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a science fiction novel written and published by Joe Chiappetta 2209 Northgate Avenue North Riverside, IL 60 !6, "#A $0%&'69&2099 (oeychips)g*ail+co* ,rinted boo-s of this novel can be ordered through the #tar .hosen website at/ www.joechiappetta.blogspot.com 0eel free to voice your opinion about #tar .hosen at the above website as well+
Dedication and Thanks
1his boo- is dedicated to *y wife, 2enise+ #he is a
wo*an who has weathered *any stor*s for *any people, and she drea*ed of a future wherein I would be a better *an+ 1han-s go to the following people who assisted in the proofreading and editing process/ 2enise .hiappetta, 3aria .hiappetta, Lu-e .hiappetta, #eli*a Ani, Lauren .arney, Lisa 0ellis, 2ave 4reydich, Anthony ,aparo, 1i* ,uccetti, and 2ennis #itar+ #tar .hosen 5c6 2070 by 8oe .hiappetta
Main Characters >>>
Archilli -- toughest security officer in the gala9y Darla esto -- *aster strategist and elite genius
Thar!"inn Thane -- bright but lonely scientist Tara Thane -- teenage creator of virtual reality ga*es Sham"s #add -- *ain leader of :arth;s *inority population Sarah #add -- wo*en;s counselor and wife of #ha*us #e$na #add -- lovely and conscientious daughter of #ha*us JJ %ackard -- e9&*ilitary *an turned wisecrac-ing wise *an ianca %ackard -- happy wife of 88 and *other of three Don esto && powerful fighter and proud father of 2arla #a!"el -- obno9ious best friend of 1ara, and a big (o-er
&eek &eller -- talented *usician and unofficial boyfriend of 1ara 'eo -- hot&headed young *an fro* ,lanet ,i<on Angie -- daughter of a *ilitary *an (ee )ellowship -- helps people recover fro* virtual reality addiction Doc Dave$ -- brave doctor Ch"ck &eller -- friend and advisor to #ha*us
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Chapter 1: A Robotic Artist Is Born
=n a *edical space station far fro* :arth, a young soldier na*ed 8oe wo-e up fro* a night*are+ >e was in a recovery roo* lying down while a nurse
ran diagnostics on his left ar*+ ?@hat happenedA @here a* IA? as-ed 8oe while loo-ing out the window to try and get a bearing on where he was+ #urrounded by *any stars, a planet he didn;t recogni<e do*inated the view out into space+ ?Bou;re a patient on the 3o<art 3ilitary 3edical #tation,? replied the nurse+ ?Bour ship was caught in an a*bush+ Apparently, so*e religious terrorists caught your *ilitary unit by surprise+ Bour craft suffered the worst da*age+ #pea-ing of da*age, how do you feelA? ?@ell, *y bac- hurts a little,? said 8oe, ?but that always gives *e trouble+ @hy does *y left ar* feel+++ differentA? ?I;* sorry to infor* you,? said the nurse, ?but your left forear* too- on heavy laser fire+ I;* afraid
we had to a*putate it+ >owever, you are a rare findC Bou;re one of the very few people whose biological syste* does not re(ect robotic li*bs+? ?Are you saying that *y left ar* is now a robot ar*A? 8oe as-ed in a*a<e*ent+ ?It loo-s (ust the sa*e+? ?1hat;s the point,? said the nurse+ ?Dut it;s not the sa*e+ Bou;ll find that your new ar* can do everything that the old ar* could do, and then so*e+ In fact, if you choose to stay in the *ilitary, your new ar* will also be loaded with a nu*ber of the latest weapons i*plants, including+++? ?1hat;s Euite alright,? interrupted 8oe+ ?I;* getting outC A*putation *a-es *e eligible for an honorable *ilitary discharge with pay, and that;s e9actly what I;* doing+? ?=f course,? the nurse replied+ ?#o where do you
want to be discharged toA Dac- to :arthA? ?@hat;s the nearest planetA? as-ed 8oe, who was sic- of space travel and (ust wanted to settle down on any solid ground&&*aybe even start a fa*ily+ ?1hat would be ,i<on+ It used to be well -nown for its artistic culture, and in fact the planet is uniEuely beautiful&&the only place where you;ll find a plethora of purple landscapes+ =f course, it;s not overdeveloped and over&paved li-e :arth is+ I *ean, ,i<on has its fair share of big cities, but *uch of it is still underdeveloped+ #o*e areas even rese*ble :arth before the age of space coloni<ation+? ?>owever, I should warn you,? the nurse continued as she *onitored her patient;s vital signs, ?that ,i<on is beco*ing so*ewhat notorious as a base for thieves and swindlers+? ?1hat sounds greatC? 8oe e9clai*ed+ ?I don;t have
*uch for the* to steal+ Now tell *e *ore about the artistic side of their culture+? ?@ell,? said the nurse, ?,i<on was coloni<ed centuries ago by Italian artists&&all sorts of creative types+ ,leasure, philosophy, e9pression, and self& e9ploration were its founding principles+? ?.ount *e inC? said 8oe+ ?=ne of *y ancestors was an Italian artist too&&a cartoonist in fact+ 1hat was before space coloni<ation though+? ?=h, that re*inds *e,? added the nurse, ?since you;re not loading any weapons into your ar*, you;ve got the option to load so*e additional features here+? ?Li-e whatA? as-ed 8oe+ ?Are you tal-ing about super strengthA? ?Bou already have that,? replied the nurse+ ?1hat co*es standard with all robotic ar*s+ @hat I;*
tal-ing about is that you can choose between three s-ill sets to load into your ar*+ ,ic- one of these precision s-ills/ drawingFpainting, or building, or *usic+? ?Let *e get this straight,? 8oe stated, ?I get to select one of these abilities, and then when you load it, I;d have that s-illA? ?1hat;s correct,? replied the nurse, ?but only in your left ar*+? ?@hich option do *ost people pic-A? as-ed 8oe+ ?I don;t -now,? answered the nurse+ ?Li-e I *entioned, so few patients are actually a biological *atch to receive robotic ar*s that you;re the first person that this station has ever operated on for this procedure+ Dut if it was *e, I;d pic- the building option+ 1hat see*s to be the *ost useful+? ?1hat would be practical,? agreed 8oe, ?but all we
do in the *ilitary is supposed to be practical and *easurable+ I;* tired of itC Load *e up with the drawing i*plant+ I;* going to be a cartoonist+?
Chapter 2: A Soldier No More
In the *iddle of 8oe;s ar* loading procedure, the nurse had a reali<ation and said, ?Bou -now, if you (ust want to be a cartoonist, you really don;t need all the co*ple9 painting features that co*e standard with the drawing i*plant+? 8oe, who was able to stay awa-e for this painless robotic *odification, as-ed, ?#o are you saying that we can also fit the *usic or building progra* into *y ar* if we don;t add the painting optionsA? ?=h, not at all,? replied the nurse+ ?1he *usic and building i*plants are *uch too big+ Dut 5not that
I;ve ever done this before6, since you want to be a cartoonist, it *ight be useful to load a library option in your ar*, instead of the painting features+? 8oe *ade a pu<<led face and as-ed, ?@hat would that doA? 1he nurse e9plained, ?1he library progra* I could i*plant into your ar* would contain all the classics of literature+ I would i*agine that they *ight co*e in handy for when you *a-e your cartoon stories+? ?>ow would I access this libraryA? as-ed 8oe+ ?I don;t -now,? replied the nurse+ ?Bou;d have to read the instructions+? ?Go ahead then+ Load it,? declared 8oe+ ?@hat har* could it doA? ?No har* at all, I;* sure,? answered the nurse as she loaded the library ar* i*plant+ ?It certainly wouldn;t *a-e you any worse of a cartoonist+ "ntil
you get out of here and actually start *a-ing cartoons, you;re no cartoonist at all+? ?Right,? said 8oe+ ?#o when can I be releasedA? ?@ell, I;ll sub*it the release authori<ation for*,? said the nurse, ?and as soon as you go through a few days of grief counseling, then you;re free to go+? ?Grief counselingA? wondered 8oe+ ?@ho diedA? ?=h, no one died in the a*bush,? replied the nurse+ ?I;* tal-ing about your ar*+ @e typically operate Euic-ly in all a*putee procedures+ In your case, it helps the body ad(ust *ore successfully to a new li*b+ >owever, your e*otions *ay not react that fast+ Bour *ind needs ti*e to grieve and e9press your feelings over the loss of a li*b+ 1hat ar* had been with you your entire life+ @e have trained professionals who can help you deal with+++? ?No than-s, nurse,? interrupted 8oe+ ?If I need to
e9press anything about that, fro* now on, I;ll (ust draw a cartoon about it+? 1he nurse shoo- her head and said, ?Bou do reali<e that drawing co*ics is no substitute for therapy, don;t youA? 8oe was Euic- to replyH ?Nurse, you;ve got to looat the big picture+ :arth is at war+++ with its own citi<ensC @e;re -illing each other over disagree*ents about who God is, or isn;t+ It;s ridiculous+ It;s awful+? 1he nurse declared, ?8oe, I advise you to end this train of thought i**ediatelyC Bou could be arrested for such a line of thin-ing&&you -now that+ 1he *ilitary;s official stance is that there is no God+? ?1hat;s e9actly why I don;t need any counseling fro* the *ilitary,? replied 8oe+ ?I -now there;s a God+ And *aybe I haven;t *et hi* yet+ Dut I certainly won;t get any closer to hi* by re*aining a
pawn in this *indless war+ I;* getting out todayC? 8oe was spea-ing rather illustriously about the @ar Against All 0aiths+ 1hat was the official na*e of the *ilitary operation, but increasingly, *ost people referred to it si*ply as the 0aith @ar+ ?I should report you for tal-ing li-e that,? warned the nurse, ?but I won;t+ ,atients in your condition often suffer bouts of irrational thought+? ?Nurse,? said 8oe, struggling to be polite, ?please (ust finish up with the i*plant procedure+ 1hen I;ll ta-e *y irrational thoughts, and *y cartoon ar*, and say good riddance to the *ilitary+?
Chapter 3: Good Night Baby
4a&boo*C In the *iddle of a loud and flashing nightti*e stor*, another young *ilitary *an heard
his child *a-ing e9cited baby noises+ As he got up and rushed into his daughter;s roo*, she was lying down in her crib, but awa-e and trac-ing her daddy with one eye+ 1he other eye rested against the bed+ ?Angie has a -een sense of covert observation,? thought the proud father, ?and at such an early ageC? 1heir apart*ent pod sat high atop a colossal city s-yscraper in .hicago+ 1he father had always progra**ed his building walls to ?opaEue *ode? at night+ >owever, intense stor*s were -nown to cause *alfunctions in ob(ect opacity technology, *ore co**only -nown as ?== 1ech+? 1he glitch was physically har*less, but alar*ing, nonetheless+ 1onight the stor* switched all their building;s outer walls to ?transparent *ode+? 1his *ade for a panora*ic view of the stor* and a very e9citable baby+ @ith the rounded corners of all the walls
suddenly appearing to disappear, the s-yscraper residents had the sensation of being thrust into a stor* in *idair+ Lightning and thunder Euic-ly livened the at*osphere again with another -a&boo*+ 1he child sprang up and was fervently trying to tell her dad so*ething about the stor*+ Bet there is only so *uch that can be done with a li*ited vocabulary of ?ball,? ?baby&o,? ?*ine,? ?*ore,? ?*o**y,? ?daddy,? and ?I love you+? >owever, in the *iddle of an unpredictable stor*, the only *eaningful co**unication needed was a big hug fro* daddy+ ,ic-ing up his daughter, the two of the* snuggled on the floor of their apart*ent pod for a few *o*ents+ As he touched her soft hair, the father had so*e sort of parental revelation+ >e said gently to his daughter, ?Bou;re *y baby+ Bou;re
getting so big, AngieH you won;t be a baby *uch longer+ ,retty soon you;ll be tal-ing in co*plete sentencesC I;* sorry so*eti*es that I have to be gone for a few *onths on *ilitary operations, but I;ll always co*e ho*e to you+ Bou;re in good hands with 3o**y, even though it a*a<es *e that she can sleep through all this co**otion+ And so*eday, I hope you do so*ething inspiring&&so*ething no one will ever forget+ 1hat;s *y sweet baby+? 1hen he said ?good night? to his girl and put her bac- in her bed+ #urely that is what it was+++ a good night+
Chapter 4: A iery Circle !or the N"lli!ier
A few *onths later, a covert operation too- place
that brought staggering conseEuences on not (ust the citi<ens of .hicago, but also upon the entire -nown universe+ A s*all, unassu*ing spacecraft landed in the *iddle of a cornfield in Illinois+ 4nown for its genetically&altered cara*el corn crops, downstate Illinois was one of the sweetest regions on the planet+ 1he young *ilitary father fro* .hicago, plus two other *ilitary officers, one fe*ale and another *ale, ca*e out of the craft and stepped into the sugary aro*a of fresh cara*el cornfields+ 1he fe*ale officer carried a pyra*id&shaped device about the si<e of a large pu*p-in+ ?Bou -now, the original idea for this device ca*e to *e in *y sleep,? said the wo*an+ ?It;s true+ In *y first wee- as a cadet, when I was deployed at 8upiter #tation, I fell asleep at *y post+ 3y co**anding officer caught *e and wo-e *e up+ I told hi* the
sa*e thingH ;#o*e of *y best ideas co*e to *e while I;* sleeping+; Dut that didn;t see* to i*press hi*+ In fact, he *ade *e do laps around the space station wearing gravity boots set on high+ 1hat;s what they call heavy duty+ Anyway, where do you want *e to put down the NullifierA? 1he young father pulled out a gun, ad(usted the settings, and fired it in a spiral pattern on the ground+ 1his only a*plified the honey&li-e scent in the air+ 2ense corn stal-s in that area incinerated to for* a fiery circle, leaving a s*all open area of s*oldering dirt+ ?,ut the Nullifier right there,? replied the shooter, pointing to the center+ Away fro* his fa*ily, he was a soft spo-en, yet blunt and inti*idating sort of fellow/ the -ind of *an that anyone would want on their side in a fight+ 1he three officers entered the circle and the
wo*an placed the pyra*id device on the ground at the center of the circle+ A case of nerves suddenly *ade it i*possible for the fe*ale officer to contain her fears any longer+ ?Let *e go on the record here,? she e9clai*ed in a louder&than&needed voice, ?and state that even though I designed this device, I still a* not convinced that using it is the best course of action+ I cannot stress enough how dangerous it can be if this thing *alfunctions+ It;s so powerful that we can;t even test it+ I had to use unstable particles to *a-e the Nullifier wor-, and naturally, these particles brea- down Euic-ly+ Decause of this instability, we now either have to use it or lose it+? 1he older and senior *ale officer responded without hesitation, ?0irst of all, you -now that none of this can ever be ;on the record+; >owever, your reservations are noted+ 3y apologies to you in
advance if this ends up destroying the universe, and us along with it+ Dut I have co*plete confidence in your ability to deliver+ I always have+? ?Deside that,? continued the tall *an, ?this is war+ 1he ene*y doesn;t even thin- twice when they launch their attac-s on us+ 1hey don;t doubt whether or not they should launch their physical or *ental weapons against usH they (ust do it+ Now it;s our turn to attac-+ Activate the Nullifier, darling, now+? 1he young wo*an opened an access panel in the little pyra*id device, typed a few co**ands, and said, ?Nullifier progra* countdown begin/ 9 *inus three, 9 *inus two, 9 *inus one, launch Nullifier+? 1he far*land;s dar- of night transfor*ed into a s-y saturated with tiny spar-les that e*anated outward fro* the strange device+ If not for the destructive nature of the Nullifier, the sweet
s*elling and spar-ling at*osphere would al*ost be considered as attractive+ ?>ahC? the senior officer e9clai*ed as he put his hand on the wo*an;s shoulder+ ?I;* so proud of you+ .ontact with the genetically&altered corn is accelerating the e9panding force of the Nullifier even faster than your co*puter *odels predicted+ At this rate, the *o*entu* will be unstoppable long before the spar-les even reach the Indiana border+? 1he younger *ale as-ed, ?Are you sure we don;t need to ta-e cover, or at least close our eyesA 3y wife would never forgive *e if I ca*e ho*e dead+? ?1a-ing cover won;t change anything,? the wo*an replied+ ?I told you that already in the final briefing+ 1he Nullifier will either wor- e9actly as planned with no casualties, or things could get ugly in a *atter of *inutes+ If the Nullifier doesn;t wor-,
well+++ the released co*ponents will destabili<e and *ultiply in a deadly, uncontrollable fashion+ 1he universe will *ost li-ely dissolve Euic-ly, li-e salt in water+ A hel*et or a bun-er won;t protect anyone fro* universal destabili<ation+? As the spar-les e9panded everywhere, and see*ed to pass har*lessly through the officers, the young *an said, ?I;* closing *y eyes anyway, (ust in case+ 1ap *e when it;s over+?
Chapter #: $ipeo"t %i&e Ne'er Be!ore
1harEuinn 1hane, an aspiring teenage scientist, sat typing by the window of his *other;s high&rise condo+ >e was an average loo-ing youth of *ediu* height with big, wavy hair, ?but not too wavy,? his *other would add+
1he wall ad(acent to the 1hane;s -itchen had a nu*ber of 1harEuinn;s school science awards and also a hologra* displaying pro*otional i*ages fro* so*e of his *ost widely distributed theories and hypotheses+ >is ?Iirtual Reality without a >angover? poster holographically faded into ?=b(ect =pacity 1echnology for Living =rganis*s,? then ?3agnetic I*plants for Life,? and so on, in a continuous loop of self&pro*otional scientific wall decoration+ 1he condo unit, currently overloo-ing the .hicago River, was set at ?shuffle+? 1his *ade the whole living unit physically rotate, albeit slowly, upwards and then downwards, along with a trail of other condo units+ #uch buildings loo-ed so*ewhat li-e sEuare 0erris wheels+ 0or those who could afford this living lu9ury, it was pro*oted as a roo* with an
ever&changing view, ideal for creative types, the adventurous, and those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder+ .o*bined with ob(ect opacity technology 5== 1ech6, which 1harEuinn always set at transparent for his outer walls, this *ade for a spectacular living e9perience+ ?1harEuinn, dinner is al*ost ready,? his *other 8ane called to hi* fro* the hallway+ ?Are you slouching againA 1hat;s bad for your bac-, you -now+ Anyway, this afternoon I *et so*e of those ;Advocate; fol-s+ I accidentally dropped *y '2 ca*era down a sewer, and while I was all in a flutter, a fa*ily ca*e up to *e+ 1he *an, who was rather tall, said, ;I;* #ha*us+ 1his is *y wife #arah and our daughter Reyna+ Bou go on and en(oy so*e girl tal- while I go and fish out that gi<*o for you, young lady+ I don;t believe in luc-, but if I did, I
would tell you that you are very luc-y because I a* a fisher*an of sorts+;? 8ane suspected that her son wasn;t listening, so she spo-e louderH ?.an you believe that, 1harEuinnA 1he fisher*an called *e ;young lady+; Isn;t that niceA #o, #ha*us pops open an old sewer grid and (u*ps in+ >e reaches around in the *uc-, bare hands *ind you, and finds *y ca*era+ Now all the while his wife and daughter are tal-ing to *e about so*e sort of boo- club or so*ething+ 1hey weren;t even watching #ha*us splashing around in the underbelly of .hicago+ 1heir focus was on *e+ 1hey were trying to invite *e to attend their boo- club+ 1he daughter, Reyna, was very cute+ I thin- you;d li-e her/ (ust your type, with long brown hair and thic- eyebrows+ Ne9t ter*, she;ll be enrolling in the science acade*y+ Bou *ay even have a class
together+? As 1harEuinn;s *other poured her son so*e soy *il-, she continued tal-ing, ?Anyway, Reyna gave *e an invitation to that boo- club+ It;s a handwritten note on a leaf+ .an you believe it, a leafA I -ind of felt sorry for the*+ 1hey can;t even afford electronic paper+ 1he girl does have nice handwriting, though+ ,en*anship&&now that;s a lost art+? ?3oreover, the funny thing about this boo- club is that, apparently, they only tal- about one boo-/ so*ething called the 70%th0ile+ 1he wife even bea*ed *e a copy over to *y wrist co*puter and said that I had to read it and then study it with her for so*e sort of life&changing e9perience+ 1hose people were so nice, honey+ A little odd, but *aybe I should read their boo- so*eti*e+ 1harEuinn, are you even listeningA Anyway, dinner is ready+?
?=-ay, 3o*, I;ll be right there,? said 1harEuinn, ?but (ust give *e one *ore *inute+ As soon as I finish this closing sentence, *y latest hypothesis will be totally finished+? ?Bou didn;t even hear *y story,? replied 8ane with a whine, ?but I;ll cut you so*e slac- because it;s not every day that *y son finishes his ne9t great *asterpiece+ It;s about ti*e+ Bou;ve been wor-ing on that thing for, what, the whole yearA? 8ust as 1harEuinn finished saying ?not Euite,? an une9pected wave of spar-les crac-led its way through the entire building+ 1he air outdoors was infiltrated with spar-les as well+ In every direction, the world loo-ed to be suddenly decorated with wireless holiday lights+ 1he spar-les lingered for a few *o*ents and then *oved onward, e9panding out with ever&increasing radius fro* their hu*ble
beginnings at the fiery circle in central Illinois+ ?@hat was thatA 2id you see thatA? whispered 8ane+ ?It;s outside too+ @ait+ @hy a* I whisperingA? ?Decause this is frea-y,? *u*bled 1harEuinn+ ?It was+++ everywhere, but now the sea of spar-les see*s to have passed through us and left us behind, li-e a giant wave of *igrating fireflies+? ?>ey,? 8ane added, ?your hologra* stopped wor-ing+ And where;s the hypothesis you were finishing on screenA? 1harEuinn;s eyes glared at his co*puter *onitor with e9tre*e concern+ >e tapped away at his -eyboard, but with undesirable results+ ?It;s goneA NoC 1hat can;t be+ .o*puter, retrieve *ost recent hypothesis file+ .o*puter, ac-nowledge+ .o*puterA? 1he co*puter gave no response at first, but then
*ade a *ost dreadful sound+ 1he generic factory default start&up (ingle played, followed by the fa*iliar default introduction/ ?>ello, I;* your new co*puter+ Give *e a na*e, followed by a few co**ands of your choice and let 3ycro3a-, the universal leader in software, do the rest because we do data best+? 1harEuinn hadn;t na*ed his co*puter when he first got it, and he certainly wasn;t about to na*e it now+ .onsistent with the surveys, the *a(ority of *ales tended not to na*e their co*puters, while *ost wo*en tended to na*e their co*puters+ 1harEuinn frantically typed away at the -eys to do a *anual search on his unna*ed co*puter, this ti*e loo-ing for any scientific files, ne9t for any narrative files+ ?No+ 1his can;t be happening+ 1his doesn;t happen any*oreC 3o*, everything I;ve ever
written since+++ well, since I was a little -id, and every boo- I;ve ever collected, they;re all goneC =ur whole library, and *y life;s wor-+++ it;s all gone+ .o*puter, open hypothesis file ;Iirtual 3agnetic #-ates+;? ?I;* sorry,? said the co*puter cal*ly, ?but that file does not e9ist+ Bou can create it if you;d li-e+ Dut as your new co*puter, don;t you want to give *e a na*e firstA 3ycro3a- co*puters are fully custo*i<able for all your+++? ?No+ NoC .o*puter, your na*e is (ust ;.o*puterC;? shouted 1harEuinn+ ?Now search bac-ups and sub&bac-ups+ #earch re*ote locations as well+ #earch other co*puters and the Internet+ 2isplay all narrative files, boo- files, and any other te9t files written by 1harEuinn 1hane+? ?No 1harEuinn 1hane narrative files, boo- files,
or any other te9t files are found,? said the co*puter+ 1harEuinn;s *ind was racing+ ?>ow could this beA? he thought+ ?@hy would anyone wipe out only *y wor- and *y collection, and how is that even possibleA? >is *other responded, ?3aybe it wasn;t (ust your wor-+ 3aybe everybody;s wor- was wiped out by those little spar-le things+? 1harEuinn followed up with another co**and/ ?.o*puter, search for any narrative files written by anyone, anywhere in any *edia, on any hardware+? 1he co*puter replied, after a few *o*ents of bleeping/ ?I;* sorry/ none found+? 1harEuinn slu*ped deeper in his chair during dinner while 8ane pondered aloud, ?.an you have a boo- club without any boo-sA I guess I won;t be reading that 70%th0ile after all+? As 8ane said this,
she tossed the handwritten invitation to the Advocates; boo- club toward the recycling bin+ >owever, she *issed the bin and the leaf landed on 1harEuinn;s foot+ 1harEuinn pic-ed up the invitation and said, ?I thin- I;* going to chec- out this boo- club, 3o*+ If a whole group is devoted to one boo-, *aybe they;ll figure out a way to restore their lost data, and then *ine+? ?Desides,? thought 1harEuinn, ?in the co*pany of a very cute girl who is (ust *y type, what have I got to loseA?
