Slashing Destiny’s Ragged Micro-Threads

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            “Along with TOOLS:  Objective TRUTHS are the most

    useful and versatile entities in the Multiverse.  But ‘truths,’ 

    generated by men always wield destructive potential.”

                                                                                       Raul Itependeri
 

          Tal Finster, 22, gazed at the pre-twilight horizon.  Bilotus and 

     Anifarola, Hornug’s smallest moons, were aligning, tonight’s rare 

     dual-eclipse was only 5½ hours off.  Tal with lecture classes this 

     evening, planned skipping the last one, to take Mai Ling dancing and 

     drinking.   He once held high hopes for the class, now it bored him.  

     Finster, though, really did love a class he’d originally resented:  

     HV-501 Quantum-Mechanics and Free Will.  He started toward it . . .

 

          A would-be politician, Finster’s book-in-progress (Human 

     Volition vs. an UNfree Multiverse) was 112 completed-pages already. 

     Its theme:  that Universal-Government’s deliberate misinterpretation 

     of Quantum Mechanics and ‘natural law’ was rapidly leading to greater 

     and greater tyranny against individual rights and human volition across 

     the Multiverse. . . and Tal’d included 17 tips to help individuals 

     fight back without unnecessary risk. He’d even transliterated Einstein’s 

     quote, “I don’t believe God plays dice with the Universe” into “To 

     enslave citizens, our tyrannical Universal Government equips its craps-

     tables with loaded-dice.”  Of course, he wasn’t sure the book would pass 

     Government Censors.  It was a chance he had to take.

 

           “Good Big Brothers,” he’d reminded his future readers, “. . . are 

     created by Great Parents seeking to prevent all their children from harm 

     while providing them opportunity for prosperity and happiness.”   Thus 

     Tal Finster advocated Constitutional Republics featuring minimally-

     invasive government whose imperative was protecting citizen’s lives, 

     rights and opportunities.  He feared despotic ‘Big Brothers.’

      

           Finster checked in with college roommate, Mandy, to make sure she’d 

     attend their anti-hacking class taking notes and recording the session.  

     Next week he’d return the favor.  Mandy gave him an elderly-sister peck 

     on the cheek and laughed, “You’re covered, little brother.”

 

           “Ahem, whose brilliant term paper saved your gorgeous butt in 

     Spanish class?  Hmmm?”

 

           “Tit for tat, Little Brother.”

 

          “Great for the goose, great for the Gander, Mandy.”  

 

           After a quick hug, they parted laughing.  Mandy, 34, had three 

     doctorates and a master’s degree; and loved taunting Tal by calling him 

     'Little Brother,' 'Lad,' and 'Youngster.'   Despite this parental-

     style harassment, Tal  decided:  Women are all wonderful!  And Mai Ling, 

     his recent paramour, was the most wonderful in at least this Universe.

 

           Tal’s HV-501 class was brilliant that night, it gave him eight or 

     ten great ideas for his book and five excellent quotes as well.  He 

     dropped into the bungalow shared with Mandy to clean up a bit; fixed 

     himself a salad and light meal and drank some juice.  Time to meet Mai 

     Ling – he quickly brushed his teeth.

 

           She was extra gorgeous tonight:  slender and strong and her skin 

     just glowing!  They arrived before the musicians, so he quickly 

     demonstrated his dance-leads (‘when my hand slides off your back, and 

     down your arm, be ready for this; or this; or this;’ Remember the 13th 

     Commandment, “Thou shalt NOT lead:  follow the man’s lead; And if I can 

     do it with my left hand – then expect it soon with the right”).  Mai 

     Ling was a real quick study and in five-minutes without musical 

     accompaniment she actually became an almost perfect partner.  

 

           Their dancing was great; the drinks were just right.  Soon it 

     would be time for the double-eclipse.

 

         “Everybody’s ready to rock-n-roll?”

 

        “Yeah, let’s take out this lousy mothah-humper, Ladies!

 

      “Sergeant Nehrunga, this is my first sanction.  How does all this work?”

 

        “Nothing to it, Private Gisenja, falling off a log.  And even if this 

     whole operation here were to go straight to hell:  there’s a strike-group 

     out by the lake near his nightclub.  They’d finish off the dirty-agitator 

     for us.”  She paused, “OK here’s what we do; and here’s what you’ll do 

     . . . you’ll soon see, nothing to it.”  She brought up the practice screens: 

     . . . Private Lucinda Gisenja could hardly contain her excitement, Her first 

     sanction.  And she’d be right next to Sergeant Penny Nehrunga when the 

     sergeant took the kill-‘shot’ – right next to her.  So very glad she’d 

     changed her physics emphasis to Quantum Mechanics.   And this undercover 

     work, what could be more exciting!
 

            Surprisingly, only a few couples witnessed Bilotus eclipsing Anifarola.  

      It took 23 minutes.  Very exciting, Mai Ling and Tal took advantage of the 

     spectacle to advance their caressing and kisses.  After the dual-moon 

     eclipse, perhaps twenty times as many were soon in the audience joining 

     Tal and Mai Ling to watch the double-eclipse another 50 minutes later for 

     total-eclipse with Planet Hornug blocking its two smallest moons.  Tal 

     and Mai Ling, like so many of the couples around them, began dancing to 

     the night club band as the darkness intensified.

 

          “Tell me about your book, Tal.”

 

          “About halfway done, Sweetheart.  I can let you read my first 15

     chapters tomorrow.”

 

         “I’d love to.  What’s your main point?”

 

         “You’ll see.  Raul Itependeri says man’s greatest tools for happiness 

     are:  love, imagination and integrity.”

 

           Suddenly all the stars disappeared; and it was like they were 

     watching the eclipse through a large slit in a small dome.  

 

          “Something’s wrong, Babe, really wrong.” He clasped her hand more 

     tightly.

 

           The BRIGHT flash of ‘lightning’ was so blinding, the two lovers 

     never actually heard the THUNDEROUS explosion killing them.  

     Surprisingly no one else anywhere near the lake was aware of anything 

     but the ever-deepening red of double-eclipse 

 

             “My heavens, Sergeant, that’s phenomenal!”  

 

             “Yeah, I still remember my first positron-electron-annihilation 

     mission.  What’s great is every single bit of evidence gets destroyed, 

     doesn’t it Mandy?”

 

            “You betcha, Sarge, no flesh, bones, nothing.”  Dead Tal’s 

     ex-roommate couldn’t hide her grin slipping reward money into the 

     pocket of her civilian clothes.  She’d already copied Tal’s book – 

     ought to sell well on the black market; and then she’d cash-in a 

     turncoat again. Things used to be so simple, but now they’re so 

     much better.  How’s that for ‘free-will,’ Little Brother?”

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