll just leave. Warn the rest of the world." was Tessa's reaction.
"No...that won't work. Believe me when I say, others have tried. They just disappeared and the world is still all the more ignorant."
"But I can make a difference."
"Yes you can, Tessa. That is why were all decided to seek you out."
Tessa looked at Red Raven, it nodded at her they took off into the night sky, hawking as it went. Tessa found a crate and sat on it.
Tessa finally said, "Once a person arrives at Utopia, that is it. We're all doomed to make the rich people's dreams come true."
Shinar countered, "No. We can fight them. From within."
"How? They have already built the most advanced city known to mankind. And now you tell me it is to fight the Lord when he comes back?"
"You are the fractal quantum physicist. You tell us, is there anything new under the sun?"
Tessa was only partly listening to his question. "What? What did you say?"
"The Holy Bible teaches us, that there is nothing new under the sun. It is a quantum fractal question. Pretty good, that it was postulated thousands of years before quantum physics was even invented."
"From a purely fractal quantum physics point of view, no, I guess that there isn't. There really isn't anything new under the sun, because effect can precede cause, under the theory of fractal quantum physics." Tessa explained.
"Things don't work like they appear in the macro-world. You have cause then you have effect. But, you are telling us that under certain circumstances, effect can precede cause, right?" Shinar echoed.
"That is correct."
"Then what will happen has already happened?"
"If it can happen, then it will happen." Tessa stated.
"Then all things that will happen have already happened. The battle for Good and Evil has already happened. God has already come and saved the faithful. We are simply living in the moment, as it all happens." Shinar postulated.
"In a very real sense, I suppose that you are right. Armageddon has already transpired, the Kingdom of God is already upon us, it was from the very beginning..."
Shinar's eyes brightened up and he smiled, "Please tell me why, Tessa."
Tessa expounded, "Because where the King is, so is the Kingdom."
"And since Jesus Christ walked on the Earth a long time ago, the Kingdom of God, has already come. Where the King is, so is the Kingdom. As God said, the Kingdom of Heaven was already upon them, but, they were filled with too much darkness, to understand what he meant. The King was standing before them, the kingdom had already arrived." Shinar voiced.
"Who are you?" asked Tessa.
"I am Reverend Shinar. A Faither. A believer in Jesus Christ. A Christian."
Tessa stood and extended her hand and they shook hands. "It is indeed a pleasure to meet you, Shinar, of the Faithers, of the resistence."
"Likewise." said Shinar. The the others all relaxed and surrounded Tessa in friendship and common good. After other sayings and understandings, Shinar walked Tessa back to the edge of there the carnival was still going on. "We will be in touch."
"How will I know?"
"You will know."
"But. What if they, they being the authorities find out that I'm on to their real plans?" Tessa asked.
"You are not alone anymore, Tessa. You have friends, in diverse places." Shinar told her.
"I guess there is no turning back."
"Once you know the truth. What you do with it, determines who you are. If you chose to serve God and Jesus Christ, then you are a Faither. Because you have faith in God Jesus Christ. If you chose science and technology, witchcraft and sorcery, then you are a Technoligionist. Because you have turned your back on Christ and decided to worship science and technology. And make no mistake about it, all those who do, science and technology are religions. They both require the same devotions as do any other religion and those devoted to science and technology, are equally as blinded at Christ."
Tessa wandered back out into the festive chaos, which was the carnival. Finally she and Max caught up to one another.
"Where have you been,?" asked Max.
"I, er, I had to use the toilet. Must have been something I ate." explained Tessa.
"Ah. Yeah. You don't have the iron stomach like I do. I can eat just about anything. But let me show you the good stuff to eat. It won't make you sick."
"Er. You know, how about just a beer?"
"Hmm. Good idea. Here, follow me, I know a good place, where they are serving humongous drafts."
On their way to get a beer, Tessa caught a glimpse of Red Raven as he flew across the night sky. "How many birds do you think are in Utopia?"
"Real or synthetic?"
"I don't know. Both I guess?"
"Well. They want to create a perfect world, so I guess they have samples of what they need." Max explained.
"Like an ark?"
"Maybe. But Utopia is much more than just an ark. There is the sum total of all the knowledge of mankind."
"What are we running from, Max?"
Max sipped his beer. "You know as much as I do. The blackhole that is going to destroy the entire solar system."