Chapter (: Goodbye Silly )addy
1he younger of the two *ale *ilitary officers fro* the fiery circle arrived ho*e (ust before sunrise+
Assu*ing that his wife and toddler&age daughter were still sleeping, the officer sat Euietly in the -itchen, trying not to wa-e anyone+ #taring blan-ly at the glass of grape (uice he had (ust poured hi*self, the *an clenched one fist with restrained anger, and clutched the glass tensely with his other hand+ ?@elco*e ho*e, honey,? said his wife as she (oined hi* in the -itchen+ ?@hat;s wrongA? she added+ ?I;ve never seen you so upsetC? 2ragging a pin- stuffed ani*al in one hand, their little daughter Angie also entered the roo*+ #he had a super&cute baby face, with chubby chee-s that were usually irresistible to her daddy+ >e al*ost always greeted her with a -iss and a sEuee<e on the chee-, saying ?1hat;s *y sweet babyC? >owever, no such greetings were given out on this occasion+
literature.people would do such a thingA >ow could they even live with the*selvesA? At that.s grip on the glass tightened uncontrollably.(uice all over the roo*+ 1he cup was s*art&glass though+ #o the .? replied :denisia+ ?Bou should have seen this place earlier+ 1he *ost bi<arre ar*y of little spar-les spread throughout our entire ho*e.re saying it.?I. spraying the dar. and the glass bro-e into hundreds of tiny pieces.? the husband replied to his wife.s so*e sort of deliberate attac. and *ost culture has been irrevocably wiped out+ @hat -ind of sic. and apparently all over the universeC =n the news they.t help it. :denisia+ 2on.re both up at this hour+? ?@ith all the activity.t worry about it. the *an. we couldn.and that historical records.ll be fine.* surprised you. trying not to appear upset+ ?I.
s odd behavior+ In a flash of intuition. was another *atter+ It splashed all over the stuffed ani*al.t wait for an answer+ Instead :denisia . ?Bou had so*ething to do with the attac-.t youA? 1he absence of a Euic.frag*ents Euic-ly began to draw bac. didn. :denisia ca*e to a stunning conclusion as she watched her husband.I even -now youC @hat -ind of *ad*an are youA? #he didn. and sent their daughter into a loud bout of over&tired crying+ ?Bou wrec-ed *y Joo Joo dollC? Angie e9clai*ed in dra*atic anguish+ @hile pic-ing up Angie to console her. she declared to hi*.t thin.reply fro* her husband confir*ed it for :denisia+ ?Bou didC @hat were you thin-ingA I don. however.together and reshape itself into its original cup for*+ 1he (uice.
handed the baby to her husband and said. the *an said to his child.ve been up all night.re *y silly 2addy+? 1his high point of conversation ca*e to an abrupt end after they put their toddler bac. ?>old your daughter while I find so*ething to clean up this *ess+? In an atte*pt to get his daughter to stop crying.to bed+ :denisia de*anded answers fro* her husband. Angie paused for a *o*ent and started laughing+ ?#illy 2addyC? said Angie as she gave hi* a big hug+ ?Bou. ?@atch thisH Joo Joo doll -nows I. .re stressed out+ I -now you. opened his *outh and a strea* of (uice poured into his *outh and all over his face+ "tterly surprised.* thirsty+? 1he *an proceeded to ta-e the soa-ed stuffed ani*al and hold it above his head+ 1hen he sEuee<ed it. ?I -now you.
d say that. while her husband was in the shower.t discuss *y wor-. but with a heavy heart+ ?3y hands are tied+? ?I was afraid you. too.afraid&&afraid of what she felt she had to do+ Later that *orning. and left+ >is wife and daughter. :denisia pac-ed up so*e bare essentials.s face would fade fro* the fa*ily *an.? the *an stated fir*ly. and I need it nowH what e9actly has you.s *e*ory as an endless flow of painful and lonely years ca*e and went+ >e wondered if he .Angie. I need to -now the truth.re involve*ent been with these destructive spar-lesA And why would you want to destroy all of societyA? ?Bou -now I can. especially in war ti*e+ Dut honey.and I -now the *ilitary e9pects you to -eep your *outh shut.? replied his wife+ :denisia really did loo.
s airspace+ . her spouse and his *ilitary buddies had *odified his ship off the record for e9tra stealth+ 1he vehicle was co*pletely untraceable+ It was this ship that :denisia and Angie *ade their secret and sad e9it within+ ?@here are we going."sband-s Spaceship 2espite the fact that her own spacecraft was *ore co*fortable and -id&friendly. :denisia too. 3o**yA? as-ed Angie as the ship left :arth.re *y silly 2addy+? Chapter *: +he $i!e $ho Stole .s personal spacecraft+ 1his was very strategic+ =ver the years.s last words that day would never leave hi*H ?#illy 2addy+ Bou.er .off at top speed in her husband.would ever see the* again+ >is dear daughter.
s ship now.? replied :denisia+ ?@hy not.? replied her *other+ ?I. 3o**yA? as-ed Angie as she stopped crying+ ?1his is 3o**y. where. ?I want *y Joo Joo doll+ Go get it+? ?@e can.?I don.t -now.ll tell you when we get there+? ?3o**y.t do that.? said her *other+ ?Dut we can never go bac-+? Angie as-ed in confusion. ?@hat about 2addy.s *y Joo Joo dollA? as-ed Angie+ :denisia loo-ed around Euic-ly and then huffed in reali<ation as she said. Angie whi*pered repeatedly. Angie+ I.t go bac-+ I.* sorry+? In between bouts of crying.? replied :denisia.s get 2addy+? ?@e can. 3o*A 1his is 2addy.s ship+ >e never lets you drive it+ Let. ?I forgot it.ll get you a new doll. .
I really need you to -eep Euiet for a little while+ 3o**y needs to figure out e9actly where we.t be tal-ing+? 0ro* the blac-ness of space.? replied her *other. I.re goingA Are we lostA? ?If you -eep Euiet.t -now where we. ?Bou don.* sure 2addy will find us+? ?No he won.t be lost+? ?=-ay. that *an will never find us again+? . ?Dut if we do get lost. I can. ?then we won.so*ewhat distracted+ ?Now Angie.tC? thought :denisia with silent deter*ination+ ?As long as I can help it.re going. 3o**y. trying to stay patient.at *e now+ I. and to do that.* being EuietC? 1hen Angie added. Angie as-ed in surprise.? replied Angie+ ?Loo.
all the registered non&religious citi<ens received free pac-ages in the *ail on the sa*e day+ About the si<e of bowling balls.on i**ediately+ 1his is not a drill+ 2o not re*ove gas *as. watch for the co*ing of a red gas and .: %ast )ays o! the aith $ar 1hose old enough to re*e*ber have a sayingH ?the 0aith @ar started in secrecy. then your city is on the target list+ 1hough it is not advisable to re*ove your *as-.ut the enclosed gas *as.until the all& clear signal is given+ If you have received this pac-age. these unassu*ing pac-ages ca*e with si*ple instructions+++ ?.in order to eat or drin. e9panded with a spar-le.Chapter . and ended with a bang+? 1his short but unconventional war was nearing its ghastly end+ In every *a(or city around the universe.during this period. if you do re*ove your *as.
orporation. and it was a long way down+ 2ue to an oppressive ca*paign against all religions. the two *en were un-nowingly the only re*aining religious leaders left alive in the .hicago+ 1hey had *anaged to escape the gas attac.put on your *as.s *as-&*anufacturing division shall not be held responsible for any deaths or side effects resulting fro* *isuse of its products+? It was within this chaos that two *en fro* very different religions stood atop the world fa*ous 1elepho*ic 1ower in .by retreating too high for the ground&deployed poison vapors to reach the*+ >owever. these two *en were now bac-ed up to the edge of the roof of the 1elepho*ic 1ower+ 1he wind at this height was relentless. a *ilitary hovercraft spotted the* and swooped over to entrap the*+ Against their will.without delay+ Doing&Joing .
-nown at the ti*e as the ?Advocates+? 3inus #ha*us. secret tunnels of the . Daala/ short. e9cept for the top of his head. was one of these *en+ >e was a tall and respectable loo-ing fellow with short hair. which had a long section of wavy loc-s in the front+ 1he other *an was his religious rival. the Advocates were hiding out in the deep. #ha*us wished he had stayed with the rest of his people.-nown universe+ #ha*us Radd. and serious loo-ing+ Defore this *o*ent. s-inny. the two *en suddenly had too *uch in co**on+ @ith waning confidence. that sa*e *an who fished out the '2 ca*era fro* the sewer before the spar-le attac-. the pair would agree with deep conviction that they had nothing at all in co**on+ Bet with their heels both at the edge of a building once the tallest in the world.
hicago. they see*ed to be the only thing protecting his people fro* e9tinction+ @ith so*e regret. #ha*us recalled what . far beyond . ?I built these tunnels so that our people could live together in ti*es of trouble+ #urely.Jeller had gone to great lengths to construct those unregistered tunnels. this is one of those ti*es+ All our other leaders have been -illed+ Bou are the only one left+ @hy give your life away when you -now you can save itA? ?#alvation is fro* the Advocate.outlying forest preserve. .huccautioned.huc. friend . and right now.hucJeller warned hi* of the last ti*e they spo-e in the forest+ 8ust before #ha*us left for . below a s-y filled with hostile warships.hicago city li*its+ #ha*us.? replied #ha*us+ ?Bou -now that+ I believe that going out there to represent the Advocate is his will+? .
surviving in what was once called .?I believe the first part of what you said.? said #ha*us.. any*ore+ 1hat very point is all the *ore reason to trust *y instincts.ellar Jeller.? said #ha*us.? .huc.? ?I -now+++ and no one calls *e .ellar+.at all of us now. ?but that doesn.? replied .huc-+ ?I believe that if you go into . everyone thought you were a fool+ :ven your new bride was against it at the very beginning+ Bet loo.#illy .Jeller.s #illy . ?but I .hucstated.hicago now. you will be attac-ed and our world will radically change+? ?I believe the sa*e thing.t *ean you have to wal.into a trap+? ?1i*es co*e. ?when what a *an believes to be right beco*es the *ost unpopular course of action+ 1his too you -now+ @hen you first invested in building these tunnels.
hicago by the false hope of a *ilitary&offered peace treaty+ 1he *ilitary generals clai*ed that this treaty could end the war for good+ In reality.hicago. soon found out+ =n the streets of . he was lured to downtown .have faith that great things will co*e fro* *y stepping out there+? Chapter /: Chicago Sho0do0n 1hat conversation between dear friends only deepened #ha*us. and integrate with the rest of society+ It was either that or death. the electronic billboards . desire to enter the windy city+ Inevitably. including #ha*us. force the* to renounce their god or gods. it was a cunning tactic to draw the re*aining religious leaders out into the open. as the religious leaders of the world.
act now+ 1he cities of the world are obligated to present you with two free choices/ =ption 76 2eath by poison gas. or+++ =ption 26 Renounce your religion i**ediately at the nearest . and doing their (obs fro* behind the filtered screen of a gas *as-+ 1he sidewal-s beca*e deserted when the red gas . while an unwavering few wal-ed the streets in defiance. breathing in the windy city air+ 1he registered non& religious were shopping. in unison. sociali<ing.ublic =pinion 4ios-.orporation. courtesy of Doing&Joing . ?Attention. the billboards declared. an ulti*atu*+ @ith soft techno *usic pu*ping in the bac-ground.were synchroni<ed to announce. people of faith. and you will receive a co*pli*entary gas *as-. while supplies last+? It was an eerie sight to see *ost people going about their usual activities with gas *as-s on.
and their chief pilot. his beautiful young daughterFinventor. who -new of each other. people went about their business+ #ha*us and Daala. had the sa*e idea when they heard the announce*ent/ get to high ground and pray for deliverance+ =nly one of the* would achieve both goals that day atop the 1elepho*ic 1ower+ 1he *ilitary hovercraft that faced these two cornered *en wasn.? General Desto ordered his bron<e&s-inned daughter+ ?"se facial recognition to run off a list of -nown associates for these *en. including recent converts+? As 2arla . but had never *et.was finally releasedH but right up until that point. -nown only as Archilli+ ?#tay in the hovercraft. Lieutenant 2arla Desto. 2arla.t (ust any hovercraft+ It carried so*e of the top leaders in the *ilitary/ General 2on Desto.
* sure we gave both of your people plenty of chances to renounce your various religious practices and integrate with the general population+ Bet still you refuse+ >ow has such defiance helped youA @here is your god nowA? ?Bou will see. ?and you will hear the thunder of his wonderful voice+? 0ro* his *any years trying to convert all sorts of *isguided people to the truth. while 2on Desto cornered the other religious leader. 2on Desto and Archilli hopped down to the roof of the 1elepho*ic 1ower and *enacingly approached their prey+ Archilli cornered #ha*us. Daala+ 2on Desto had to yell to be heard above the wind at this height+ ?I.? said Daala.s cryptic state*ent+ It was a diabolical threatC .started pressing buttons. #ha*us recogni<ed Daala.
it loo-ed li-e Daala had his hands above his head. who was a little nearer to Daala.Chapter 11: )ealt a )eadly . no one was around to have a large building .s two giant antennae ripping down the side of the building and then crashing to the ground below+ #ince the streets beca*e *ostly deserted when the poison gas was released. one of Daala.s distance. clasped together in so*e fanatical prayer+ Dut to #ha*us. -noc-ing hi* to the ground as Daala. proving it to be a phony+ 2etaching it Euic-ly.s hands loo-ed unusually stiff+ Daala suddenly yan-ed on this stiff hand.s fa-e hand e9ploded in *idair+ 1he blast sent one of the tower. Daala threw it toward 2on Desto+ ?Get downC? yelled #ha*us as he instinctively dove into Archilli.and 0ro* the *ilitary *en.
? 2arla Desto said bitterly to #ha*us fro* the barrel of her laser pistol+ Li-e her father. 2arla taunted. ?@here are all your answers nowA? #ha*us didn.s bodyC @ith his -ind. usually .t *a-e a *ove. *ove away fro* that fanatic. she then turned her gun to #ha*us+ >e was laying on the roof ne9t to Archilli+ Doth *en were still stunned by the e9plosion+ ?And to thin.ve even read so*e of your precious verses loo-ing for answers.I.s s*oldering body.appendage fall on the* fro* on high+ Atop the 1elepho*ic 1ower was a different story+ General 2on Desto was -illed instantly by the blast+ 2arla leapt out of the hovercraft screa*ing and shooting repeatedly at Daala until he lay *otionless+ #tanding over Daala. ?Boung wo*an. but cautioned 2arla in his southern accent.
s body+ 1he blast brought 2arla to her -nees.s one bo*b. there.hucJeller had recently helped to convert so*eone fro* Daala.where there. but not to pray+ It crippled her for life and left #ha*us and Archilli unconscious+ . warning.s fanatical group over to the way of the Advocate+ 1he new convert had confessed this bac-& up bo*b practice as #ha*us went through the Advocate study series ?.s always a bac-&up bo*b too+? #ha*us only -new this because he and . sure enough.ri*o .rinciples? with hi*+ 1he Advocates were big on confession+ As 2arla was three steps into heeding #ha*us. another concealed bo*b went off fro* Daala.
s glove bo9. who was half conscious+ As #ha*us was about to in(ect the pain -iller. and then 2arla. despite great pain.to give it to 2arla. pulled out a long. #ha*us considered *a-ing his escape with the hope of not being shot down by other *ilitary vehicles+ 1hen he closed his eyes and stood still for a *o*ent+ ?Re*e*ber your training.? #ha*us said to hi*self. sharp instru*ent fro* inside her . he heard a faint voice+ ?@ait.? said 2arla+ ?8ust give *e half a dose for now+ I have so*ething to show you+? #ha*us did so. he rushed bac. ?you are the light of the world+? 0inding a sedative in the hovercraft.Chapter 11: +he Riddle #ha*us regained consciousness first and stu*bled over to 2arla+ >e did his best to put what was left of her legs in tourniEuets+ #cra*bling over to the *ilitary hovercraft.
s sha-ing hands showed hi* what could only be one of the lost scriptures of the Advocate. li-e a starving *an being finally fed+ Reading out loud too. 2arla. ?I*pressive+++ your actions were i*pressive today+ Read this+ 2o you recogni<e itA? 1o #ha*us.(ac-et+ At first #ha*us winced. and on his head are *any crownsA @ho has na*es written and a na*e written which no one -nows but he hi*selfA? #ha*us read the rest of it to hi*self Euic-ly and silently. a*a<e*ent. rewritten in the for* of a riddle on the side of a plastic souvenir pen+ #ha*us began reading out loudH ?@hose eyes are a fla*e of fire. thin-ing the sharp instru*ent was so*e sort of weapon+ Dut it was (ust an old souvenir writing pen+ 2arla continued.too *uch ti*e+ >e consu*ed the words in his *ind with great (oy and a*a<e*ent+ 1hen #ha*us as-ed 2arla .
the two young wo*en loo-ed nothing ali-e+ #ha*us. but the two e9plosions had loosened it+ Deing too wea. Reyna+ >owever.in eagerness. straight hair into her face+ . her blac.? groaned 2arla. ?but ta-e the ti*e right now to *e*ori<e what. not yet.s written on the side of the pen+ 3y sources have reason to believe the riddle is adapted fro* a verse describing your god+? 2arla was interrupted by the wind blowing her long.hair was neatly tied bac-.to re*ove the hair fro* her own eyes and *outh. daughter Reyna had light s-in and an oval&shaped faceH whereas 2arla had dar.s-in and a . as a father *ight care for a daughter+ "p close. #ha*us noted that 2arla appeared to be (ust a little older than his own daughter. ?Are you giving this to *eA? ?No.reviously. #ha*us gently pulled her hair out of her face.
but do not tell the* that I told you the riddle+ Never publici<e this to anyone else+ Let this be a test . life+ Bet this *an #ha*us had shown the *ilitary nothing but -indness and *ercy+ 2arla continued with an uneasy gasp+ ?Now listen carefully+ I will allow you to tell only one other person about this riddle+ 3a-e the* *e*ori<e it as well. her eyes would shift fro* one color of the rainbow to another+ #ha*us noted that 2arla.s were ?rainbowed.s eyes+ 2arla.? an e9pensive procedure that *ost people could not afford+ :very few breaths. Reyna.s eyes had (ust shifted fro* orange to red+ 3eanwhile. 2arla noted the irony of the situationH the *ilitary.s yellow&green eyes were Euite different fro* 2arla. al*ost sculpted&loo-ing+ 3oreover. herself included.sEuare (awline. ca*e to this rooftop fully prepared to end #ha*us.
I will -now that your people cannot be trusted+ ?1hat.? said 2arla+ ?I a* thin-ing that this should be a very recent convert+ #o*eone untested+ If that person you tell forgets the riddle. that.? said 2arla+ ?=ur .Jeller+ >e. only this test will show *e+ If this riddle gets publici<ed. then it will be a sign to *e that your religion cannot be trusted to build faithful and reliable *e*bers+? #ha*us as-ed.of trust between *e and you.s not a proble*. and between you and your people+ It is no stretch to see that you yourself have honor+ Dut as for the rest of your people.* loo-ing for&&too easy. ?1hen how will you -now which one person I will tell the riddle toA? ?I will select hi* for you.? replied #ha*us+ ?I -now e9actly who to tell&&.huc.s a co**itted and trustworthy *e*ber of our group+? ?Actually.s not what I.
and so I *ust -nowH has his life and *ine been in . she answered. you. ?=h. to eradicating people of faith+ 3any of the* clai* things that are nothing *ore than lies. he shall be tested+? ?@hy is this so i*portant to youA? as-ed #ha*us+ As 2arla briefly closed her eyes and (er-ed unco*fortably on the cold rooftop. and now his death. and *anipulation techniEues+ Bet there are ti*es when a few of you actually *a-e sense to *e.d li-e this one+ I -now hi* personally+? ?Iery well. foolish traditions.? said 2arla faintly+ ?@hen the ti*e co*es.database has (ust co*piled a list of your *ost recent converts+ >ere is the list+ Read *e the last na*e on the list+? #ha*us read the na*e aloud and added. ?3y father co**itted his life. if only for a *o*ent+ Now *y father is gone.
#ha*us loo-ed into Archilli. there.t ta-e too long+ No one -nows the hour in which the Advocate will return to (udge the world. young wo*an.re still in the land of the living.t *ind *y saying so. and (ust before she do<ed off. but don.over to chec. ?God has spared your life too+? Archilli ignored the state*ent and grabbed an ite* fro* his belt+ 2espite being a short *an. you have to follow the Advocate+ As long as you.on Archilli+ Dut Archilli had been awa-e and crept over to listen to their entire conversation+ :ven though he was startled. so you *ust be ready+? #ha*us then started to wal.s ti*e to change. #ha*us spo-e+ ?Bour life can *atter+ It can *atter for eternity+ Dut if you don.s green eyes and said. .bac.vainA? #ha*us gave 2arla the rest of the sedative.
in fear before he reali<ed what Archilli had in his hand&&a radio+ ?Lieutenant is down+ 3edical assistance needed i**ediately at 1elepho*ic 1ower rooftop.? e9plained #ha*us+ ?It. so*ething specialA? ?Not by *y own efforts.Archilli was well built.s chosen people+? ?.re pretty brave+? ?It. li-e an Italian lifeguard+ #ha*us too.re not an e9clusive group+ Bou too can be part of God. you. still unconscious+ ?@hat are you.? said #ha*us.s not *e who gets the credit for bravery. ?0or a religious guy. ?but I have been chosen.? said Archilli+ 1hen he turned to #ha*us and said. and strong loo-ing. and I e9tend the invitation to you+? . co*pact.s the Advocate+ Dy his power all things are possible+ And we.hosenA? *oc-ed Archilli as he chec-ed the vital signs of 2arla.a few steps bac.
t co*e up here to have a tea party+? #ha*us replied.s not e9actly the two .erhaps the Advocate has great things planned for you+ Is it too *uch to as. the Advocates+? ?Bour peopleA? as-ed Archilli. ?3y na*e is #ha*us+ .t you worried about your own life firstA @e didn. #ha*us continued.As they braced the*selves against the high winds that swooped down to blow the red gas away fro* the lower city and out into La-e 3ichigan. and what do you -nowA 1wo people did die+ It. attitude+ ?Aren.s left of *y peopleA Bour intelligence reports can confir* that *y people have not ta-en any *ilitary actions against anyone in the entire history of this war+ 1his is *y one reEuest/ peace for *y people. surprised by #ha*us. ?No+ Bou ca*e up here thin-ing two people were going to die.that you spare what.
