Sleep Diver Part 5 (Final)
Road to Realisation – Texas
Outside the small town of Realisation, Texas – A gunfight takes place. Two cars stand on either side of the road, their occupants shoot frantically at each other.
On the backseat of one is a suitcase containing $100,000.
One of the shooters is hit in the chest…
“You care for a drink White Man?”
“As a matter of fact Chief,” I reply, “yes I do.”
“Sorry, looks like we’re all out.”
“Aint that a shame,” I splutter. “Tell me old man, you God?”
“Hell no, though I know of Him.”
“Acquainted, but again no.”
“Then who?” I ask.
“Isn’t that obvious?”
“Maybe to you.”
“I’m everything you cant let go of Eli.” He pauses. “I’m the weight around your neck.”
Blood trickles from my mouth; I cough and more of the stuff bursts forward. It feels like I’m choking.
“I had a strange dream Chief.” I struggle to breathe, “you were in it.”
“I know,” he says.
“The girl, the runner… the boss.” I gurgle, “all in this dream.”
“You only loose what you cling to.”
“There were others, some guy at a table.”
“Let me go Cryl.” He smiles.
I’ve never felt this cold before. “I’m dying?”
“Sleep Eli, dive into the sleep. Dive in deep.”
A phone call…
“The mark escaped Ma’am, I’m afraid we lost them.”
“Theres one more thing… Cryl, he got hit. He’s gone!”
“Sorry Miss Lou.”
“Ok Stan, thats slightly unfortunate. Clean up then come home.”
El Paso – Mexican side
A car speeds towards a crossroads. Dust rises from its wheels. A black Sedan is parked at the junction, its heavily armed passengers lean back on the vehicle smoking cigarettes. The car pulls along side.
“I hope your journey was a pleasant one.”
“We made it.”
“You have my money?”
The suitcase sits on Marcie’s knee. She holds it tight. Dan takes it from her and passes it through the open window, “Its all there.”
“Well done my friend.” He opens the case, takes out a bunch of notes and drops them into Dan’s lap. “Buy your lady friend a sombrero.” He laughs. “Welcome to Mexico.”
A Diner. Upper West Side, Manhattan
“Hey handsome,” says the waitress. “You want more coffee?”
“No thank you.” He looks at the empty seat across the table, “I just take the check.”
“You been stood up again?”
The Kitchen Table Man gives her $20, “It happens.”
“You’re a regular finder of lost children ain’t ya!” she says.
“Somebody’s gotta do it.”
“Maybe they show up later.”
She walks back towards the cash register as he says, “he’ll get another go; we all get another go.”
A little beach somewhere in California – The sky paints crimson again; this time its Sunrise. Exhausted, I wade through the water and crawl across the sand to the trailer.
Inside I find an old woman stood at the cooker, “Good morning Eli, how would you like your eggs?”
“Easy over, with some home fries,” I reply.
“Salt and Tabasco?”
“You know me too well,” I say, still not certain who she is.
“Indeed I do.” She laughs.
“Eva.” I begin to remember, “Lou.”
“That’s me sugar, sometimes ‘Shawn’.”
“Eva Lou –”
“Eat your breakfast Eli.” She puts the plate in front of me, it smells delicious. I feel a warm glow come over me. It feels good.
“Where next?” she asks.
“I get another go?”
“Sure do, still plenty left.”
“Experiences,” she says.
It all starts to come back. Different places; different times. The sensation washes over me like a Déjà vu.
“How many left?”
“A few…billion.” She cracks some more eggs into the frying pan. She looks a lot older than the Chief.
“Is there any reason for any of this?”
“What, you mean for living every life that ever lives?” She smiles, her eyes are so friendly, her skin so wrinkled.
“Gonna take a while.”
“You have a better idea on how to walk through eternity?” She scoops an egg from the pan and catapults it onto my plate.
“I get to choose?”
“Hmmm… you can suggest.”
“A little too close I think, hows about Hawaii?” I’m starting to like the sound of this.
“Pearl Harbour 1941 looks interesting.” She begins to chuckle.
“Really.” I say, “I get to experience everything?”
She leans forward and runs her hand through my hair. “No Eli, I do.”
“One day your life will flash before your eyes; make sure its a show worth watching.” – Unknown.
“When we reach out to what is unknown to us, we let go of the notion that we can control what we experience.” – Ken McLeod
“We’re all just asleep, dreaming that we’re awake.” – Unknown.
The journey is the reward.
— Taoist proverb
D&O in Fresno