?and which trees you can get food out of+ :very good soldier -nows that+? ?AhaC #o you would agree that the tree is -nown by its fruit.? replied #ha*us+ ?3a-e the tree good.t understand youC? said Archilli in a *ost pu<<led tone+ ?1he fanatic with his threats and his fa-e hand and the bo*b+++ hi* I understand+ Dut you+++ why did you help usA? #ha*us answered with a Euestion of his own.? said Archilli with a huff. ?Dear with *e+ 1his will answer your Euestion+? ?I -now which trees are good for *a-ing weapons. so #ha*us added.that were intended. but surely fro* this height you have learned so*ething about the people who follow the Advocate+? ?I don. ?@hat do you -now about treesA? Archilli gave #ha*us an i*patient loo-. .
and you -now that firsthand+ 1here is no denying it+ Bou are alive right now because of the fruit of *y life+ 1hen there.* not saying that I. is about helping people.learly.and its fruit will be good+ 3a-e a tree bad.s *e+ I. but the fruit of *y life. at least since I have been following the Advocate. the sa*e can be said about people+ 1a-e the fanatic+++ the fruit of his life+++ what was itA 2estruction+ And we are surrounded by the bad fruit of those dreadful actions even now+ 1hen there.t answer. he was listening+ . and its fruit will be bad+ 3oreover.* perfect.a deep breath+ . but he too.s you+ @hat -ind of a tree are youA @hat is the fruit of your lifeA? Archilli didn.
. ?Attention all units. I repeat+ #afe passage and reintegration shall be granted to all . now called the .hosen+.you.2arla away+ ?1han. we are very grateful+ Dut I should clarifyH our na*e is the .hosen people who follow the Advocate.s orders.s orders+ Archilli. out+? #ha*us than-ed the Advocate in a silent prayer and then turned to Archilli as the *edical hovercraft too. by general. the war is over+ I repeat+ 1he war is over+ Iictory is ours+ #ound the all&clear+ 1reaty is in place only with group for*erly -nown as the Advocates. effective i**ediately. this is Archilli with General 2on Desto+ "nder general.? said #ha*us+ ?=n behalf of Advocates everywhere.Chapter 12: +he All2Clear Archilli reached for his belt once again+ >e switched his radio to the universal channel and said. sir.
of any doctrinal reason that would restrict us fro* being called . o-ay+ It actually wouldn.. so live by it+ I changed your na*e for your benefit+? ?>ow is thatA? as-ed #ha*us+ Archilli answered.hosen+.* not saying to change your values+ Dut I.hosen+ 1hey..t thin.Advocates. since *y order went out. ?Bour people will have a better chance of surviving the post&war reconstruction period if you change your na*e+ 2on.? ?Loo-. pal..operations since I (ust now ca*e up with that na*e+? ?@ell.. ?I (ust did you a favor+ Bou said you were .t be the first ti*e that we.chosen. how can I argue with thatA? #ha*us replied+ ?I can.ve .. not the .t worry+ I. no one will be loo-ing to -ill the .? said Archilli.the .hosen.re not on any hit lists or blac.ll tell you this. so.
? said #ha*us with a curious s*ile+ ?I a* #ha*us Radd+ Now then.? replied the *ilitary *an+ ?3y na*e is Archilli+? ?Nice to *eet you.t.* tal-ing about the guy that you. but I i*agine that yours did+? ?Dut.? said #ha*us. as I was getting at earlier.re tal-ing aboutC? ?2on. good soldier.* a little confused by so*ething else you said on the radio+ @hen did your general give you that order of treaty with usA? Archilli replied.t call *e .been rena*ed by nonbelievers+ 1herefore.. I. ?I have no idea what you. we are not a warring people+ @e have no generals a*ong us to give such an order+? ?. ?3y general didn.? replied Archilli+ ?Dut I.re always tal-ing about+? .erhaps not.good soldier.ll get the word out that we have a new na*e+ Dut I *ust ad*it that I.
understandA And as for *y beliefs.re ahead. you see* li-e a nice guy. ?Kuit while you.ve seen too *uch and done too *uch+? #ha*us closed his eyes for a *o*ent to gather his thoughts.* going to pretend that you.t -now enough to believe *uch of anything right now. ?3y goodnessC Bou *ust *ean the Advocate hi*self+ After such a short ti*e. and then turned to respond to Archilli. so I. I don. #ha*us. ?Listen. but it was too late+ Archilli had silently *ade his way to . Archilli. have you now co*e to believeA? Archilli answered. ?2on.re not trying to convert *e right now+? #ha*us fearlessly replied.t pretend+ Bou need to follow the Advocate+ #urely you -now that belief is not enough to be+++? Archilli interrupted.#ha*us declared. we. #ha*us+ Guys li-e *e.
his vehicle and was ta-ing off to follow 2arla in the *edical hovercraft+ As Archilli rode away. was finally over+ 1he Advocates ca*e out of hiding to find the*selves with a new na*e. it would not be without effect+ 8ust then the all&clear signal was given+ In an instant. which had uprooted the entire hu*an race. and the non&believers+ .t be the last either+ 3oreover. he *ight be surprised to -now that this was the first ti*e a person of faith prayed specifically for his own well& being+ It wouldn. the 0aith @ar. and in a new world where no other religions were left+ It was (ust the*.
M05' T6 T4.hicago corporate tower so high that it overloo-ed nearly half of . 2arla. *ilitary generals.lanet :arth. and business leaders+ At her side was her notorious security agent. now head of Doing&Joing . *et with an elite group of world officials. Archilli. STA#S Chapter 13: Goliath #eventeen years later.%A#T 3+ SC4. the world had been busy trying to put the 0aith @ar behind the*+ . the *ysterious e9&*ilitary officer -nown throughout the gala9y for his . 2arla Desto was one of those success stories+ Atop a .iecing together lives and the lost records of hu*anity was *et with only li*ited poc-ets of success+ In the public eye.orporation.
?. and his daughter+ ?1he Goliath is now operational and fully able to co*pute our future profits+ DeholdC? said 2arla as she pulled a blac. ?.sheet away to reveal a large four& sided colu*n+ 1he Goliath superco*puter stood nine feet tall covered in a narrow bron<e case+ 2arla faced the Goliath and said.rofits would increase by at least thirteen percent if the 3oneyLaw was changed to allow the .alculate our econo*ic outco*e if the .hosen *inority population the right of space travel+? .hosen *inority population were given *ore opportunities to spend *oney in new *ar-ets+ 0actor in any 3oneyLaw changes necessary+? 1he Goliath *ade a beeping sound and then said.heers and applause of a*a<e*ent ca*e fro* those .supporting role in ending the 0aith @ar with the late General 2on Desto.
?Bou don. ?1his is a recent shot of a few .hosen people can be trusted with the responsibilities that co*e with space travelA I *ean. the Goliath pro(ected a '2 video into an open area of the roo* while Archilli narrated.hosen teenagers in . one official raised so*e concern.hicago.s cue.ar-+ 1he long&haired young guy playing the guitar is Jee.d be representatives of :arth. but they.present+ >owever.s Grant . ?Are you sure that these .t have to understand the*+ All you need to -now is that they are har*less+ Let *e show you a surveillance video clip fro* the *ost unpredictable subcategory of any group&&their teenagers+? =n 2arla.re so *ysterious+ 2oes anyone even understand why they do what they doA? 2arla anticipated such a response and said. they.Jeller+ 2oes .
? said 2arla+ ?Now pay close attention to what happens ne9t in the video+? 1he . I acEuired that land in one of *y dealings and a* turning it into a tourist attraction+ =ur *ar-et research anticipates that both .ll *a-e sure that all of you will be invited to the grand opening at half off the ad*ission price+? ?>ow -ind of you. began to sing a catchy tune/ ?I went to a *eeting today+ . and a little button nose.anyone recogni<e his last na*eA? ?=f course. with sandy brown hair.hosen will pay to see such a historic site+ I.roud and .? replied one of the top business*en+ ?1hat -id *ust be the son of the Jellers who built the secret tunnels in the 0aith @ar+ Bou -now. blue eyes.hosen teens snapped their fingers as Jee-.
t loo.? said Archilli+ ?#ee how Jee.closed out the song with a few final chords.s what I believe+ Beah.the pieces to Jee-+ ?1his is Euite re*ar-able. that. grabbed the guitar. s*ashed it on the grass.s reaching into his poc-et+? ?#urely Jee.doesn. another teen ca*e running out of nowhere.is going to pull out a weapon.? . and then s*iled as he gave bac. all the way to paradeisos+ 1he Advocate paved the highway.to be fighting bac-+ >e.@e tal-ed about the resurrection/ and wal-ing in the narrow path. lived and died for you and *e+ 1hen he rose up fro* the dead+ 1hat.s what I believe+? As Jee.
2arla su**ed up. we can all *a-e lots of *oney by opening the door to space for the*+ 1hirteen percent profit fro* a *inority that is currently a drain on the econo*y will be a big deal+ I ta-e it that we are all in agree*ent to change the 3oneyLawA? A unani*ous ?yes? rang throughout the roo* and the *eeting soon ca*e to a close+ As the powerful .t believe itC? replied an official+ ?1hat.s one of the .roud+? As the viewers blin-ed in a*a<e*ent.hosen teens.hosen teens up toA? ?1hey are not all .replied another top business*an+ ?I don.s no weapon+ Jee.hosen are absolutely no threat to us+ If we play this right. ?1he point here is that the .(ust offered the vandal his har*onica+ @hat -ind of stunt are these .? replied Archilli+ ?1he -id who s*ashed the guitar is one of ours+ >e.
attendees boarded their hovercrafts to depart.ve got a way to increase profits to twenty&four percent and i*ple*ent our test+ It. 2arla turned to Archilli and whispered.ity+. 1harEuinn 1hane slu*ped down to the ground+ >e pulled his *ini bac-&rubbing *achine out fro* his belt.of night. which is never really that darin a city open around the cloc. 3ycro3a-+ 1ell the* to acEuire . #pare no e9pense+? Chapter 14: Shooto"t In the dar.:<e-iel .li-e . a person would never . ?1hat.hicago.s nothing+ I. and contact our subsidiary.s been a long ti*e in the *a-ing+ 3a-e sure our new found tablet is properly *ounted in the upper *eeting roo*. and the device e9panded to *assage his aching bac-+ 0ro* loo-ing at hi*.
pain+ >e hadn. he pulled out another device/ his voice recorder+ . I shot bac-+ Laser 1ag was the .guess that he had chronic bac.hosen.losing his brown eyes. too *any years of slouching.t even hit *iddle&age yet. and studying had a negative effect on his bac-+ As a *e*ber of the *inority class -nown as the . writing. and his appearance was typically healthy and energetic+ >owever. 1harEuinn 1hane dictated the following entry/ ?2addy @ar 8ournal entry L$''? ?I got beat up by teenagers this wee-end+ 1hey shot *e without re*orse+ 2espite not being too handy with a gun. 1harEuinn only recently beca*e able to afford this e9pensive *assaging device -nown as the iDaE+ Again fro* his belt.
. I. .hosen teen group of .t even planning on playing with the twenty teens in our party. even though I. but one of the* decided they would rather play .=-ay.ga*e+ @hat a blastC :very other 0riday.hucJeller and I have been helping out with activities in the .s not really a castle+ Rather.lus.* told it increases *y cool factor.Grand 1heft 1ricycle.*y daughter 1ara li-es that I. by Linu9Do9 instead+ #o there I was.s guaranteed a ride to all the events+ .* a seasoned parent+? ?@e had our Laser 1ag ga*e at a place called .hicago+ I thin. she. in a di*ly lit arena with a toy laser gun and a colored blin-ing vest+ An e*ployee shouted. .* one of the coordinators+ =n one hand. it is a loud and highly obno9ious youth hangout/ a renovated warehouse with an endless variety of e& ga*es bleeping and flashing+ I wasn.astle Ga*es+. It. .
huc.s son Jee.>old your fireC . . would be a hard target for the other .t you recogni<e *eA I.listen upC 1his half of the roo* is the red tea*+ 1hat half of the roo* is the green tea*+ No running+ Ready.astle database displayed the individual scores+ .re on the sa*e tea*C. the . I was the second&to&worst player on *y tea*+ I would have thought that 1ara.an. attac-C. set.* color blind when it co*es to red and green+ #o I (ust started shooting anything that *oved+ I even shot .a couple of ti*es.? ?I had no idea who was on *y tea* and who wasn.huc-. being very short and petite.was clearly the best player+ Apparently.? ?1he toy gun trac-s how *any players you hit and how *any ti*es each player gets shot+ At the end.t+ I. even though he -ept yelling.* the only one here with a beard+ @e.
signing out+? Chapter 1#: +ara +hane 1harEuinn 1hane pressed the code to start his Doing&Joing hovercraft+ 1he giant corporate and *ilitary spacecraft *anufacturer Doing&Joing also *ade a low&cost line of urban hovercrafts that even the . but it.s a good thing the . In a real&life shootout.s hovercraft was set at ?conte*porary pop *usic+? 1he latest hit songs were served as .turn the other chee-+.tea* to hit+ Nevertheless. 1ara and I would get vapori<ed+? ?1harEuinn 1hane. *y dear daughter was the worst player on our tea*+ I guess it runs in the fa*ily+? ?1he ga*e was a lot of fun.hosen are trained to .hosen could afford+ 1he internal radio in 1harEuinn.
hosen leave their nest.re not going to believe what (ust happened.roud.hosen choose the . she hopped into her father.s hovercraft grinning ear& .1harEuinn buc-led up.? said 1ara 1hane+ @ith sil-y purple hair.roud. but he scowled at the current song+ ?@hen the .hosen leave their nest.roud. the *asses cheer aloud+ @hen the . no *ore are they a pest+ And when the .hosen choose the . you. their life beco*es the best+ @hen the . they rise to the in&crowd+ @hen the . their fa*e is world renowned+? ?2ad.hosen choose the .
receiver to ear&receiver+ Dy standards of the .hosen, 1ara was not Euite old enough to date+ Dut she was old enough to write ga*e code+ #o*ewhat in a hurry, her father replied, ?@hat is itA Bou can tell *e on the way to the *eeting+ I don;t want to be late+ And if this is another conversation about you wanting to date Jee- Jeller, forget it+ >is parents and I agreeH both of you are still too young to be dating+? Jee- was a handso*e and respectful lad that 1harEuinn was glad his daughter had befriended+ >owever, rushing into ro*antic relationships was not condoned by the .hosen+ ?2ad, it;s not about that,? replied 1ara, ?and we won;t be late for the *eeting+? :very seven days, the .hosen have an all& *e*bers *eeting+ 1his schedule was often a point
of contention for the ,roud+ 1he ,roud, being :arth;s *a(ority population, had switched to the ten& digit syste* for everything, including days of the wee-+ As they always put it, ?1en units are *ore efficient, *athe*atically+? 1here is a standard co*plaint a*ong the ,roud/ ?@hen will the .hosen get with the progra* and drop that ancient seven& day&a&wee- syste*A It;s -illing our retail operations and events calendar+? 1ara trac-ed this, and other cultural conflicts with *uch interest+ It was a surprise to *any that a fifteen&year&old paid attention to such *atters, but 1ara would often dig into *atters of conflict+ #he used any nu*ber of real&life conflicts as a source of inspiration for various plots of her virtual reality ga*es, also -nown as IR ga*es+ #he was constantly developing such ga*es, and her latest
wor- had spar-ed the interest of so*e powerful ga*e software co*panies+ ?2ad,? said 1ara, ?you -now that virtual reality ga*e I (ust wrote, the one with the e9ecutioners and the guy with the writing -it going through the city *ar-ing the foreheads only of those to be sparedA? ?>ow could I forget, 1araA I gave you that idea based on what I heard fro* one of the unconfir*ed stories about the Advocate;s *essengers+? 1ara responded, ?Beah, 2ad+ @ell, I (ust sold that IR ga*e to 3ycro3a-+ @ait till you see what they paid *e+ Actually, I have to show you because you won;t believe it+? 1ara changed her tone of voice and addressed what appeared to be thin airH ?3r+ ,up, access 1ara 1hane ban- account+ 2isplay *ost recent deposit+? At once, a transparent screen of light appeared
above 1ara;s co*puter wristband+ ?3r+ ,up? was the na*e of 1ara;s co*puter+ >er account showed that 3ycro3a- paid her an unbelievable a*ount of credits that *orning for a IR ga*e code called ?:<e-iel .ity+? It was enough *oney for at least twenty people to live on lu9uriously for the rest of their lives+ ?@e;re rich, 2adC? said 1ara as she flipped her uneven bangs out of her pretty face+ ?@e are filthy rich+? 1ara;s dad was stunned+ ?@hoa+ God help us+? 1he state*ent wasn;t addressed to 1ara+ No+ 1his, as the ,roud *ight call it, was a ?wireless tech&free *essage+? 1he .hosen had a *ore historical na*e for it&&prayer+ 1harEuinn was ta-en abac- by lessons fro* the past+ 1he last three ti*es a fa*ily of .hosen had
struc- it this rich, it was a well&chronicled e*barrass*ent, at least for the .hosen+ In a series of highly&publici<ed scandals, the universe watched all three newly&rich fa*ilies fall apart and shortly renounce the .hosen as a bunch of uptight frea-s, cult *e*bers, and poor yet self&righteous chu*ps+ As the ,roud were fond of sound&biting, ?3oney *a-es the .hosen choose the ,roud+? Inevitably, the phrase inspired the hit song, ?@hen the .hosen .hoose the ,roud,? by the band ?.hachi and the ,irates+? 0lying eastbound through .hicago air traffic, 1harEuinn issued a co**and+ ?.o*puter, turn off radio+? 1ara responded, ?1hat was a good song, 2adC I -now it;s *eant to put us down, but it actually contains so*e truth about the pressures to trade in
your values in order to be popular and accepted+ :ven the Advocate warned that the world would hate us, didn;t heA? 1harEuinn continued to be i*pressed with his daughter this day+ ?Bou;re right, 1ara+ Bou;re right, but I;* still not turning the radio bac- on+ @e need to reflect on+++ on how this *oney will affect us+ Bour whole generation *ay be able to thin-, browse, read, write, post, tal-, and chew gu*, all with the radio on in the bac-ground+ Dut I can;t+? ?=-ay,? said 1ara as she grabbed her chin and atte*pted to appear serious+ ?Loo-C 1his is *e reflecting on the effect+ Loo-C 1his is *e reflecting with *irror&li-e Eualities+ Loo-C 1his is *e reflecting off the rays of the+++? 1harEuinn interrupted, ?.ut it out, will youA If we;re really rich, can we at least ta-e a *inute to
brood in silence the way rich people doA 1his is a big responsibility+? ?I don;t brood,? replied 1ara+ ?I can *ope though+ In fact, I *ight *inor in *oping+? ?Bou -now what I *ean,? said 1harEuinn+ ?@e need so*e ti*e to gather our wits+? ?=-ay, o-ay,? said 1ara, who tried to be serious for a *o*ent+ ?I;ll loo- left and you loo- right+ #o*ewhere around here I;* sure we can find so*e wits lying around+ >ere;s so*eC =h wait, no+ 1hese wits are in .hinese+ I;ll -eep loo-ing+? 1harEuinn gave up trying to get his daughter to hush up+ :ventually though, 1ara did run out of wisecrac-s and giggles+ In the Euiet hu* of the eastbound hovercraft, 1harEuinn and 1ara 1hane pondered if, when, or how this wealth *ight change the*+ ?@ould it be for better or worseA? they
wondered+ :ither way, the .hosen would never be the sa*e+
Chapter 1(: 3ro"d or Chosen
Defore and after the 0aith @ar 5though less so after6, the .hosen had a*bassadors and life&changing activities pro*inent in nearly every region on :arth+ Although boasting is frowned upon a*ong the .hosen, their pro(ects were boast&worthy+ .hosen relief efforts had cut local hunger by large a*ounts wherever they put their focus+ 2espite lawsuits fro* the ,roud, the .hosen doctors were accessible outside of the corrupt insurance industry, which was *anipulated by the ,roud+ 3oreover, for decades, .hosen fa*ilies consistently logged in an annual divorce rate of five
percent or less+ 1hese statistics continued to baffle the ,roud, and fostered bitter envy in *any of the* that often resulted in discri*ination against the .hosen+ 1he ,roud had a divorce rate which had cli*bed to a staggering eighty&four percent+ Rather than ta-ing responsibility for their ra*pant disregard for traditional fa*ily co**it*ent, it beca*e fashionable a*ong the ,roud to bla*e divorces on the various technology addictions that were popping up all over the gala9y+ 1heir high divorce rate and the rise of technology addictions *ade the ,roud all the *ore persistent at finding any sort of fault a*ong the .hosen+ =nce in the past, the .hosen had a ca*pus *inistry leadership scandal that triggered *uch persecution directed at their entire *e*bership+ 1his particular incident ca*e after a ti*e of incredible growth in
the ca*pus *inistry+ 3any students had been drawn to the Advocate;s teachings and (oined the .hosen ran-s+ >owever, a few young over<ealous ca*pus leaders adopted a habit of throwing data discs at so*e of the *ore disagreeable new guys in their *inistry as a disciplinary shoc- tactic+ It didn;t help that the hurled ob(ects were 70%th0ile discs, containing what was left of the Advocate;s *essage+ 1he act of throwing a data disc at so*eone was rather cruel+ It had co*e to *ean, ?Bou;re so dull and stupid, that I have to throw this at you in order for you to even have a chance at understanding it+? 1he leaders co**itting these foolish and degrading acts tried to (ustify it by clai*ing that it would get the disagreeable *e*bers to repent Euic-er+ >owever, one poor guy actually got hit in the eye with a disc and he suffered so*e
partial vision loss+ Needless to say, the parents, the school board, the news *edia, and even the 3oneyLaw3a-ers got involved+ 1ogether, they populari<ed the *oc-ing slogan that ?the .hosen are so loving, they;ll scar you for life+? 3any *e*bers then turned away fro* the group and e*braced the practices of the ,roud on a wide scale+ 2uring that dar- period, the .hosen divorce rate (u*ped up as high as twenty&si9 percent+ 1he .hosen classified that incident, and any such period of difficulty as a ?stor*? in their culture+ 0ro* ti*e to ti*e, they had big stor*s 5over autono*y6, little stor*s 5over accountability6, galactic stor*s 5one&over&one *entoring6, and near& *iss stor*s 5over appointing elders6+ >owever, as their wise *e*bers would say, ?@eather the stor* faithfully+ 1hings will get better if you;ve built your
house on solid ground, na*ely the Advocate, and not on sand+? It;s no surprise *eanwhile that the ,roud *ade a habit out of turning .hosen ?stor*s? into causes for celebration+ #o*e bars even had half&off on drin-s and *edications to capitali<e on such occasions+ 2espite Archilli;s legiti*i<ation of the* at the end of the 0aith @ar, the .hosen weren;t always widely -nown by the entire population+ 1he .hosen had tried to reduce their obscurity with a nu*ber of outreach strategies, including getting into the *ovie business+ After a string of e9pensive and e*barrassing flops, the .hosen finally produced the very first successful full&length virtual reality *ovie+ 0or centuries, other groups had been trying to do this, but the .hosen were the first ones to *a-e a IR *ovie that didn;t have any cognitive side
effects+ 1harEuinn 1hane was one of the tea* *e*bers that developed the technology+ 1heir *ovie was called ?2eath on a >ill,? and it was a huge sensation+ 1his IR *ovie featured a character called ?the Advocate,? who was -ing of the .hosen+ Along with his .hosen few, the Advocate battled to the death atop a hill against the rest of the world+ In the *ovie, those not following the Advocate were -nown as the ?,roud,? who used all sorts of conventional weapons+ Dy contrast, the .hosen e9clusively used invisible weapons+ 1his *ade for a very uniEue and *e*orable clash+ @ithin hours of the IR *ovie;s release, the words ?,roud? and ?.hosen? set world data records as the *ost popular search words ever used on the Internet+ ?Goo>oo,? the universe;s biggest search engine,
trac-ed si9 billion hits in one *inute+ 1his Internet *ilestone was pic-ed up by the *ediaH and that, co*bined with the *ovie;s *ysterious ending, *ade the group na*es stic- ever since+ ?Are you ,roud or .hosenA? beca*e a standard first Euestion used in online (ob applications throughout the planet+ #uch a Euestion *ight have also spread beyond :arth to other colonies, e9cept for the fact that the .hosen were banned fro* space travel+ 1he ban had been in effect since before the 0aith @ar+ 3ost people never even understood the reason for the ban in the first place, but 2arla Desto -new+ It was her father;s idea, and the -ind of fa*ily secret that Doing&Joing .orporation -ept out of their *ar-eting *aterials+ 1he late General 2on Desto was one of the architects of the 0aith @ar+ Bears before the start of
the war, the *ilitary had put the space ban in place for all religious people+ 1he plan was to -eep the* all on one planet and agitate the* with restrictive policies until they couldn;t ta-e it any*ore+ General 2on Desto and his conte*poraries counted on the *ore *ilitant religious groups fighting bac-, and when they finally did, the plan was to declare war on all religious groups+ 1hus, the 0aith @ar had a calculated start&&but for 2on Desto, a surprise ending+ @hen the war concluded, leaving only the .hosen as the re*aining religious group, no one had good enough reason to lift the ban on religious space travel, particularly the .hosen+ 1hey couldn;t afford to pay for a change in the 3oneyLaw, and they couldn;t afford the high cost of space travel+ 1he .hosen were content with the challenges that arose
day&to&day on God;s green :arth+++ for now+
Chapter 1*: God and Money
@hen 1ara;s :<e-iel .ity IR ga*e was released by 3ycro3a-, a record ninety&five percent of registered ga*ers downloaded it+ =f course, all the ga*ers that were of the .hosen (ust had to have this ga*e, since it was *ade by one of their own+ Dut the real *oney ca*e fro* all the ,roud ga*ers who wanted to play it+ 1his was unusual since nor*ally the ,roud tended to unofficially boycott anything that bears the *andated warning label ?.hosen& *ade+? It was a big *ystery as to why so *any of the ,roud bro-e with tradition to pay for downloads of the :<e-iel .ity ga*e+ 1he *ost widely circulated
e9planation was that :<e-iel .ity was actually based on an ancient story involving the Advocate+ :ven though the Advocate was the unseen leader of the .hosen, the ,roud had their own deep interest in the Advocate+ 1he ,roud si*ply loved to hate hi*, in the sa*e way that fans get e9cited when their own heroes fight against the *ost popular villains of the day+ Although it caused *uch grief for the .hosen, the ,roud saw the Advocate as a great villain+ All this hype *ade 1ara 1hane an overnight celebrity, and e9tra rich+ Dy law, code writers are paid a percentage for every download in their lifeti*e+ 1he news spread rapidly to all the servers that 1ara 1hane was now the richest fifteen&year&old in the universe+ 1he fact that her dad was on the original tea* that *ade the first safe IR *ovie
added to the *agnitude of the story+ It was a technology legacy+ =ne pro*inent newscaster, 1ed >ypecraft, dubbed her ?1ara, the Girl of 1o*orrow,? 5pronounced ?toe&*ar&ah?6+ 1ara and her father were suddenly on everybody;s invite list+ It was Euite overwhel*ing+ :very co**ittee fro* .hicago ,lanning to =ff&@orld ,arenting to Iirtual Ga*ing 5of course6 wanted either one of the 1hanes to sit on their co**ittee or board of directors+ ?2ad, if one *ore person as-s *e for one *ore thing, I;*+++ I;* going to pu-e spa*,? said 1ara+ ?It hasn;t even been two days since :<e-iel .ity ca*e out, and I;* getting a gigabyte of reEuests, li-e, every hour+ @hat are we going to do, 2adA? ?I don;t -now, 1ara,? said 1harEuinn+ ?I guess we could start figuring out what to do with all the *oney+?
?@ell, what would the Advocate doA? as-ed 1ara+ ?I thin-, uh, I don;t -now,? said 1harEuinn+ ?@ould he give it all away, or would he use it to fund so*e great pro(ect that would help peopleA? ?2ad, at the rate that people are downloading *y ga*e, it loo-s li-e we have enough credits to do both+++ li-e, three ti*es over+? ?0ine,? said 1harEuinn+ ?@e;ll do both+ Let;s (ust re*e*ber that no *atter what we decide to do, the Advocate has a saying about *oney+? ?I -now,? said 1ara+ ?1hey restored that saying of his fro* a frag*ent of a co*ic boo- adaptation of the 70%th0ile that was carved in stone+ 1he Advocate said, ;Bou cannot serve both God and *oney+;? =nly a handful of people today, li-e the .hosen;s war hero #ha*us, had clai*ed that they could Euote
the Advocate with a decent degree of accuracy+ 1hat;s because every -nown physical and electronic copy of the 70%th0ile, the Advocate;s controversial guideboo-, was destroyed with the rest of the boo-s in the 0aith @ar+ All physical boo-s had long been out of print and in unreadable decay+ 3oreover, the publishing industry had abandoned printed boo-s centuries ago+ :lectronic boo-s were obliterated by the *ysterious language and te9t virus, -nown also as the spar-ling s*art bo*b+ Not even the fa*ed 3oses Antivirus ,rogra* could protect, save, or restore even a shred of electronic content+ >owever so*e of what the 70%th0ile contained has been reconstructed by way of the various statues, *onu*ents, and other physical frag*ents around the globe that had direct Euotes fro* the 70%th0ile+ If not for that, the Advocate and
all his adventures *ay well have been *arginali<ed into obscurity for the .hosen and the ,roud ali-e+
Chapter 1.: Ret"rn to the orest
In the *idst of all the *edia e9posure the 1hanes were receiving, 1harEuinn was e9periencing *ore attention than any one person can process at a ti*e+ >e called it ?social overload,? and his threshold was lower than *ost peoples;+ >e told 1ara, ?.o*e on+ @e need a brea-+ ,ac- a lunch and get on shoes you don;t care about getting dirty+ @e;re going for a hi-e+? A short hovercraft ride later, 1harEuinn and 1ara were in line at a security chec- point+ Doth of the* had been scanned+ 1hen a green light popped up and the guard s*iled in a *onotone voice, ?@elco*e to the grand re&opening
of the 4ane 0orest ,reserve+ Ad*ission is fifty credits each+? ?Bou -now the last ti*e I was hereA? as-ed 1harEuinn+ ?It was about seventeen years ago+ I had (ust beco*e a *e*ber of the .hosen+ @e were all hiding out at the end of the 0aith @ar+? ?@as 3o* here tooA? as-ed 1ara+ ?Beah, your *o*+++ ,hoebe and her friend were the ones who tal-ed *e into see-ing refuge here in the tunnels with the .hosen when the war was at its worst+? ?@eren;t they (ust called the ;Advocates; bacthenA? as-ed 1ara+ ?Bes,? continued 1harEuinn, ?I wasn;t even a *e*ber yet+ I thought they were a bunch of frea-s at first+ In fact, the first ti*e I went to one of their *eetings, it was partly because *y *o* said there
was a cute girl I would li-e there+ =f course, as you -now, I Euic-ly got hoo-ed up with #ha*us Radd, who (ust would not shut up about how great the Advocate was+? ?#o #ha*us studied with you here in the forest preserve, rightA? as-ed 1ara+ ?1hat;s right,? said 1harEuinn+ ?3ostly we studied in the secret tunnels+ Jee-;s dad .huc- was also in on the studies+ 1hose guys helped *e out so *uch+? ?@ho was the cute girlA? as-ed 1ara+ ?@as that 3o*A? ?Actually,? replied 1harEuinn, ?the cute girl was #ha*us; daughter Reyna+ Bou *et her a long ti*e ago+ =nce things started to clic- while studying with her dad, I felt a little weird about dating the *an;s daughter+ 1hat wor-ed out real well, because Reyna had a best friend that was even cuter+?
?3o*C? replied 1ara with confidence+ ?2efinitely,? said 1harEuinn with a bittersweet glare+ ?Bour *other ,hoebe was sweeter than honey and the honeyco*b+? ?@hat was it li-e bac- thenA? as-ed 1ara+ ?It was a different ti*e,? e9plained 1harEuinn with a glea* in his eye+ ?1he co**it*ent level was intense+ A lot of people died+ Bou -now, with the war on, people thought it was the end of the world and the Advocate would be showing up any *inute+ #o there was a lot of heart to help people see the truth before it was too late+? 1harEuinn and 1ara paid at the forest preserve;s auto*atic turnstile and noticed that all the other visitors there were shuffling toward the *ain trails, snapping holovideos left and right+ 1ara as-ed, ?#o, are you going to show *e where
the secret tunnels areA? ?No,? said 1harEuinn+ ?1he ,roud have turned that into a tourist attraction+ It costs e9tra (ust to get into that part of the forest+ 1oday we;re loo-ing for so*ething else+?
Chapter 1/: Bagel Roc&
1harEuinn steered 1ara away fro* the crowds and into a thic- wooded area+ 1ara started whining+ ?2ad, if we;re not loo-ing for secret tunnels, then why are we going this wayA 1here;s no trail+ I don;t want to be cli*bing over logs and through bushes in the *iddle of nowhere+ Is this even legalA? ?1his isn;t ;nowhere,;? 1harEuinn said+ ?Bou -now as well as I do that this is the only forest preserve within traveling distance of our ho*e that has re&
opened to the public after the 0aith @ar+ Bour great& grandfather, ,apa 8i**y, also has so*e history here+ >e told *e about an old white stone trail that leads to a fort that he built here when he was still alive+ 1he coordinates to the trail are on his old handheld co*puter+ I brought it with *e+ @e;re going to find that fort+ ,apa 8i**y called it the Dagel 0ort+? ?.ool,? 1ara replied, ?but whyA? 1harEuinn e9plained the story as they stu*bled through the thic- forest+ ?,apa 8i**y said it was always a good place for hi* to go and ta-e a breafro* it all+ And in your lifeti*e, this place hasn;t been open until now+ I had no safe opportunity to loo- for his fort the last ti*e I was here+ #o consider this a short fa*ily retreat+ Bou -now, we have a lot going on now+ I feel li-e everybody wants a piece of
us+ I;* thin-ing this will be a nice place to gather our thoughts+++ *editate on all that has happened, and reconnect with the Advocate+ 0ran-ly, I don;t -now about you, but since we struc- it rich, *y prayers have been+++ distracted+ I -now I can tal- to the Advocate anywhere I li-e, but even the Advocate went to a solitary place to pray too+? ?>ey, there;s a white stone trail,? 1ara blurted out+ ?It;s pretty overgrown, but there it is+? Later that evening, 1harEuinn got out his voice recorder and co**e*orated the course where the white trail too- the*+ ?2addy @ar 8ournal entry L$'%? ?1ara and I found ,apa 8i**y;s old fort today+ It wasn;t really a fort any*ore, but the coordinates on
his old handheld led us right to the spot he described to *e/ a valley surrounded by woods, with two roc-s shaped li-e giant&si<ed bagels in the center+ 1ara was first to figure out that they *ade perfect reclining chairs, and so we rela9ed, I thin- for the first ti*e since the *oney began rolling in on 1ara;s ga*e+ @e guessed that the four uprooted trees surrounding the ;bagel roc-s; *ar-ed the corners of ,apa 8i**y;s old fort, but they were all that was left+ :ven though any hint of a wall structure was gone, we still called it ;Dagel 0ort,; and tried to i*agine a younger ,apa 8i**y, stretching to find so*e peace of *ind, piling up stic-s to *a-e a fort+ It was a *ost beautiful day that I hope we both will treasure+? ?,apa 8i**y wasn;t one of the .hosen+ #o growing up, we never heard *uch about the
treasures in the paradeisos of the Advocate+ Dut good old ,apa 8i**y+++ he left *e the fort&&a fleeting, yet nonetheless beautiful treasure on earth+? ?I did so*e praying+ #o did 1ara+ =n the trail bacto our vehicle we saw *ore wildlife than either of us had in our co*bined lifeti*es+ A total of nine deer crossed our path, as well as a few turtles in a cree-+ =n the ban- of that cree- we ca*e across a third turtle, *otionless, covered in dried *ud, with his ar*s buried in the dirt+ 1ara though he was dead+ 1hen in a flash, the ;dead turtle; ca*e to life and shot bac- into the cree-+ ;@hoever said turtles were slowA; laughed 1ara+? ?#o I said, ;And whoever said forts had to have walls+ Let;s go ho*e+; 1hat was our little outdoor getaway+? ?1harEuinn 1hane, signing out+?
Chapter 21: +he Brainstor4
1ara 1hane got together with her girlfriends at the local .ornelius .afe+ "sually the topic of discussion *eanders in nu*erous directions li-e, ?@hat;s the best hair color e*ulator,? or ?@hy ,roud boys are so *uch trouble+? 1onight, however, 1ara and her friends stayed on one topic the whole night/ ?@hat should 1ara do with her new found fortuneA? 1ara;s i*pulsive friend, Lacey ,ac-ard, was first to pitch an idea, ?Bou should print stic-ers for the entire world+++ no, the entire universe+? ?@hyA? as-ed 1ara+ ?Decause I li-e stic-ers,? said Lacey+ ?I;ve got it+ I;ve got it,? said RaEuel, the *ost obno9ious of the group+ #he was a tall, thin, fun&
loving blonde+ ?#pea-ing of the universe, you should buy a big spaceship, and then the .hosen could go on a deep space *ission to spread the *essage of the Advocate all over the universe+++ and I get to be, uh+++ chief co**unications officer+ 1hat would be really cool+? Lacey;s blue eyes widened+ ?1hat would be perfect+ 1hen we;d have to print stic-ers for the *ission+ 1hey could say, ;:vangeli<ing the gala9y+++ one .hosen at a ti*e+;? RaEuel added, ?1hat could wor-+ Dut the stic-ers would have to be the scratch and sniff -ind+++ li-e grape flavor+ =h, and each stic-er would have a Euote fro* the Advocate+? 1ara chuc-led, ?I -now you;re both only <ero point five percent serious, but a *ission to spread the 70%th0ile on a galactic level is actually a good
idea+ I don;t thin- there has ever been a well&funded and coordinated effort to evangeli<e any regions beyond :arth+ It;s (ust too bad the .hosen have been banned fro* space travel since before the 0aith @ar+? Lacey replied, ?@here have you beenA As of yesterday, the .hosen are allowed to obtain travel visas off planet+ 1he ban has been liftedC? ?@hatA? 1ara Euestioned+ ?I had no idea+ >ow did that happenA? ?It was all over the news,? RaEuel replied+ 3y parents watch the 1ed >ypecraft newscast every *orning+ ?I;* surprised the 3oneyLaw3a-ers didn;t contact you personally+? ?@hat are you tal-ing aboutA? as-ed 1ara+ ?I turned off all *y tech gadgets the past few days and went out of town with *y dad+ @hat happenedA?
RaEuel e9plained, as she curled her straight hair with her finger, ?@ith the continued financial success of ;2eath on a >ill; and now your own ;:<e-iel .ity,; the ,roud are convinced that they can *a-e *ore *oney off their own -ind and off the .hosen with us .hosen having off&world travel access+ 1he 3oneyLaw3a-ers figure that the growing class of rich *e*bers of the .hosen, li-e you and your dad, will spend *ore of their newfound wealth if they have unrestricted travel access (ust li-e the ,roud do+ #pace travel is e9pensive, and the ,roud are loo-ing to us as a new *ar-et+ 1hey hate it that we .hosen don;t waste *oney li-e the ,roud do on e9otic vacations and e9cessive consu*er gadgets+? ?2oes this *ean no one wants to see *y new i,urseA? as-ed ,olly, who had a part&ti*e retail (ob+
?It;s the latest all&in&one *ulti*edia co**unications device for wo*en, plus it holds a few s*all ite*s, and it even has a *ini gu*ball *achine built in+? Lacey replied, ?=h, I;ll ta-e a piece of gu*+ Anyway, I saw a special report on the law change last night+ 1he 3oneyLaw3a-ers now have this superco*puter called the Goliath+ I thin- the Doing& Joing .orporation *ade it+ Apparently it calculates spending patterns of *inority groups, na*ely us, and then it pro(ects ways in which *inority spending can be *a9i*i<ed based on changing factors in the 3oneyLaw+ In a re&enact*ent on IR News, they showed the Goliath co*puter in action with its progra**er voicing in the new factors+ And guess what the new factors wereA? 1ara stared blan-ly+ ?I don;t -now+?
Lacey replied, ?1he progra**er faced Goliath and said, ;Recalculate .hosen spending patterns with 1harEuinn and 1ara 1hane touring the gala9y for one year+; I -id you not+ 1hey used your na*e specifically to calculate this+ Goliath *ade a beeping sound and said, ;.hosen spending will at least triple if 1harEuinn and 1ara 1hane tour the gala9y for one year+; 1hen it beeped again and said, ;,roud spending will at least double if 1harEuinn and 1ara 1hane tour the gala9y for one year+; .ool, huhA? ?@ell then, what are we waiting forA? as-ed RaEuel+ ?1he 3oneyLaw is now in our favor, and the *a-ers of the Goliath will be tic-led pin- about *ore spending in the econo*y+ @e, the .hosen, can do this&&evangeli<e the gala9y+ 2o you thin- your dad would go for it, 1araA 1his seriously could be the trip of a lifeti*e+?
1ara twisted her face, as if really considering things deeply+ ?Defore we as- *y dad,? said 1ara, ?let;s as- the guysC?
Chapter 21: G"ys and Girls
1he .hosen teen group actually consists of two sub& groups/ the guys and the girls+ #o*eti*es they *eet all together, and so*eti*es they *eet separately+ :ither way, though, the guys 5being guys6 were never too far fro* the girls+ 1his night, the teen guys were (ust one table away fro* the teen girls at the .ornelius .afe+ 1hey were all drin-ing ?Roastu*,? the cheap i*itation coffee drin-+ 3ost .hosen couldn;t afford real coffee, which was the overpriced staple of the ,roud+ Dut with whipped crea* and pu*p-in spice added to Roastu*, it was a pretty
good substitute+ RaEuel, in her usual blunt fashion, turned to the boys; table and said, ?Listen up+ I;* sure your roc-et soccer discussion has been a real -ic- in the pants, but this is i*portant business+ @e girls thin- the .hosen, including us teens, should go on a space *ission, and 1ara will pay for it with her new found riches+ @hat do you thin-A And if you thin- it;s a good idea, ta-e note that it was *y idea+? @ithout hesitation, 4arl said, ?I;ll go on a space *ission+ #ure+ 8ust let *e -now when and where+? 3a9*a9 agreed, and Jee- Jeller, who was the son of .huc-, said, ?.ount *e in too+? ?=h, I forgot to *ention that I get to be chief co**unications officer,? added RaEuel+ 1ara replied, ?I don;t -now if that;s the best (ob for you, since you struggle so *uch with gossip+?
?>aw, haw, very funny,? *oc-ed RaEuel+ ?Bou can be the ship;s co*edian+? ?No, that;s *y (ob,? said 3a9*a9+ ?@hy did the space*an cross the roadA? ?I don;t -now,? said RaEuel+ ?:9plorationC? replied 3a9*a9+ ?1hat;s du*b,? said RaEuel+ ?1hat;s *a(or du*b+ 1hat;s interstellar du*b+ Dut seriously, there will be plenty of (obs on this *ission for everyone+ And every *ission needs a logo+ Jee-, you should design our logo+ It should have a space battle with stars being hurled down fro* the s-ies and+++? ?And *y face should be on the logo,? 3a9*a9 interrupted+ ?@hyA? as-ed Jee-+ ?Decause I could fly the ship,? answered 3a9*a9+ ?Bou all -now that I;* doing well in flight school+?
?0light schoolA? e9clai*ed RaEuel+ ?I thin- they should call it ;0right #chool,; because the idea of you flying us around is starting to scare *e+? As 3a9*a9 rolled his eyes, Jee- said, ?#pea-ing of being scared, once, after I told *y dad I was bored, he said to *e, ;Get a (ob, you bu*+; I was only seven+ I thought he was serious+? ?3aybe he was serious,? said 1ara+ ?@hen I was seven, I sold *y first online ga*e+? ?1hat;s still one of *y favorites,? added RaEuel+ ?Bet I can;t understand why ;0u<<y ,in- Dears 1hat Love God; wasn;t the big hit that we thought it would be+ 3aybe it will *a-e a co*ebac- once we travel the stars+ Jee-;s brother ,ete, the practical one of the group, interrupted the chatter+ ?@ait a *inute+ @hat in the world are you all tal-ing aboutA #houldn;t we be
having this conversation with our parents firstA? :veryone *u*bled, ?"h+++? e9cept for Lacey, who said, ?Actually, I thin- we should plan it all out first+ Bou -now, li-e get price Euotes, put together an official proposal, and then present it to our parents and the .hosen leadership+ If the proposal is centered on spreading the good news of the Advocate, then why wouldn;t our parents go for itA 1hey;re always tal-ing about the ;old days; when every *e*ber of the .hosen was co**itted to spreading the *essage, even in life and death situations+ >ere is their chance to show it+? ?1hat *a-es sense,? 3a9*a9 replied+ ?=fficial proposals were one of *y best sub(ects in -indergarten, right behind ;1he ,urpose&2riven Nap 1i*e+;? 3a9*a9 was the biggest (o-er of the group, but
or also us guys hereA? as-ed Jee-+ ?Digger than that.* buying coffee for us+? ?2o you *ean for the girls.? e9clai*ed RaEuel+ ?@hy are we drin-ing Roastu* any*oreA 1ara can afford real coffee now+ 1he s*ell and taste is so *uch better+? 1ara pondered out loud. but I can afford it+ I. ?I.re right. ?Bou.roposal 3a-ing? was a standard topic for *ost -indergarten classes ever since after the 0aith @ar+ 1he logic was that the earlier you teach people how to *a-e peaceful proposals.in. the less li-ely they will be to grow up and resort to war and rebellion+ ?>old on.t totally sun.he was serious+ ?Intro to .* buying for the entire cafe+? 1he teens huddled closer to flesh out their . RaEuel+ It still hasn. everyone.? replied 1ara.
the richest teenager in the world. . when she wanted+ >owever.lans were *ade. was not (ust anyone+ 1ara called the Doing&Joing general nu*ber and said. now over the aro*a of real coffee+ . assign*ents were given. ?>i. 2arla only *et with who* she wanted. this is 1ara 1hane+ I need to *eet with your top person right away because *aybe I want to buy a custo* spacecraft that will hold a thousand people co*fortably+? Less than thirty seconds later. the leading spacecraft *anufacturer. 1ara 1hane.proposal. and stars were chosen+ Chapter 22: Said the +een to the C56 Not (ust anyone could set up a *eeting with 2arla Desto+ As chief e9ecutive of Doing&Joing.
ity. ?#o*eti*e we *ust tal. un*ista-able voice of 2arla Desto sent 1ara and RaEuel into a giddy state of e9cite*ent+ ?2arla Desto here+ Is this 1araA? ?"**. yes. .* a big fan+? ?ReallyA? as-ed 1ara+ ?Bou play *y ga*eA? ?=f course+ I.? said 2arla+ ?I.s it called.Desto. only e9pected to be patched through to a Doing&Joing top salesperson+ Dut the confident.? 2arla continued.the co*pany secretary patched 1ara through to none other than 2arla Desto herself+ 1ara.ve even written about it in *y blog. who was listening in.? said 1ara+ ?>ello.about . ?@hat.ongratulations on the success of :<e-iel . 3s+ Desto+? ?. along with RaEuel.s Doing&DlogA.? said 2arla+ Rachel whispered to 1ara.
s fine.? said 1ara+ ?2on.re loo-ing for+ Bou don. I understand you *ight be in the *ar-et for a custo* spacecraft+ I. since <ero gravity causes *uscles and bones to wea-en over prolonged periods+ 1ara had always wanted to try <ero gravity+ RaEuel could barely contain herself. and other distracting cheerleading gestures+ ?@ait.t you need to -now where we are so that your driver can pic.how you ca*e up with your ga*e concept+++ but today. no+ 1hat.t spend a lot of ti*e there. do youA? ?"**. thu*bs up signs.t *ind <ero gravity. half stunned+ It was widely -nown that 2arla Desto had one of her offices in <ero gravity due to her disability+ =f course she didn.* sending a driver to pic.you up right now+ @e can *eet in one of *y offices to discuss what you.us . silently giving 1ara high&fives. 3s+ Desto.? 1ara replied.
ll see you soon+? RaEuel and 1ara were too e9cited to be e*barrassed+ As soon as the call ended.of gravity+? 1heir giggle&fest continued right up until the Doing&Joing li*o hovered down to pic.upA? ?1hat. lac.harlie Drown dance+ RaEuel stopped long enough for a pun+ ?I (ust can. yeah.the liberty of verifying the location and source of your phone signal before they patched you through to *e+ I.t believe the gravity of this situation+++ I *ean.the* up+ 3ost new hovercrafts built by Doing&Joing were *odeled after giant versions of a particular seed .s already covered.? said 2arla+ ?3y people too. lac-. dear.* actually watching you on video as we spea-+ Bour a*using friend on your left can co*e too+ I. they both started doing the ancient .
doesn. .t it+? 1ara.huc. sent for the girls.s li*o. her dad got a real *ustard seed fro* . 1ara said. the s*aller si<e see*s *ore attainable.yet *assive presence of the Doing&Joing vehicle.* glad we only have to have faith the si<e of a real *ustard seed.shape+ It was a sudden and bold design *ove that -ept the co*pany i*age fresh and topical+ 2arla Desto. but 1ara could+ =nce.Jeller to illustrate so*ething about how *uch faith the Advocate says to have+ Ad*iring the slee. and not the si<e of this overgrown giant hovercraft li*o+ As faith goes. ?I. was no e9ception+ It was shaped and colored li-e a *ustard seed+ Not *any people would recogni<e such a seed.s rando* co**entH ?I wonder if a *ustard seed ever gets confused for a sesa*e seedA >ey.s state*ent was ignored and disrupted by RaEuel.
* co*ing with youC? Chapter 23: +ara Meets )arla Aboard the ?*ustard? li*o.s office. the girls were pro*pted to watch a standard info video on how the Doing&Joing office building is the only one of its -ind+ "sually such a phrase is (ust business world hype. .? ?I can.Doing&Joing should *a-e vehicles shaped li-e sesa*e seeds+ 1hen the owner could go up to his loc-ed vehicle and say. it was true+ No other building worldwide was built li-e this+ 1he builders started at the top end of the building. on the way up through the at*osphere to 2arla.? replied RaEuel+ ?1he li*o door is sliding open&&and I.=pen sesa*eC. fro* (ust above the . but in this case.t ta-e you anywhereC? 1ara e9clai*ed+ ?#ure you can.
this *ade it the tallest building in the world+ 1he very top levels e9isted in space at <ero gravity.s e9ecutive *eeting roo*+ An assistant ca*e in long enough to say.to 2arla Desto. propelled *eticulously by a series of solar&powered (ets to -eep in perfect rotation with its :arth&side lower levels+ 1he *ustard li*o doc-ed at the top floor.s footprint on the :arth ground level in .:arth.s at*osphere in space+ 1hen they wor-ed downwards in synchroni<ed orbit with the building.hicago+ =f course. and *oon+ 1ara re*e*bered fro* the . ?3s+ Desto will be with you shortly+ 0eel free to bounce around the roo*+? All four walls of the roo* had the latest ob(ect opacity technology built in+ #ince they were set to transparent. stars. it *ade for a breathta-ing view of the :arth. and the girls were ushered through an airloc.
a stone engraved with a saying that read li-e it could be fro* the Advocate.info video that these top floors were connected. *oon&wal-ing and flapping her long ar*s fro* the ceiling+ ?I. a distinct feeling ca*e over her that the Advocate was bringing about so*ething truly re*ar-able in not (ust her own life. rotating slowly around on a platfor*. the top floors were being ?towed? fro* space by the orbiting satellite co*ponents built into the upper floors+ ?Loo-C? said RaEuel. but also the lives of *any people+ #he was then surprised to notice in the center of the roo*.s la*e (o-e+ :ven though 1ara felt tiny a*ong the vastness of space. but not actually supported by the lower portion of the tower+ Rather.* an angel+? 1ara did loo-. . but she was too a*a<ed by all that was happening to laugh at RaEuel.s *outh hi*self+ It read.
one barely noticed that 2arla has no *obility in her legs+ ?1han. ladies. doesn. and then 2arla pointed to the stone engraving+ ?I see that you.t enter into the heart of *an.t you (ust love a high&up '60°ree viewA? In <ero gravity.t -now of any other .t publici<ed it yet+ I don.t itA? said 2arla+ ?It.t hear.? said 2arla+ ?It.s a recent find+ I haven. not a hologra*+? ?ReallyA? said 1ara+ ?1he inscription sounds li-e so*ething the Advocate would say+? ?Bes.you for waiting.? continued the *ost influential wo*an in the world+ ?I.roper introductions were co*pleted.s nice to *eet you both+? . which didn.?1hings which an eye didn. ?2on.re ad*iring *y centerpiece.* 2arla Desto+ It. and an ear didn. these God has prepared for those who love hi*+? 8ust then 2arla Desto glided into the roo* and said.t see.s real.
* told it.hosen.s a very valuable piece+ Dut I.* sure you both didn. because it.roud+ @hat can I do for youA? ?Is 3s+ Desto deliberately trying to change the sub(ectA? thought 1ara+ ?@e *ight be in the *ar-et for a giant custo* spacecraft.? said 2arla.hosen *ay tre. she pulled out a brush and started brushing her e9ceptionally long..into space+? ?@ell then.hair as if it were perfectly nor*al to do so with strangers . and you.hair+ ?I can help the .* sure I can+? 2arla continued to brush her thic. ?you ca*e to the right place. straight blac.? continued 2arla+ ?I.t co*e here to discuss the Advocate with the . you -now.s not (ust every day that a thousand .hosen who have seen it yet+ I.re tal-ing to the right person+? As 2arla said this.? said RaEuel+ ?@e need prices and so*e handholding.
RaEuel blurted. RaEuelA? ?@ell. ?2arla.s .? thought 1ara+ Any hunch 1ara previously had that 3s+ Desto *ight secretly be one of the .d al*ost say you are one of the .hosen.I *ight be a .roud/ no doubt about it+ @ithout reference to any social tact.s o-ay.s a long way down.hosen was gone+ 1he .s your stone tablet+ It reads li-e it. if I didn. you -now+? ?1hat.? 2arla responded+ ?@hat *a-es you thin.hosen are not -nown to display such vain behavior as co*bing out their hair in a business *eeting+ 3s+ Desto was i*bedded in the . there.present in a business *eeting+ ?@hat an odd way to start a *eeting.hosen. I. I *ean aside fro* the hair co*bing+ Are youA? ?RaEuelC? e9clai*ed 1ara+ ?Are you trying to get us -ic-ed out of Doing&Joing 1owerA It.t -now better.
*ustard seed.? said 2arla.s *oney+? ?Bou can have *y *oney. and ti*etables+ Bou. ?(ust as long as you.ll be able to leave here today with all the holo&data you need to .right fro* the Advocate. plus you are being very nice to us+ I *ean.re able to build us our spacecraft+? ?And (ust as long as our parents approve.ity ga*e+ =h.s li-e you want the .? said RaEuel+ ?And the . the Doing&Joing co*puter will draft up custo* spacecraft diagra*s co*plete with prices. and you li-e the :<e-iel .s *outh. as the three of the* floated slowly around the <ero gravity roo*+ ?@hile we tal.? replied 2arla+ ?3aybe I (ust want your friend. li*o. options.hosen to succeed or so*ething+? ?3aybe.details. it.? said 1ara.? added RaEuel+ ?Not a proble*.
roud rich lady.t ta-e RaEuel anywhere+? ?2on. and present it to your parents and whoever else you li-e+? ?1han-s. ?so*ewhere. here we co*eC? Chapter 24: Archilli After the *eeting was over and the girls left for ho*e.*a-e an infor*ed decision.? said RaEuel+ ?0or a . you are pretty stellar+? 1ara Euic-ly offered.t be too sure about that.? said 2arla+ ?Bou *ay be ta-ing RaEuel and *any *ore people with you. to so*ewhere indeed+? ?Beah. 3s+ Desto+ I can.* sorry. 2arla.? boasted RaEuel. ?I. 2arla ga<ed over at the stone tablet rotating in the center of her *eeting roo*+ 1hen she called in .
Archilli floated into the roo* without a ?hello? or any other for* of greeting+ 1hat was Archilli. ?I want you to put the .orporation paid the *ost *oney.? said 2arla.to hi*+ 1his unnerving techniEue was ru*ored to be a trait he pic-ed up fro* fellow surviving pilots of the 0aith @ar+ Archilli was a*ong the *ost sought&after pilots in the gala9y+ Dut Doing&Joing . and then scan left and right as a person would tal.her security agent.hicago under non&hostile surveillance+? . at least for now+ #o his allegiance was to Doing&Joing+ ?Archilli. Archilli+ @ith al*ost co*plete silence.hosen teen group in . and his role as their security agent allowed for *uch on&the&(ob e9cite*ent+ 1hese were two (ob characteristics that Archilli had preferred.s style+ >e would (ust *a-e intense eye contact until the other person spo-e.
and on . but as. 2arla was Euite used to hi* si*ply closing his eyes and pushing up his lips in a gri*ace+ 1hat was his way of ac-nowledging.? said 2arla.s daughter 1ara that she and her teen friends will be holding a *eeting with all of their parents in a few days+ 0ind out when the *eeting will ta-e place+ 1hen as.? or ?I a* seriously in agree*ent+? 1hroughout the Doing& Joing .o*pany.@hose eyes are a fla*e of fire. that gri*ace was -nown as the ?gri*yes+? ?Also.Archilli didn. ?I want you to review the file on 1harEuinn 1hane and deliver a long&lost Euestion to hi*+ I (ust learned fro* 1harEuinn.the following Euestion right before the *eeting to 1harEuinn in private+ 3a-e sure there are no witnesses in earshot when you do so.ll ta-e care of it. ?I.hi* this e9actlyH .t e9actly nod or say ?yes+? Rather.
I need you to report to *e e9actly how 1harEuinn responds+? After another gri*yes fro* Archilli. Archilli. of course. but occasionally Bouth. .? a website that *ost .t difficult to find out when the teens were *eeting with their parents+ Archilli hac-ed into ?Bouth.his head are *any crownsA @ho has na*es written and a na*e written which no one -nows but he hi*selfA.aste.aste was intended to be only for the youth and not the parents+ 1he idea was that the youths would be *ore open with their victories and proble*s by tal-ing to each other on a website that was not for adults+ #o*eti*es that concept wor-ed very well.hosen teens used+ Bouth.hosen. 1hen.aste turned into a breeding ground for naval&ga<ing or bad attitudes that *ight continue if left unchec-ed+ 1he . he was on his way+ It wasn.
now -new all about the *eeting+ 1his included the why. and where+ >e was a*used that the teens had given a na*e to the *eeting/ ?1he @orld Is Not :nough+? Archilli assu*ed that this was a reference to the ancient spy *ovie series popular long before the . but not at a top level+ #o he didn.hosen should ta-e off on a space *ission to evangeli<e the gala9y&&with so*e of his daughter.s own *oney+ Archilli. on the other hand.frowned upon bad attitudes+ 1herefore. he would have discovered that his daughter and her friends were planning to propose that the . they appointed a few adults who led in the youth *inistry to *onitor the blogs and audiocasts on Bouth.aste+ 1harEuinn led in the youth *inistry.t have access to the teen blogs+ If he did. when. with hac-er s-ills being part of standard *ilitary training.
t *a-e it to their follow&up planning . if you follow the Advocate.s blog+ Annie was there that first day in the .ornelius .t say *uch that day.hosen teens ca*e up with the space *ission idea+ Annie didn.perfection of virtual reality *ovies+ Dut the upco*ing *eeting title was really a reference to the Advocate. then you are in his -ingdo*H this is an unseen real* with eternal benefits that are so good you can. and couldn.s why the world is not enoughH you really need the -ingdo*+ Archilli got *ost of his info fro* Annie.s teaching that there are two distinct real*s of e9istence/ 1he world and the -ingdo*+ 1he .hosen believe that if you are in the world only.t even -now it+ >owever.afe when the .? and you apparently don.t even i*agine it+ 1hat. then you are under the control of so*e unseen villain called the ?:vil =ne.
you. Get itA lol? ?Annie & out? Chapter 2#: 3roposal 3re2Ga4e 1here were *any telltale indicators of a spiritually healthy . one of the *ost prolific bloggers on Bouth.hosen teen group+ If they independently got together to pray. than.of the Advocate without being pro*pted. however.*eetings+ #he was.the world is not enough+.hicago swi* tourney 5hooray ! *e+++ than. or did the wor. then that was a sign of . as Archilli could easily read/ ?I couldn. if going to space is what we want to do. but I did ta-e first place in the . then we need a cool title for our parental proposal and I have it+++ .aste.you6+ Dut I was thin-ing.t *a-e the second planning *eeting.
hosen teen group in .deep co**it*ent+ @ho could have guessed that the . these teens not only had gotten together to pray.hosen was ever -nown to have been+ >aving the *eeting at the . they were now on their way to their ?@orld Is Not :nough? *eeting+ 1he *eeting would ta-e place with all their parents at the ho*e of Lacey. but also had devised a plan that would bring the Advocate.s *essage to corners of the universe in which no .ac-ard+ Deforehand.ac-ard house was very strategic+ 1he teens figured that all their parents had fond *e*ories there.ac-ard house+ 3any of the teens had specific roles in presenting .s parents/ 88 and Dianca . since 88 was a well&respected elder and *any inspirational get&togethers were hosted there at the .hicago would turn out to be such overachieversA As a unified tea*.
s younger brother.spo-e+ RaEuel and 3a9*a9 were on hand to crac. was the ?dasrighter.? a role in which the supporting listener says. ?1hat.this 0riday night proposal+ 2espite his youth. because of his confidence. it sounds *ore li-e ?dasright+? Lacey was the crowd reader+ >er role was to read the parents.? whenever a good point is *ade+ #po-en Euic-ly. was on hand to present Euotes fro* the Advocate supporting why the . were full of wisdo*. so the teens agreed that he would lead the proposal+ 1his ability was no surprise to anyone+ Doth his parents. Jeereally e9celled in his spea-ing ability.ete. . Jee-.s right. tact and natural& born leaders the*selves+ 1ara would pro(ect the holo&data as Jee.hucand #haron.(o-es or shift the sub(ect in case of *inor opposition+ .hosen needed to do this+ 4arl. faces during the .
ac-ard were to serve crac-ers and grape (uice three *inutes into the proposal+ 1his was sy*bolic in triplicate for the .presentation. Lacey was to reassure the* afterwards that this was a great idea+ Lacey. in which the Advocate *etaphorically describes his sacrifice as one of bread and wine+ 1he teens reviewed these roles during their final planning *eeting at the .hosen. but not the .hosen+ 1he nu*ber three was a significant nu*ber throughout the 70%th0ile.afe. and if any of the* had discouraging reactions. and certainly would stir their parents to re*e*ber *ore vividly what the Advocate had done for all of the*+ 1hat was the plan+ 1he triplicate sy*bolis* would have been wasted on the .s younger sisters 4aren and 8anice . and then headed over to *a-e their big proposal+ =n the way .ornelius .roud.
they ran into Annie+ #he was one of the . but I ca*e up with the title for the upco*ing *eeting+ Is there anything else I can doA? 1ara was so stunned+ #he burst into tears. but not so *uch by Annie. due *ostly to the fact that Annie. Annie and 1ara had hardly spo-en in ages due to an old *isunderstanding+ In an instant. but that was a long ti*e ago+ Annie ca*e right up to 1ara and said. ?I don.s Euestion+ :ven though they see each other so*eti*es at teen events.t been that active in the group for years.s parents weren.hosen teens that hadn.t -now if you saw online.t really that co**itted to the Advocate any*ore+ 1ara and Annie used to be best friends and inseparable. all the regrets that both of the* had *ade in their once precious relationship had co*e crashing down+ .
hosenA? hu**ed 1ara+ ?I li-e that&&#tar .* a little scared. 1ara and Annie lagged toward the bac-+ 0eeling vulnerable.? consoled Annie+ ?I -now+++ *e too+? As the group wal-ed along.an you really i*agine leaving :arthA I *ean.t -now? face that 1ara re*e*bered and *issed so *uch+ ?I don.s his will.* so sorry about+++? ?I -now. Annie.hosen+? ?#tar . ?I. what if our parents actually say yesA .hosen will soon be #tar .? said 1ara+ Annie added. you -nowA I *ean. can we really do this/ go to the starsA? :ven on a tal-ative day. Annie was -nown in conversation for using words sparingly+ #he shrugged an ?I don. ?Dut I bet the Advocate -nows+ If it. then the . 1ara leaned toward Annie and ad*ittedH ?I.t -now either.?=h.? sobbed 1ara.
ac-ard.s *ilitary training included a few years in Asia for gadget&free co*bat.s eyes widened as Archilli continued.hicago ho*e. Archilli as-ed 1harEuinn a Euestion/ ?@hose eyes are a fla*e of fire. which used to be -nown as hand&to&hand co*bat+ 1here he *astered 4arate and the art of stealth. ?@ho has na*es written and a .. the silent approach of Archilli startled hi*+ Archilli.away fro* the teenFparent *eeting at Lacey .hosen+? Chapter 2(: A Na4e No 6ne 7no0s As 1harEuinn 1hane par-ed his hovercraft about a bloc.s suburban . s-ills he refined even further while aboard the =ld =rient Dattle #tation+ @ithout introduction. and on his head are *any crownsA? 1harEuinn.
s highly&publici<ed press conferences as being a top agent of 2arla Desto and so*e type of e9& *ilitary hero+ >e also heard that #ha*us Radd. and now it was finally here+ >e recogni<ed Archilli fro* Doing& Joing. but not (ust any e9cerpt+ 1his e9cerpt had been -ept secret after the 0aith @ar ended+ ?1his Archilli has Euite a chec-ered reputation+ .hosen *e*ber+ It was a re*i9ed e9cerpt in riddle for*at fro* the reconstructed 70%th0ile.s not what stirred 1harEuinn+ 1he riddle that Archilli as-ed hi* was only -nown by one other .na*e written which no one -nows but he hi*selfA? 1harEuinn was stirred to the depths of his spirit+ >e had been trained for this *o*ent as a new convert al*ost two decades ago. his old *entor in the faith. *ay have had so*e dealings with Archilli during the 0aith @ar+ >owever. that.
?I -now you have *ore Euestions than .t deny the Advocate+? Archilli faced 1harEuinn. put hi* up to itA :ither way.1he guy can. but was also busy scanning left and right with his eyes+ 1harEuinn straightened up and answered the riddle/ ?4ing of -ings and Lord of lords+? Archilli gri*aced three ti*es and began to e9it as silently as he arrived+ 1harEuinn did not let Archilli. 1harEuinn yelled out fearlessly. could heA? thought 1harEuinn+ ?>as so*eone in Doing&Joing.hosen.t deny the Euestion or *y training+ I can. li-e 2arla Desto. I can.t possibly be a . Archilli loo-ed li-e a *an who *ust be searching for so*ething as yet un-nown to hi*+ Defore Archilli was out of earshot.s abruptness deter hi* fro* acting on a hunch he had about Archilli+ 3ysterious tough&guy nature aside.
this was a s*irof ad*iration and respect+ Chapter 2*: +he 3arents 1harEuinn was still on ti*e to the *eeting that the teens called at the .to his vehicle.hosen. two .was not out of sarcas*+ No.s s*ir.hosen *en have crossed his path. told hi* what he should do.roud or .that. you need to co*e to our *eeting this #unday+? 8ogging bac.s house+ =f course this was no surprise to anyone+ 1harEuinn was chronically early for everything+ It was a discipline . Archilli+ @hether you are .ac-ard. and have done so fearlessly+ Archilli. Archilli sEuinted his eyes and s*ir-ed in a *o*ent of reali<ation+ 3ost people are inti*idated by hi* and never dare to tell hi* what to do+ Bet in the past two decades.
s only fear was that getting caught in such an attac.s case. that didn.d better lighten up on hi*self and shift his focus+ .s when 1harEuinn understood that he.s bo*bing of the public hovertrain line+ 3ost of the other co**uters feared for their lives in a possible follow&up attac-+ >owever.t bother 1harEuinn at all+ >e was confident that the Advocate had a place prepared for hi* in paradeisos if he died+ >owever.would surely cause hi* to be late for so*ething+ 1hat. 1harEuinn.a few years bac-+ At the ti*e he was ta-ing public transportation to wor.and was la*enting over the previous *orning.his father taught hi* decades ago+ 1his was one of the few things he re*e*bered about his father+ In 1harEuinn. his early arriving nature so*eti*es bordered on obsession+ 1harEuinn only reali<ed this the *orning after a terrorist attac.
they could. especially if the child is only fourteen or fifteen years old+ @ell. the parents call for a *eeting with their teens. not the other way around+ 1onight.hosen parents.ac-ard house. there was another shift in focus+ Nor*ally. since the .hosen obey their .t really be a . however. the parents were wondering what e9actly the *eeting was about+ All they -new was that the *eeting had a title/ ?1he @orld Is Not :nough+? 1he teens arrived altogether with heightened anticipation+ 1hey felt li-e this was their *o*ent to contribute so*ething big to the .t e9actly go off into space without their parents.At the . their ?@orld Is Not :nough? proposal could thrive or end right here.hosen *ove*ent+ >owever. but then they wouldn. as the Advocate co**ands+ . depending upon how their parents reacted tonight+ A child can. per*ission.hosen.
t leave ho*e without it+? ?1hat.8ust before the *eeting started. beginning li-e right nowA? ?#ure.? 1ara replied+ ?1hen can you video&record this for us.? said 1harEuinn after pressing a few buttons.re live+? @hat 1harEuinn recorded was Euite i*pressive+ 1he points of the proposal were direct and spo-en *atter of fact by Jee-+ 76 1he Advocate co**anded to ?*a-e disciples of all nations+? 1his should include new converts fro* the various space colonies and outposts that had been set up throughout the gala9y+ #ince *any . ?2o you have your handheld co*puter with youA? ?Bes. ?Bou.? said 1harEuinn+ ?Bou -now I don.s what I figured. 1ara as-ed her dad.
#o let. . the law says. .reli*inary designs and pricing for an appropriate spacecraft was in their possession. and Doing&Joing says.2o it+. ?1he Advocate says.hosen to go into space+ '6 1he .2o it..of these pioneers had already for*ed new off&world ?nations..s do it already+? ?Beah. .? the co**and was especially relevant+ 26 1he revised 3oneyLaw now *ade it legal for the . than-s to Doing&Joing.? concluded Jee-..ut even *ore si*ply by 3a9*a9.s roc-et designers+ .s face itH this world is not enough+? . .2o it. the ban. ?0ollowing the Advocate is about giving your whole life to concepts that are not of this world+ Let.boosays.2o it.hosen now had the *oney to fund a space *ission+ !6 .
hosen and re*inds the* of the fa*ous scene fro* the ?2eath .? and partly out of the conviction that. in their own adult lives.hosen had gotten away fro* spreading the good news of the Advocate+ Any re*inder to spread the Advocate.And so. that so*e of the* were in tears. partly because they were so proud of their ?children who aren. *aybe even *ore so. co*ing fro* one.hosen who have let the worries of the world get in the way of spreading the good word+ 3oreover. particularly to .s *essage is always soul&stirring. *any of the . the *eeting went very well+ 1he ?@orld Is Not :nough? proposal so *oved the parents.t little children any*ore. that re*inder is doubly hu*bling. since their own teens proposed this in a unified fashion+ "nity also i*presses the .s own child.
roud sche*esA .erhaps the Advocate was using these events to bring about *ore opportunity for the . why was Doing&Joing so interested in the .hosenA @as Doing&Joing trying to *anipulate hi* for their own .on a >ill? *ovie in which the Advocate prays for unity right before being betrayed by one of his closest friends+ 1harEuinn was also wondering about the possibility of betrayal+ >e ga<ed at the still running holo&data of the spacecraft that 1ara got fro* Doing& Joing+ .o*bined with the riddle fro* Archilli.hosenA @as it (ust about the *oney.hosen+ =r was there another stor* co*ingA 1harEuinn was too -nowledgeable about the 70%th0ile to rule out one *ore possibilityH it could be all of the above&&a stor* and an . or so*ething *oreA @as Archilli secretly studying to beco*e one of the .
agreed on three things about this proposal+ .hosen+ :ither way. as everyone -nows. nu*ber two. or at the very least. this proposal is unsettling. this is so*ething that we should perhaps do if we really want to continue being God. the teen parents.hosen are big on unity+ Right.hosen that a space *ission is the necessary course of action+ 0or.s true+ 3oreover. including 1harEuinn. it.s .opportunity+ After a little reflecting. 88A? . 1harEuinn beca*e convinced that the Advocate was clearing a path for the . nu*ber three.huc.hosen+? 1harEuinn tried to su* up the *eeting+ ?Now we (ust have to convince the rest of the . he was opening a window of opportunity for the . we .hosen to go to the stars. yet.Jeller spelled it outH ?Nu*ber one.
especially since the Advocate says not to worry+ #till.#ure. 88 had a loo.lease tell us.* sorry+ 1herefore. it would be best for you to present this again so*ehow to the whole leadership group+? 1harEuinn as-ed. let.of deep concern as he responded to 1harEuinn and addressed the whole group in his house+ ?I applaud your desire to boldly advance the Advocate. ?.s -ingdo*H I really do+ Dut as an elder.. I have a responsibility to pray and reflect on this+ 3y gut says. do you have .s do it. light brown hair.t put *y finger on it yet+ I.ac-ard was a *iddle&aged *an with *uscular ar*s.reaction to the powerful *essage that you all put together very well+ #o*ething about this presentation is unsettling+ I can. . 88 was not one to worry. but I don. but not as tall as #ha*us+ Nor*ally.88 . 88.t want to have a -nee&(er. and a short *ustache+ >e was tall.
at how this will affect all of the . what I a* wondering has to do with the ground&level details+ I *ean.ac-ard loo-ed over at the four blondes in his life/ his wife Dianca and their three daughters+ 1hen 88 said.this one through+? #uddenly there was silent tension in the roo*+ =f all the parents.s youngest daughter . ?@ell. but as an elder.ac-ard was the only one that e9pressed reservation+ >e was the odd *an out. 2ad. are you considered to be less co**ittedA @e have to loo. you really need to thin. not (ust us few+ I thin.hosen.any idea what it is that unsettled you about our *essage tonightA? 88 . his input carried a lot of weight+ ?>ey.hosen in two+ #o.? e9clai*ed 88.this is an issue that could potentially split the . 88 . who goesA @ho stays behindA 2o entire fa*ilies goA If you stay.
so easy+? 88 raised an eyebrow and said. ?that last part of what you (ust said rhy*es+? ?1here you have it.? laughed 88+ ?1he .? said 88+ ?Always re*e*ber that+? . including 1harEuinn+ 1harEuinn too. ?>ow do you do thatA Bou *a-e diffusing situations loo. 1wo is the big picture+ @ho wants us fighting against each other/ the Advocate or the :vil =neA? ?1he :vil =ne.8anice.88 aside as everyone was leaving and as-ed hi*.? replied 1harEuinn+ ?Re*e*ber that. of course. and rhy*es+? 88 was an e9pert at turning tense situations into lighthearted ones+ It was a trait that *any ad*ired. ?I -eep two things in *ind+ =ne is the proverb . reflection.ac-ard house has it all/ roc-ets.a gentle answer turns away wrath+.
1harEuinn tried to review the ?big picture.? as 88 put it+ 1harEuinn felt that the space *ission was still the way to go+ >e was tired of the .huc.Chapter 2. with assistance fro* fellow brother .: 3re2Ser'ice +"rb"lence 1he ne9t day. but the Advocate referred to his followers by *any na*es 5yet another concept that confused the . the faithful brother he initially studied the 70%th0ile frag*ents with seventeen years ago+ #ha*us.Jeller.1harEuinn through the .roud6+ ?Drothers? was one of those na*es+ As one of the leading elders and evangelists in the . too.ri*o .rinciples study series those *any years ago+ =f course none of the* were brothers in the biological sense.hosen living in their past glory and wanted to call all the *e*bers higher+ >e phoned none other than #ha*us Radd.
ll see you #unday+? 1harEuinn figured that getting #ha*us on board with the teen space plan would be no proble*+ .s ti*e in order to *a-e their ?@orld Is Not :nough? proposal in person+ #ha*us was pretty easy going and had enough of a southern accent to *a-e everything he said co*e out with an appealing rhyth*+ #urely it was a Euality that the Advocate used to draw *ore people to the .? said 1harEuinn+ ?I.. #ha*us -ept their worldwide headEuarters in .? said #ha*us+ ?Bou can present it at our pre&service leaders.an you do the*A? ?#ure.hosen+ ?=f course. *eeting+ And by the way.hicago.hosen. where he escaped death years ago during the 0aith @ar+ 1harEuinn as-ed #ha*us for twenty *inutes of the leadership group. we need so*eone to do the announce*ents #unday+ .
#ha*us was old enough to be 1harEuinn.hosen.s nearly i*possible to get anything done on a wide scale a*ong the . but very fond of 1harEuinn. own daughter Reyna bac.when 1harEuinn and Reyna were (ust teenagers+ Reyna hoo-ed up 1harEuinn with her dad to study the 70%th0ile frag*ents. and that is how 1harEuinn eventually beca*e one of the . it.hosen are *ore li-ely to agree to so*ething challenging on a #unday+ 1here were all .hosen elders and evangelists in the leadership group give their blessing to it+ 1harEuinn and the other parents -new this and were very grateful that so*e of the* would be presenting at the pre&service leaders. unless the .s father.hosen+ Darring acts of the Advocate. especially since 1harEuinn was first recruited by #ha*us. *eeting on #unday+ 1he .
especially on #unday when they all get together+ @hichever theory was believed.sorts of theories as to why this was+ 1he *ost popular of the theories was that the Advocate rose to life again on a #unday.hosen leaders always *et the hour before their #unday gathering to coordinate who is doing what at the big *eeting+ Aside fro* 88. the state*ent that ?1he .hosen are *ore readily re*inded of this event and *ore hopeful that all things are possible with the Advocate+ Another theory popular a*ong the .hosen are a bunch of chu*ps. the teens. every #unday the . parents agreed that 1harEuinn 1hane should help Jee.Jeller in presenting together to the .hosen are *ore li-ely to agree to so*ething challenging on a #unday? was pretty true+ 1he top . three days after his death+ 1herefore.roud was si*ply that the .
as newlyweds.huc. sold everything else.hosen+ 2uring the 0aith @ar.s suspicion that the *ilitary had banned his people fro* space specifically to contain. pawned their wedding rings. the Jellers too. bought the digging . since hiding out in the tunnels was what -ept the .hosen owed the Jellers their very lives.and #haron Jeller also agreed to be on hand+ 1hey were well respected a*ong all the .hosen fro* being caught and -illed li-e all the other religious people during the 0aith @ar+ . capture.leadership group+ .huc. the Jellers sold all they had to buy the eEuip*ent that was used to build the secret tunnels+ Indeed. and then -ill the* all was Euite unpopular at the ti*e+ 1he story of how.all their wedding credits.Jeller. it could even be said that all the . wor-ed two (obs.
and top leaders would support such bold and devout people.s top agent as-ed *e the EuestionC? #ha*us hugged 1harEuinn and as-ed in a whisper. it was co*pletely true+ #urely. ?#o*eone finally pitched the riddle to *e+ :arlier this wee-.t really need a ?dasrighter+? 1harEuinn arrived very early to the pre&service leaders.t even ob(ect when his own parents convinced hi* that the elder presentation didn. *eeting. but he did so specifically to tal. .to #ha*us about so*ething else privately+ 1harEuinn was so preoccupied that he didn. evangelists. today.s elders.eEuip*ent. and dug the secret tunnels beca*e legendary+ 3oreover. 2arla.t even greet #ha*us properly+ >e (ust approached hi* fro* the side and said. which was no surprise. with a bold and devout proposal to ta-e to the stars+ 4arl was so sure of this that he didn.
s reactionA? ?Nothing really+++ who -nows what that guy. ne9t *ove is+? 1he pre&service leaders.? said 1harEuinn+ ?1hat guy is a little scary+? ?Bou should have seen hi* in the 0aith @ar.?Bou *ean ArchilliA? ?Beah.s ne9t *ove will be.? said 1harEuinn+ ?Dut wait until you hear what the teens.? said #ha*us+ ?@hat was Archilli.? said #ha*us+ ?#o did you answer the riddleA? ?=f courseC? answered 1harEuinn+ ?Bou only grilled *e to *e*ori<e it in secret every day for the rest of *y life after I was converted+? ?Good wor-. son. *eeting started with 1harEuinn and Jee.only ta-ing fifteen *inutes to present their space *ission proposal to the leadership group+ #ha*us. reaction was not at all .
and we.t -now when+ @hat if he co*es bac.hosen and of the Advocate.1he ar* of the Advocate is not too short to save+.re all off on this space *issionA @e -now fro* 70%th0ile frag*ents that the Advocate is co*ing bac. I.what they e9pected+ ?I appreciate your <eal guys+ I really do.re *e*bers of the .t thin.? said #ha*us. ?but what if the Advocate co*es bac.you or anyone else would want to be left behind+? 3ore than a little surprised.to :arth while we.here to clai* his own so*eday+ Dut we don. ?@hy would we be left behindA @e. I ta-e hi* literally+ I don. 1harEuinn as-ed.* not a ga*bling *an.? said #ha*us+ ?@hen the Advocate says he.t want you or .s written.re not hereA I don.? ?1harEuinn.re in+ As it.s -ingdo* no *atter what part of the gala9y we.s co*ing bachere to :arth. .
hosen flying around :arth.t have all the scriptures any*ore+? ?#ha*us. will he find faith on the earthA.? as-ed 1harEuinn. we don. it *eans that you have to physically be here on :arth or you.earth. . but where do hovercrafts traveling through our s-ies fit inA I i*agine that the Advocate will include those .any of the .finding faith on the .re doo*edA? ?1hat.t you thin. don. but *ore i*portantly. as in .s e9actly what I.s at*osphere when he co*es bac-.with .@hen the Advocate co*es. the Advocate says it+ As it is written. so to spea-+? ?Are you trying to say. ?that in order to be saved when the Advocate returns.* saying.lanet :arth+ I never thought about it before.hosen *issing the boat. but re*e*ber. Notice he says .? said #ha*us+ ?And not (ust *e. specifically.
s words a little out of conte9tA? as-ed 1harEuinn+ ?It.s (ust the opposite.t Great+.earth.re ta-ing the Advocate. that you.? said 1harEuinn+ ?1ell *e about it again+? 1his was one of #ha*us. you should ta-e heed.s words out of conte9t+++ way out of conte9t and into outer space where it doesn.1he Great 1ower 1hat @asn.ve handed down orally about that great tower.t belong+ And this grieves *e to see you do that+ In the original 70%th0ile.. *y friend. the people got together to build a tower that was *eant to rise high above the earth+ 1he worwas going very well&&too well+ 1he Advocate .* a little fu<<y on the great tower story. I re*e*ber a story about . favorite stories and he was glad to tell it+ ?In the very early history of this planet. son+? ?I. If you recall what we.? said #ha*us+ ?Bou are ta-ing the Advocate.
it concerns *e that so *any . or *aybe so*e other reason we don.at the here and now+ . and the great tower was never finished+ Nothing re*ains of the Great 1ower 1hat @asn.t Great+ Bet to this day.t -nowA @ith all these things in *ind.s loo.of the people *ight influence the* to do the unthin-able/ to ignore God in favor of their own strength+ 1herefore.erhaps the Advocate allowed the previous ban on space travel+ @hyA .ould it be to protect us fro* the e*ptiness and disconnectedness of outer space.hosen would .understood that such a great wor. there are still a few different languages that e9ist as a re*inder for us to not co*pete with God+? #ha*us continued. it should co*e as no surprise that the Advocate opposed this pro(ect+ >e scattered the people and their languages into great confusion. ?@hatever the e9act reasons were. let.
yet without any advice being sought fro* the leadership group+? ?1hat.this through. the rush see*s to be full blown.#tar . and re&labeling us as the .? said 1harEuinn+ ?@e want your support on this and value your contribution to the cause of spreading the news of the Advocate on a galactic scale+ 1he teens are e9cited about this+ Already they have been tossing around a few new slogans for what we.re proposing.* sayingA Bou need to -eep .? co**anded #ha*us+ ?Bou don. including .ve co*e to you.t want to lead the sheep out fro* the sheep gate+ Bou -now what I.s why we. you fol-s need to pull the parachute cord and thin.? ?1harEuinn.hosen+.want to rush off away fro* the planet that God specifically created for us and so Euic-ly after the space ban is lifted+ 3oreover.:vangeli<ing the Gala9y.
they would be throwing their ar*s up in confusion. a .t do that in space+ Anywhere outside of :arth loo-s out of bounds to *e+ @hy ta-e that chanceA 1he Advocate will gather his .roud would have heard this conversation.the sheep as a shepherd would/ within their boundaries+ Dut you can. due to the . the ?last tru*pet? refers to the end of the world.fro* the four winds.. 1harEuinn.to (udge the living and the dead+ 1he ?great .hosen belief that the Advocate 5the ?shepherd?6 has a specific ti*e that he is co*ing bac.s freEuent use of sy*bolic language to describe great events+ In a Goo>oo search. he says+ As a science acade*y graduate.ve got to be here on :arth at the last tru*pet.hosen .hosen. you -now that there is no wind in space+ 1hat *eans we. or we could *iss out on the great banEuet+? If any of the .
t *a-e it to this ?great banEuet. and was a *an worthy of respect and attention in .hosen say. ?Bou are in big troubleC? #ha*us -new all these things in depth.? the . as was his ability to teach about the Advocate+ #till.banEuet? is also -nown as the ?wedding feast+? 1his refers to the .hosen belief that those (udged to be the Advocate. 1harEuinn thought .hosen get united to the Advocate forever and he will wipe away all their tears+ Dut if a person doesn.ertain that #ha*us was *isinterpreting the 70%th0ile.s true followers 5the ?sheep?6 will be welco*ed into a great and eternal place called paradeisos.aradeisos is a (oyful place where the . even as the :arth is destroyed for good+ .hosen and even so*e . 1harEuinn was very unsettled by this pre&service debate+ .roud circles+ >is wisdo* was widely -nown.
1harEuinn than-ed the leadership group for listening+ >e loo-ed over at 88 . 1harEuinn got the i*pression that #ha*us *ight be hiding so*ething very basic+++ as if #ha*us was si*ply afraid to leave :arth. 88 said nothing+ 1hen 1harEuinn e9ited with so*e of the other parents and teens. in his gut. 3oreover.ac-ard.heart behind the teaching+. hoping 88 would say so*ething+ Relatively new to the eldership. or withholding critical infor*ation.that #ha*us was *issing the heart behind the teaching+ 1he irony did not escape 1harEuinn that it was #ha*us who first taught hi* to loo.on the way out of the roo*+ . however. grabbing his #unday announce*ent dis.for the . and hiding behind clever argu*ents+ Bet now twenty *inutes were up and the big #unday service would be starting soon+ 2espite his disappoint*ent.
?I.t I soar to new heightsA I want to give *y life to so*ething big+++ so*ething out of this world+? 1harEuinn replied. 3ind your patienceH it could be the death of you+ Bou.t forget that #ha*us assigned hi* to do the announce*ents that #unday+ @anting to go bac. Jee.* tired of old fol-s trying to slow *e downC 1hose two had their share of adventure in the 0aith @ar+ @hy can. ?Bou already have+ 1he Advocate is not of this world+ Jee-.s announce*ent script+ >e noted that there were not *any announce*ents to give that .said to 1harEuinn.1harEuinn didn.re not going to win anyone over with that attitude+ #ha*us and 88 were right about one thingH we need to thinthis through+? 1harEuinn said this as he glanced over that *orning.in to #ha*us and -eep ha**ering out the *ain points.
88 .day+ =r were thereA Chapter 2/: 88-s r"stration I**ediately after the pre&service leadership *eeting ended.hosen after the 0aith @ar+ ?I hate to say it. #ha*us.roud to beco*e a .ac-ard.ac-ard was originally fro* @isconsin. and I.hosen. and a real feather in the . ?but I.s cap+ >e was one of the few for*er *e*bers of the *ilitary that had converted out of the .ve got to tell you so*ethingH I did advise the* to proceed with .? said 88 as he fiddled with the corner of his light brown *ustache. approached #ha*us Radd+ 88 .ve seen the teen presentation.ve given this *uch thought and prayer and+++ I agree with 1harEuinn+ 1his is now the second ti*e I. who was scheduled to preach that *orning.
on a grill+ 1he .wants all *en to be saved and to co*e to the -nowledge of the truth+. Dut .hosen need to do so*ething li-e this+ @e. and I.their *essage is right&on.how can they believe in hi* who* they have not heardA And how will they hear without a preacherA And how will they preach unless they are sentA.caution+ Dut still. @e should be wrapping our ar*s around this proposal+ @hen was the last ti*e you heard our -ind spea.* seeing it happen to others+++ a sense of co*placency+? 3oving closer to #ha*us. 1his is an opportunity for us and for the whole universe+? . I thin.with such visionA It is written that the Advocate .re getting stale in our outreach+ I -now I a*. li-e stea.evangeli<ing the gala9y+. 88 continued his appealH ?Bou and I both can co*e up with plenty of Advocate Euotes that support the notion of .
roud still *a-e up the vast *a(ority of :arth. I agree with ninety percent of what you. *any of the . 88+ Bou *ust ad*it that this proposal appeals to you also because of your for*er e9perience as a .roud here on :arth have been .re saying+ >owever.s population+? ?Bes. ?but loo. Nowhere do I read about the narrow road *eandering out of orbit to the depths of the gala9y+ 1here are still plenty of lost people here on :arth+ #urely you haven.at the reality of it+ Dy so*e esti*ates. at least twenty percent of *an-ind now lives off&world+ @ho is going to reach the*A Desides.roud *ilitary e9plorer+ Bou left that lifestyle a long ti*e ago+ Re*e*ber that the Advocate also says that .? 88 agreed.t forgotten that the . ?Drother.the road is narrow.#ha*us replied. do not be deceived by your feelings. and only a few find it+.
s not li-e nor*al virtual reality.because their thoughts are now pro*pted for the* by the direct brain IR progra*+ @e have DrainGaits to than.reached out to and turn us down repeatedly+ . where the people are si*ply preoccupied for the duration of the e9perience+ @ith users hoo-ed on this new direct brain IR.for that+? ?Bou -now. they have no ti*e to thin.lus.roud here that are so hoo-ed on the highly addictive direct brain virtual reality that they can barely carry on a conversation+ @e both -now that it.? said #ha*us.s an ever increasing nu*ber of the . ?I studied with so*eone fro* DrainGaits recently+++ a *arried *an with -ids+ @e went through the whole study series+ >e al*ost beca*e a *e*ber. there. and he was one of the top e9ecutives there+? ?@hat went wrongA? as-ed 88+ .
*eant huge profits .? replied #ha*us. he was *arried to a beautiful warrior princess+ 1he fantasy consu*ed hi*+ >e couldn. and si*ulations+ 1his. of course. revolutionary direct brain virtual reality line of ga*es. people of all ages were getting addicted at an alar*ing rate to DrainGaits.s chief co*petitor for the virtual reality *ar-et+ 2espite anti&DrainGaits de*onstrations and public education ca*paigns.t give up his i*aginary life in the IR world. *ovies.?>e couldn.orporation was 3ycro3a-. the DrainGaits . ?even though he ad*itted that what I was teaching hi* was totally the truth+ 1he direct brain IR had such a captivating hold on hi*+ Apparently in his virtual world.t let go.:= threatened to fire hi* if he (oined us+ I never saw hi* again+? DrainGaits . even though he -new it was destroying his real *arriage+ =n top of all that.
should rising addiction rates surprise usA . but those who are sic. ?As tragic as this is. yet also swift *aneuvering on the part of 3ycro3a-. 3ycro3a.ouldn.ve never heard of the Advocate+ . .s all the *ore reason to stay and help+ 1he Advocate said.lanet :arth.do+. its use was still legal and wide&spread+ #ha*us then raised a rhetorical Euestion. showing signs of frustration.1hose who are healthy have no need for a physician. the *a-ers of the non&addictive for* of virtual reality products+ @ith slightly *ore of an influence over the 3oneyLaw3a-ers.? agreed 88.are in space too&&people who.1he acts of the sinful nature are obvious+.was only able to get a ban on all off& world use of direct brain IR+ Dut on .t so*e of us go and so*e of us stayA Re*e*ber that the .for DrainGaits. It.? ?Bes. ?and plenty of the sic.
? he added.roud+ . 88.Advocate also had his followers sha-e the dust off their feet and *ove on when the people weren. rightA It.s not li-e this is a salvation issue between us+ And if it.s one thing to *ove on.? said #ha*us+ ?Loo-.s not a salvation issue. ?I see that we are not in agree*ent on this+ Dut service will be starting in a few *inutes and you.hosen were big on hugging&& another behavior that often confused the . up.t open to his teachings+? ?It. but Euite another to *ove up. and then they both parted to find their seats+ 1he . reali<ing the deadloc-. and away fro* our solar syste*. then what else can we do but agree to disagreeA? #ha*us hugged 88.re scheduled to do the *essage today+ I trust that our disagree*ent won.t distract you fro* preaching this *orning+ @e can disagree and still be brothers.
hosen way of saying ?hello.hosen do before service/ so*ething called fellowshipping+ It.s a fancy way of saying that you go around and tal. 1harEuinn.roud in space that have never heard of the Advocate+? Chapter 31: 8o"rnaling 3eanwhile.? ?I. ?Dut this is a salvation issue+++ *aybe not for us.? and ?I love you. he thought.to people with a . but for all the .? in a brotherly sort of way+ As 88 wal-ed away with an unsettled heart.? ?goodbye.* sorry.>ugging was the . eEually frustrated with #ha*us. had already found a seat+ 1hen he did so*ething he nor*ally doesn.t do right before service+ >e started writing in his (ournal+ "sually he does what *ost of the .
in what he called his ?@ar 8ournal+? 1harEuinn re*e*bers hearing that the narrative often went so*ething li-e.giving spirit+ 1he . and it tends to be *ore self¢ered+ 1harEuinn started (ournaling when he was a boy. ?@ar 8ournal entry L!! / In position to ta-e out ene*y+ 3y surveillance ca*era re*ains undetected+ #oon.frag*ents that he had seen as a child+ 1he frag*ents were about a vigilante dressed in blac. ene*y will -now (ustice and wish he never lived+++? .that would go around -illing bad guys+ And right before each *ission.apa 8i**y had told hi* about co*ic boo. the vigilante would write ?old style? with pen and in. and -ept it up over the years+ >e learned about (ournaling in a bit of a bac-wards way+ >is .roud do this at their own gatherings as well. but they call it sociali<ing.
s acting for the good of the .the truth about thisA And the truth is that we are stale as all (un. but the brother is wrong+ @hat do I do nowA 2o I (ust go along with it.As an adult. he started calling it ?2addy @ar 8ournal+? ?2addy @ar 8ournal entry L$!7? ?I -now #ha*us believes he.? since he now understood that all of life was a battle between good and evil+ 1hen when he beca*e a father. he converted his (ournal into a ?@ar 8ournal.hosen.food here on :arth+ >ardly anyone is really sharing the *essage boldly with the . when 1harEuinn beca*e an i**ersed *e*ber of the . when 1ara was born.roud+ @e need . or whatA 2o all the leaders agree with hi*A @here does 88 stand in all of thisA 2on.t I have an obligation to spea.hosen.
t the Advocate already grieving over the . with *any fro* around the globe participating holographically in s*all groups+ It.hosen *e*bership+ Dut what should I sayA @ill #ha*us get tic-ed offA Dut does that *atterA Isn.hicago *eeting is broadcast worldwide.to do so*ething radical. and then his eyes lit up+ ?I a* reading the announce*ents today and there are not really that *any+ I could (ust announce what the teens have proposed and then see what happens+ #hould IA 1his .s not every day that I get the chance to address the entire .s own words to . #o let.s do it+ Dut how do I co**unicate that effectively to everyone elseA? ?@ell+++? 1harEuinn paused. and the *andate fro* the Advocate.ve got the *oney. the plans. and the space *ission is it+ >ow could #ha*us not see thatA @e.*a-e disciples+.
. what do you -nowA? 1harEuinn said to hi*self+ ?Archilli is here+? Chapter 31: Stor4y S"nday Ser'ice #unday service started with a few songs and then 88 ca*e up to the podiu* to do his *essage entitled.because you are lu-ewar*. but I have to do so*ething+? ?1harEuinn 1hane. I a* about to spit you out of *y *outh+. of . he noticed out of the corner of his eye a fa*iliar figure standing by one of the e9its+ ?@ell. signing out? As 1harEuinn tuc-ed away his handheld co*puter. I don.* only one *an.of <eal for his *essageA >e says..hosen.t want that to happen+ I -now I.s growing lac.
also -now as ?luc-? by the .s *essage+ 3oreover. and it appeared that Archilli was actually listening to 88.s plan.hosen get all Euiet about because their sin has been pointed out in a way that leaves only two .s all part of the Advocate. 1harEuinn glanced over to where Archilli was standing.hosen need to return to being fully co**itted to spreading the *essage of the Advocate did not surprise 1harEuinn at all+ .hosen are able to cite at least a few Advocate Euotes to show that nothing happens by accident+ ?It.? they would add+ 0ro* ti*e to ti*e.hosen call such related events the ?providence of God+? And *ost of the .roud+ 1he . what a riveting *essage it was&&the -ind the .s *essage was all about why the . ?3a-e 2isciples+? 1he fact that 88.hosen *e*bers do not believe in coincidence.all things.
to the official .hosen official website as he saw fit+ And today.o*puter. bea*ing with <eal+ In .hosen website+ Allow public access+? =ne of his roles as a teen coordinator involved having an ad*inistrative ability to post teen news on the . upload video file .wall.choices/ repent or die spiritually+ 1harEuinn was so fired up by this *essage that he wanted to run through a bric. he said softly into his handheld device. this *eant 1harEuinn was inspired to action+ 1harEuinn felt that it was obvious what he now had to do while giving the announce*ents+ >e re*e*bered that the video file 1ara had as-ed hi* to ta-e of the teen proposal was still in his handheld co*puter+ As 1harEuinn approached the podiu*.@orld Not :nough. 1harEuinn saw fit+ .hosen ter*inology. ?. right or wrong.
so*e potential ne9t steps are waiting for you there on the .#ha*us should have seen this co*ing+ Nevertheless.hosen web site+ 1han-s+? As 1harEuinn left the podiu* and the closing song started. the .s *essage. he si*ply forgot that it was 1harEuinn who* he scheduled to do the announce*ents that #unday+ After 1harEuinn had read the announce*ents fro* the podiu* screen.hosen teens of .s *essage. have put together a video presentation called . 0or those that are *oved to action by what you heard today fro* 88.hicago. as a follow& up to 88.orporation. with the cooperation of Doing&Joing . 1harEuinn added his own bit of newsH ?And lastly.1he @orld Is Not :nough+. he noticed four things/ 76 3ost people see*ed to be writing down so*ething+++ perhaps the video file na*e+ .
oldest daughter Reyna was in town. or are you fired up by what you.s e9actly how I re*e*ber hi*+? Rather than return to his seat.ve heard todayA? ?@ho said I. and loo-ing pretty goodC !6 Archilli was. gave hi* a hug and whispered. ?Actually 2ad. that.* spying on youA? as-ed Archilli+ ?I. s*iling pleasantly+ As the closing song ended. 1harEuinn wal-ed right up to an unusually happy Archilli. of all things. re*e*berA Is .* in plain sight and you invited *e. #ha*us turned to his daughter Reyna and co**ented/ ?=ur old friend is fi9ing to stir up so*e bad weather+ >e.s not acting li-e hi*self+? Reyna replied. are you spying on us.26 #ha*us was sha-ing his head in disappoint*ent+ '6 #ha*us. ?#o.
* really as-ing&&what *ust I do to be savedA? ?Are you seriousA? as-ed 1harEuinn+ A gri*yes fro* Archilli answered 1harEuinn. ?2on.ll try to .ornelius .* as-ing.this how you treat people who want to beco*e *e*bersA? ?@hat are you sayingA? as-ed 1harEuinn with his eyebrows raised+ Archilli replied.afe+ I. ?. ta-ing the tough guy tone out of his voice+ ?I.? said Archilli.t they teach co**on sense in that 70%th0ile of yoursA 2o I have to spell it out for youA? 1harEuinn answered.s Euestion+ ?GreatC? said 1harEuinn+ ?3eet *e for lunch in one hour at the .lease do+ I *ust have been absent on co**on sense day+ And *y spelling is terrible+? ?I.
this is (ust li-e the old daysC Bou.re leading stuff. setting up studies+++ what. ?@ow.s boo-+ 1hat was Archilli. 1harEuinn would be fine too+ 1he guy did pass a seventeen&year&old reliability test after all+ Anyone who could -eep a secret that long was a&o-ay in Archilli. ?>ello. Reyna continued.ll study for a bit and ta-e it fro* there+? Archilli had actually planned on as-ing #ha*us to study with hi*. . stranger+ Long ti*e no see+? As Archilli ac-nowledged and *ade his silent e9it. perhaps war*er than he had in a long ti*e+ ?Bou should -now as well as I do.s ne9tA? 1harEuinn s*iled. Reyna Radd ca*e up to 1harEuinn and interrupted. 1harEuinn.answer your Euestions+ @e. since #ha*us first reached out to hi* so boldly all those years ago+ >owever.s -ind of guy+ 8ust then.
daughter. we put it under the *icroscope.s inside+? Chapter 32: A Gli4pse o! Reyna-s .in Africa+ >er girlfriends always said Reyna never *arried because her standards were too high+ . had never *arried.Reyna. and had (ust finished a long ter* of . e9pose it to new environ*ents.s teaching+ #he herself had been a faithful *e*ber of the .eart As #ha*us. and see what.? he said+ ?Always e9pect the sa*e depth fro* us science acade*y types+ As with anything.hosen *issionary wor. Reyna Radd had been raised with a deep foundation in the Advocate.hosen and a reliable leader a*ong the wo*en *e*bers+ #he was in her thirties.
and 1harEuinn hung around together in the old days at the science acade*y+ At one ti*e.hoebe.hosen study series.s nothing wrong with high standards. even .ve got nothing to stand on.s best girlfriend fro* the science acade*y.s <eal during the .? or *ost notoriously. flashy rhetoric.high when you. ?1here. and science pro(ects the ne9t *orning+ #ha*us.>er father #ha*us would often counter with. thought Reyna. ?Detter a high standard than a highway to hell+? 2espite #ha*us. Reyna.hoebe. who was Reyna.s standards were too high as well+ .hoebe that tied the -not and soon . who had beco*e very i*pressed with young 1harEuinn. planning . it was 1harEuinn and .? or ?#tandards only loo. they were all very close. had hoped that Reyna and 1harEuinn would be *arried one day+ Nevertheless.hosen activities one evening.
hoebe and the responsibility of raising 1ara left 1harEuinn with little e9tra ti*e or e*otion to give to anyone else+ 1here were even so*e who feared that 1harEuinn would fall away fro* the .hoebe.hosen after .gave birth to their precious daughter 1ara+ After recovering fro* the report of . -ept up his 70%th0ile studies. and in recent years even resu*ed so*e leadership activities+ It was #ha*us hi*self who encouraged 1harEuinn to get into .s tragic death when 1ara was only five.s death+ Bet 1harEuinn re*ained relatively active. Reyna had secret hopes that she and 1harEuinn could perhaps start a new fa*ily so*e day+ >owever.hoebe.hosen teen leadership+ #ha*us always had what see*ed to be a special interest in 1harEuinn+ Any ti*e there was even a hint that . patience wore out over ti*e+ 1he loss of dear .
1harEuinn and Reyna stood a*idst thousands of . #ha*us would freEuently be found praying.t lose this one to the :vil =ne+ I have a hunch that there. plotting. ?@e can.hoebe died+ As the #unday service fellowship wound down. ?No+ 2o you thin. and prodding for 1harEuinn to stay faithful+ Reyna noticed this and as-ed her dad about his e9tra concern for 1harEuinn once+ All #ha*us would ever say about it was.1harEuinn *ight be struggling.she would even re*e*ber *eA? . 1harEuinn was slowly co*ing out of the shell that had wrapped around hi* when .s too *uch at sta-e+? 0eeling his intense <eal for the Advocate returning the *ore he got involved with the teen group.hicagoland area+ ?>ave you seen 1ara yetA? as-ed 1harEuinn+ Reyna replied.hosen *e*bers fro* the .
tell her I have lunch plans and I will catch up with her later+? Reyna said. if you run into her. you.? said 1harEuinn.t tell *e the poor girl loo-s (ust li-e you. ?@hat a* I.I. ?and I.ll even recogni<e herA I haven. yes. of course+ I.t seen 1ara in about a decade+? ?=h.?I can only spea. ?@ell. ?she loo-s (ust li-e .? said Reyna aw-wardly.ll -eep an eye out.ll see you around.? Reyna (o-ed+ ?No. ?no doubt about it+? ?2on.? said 1harEuinn. your secretaryA And what *a-es you thin. 1harEuinn+? .for *yself.? said 1harEuinn. ?and I re*e*ber you+? 1harEuinn *ade an aw-ward pause.ll recogni<e her. and then continued.hoebe+? ?=h.
?.? Reyna *oc-ed+ ?>ere. ?@hyA Are you in town for an e9tended visitA? Reyna replied.1harEuinn as-ed.re in good co*pany.in Africa is finished+ I.s a Euote for you+++? Reyna paused. ?Beah. you *ight say that+ 3y wor. ?1he Advocate had no place to lay his head either+? ?=h. you.* loo-ing for a new place to call ho*e+? ?Bou.ould 1harEuinn be i*plying that he and I should start a new fa*ily together after all these yearsA? Reyna.? said 1harEuinn+ ?@hat do you *eanA? as-ed Reyna+ 1hen she thought.s heart spar-ed with e9cite*ent and fear+ ?@ould I really want thatA? she wondered+ 1harEuinn clarified. forget it+? ?@hatA? said 1harEuinn. now curious+ ?I want to . ?No.re so scholarly with your ti*ely 70%th0ile references.
ornelius . ?1his is one of *y favorite Euotes. ?a ti*e to weep.? said 1harEuinn+ ?Now will you (ust say your favorite Euote alreadyA? Reyna nodded.hosen *a-e a practice of studying the 70%th0ile with .hear it+? Reyna sighed and said. and a ti*e to laughH a ti*e to *ourn.t thinthey teach this in barbarian school+? ?Iery funny. and a ti*e to dance+? ?3aybe I would understand.afe+ 1he .? said 1harEuinn+ ?3aybe I would+? Chapter 33: St"dy +i4e 0ith a Military Man 1harEuinn arrived fifteen *inutes early to study with Archilli at the . not that you would understand+ I don.
people in twos.t *ind if he (oins us+? 1a-ing a Euicloo.ac-ard with hi* to the study+ 4nowing that 88 was e9& *ilitary. ?it. you -now/ no surprises+ I don. ?@e sure are in a re*ote corner of the cafe+? ?Beah.around.t li-e people snea-ing up on *e+? .? said Archilli. so 1harEuinn brought 88 . and -nowing fro* history that Archilli had so*e type of *ilitary e9perience.? said 1harEuinn+ ?1his is 88+ I hope you don.* in a roo*.to the corner drin-ing cappuccino+ ?>ello. any roo*. 1harEuinn then added. I try to sit so I can see everybody. 1harEuinn thought that the two of the* could relate to each other easier in the studies+ 1harEuinn also figured that they would be early for the study+ Dut Archilli was already seated at an isolated table by the rear e9it with his bac.s an old *ilitary habit+ If I. Archilli.
but if it.? said Archilli+ ?:9cellentC? said 88+ ?1hen here is what we. 2o you want to be hu*bleA? ?I don.s good.88 said.t -now *uch about that.>u*ility co*es before honor+.re going to do+ 1harEuinn and I are going to tell you about the *ost hu*ble person who ever wal-ed the face of this earth/ the Advocate+ 1hen you can tell us . you -now.? said Archilli+ ?And I li-ed what you had to say this *orning at the .hosen *eeting+ It got *e to thin-ing+? ?1hin-ing whatA? as-ed 88+ Archilli answered. then I want to learn how to do it. ?@ell. about purpose. ?It is written that . ?I -now e9actly what you *ean+ I was in the *ilitary too+? ?I -now who you are. duty and honor+ I want to do the right thing+? 88 said. *ission.
God&&even to the point of death+ 1his confused Archilli.hosen don.of trust+ 88 didn. and there is only one God+ @ho is the 0atherA? 88 and 1harEuinn s*iled gently+ A deep Euestion .t necessarily see anything wrong with praying with your eyes open. and he inter(ected+ ?@ait a second+ I thought the Advocate is God. he showed Archilli e9a*ples of how the Advocate trusted in his own 0ather. but Archilli -ept his eyes open. 88 narrowed the focus of the study to one concept/ trust+ 1he . but also scanning fro* left to right can show a lac. scanning left and right.how his character co*pares to your own life+ =-ayA? A gri*yes fro* Archilli. and the study was underway+ 1hey started off with a prayer.t point this out right away+ Rather. as was his habit+ Right away.
it shouldn.re right that there is only one God.s to say that God can.? said 88+ Dut who. I.ve heard of it.? said 88.s e9actly right. ?'M7. and >oly #pirit+? ?1hat. but don.t be in three places at once.t -now *uch about it+++ so*ething about the 0ather.t li*it us fro* seeing that God can+ .tA 1he *ental stretch for us is to visuali<e the followingH (ust because we can. ?=f course not+? ?Right. three personifications of the sa*e God+ Dut can you be in three places at the sa*e ti*eA? Archilli answered. ?1hat. but it.li-e that fro* Archilli de*onstrates that he really was serious about studying+ 88 answered. #on. ?:h.s hard for us to also understand that this one God can appear as three *anifestations+ Are you fa*iliar with for*ula 'M7A? Archilli responded.s a great Euestion+ Bou.
the universe and everything. and the ti*e flew by+ 1he *en sat for over an hour and even set up a follow&up study for a different day+ 1harEuinn considered as-ing Archilli about their *ysterious first encounter in the par-ing lot+ It still .t have a proble* with that+ .arry on. then being in three places at once doesn. he.t sound so cra<y+ 2o you see what I. notes were ta-en for Archilli in digital te9t for*at so that Archilli could review the *aterial again for deeper insight+ 1his was a .s God+ If he created you. *en+? As *ore points were *ade by 88. *e.* sayingA? ?I thin.good Euestions.I *ean.? said Archilli+ ?'M7+ I don.hosen custo* so that the person studying could reference the *aterial covered on their own if they had further Euestions+ Archilli continued to as.so.
then the truth will eventually co*e out+ 8ust to cover his bases though. were still unaware of the verse+ #o the riddle that Archilli delivered was still off the record+ 1herefore. and at that particular ti*e+ As far as 1harEuinn -new.ac-ard and the rest of the .baffled 1harEuinn as to why Archilli.hosen.hosen. of all people. 1harEuinn *ade a note to bring up a particularly relevant verse in the ne9t study they set up with ArchilliH ?the truth will set you free+? . 1harEuinn decided to hold off on discussing it+ If Archilli really wants to be a full& fledged *e*ber of the . 88 . e9cept for #ha*us. delivered the ?na*e which no one -nows? riddle.
%A#T 7+ T4. he was only -nown locally for a few things/ being a strong group prayer volunteer and playing the guitar+ 1he irony that now both father and son Jeller had been fa*ously labeled in their youth had not escaped anyone+ Defore the 0aith @ar genocide.roud. now -new Jee.ellar . that is what he was for the *o*ent+ All of the .Jeller did not set out to beco*e the ?@orld Is Not :nough Guy+? Nevertheless.S -6/# )A0T4 Chapter 34: Na4e Calling Jee.was -nown as ?#illy .hosen.as labeled due to his -ey spea-ing role in the online ?@orld Is Not :nough? video proposal that 1harEuinn posted+ Defore that #unday. . and even so*e of the . S%(0T T4AT #6C.huc.
huc.was vindicated despite the crude labeling+ @hether or not Jee-. announce*ents are a curious thing+ #o*eti*es people listen.hicago that #unday gathered in s*aller #unday groups called >ouse . it goes in one ear and out the other+ Not so with this announce*ent&&all the *e*bers went and listened to the ?@orld Is Not :nough? proposal+ 1he . his son Jee.s announce*ent directing the* to watch the ?@orld Is Not :nough? proposal+ In general.s label carried any redee*ing Eualities was yet to be seen+ 1he .hosen .hosen had heard 1harEuinn.hicago service by holo&conference+ @hat this *eant was that everyone in the .Jeller+? 3oreover.hosen that were not physically in .hosen groups and participated in the .beca*e -nown as the ?@orld Is Not :nough Guy+? >istory de*onstrated that . but so*eti*es.
hosen at large&&but not so with this proposal+ 1he video inspired *any viewers to post co**ents by blog. the elders or evangelists announce such initiatives after building consensus behind the scenes+ 1hen and only then is it presented to the .hosen+ "sually.s not the nor*al way that big initiatives get circulated a*ong the .hadn. and audiocast about the proposal+ #oon *ost *e*bers had an opinion on whether or not the .hosen should venture outside of :arth or not+ 3oreover.t seen boldness li-e this in years+ 1hey were also intrigued by the delivery of the proposal+ 1he *anner in which their whole culture found out about it was unco**on+ A na*eless young *an 5not in leadership6 appears in a ho*e*ade video *a-ing a strong case for the* all to go into space to save the gala9y+ It. since 1harEuinn 1hane . video.
didn.hicago did not -now what Jee-. Jee.s na*e was+ #o the *ost active bloggers ca*e up with their own na*e for hi*/ the ?@orld Is Not :nough Guy+? It caught on globally+ Jee. 1harEuinn.hosen should not ta-e on this space *ission+ 1hat led to even *ore polari<ation a*ong the .t *ind that as *uch as the intense debate that rose up out of the proposal+ .hosen *e*bers beca*e either really against going into space.posted his video on a spur of the *o*ent.hosen *ission to the stars+ 1he letter .and anyone else that was for a .hosen+ A few influential leaders fro* Doston and Los Angeles spearheaded an initiative to write a letter of rebu-e directed against 88. or really for it+ It was e9actly li-e 88 had warned at his house+ #ha*us hi*self responded by posting a detailed study about why the . *ost people outside of . without editing or titles.
fellows.re not+ 3oreover.here.re tal-ing about people here&&living souls that are precious to the Advocate+ Now. ?you all -now I don. last co**ent would always stri-e a .hosen leaders worldwide+ 3uch gossip about who had and had not signed the letter was thrown about+ #ha*us. surprisingly. the last I chec-ed.? #ha*us would reply. ?@hy notA? ?Loo. I -now these guys+ 1hey are *y brothers+ I will not conde*n so*eone for having -ingdo* drea*sH at least they have -ingdo* drea*s+ 2o youA? #ha*us.t agree with going off to outer space+ >owever. that is not the real issue here+ @e.had over si9ty signatures of approval fro* the top . he is our 0ather and theirs+ #o the botto* line is this/ the people you conde*n in your letter are either our brothers or they. and was freEuently as-ed. had not signed the letter of rebu-e.
and also stand for the bitter division brewing between *e*bers+ 1hose *e*bers that wanted the .hosen+? And those that believed the . those tal-ing to #ha*us would typically respond. ?Bou boys are Euic. but the *ove to label where a person stood on this issue continued to gather a dangerous velocity a*ong the .to label an old *an+ De careful now where you push *e+? 1he way #ha*us would say this would freEuently shut the* up for the *o*ent. ?@hatA 2o you want to (oin the #tar .nerve+ At this.on the space *ission beca*e -nown as ?#tar .hosen needed to stay on :arth .hosen+ 1ara.hosen tooA? #ha*us would sha-e his head in disappoint*ent and answer.s friend Annie never would have guessed that her innocent ?#tar .hosen to e*bar.hosen? label would grow to be a new worldwide ter*.
and divisiveness+ 1he irony of it all was that the catalysts who started the controversy in the first place. Jee-. however. and by the ti*e the . 1harEuinn. 1ara.due to the Advocate.hosen+ 1he aftershoc.s eventual return to :arth beca*e -nown as the ?:arthline . the other teens and their parents. #ha*us. gossip. were the ones spending *ost of their ti*e now trying to -eep the peace+ Agreeing to disagree was their custo* in disputable *atters+ #o*e argued. 88. they reali<ed the .hosen had ?<eal without -nowledge+? 1he :arthline . that this was not a disputable *atter+ =thers called for the unthin-able/ a split a*ong the .was tragic.hosen+? All sorts of attitudes and accusations were popping up+ 1he #tar .hosen loo-ed up at the s-y.hosen were ?cowardly? and ?lu-ewar*+? 1he debate beca*e a breeding ground for sin.
hosen apart+ 1he un*ista-able avatar i*age of 2arla Desto popped up on the caller I2+ ?@hat does she wantA? thought 1ara+ . and to the .about the stor*+ Now that she had *oney. to their own disunity. all sorts of people wanted to tal.hosen *e*ber wanting to tal.roud+ Chapter 3#: +he No26bligation Ship 1ara.her advice on all sorts of *atters.with her and see. hoping the call was not another . including the stor*+ 1ara was fran-ly tired of tal-ing about it+ #he had never intended to go on a space *ission at the cost of splitting the .inevitable&&in the *idst of a stor* they stood+++ e9posed to the ele*ents.s phone rang and she loo-ed at her caller I2.
and they figured it would be *ost practical to debut the* in the prototype we built for you+ As the engineers say. you have .there.? said 2arla+ ?I wanted you to -now that here at Doing&Joing we too. again.1ara didn. so she let voice*ail ta-e the call+ 1hen she chec-ed the *essage+ ?>i.t want to tal.t worry+ I -now you (ust wanted the initial plans drawn up at this ti*e. and you have no obligation to pay for it unless you actually want it+ And don. .s nothing li-e the real nuts and bolts to test the (olts+.s co*plete.the liberty of building the spacecraft for you+ It.s Euite fabulous+ Dut.t worry+ the ship passed all our safety standards+ It. And don. but our *anufacturing plant thought it would be good for you to see the actual ship+ 1he engineers had so*e new technology to i*ple*ent.to her either. 1ara.
@ow. I don.t thin. aren.right away and filled the* in by conference call+ ?.all *e when you want to ta-e a tour or a test drive of the ship+ Bour friends are welco*e to co*e too+ Dye&bye+? 1ara wished she could curse the day she had ever *et 2arla Desto+ ?@hat a pushy little trouble*a-erC? 1ara thought+ >owever.hosen or otherwise. . .so+? . than.hosen *e*bers.t supposed to curse+ 1ara phoned RaEuel and Jee.no obligation to pay for it unless you actually want the ship+ . #tar .an you believe that wo*anA? concluded 1ara in frustration+ ?2arla *entions new technology and whatA I.you so *uch+ @here do I signA.* supposed to drop everything and be li-e. new technology on *y very own spaceship+++ oh.
he was a teenager bac. co*e onC 1his is cool+ Let.RaEuel responded.in the ancient flood+ 1hat *a-es it the best ship of all ti*e+? RaEuel wasted no ti*e with a co*ebac-H ?#ure. ?Aw. tongue in chee-+ ?It. but (o-es aside.s ship can fly+? ?#o what.? said Jee-+ ?1he hu*an race was saved through Noah.re a co*edic genius.sarcastically+ ?1han-s for noticing.s what #ha*us said in one of his #unday *essages+? RaEuel replied.t be any har* in us chec-ing out perhaps the *ost aweso*e ship ever built+? Jee. .s ar.was the *ost aweso*e ship ever built+ At least that.? said Jee. well #ha*us would -nowH I thin.? replied RaEuel.was pretty spiffy I.then+? ?Bou. ?I thought Noah.s ar. ?=h.* sure+ Bet 2arla.inter(ected.s ar.s a gift. Noah.s go see it+ #urely there can.
s a wonder that the Advocate doesn.s ar-+ It. ?the fact that they don. then we will be in space. rift or not+ And if so*e don.s possible with+++? 1ara interrupted.but who. not us+? ?@hat. ?>ey. ?@ill you two please give it a restA I can. anything.re debating about the aweso*eness of Noah. then that.t control people.s to say how *any lives we will save on our own *ission in a new shipA After all.t want to leave :arth+ 3aybe those left behind .t want to go along with it.t -now+++? said RaEuel.s on the*.t flood the :arth again (ust to wash away the sheer stupidity of this conversation+ Now be seriousH what about the rift that this proposed *ission is causing in the . we can.hosenA? RaEuel answered.s on the*A? as-ed 1ara+ ?I don.t even believe you.s behavior+ If the Advocate wants us in space.
t pour new wine into old wines-ins+ If you do. you.* tired of this dra*a+ Let.? said 1ara+ ?And if the :arthline . our leadership has tried to reason with the*.s have an adventure+? ?RaEuel.s why you pour new wine into new wines-ins. ?but so *any of the* are set in their ways+ It.? said Jee-.re gabbing li-e we. and everything gets ruined+ 1hat. don.t we want to restore the* gently li-e the Advocate saysA? ?As far as I can tell.Bou can.hosen really are stin-ing it up in the eyes of the Advocate+ 3aybe it.hosen are *essed up.ve already decided to leave for sure.s not that si*ple+ 3aybe it is+ Dut do we really want to wait around to find outA I. burst. the s-ins stretch.will *iss out on the e9perience of a lifeti*e+ 3aybe the :arthline .s (ust li-e your dad paraphrased in his blogH . and both are .
said.? said RaEuel. ?of course.t live li-e that. And it continues especially now+ .t you want to go see that shipA? ?>onestlyA? said 1ara+ ?Bes.s heavy&duty crippling the *ove*ent+ I can.paralysis of analysis+. ?#pea-ing of bursting.? said 1ara+ ?Dut I also feel li-e I. I really do want to see the ship.eople are over&thin-ing the*selves so *uch that non&action results because they don.d be doing so*ething bad by pursuing this space *ission further+ I *ean.preserved+.t want to offend anybody+ And it. 1ara+ . honestly+? ?>onestly. ?I thin. so *uch pain has already been caused by our innocent plans+? Jee.in the old days they used to call that the .* going to burst if we -eep tal-ing about this+ 0orget these sEuabbles+ 2on. I.? RaEuel added.
other teens and parents did indeed want to tag along as well+ 1harEuinn previously had plans to have lunch with Reyna.and tell her that your friends are co*ing to see the ship anyway+ And I thin.I. ?If you.ll call 2arla+ Dut I. RaEuel. and *aybe even our parents+? ?0ine.re not co*ing.* co*ing too+? Chapter 3(: Ship Na4ing 2arla ended up sending a big hoverbus to pic.so*e of the other teens will want to co*e too.up 1ara and co*pany+ @hen word got out that 1ara.? 1ara huffed. and Jee.* going to see that ship+? RaEuel added. at least call 3s+ Desto bac. ?I. so she ca*e too+ 1he afternoon .were going to see the spacecraft.
fro* 1harEuinn and 1ara. the teens tal-ed about i*portant business+ ?=-ay.#hippy+.1he #pirit can. people. every ship needs a cool na*e. It.s brother+ ?No. said . ?I *ean.t ta-e *uch *ore stress. if we decide to buy it+? ?@e should call the ship . ?it needs to be a fun na*e li-e . the ship or a personA? ?Beah. .s .#hippy the #hip+..ete Jeller.1he #pirit.? RaEuel added.? said RaEuel in a raised voice+ ?#o we need to pin this downH what are we going to na*e our shipA? After a sideways loo. what are they tal-ing about. RaEuel added.beca*e so*ewhat of a field trip+ In the hoverbus on the way to see the ship. @e can call it .? 4arl replied with an innocent snarl+ ?1he crew would get confused+ I*agine the conversation difficulties+ If so*eone said. Jee-..
up in the s-y+ It.? said Jee-+ ?It. ?1he :nd 1i*es+? ?@e can. *ore i*portantly.s du*b.ll go over real well+? 3a9*a9 said.ve got the perfect na*e for the ship.re co*peting for their attention against all sorts of stuff.ll be *ass panic.lus.s the :nd 1i*esC.s giga&du*b+? ?I. .? said 3a9*a9.t forget.? 1ara responded while s*ir-ing+ ?1hat. thin-ing it.perfect+? ?1hat.s the end of the world+ 1hat. ?3aybe we need to frea.Loo.t use that.people out+ @e.? said 1harEuinn.ll screa*. with e9cite*ent.ll arrive on a coloni<ed planet and they. 1here. guys. ?that direct brain IR is not available off planet+ . we have the Advocate on our side+? . including direct brain virtual reality+? ?2on.people out *ore often+ @e.ll frea.
? ?It. ?I thought of two na*es/ .s -eep thin-ing+? 1ara added.8udg*ent..? said Jee-.t na*e it .ovenant+. ?Beah.?=-ay.Love Dus.? said an un-nown *ale voice+ ?1hat. heh. RaEuel.ve got itC? said Reyna+ ?1he Love Dus+? ?Bou can.s not as bad as . ?@ho said thatA >eh.? .#hippy the #hip+. how about .s a bit rude. heh. ?but is it catchy enoughA Let.Love Dus+.s too wi*py+? 1he girls started giggling and as-ed.s better than . =h.? said RaEuel+ ?Anyway. where is that voice co*ing fro*A? 1harEuinn answered. I. at least it..#tar #eedA. ?#o*eone fro* Doing& Joing *ust be listening in on our conversation re*otely+? ?1hat. or .? Lacey said..1he Love Dus. I li-e .
? 1harEuinn said. is decent+ Let.t have to figure this out right now+? 1ara was one of the few in the conversation that didn. the na*e she was thin-ing of *ight *a-e her appear vulnerable.s put that on the *aybe list+ I suggest we also as.t actually pitch a na*e for the ship+ #he did have so*ething in *ind though+ >owever.roud for help in na*ing a .hosen shipA? ?1hey build and na*e ships for a living.t hurt to at least as.?I thin.? said . ?we don.t up for that at the *o*ent+ 8ust then the hoverbus approached a *agnificent ... would also scare people. especially to those who -new her best+ #he wasn.for advice+? ?Re*e*ber.ete+ ?It can.8udg*ent.Doing&Joing for reco**endations+? ?@hyA? as-ed Jee-+ ?@hy would we go to the .? said .ovenant.ete+ ?Dut .
s a little -nown fact that 3ycro3a-.glass partition that separates the hoverbus driver. the passengers could *a-e out a fa*iliar na*e on the side of the ship in ridiculously large letters/ ?:<e-iel . ?I can.s area slid away to reveal a fa*iliar face+ ?Bou -now who she is. and na*e it after *y IR ga*e without even telling us+ @ho does she thin.she isA? #uddenly the dar. the owner of the .t believe that+++ that little 3s+ 2arla Desto has the audacity to go ahead and na*e our ship.? yelled 1ara.? said Archilli+ ?2arla owns both the co*pany that built your ship and the co*pany that owns your IR ga*e+ It. as the hoverbus got closer.alongside it.loo-ing spacecraft that was built (ust li-e the one in their holo&data proposal+ It was shaped li-e a giant water*elon seed+ .roceeding to doc.ity+? ?=f all the nerve.
hosen *eaning. also doubles as a traveling pro*otion for 3ycro3a-. 3s+ Desto. and so do the 1hanes+ #o you. -now that you are . (ust as surprised as he was.onsider it cross& pro*otion+ 1he na*e of the ship.t -now that. is a subsidiary of Doing&Joing+? 1harEuinn glanced at 1ara.ity ga*e.:<e-iel . @hy do you care so *uchA 2oes your boss. I doubt 2arla *eant any disrespect in using the na*e+ .Love Dus+. and then said.s best& selling IR ga*e ever+ 2arla gets richer. ?@e didn.? said Archilli+ ?It.* not any*ore.ve got no beef+? Getting a little tired of surprises. 1harEuinn changed the sub(ect/ ?It was you who co**ented on the na*e . Archilli+ Nor did we -now that you were driving this hoverbus+? ?I. which I ta-e it does bear so*e deep .s on autopilot+ And as for the na*e of the ship.
? said Archilli+ ?Delieve it or not.s not everyday that so *any . what do you thin.hosenA? ?#he doesn.s *anufacturing plant+ 1he .? answered Archilli+ ?@hat. the other passengers stood eyes widened against the hovercraft windows+ It.hosen were so e9cited when they doc-ed aside the new spacecraft that they .hosen get to see the insides of Doing&Joing.? said Archilli+ ?I. ?@ell.* not her spo-esperson+? @hile 1harEuinn and Archilli tal-ed. 1harEuinn.t you worry about it.s in a na*e anywayA? 1harEuinn as-ed.studying to beco*e a . you *ight say that 2arla has a soft spot for the .her yourself if you really want to -now.hosen+? ?@hat do you *ean by thatA? as-ed 1harEuinn+ ?As.will happen when she finds outA? ?2on.t -now yet.
she often -new e9actly what to say in order to diffuse any tension .practically sprinted through the airloc.? said 2arla+ ?And don. no proble*+? 2arla was a brilliant strategist. we can change it.hosen guests aboard the giant custo* spacecraft+ ?@elco*e aboard ..ity.to tour this deep space e9ploration vehicle+ Dut they were halted by the sight of 2arla Desto.t li-e it.t *ind the na*e+ If you don. confidently poised in her hoverchair+ Chapter 3*: irst +i4e Aboard +he 59e&iel City 2arla was s*iling and genuinely a*used by the e9cite*ent that was evident a*ong her .:<e-iel . as well as an inventor&businesswo*an+ Li-e 88.
s sa-e+ Doing&Joing was constantly in the news+ #o*ewhat to 2arla.s dis*ay.s was one of the assets that allowed Doing& Joing .hosen input+ 1his Euality of 2arla. when 2arla e9panded the co*pany. and credited with ending the 0aith @ar didn.that *ight have been spar-ed by her na*ing the spacecraft without .s reputation either+ In fact.s face as their new logo+ Dut the fa*iliar roc-et logo sandwiched between the ?D? and ?J? won out for si*plicity.s products+ 3any IR *ovies had already been *ade . there was serious consideration within their *ar-eting depart*ent to use 2on Desto.orporation to re*ain the econo*ic powerhouse that it was+ 1he fact that her father 2on was the fa*ous *ilitary general -illed in action.t hurt Doing&Joing. at ti*es her own life got even *ore attention than so*e of Doing&Joing.
and wondered what would happen to 2arla. and collector of rare artifacts+ 1harEuinn was aware of these things. she was e9& *ilitary lieutenant.s reputation if ?collaborator with the . ?Dut don.hosen? were added to her credentials+ 2arla didn.it.about her life.hosen on board with open ar*s and announced. ?0eel free to e9plore the ship+? >alf (o-ingly she added. 0aith @ar hero. business e9ecutive of the *ost powerful corporation in the universe. you buy it+? ?1his is *y first ti*e aboard a real spaceship. wounded in action.s fascinating co*bination of credentials *ade for good dra*a+ A*ong other things. inventor.? said 1ara. ?and I li-e . overwhel*ed with e9cite*ent.t touch anything+ Bou brea.t see* concerned+ #he greeted the . and she was not even forty years old+ 2arla.
far fro* ho*e. in the blac-est of outer spaceA? 2arla leaned over to 1harEuinn and said.is the na*e of this ship+? 2arla was Euic.t wor.this ship+? ?1he Euestion is.to reply. ?1his is why Archilli doesn. you go ahead and na*e it+++ but you have to buy it first+? Right in front of 1ara and 1harEuinn.? said 1ara+ ?1he only thing that we *ight brea. ?will you still li-e it when you.in our sales depart*ent+? ?Bou *entioned brea-ing stuff earlier. ?=h. ?1his guy had a lot of Euestions on the ride over here&&good Euestions+? Archilli then wal-ed bris-ly down the ships *ain corridor. though. if you have a better na*e for it. Archilli gestured to 1harEuinn and said to 2arla. leaving 2arla and 1harEuinn .re in the *iddle of nowhere.? said Archilli. honey.
give us the grand tour.alone to tal-+ ?As you can see. Doing& Joing sure is opening up its doors to the .hosen+ #o 1harEuinn as-ed. ?@ell. and your security agent is even studying to beco*e one of us+? 1harEuinn paused.s sudden openness toward the . trying to read 2arla. ?Archilli is not (ust *y security agentH he. cal*ly brushing her long straight hair as if a*ong old friends+ 1harEuinn had to be way *ore direct if he wanted any insight into Doing&Joing.? 2arla teased as the others went off to e9plore the ship.s also *y social tact advisor+? 1harEuinn laughed and co**ented.s reaction to this+ >e couldn.t though+ 2arla was cool as can be.hosenA? . ?@ould it be a proble* for you if your security agent beca*e one of us+++ one of the .hosen+ Bou build us a spacecraft.
hosen is that you don. it. assign Archilli to beco*e one of usA? ?Bou *ean li-e a spyA? as-ed 2arla+ ?Beah.s perfect. answer this for .? (o-ed 1harEuinn+ ?2on. the only thing I could ever find wrong with you .s his own *an+ After seventeen years.t send Archilli to infiltrate our *e*bership.s the best thing for hi*. for so*e un-nown reason.t buy enough Doing&Joing products+? ?Nobody.? said 1harEuinn+ ?Dut I need to -now/ did you.?@hyA? as-ed 2arla innocently+ ?#hould I be concernedA? ?Not at all. ?now if you didn.? said 2arla+ ?>e. and for anybody.t you *ean nobody e9cept the AdvocateA? corrected 2arla+ ?Right.? said 1harEuinn. no+ I did not put Archilli up to this.? said 1harEuinn+ ?@ell.
through *y various business ventures. and on his head are *any crownsA. ?As I alluded to earlier.ve acEuired a decent collection of rare artifacts.? ?+++And Lord of lords.hosen verse that only one other *e*ber of the . =n the flip side of the pen is the answer/ .hosen and your alleged -ing of -ings since the last days of the 0aith @ar+ =ver the years.@hose eyes are a fla*e of fire. ?@hen I showed #ha*us Radd . .4ing of -ings+++. I.*e/ Archilli as-ed *e a riddle about a secret .? 1harEuinn finished her sentence+ 2arla continued. so*e of which contain what I believe are lost scriptures of the Advocate inscribed upon the*+ =ne of these is a souvenir pen that reads. I have been curious about the .hosen -nows about+ 2o you -now anything about thisA? 2arla e9plained.
the *an refused to ta-e credit for it+ >e attributed it all to the power of so*eone I couldn. I caught a gli*pse of it through the heroics of #ha*us Radd+ Bet.? clarified 2arla+ ?I gave hi* a choice+ It was a ti*e of tur*oil and uncertainty in the universe+ @e had seen a lot of death and destruction.t force hi*.? 1harEuinn interrupted again+ ?Are you saying that it was you who revealed this scripture to #ha*us and forced hi* to -eep the riddle a secret between hi*self and only one other new . and to *y surprise. needless death+++ and destruction+ I had done so*e terrible things.hosen convertA? ?I didn. we+++? ?@ait a second.t even see/ the Advocate+ 2id you -now that #ha*us saved *y life . and I was loo-ing for deeper *eaning behind the *adness+ I was loo-ing for the truth.this at the end of the 0aith @ar.
hosen were willing to withhold one of their precious lost verses fro* all but two of their *e*bers for nearly two decades (ust to win the trust of one stranger who had persecuted . *yself.? said 1harEuinn.hosen were deeply trustworthy+ 1rust and truth go hand in hand+ #o I devised an i*pro*ptu test of trust between #ha*us.* hearing of it+? 2arla continued.and Archilli.s at the end of the 0aith @arA? ?@hatA No. na*ely you+ I figured that if the . and the newest . listening intently+ ?1his is the first I. as the history boo-s clai*+ Anyway. #ha*us was there when the terrorist bo*b destroyed *y legs+ I was so*ewhat in shoc.hosen convert on our intelligence reports. ?Beah.and so*ewhat groping for a deeper *eaning to it all+ I wanted to see if the . #ha*us is the untold hero of the 0aith @ar+ Not *e or *y dad. or Archilli.
: A Ship "ll o! +reas"res and Secrets .roud see*ed serious about (oining.the* relentlessly. 1harEuinn was in awe on at least three levels/ 76 1wo of the *ost fa*ous and influential *e*bers of the .hosen values+ 26 #ha*us Radd. now also turns out to be an incredible hero. then these are the *ost honorable. forgiving people I -now+ And I wanted to understand what *ade the* tic-+? Chapter 3. or at least e*bracing . and . his old *entor in the faith. and had been -eeping that secret for years+ #uch hu*ility only co*es with wisdo*.onsidering all that had thus far unfolded. and the elder that *ay be *ost opposed to their proposed space *ission.
and Euite rare+ ?Loo.ve got a .at you two. ad*onition not to leave :arth now carried *ore weight+ '6 1harEuinn was on a spacecraft for the first ti*e in his life+++ and not (ust any spacecraft+ 1his was a custo* one designed specifically by the .roud for evangeli<ing the gala9y+ @hat irony+ @hat a dile**a&&it was unheard of+ It was *agnificent+ It was the power of the Advocate+ 1harEuinn and 2arla caught up with Archilli and Reyna in the :<e-iel .? said 1harEuinn+ ?Bou. arcade ga*es with real *oving parts were collectors ite*s.s lounge+ Reyna was busy playing an old fashioned arcade ga*e that the ship actually had two of+ Archilli was playing the other arcade ga*e as a nu*ber of teens were waiting patiently to play+ After all.ity ship.so #ha*us.
? or ?2id you guys see the bridgeA? or ?I thought we.d all be cra**ed in bun.an. co*e on+ Let.now.s tour the rest of this spaceship+? ?I can. saying things li-e.line of -ids waiting to play these ga*es+ @hy a* I not surprised that Archilli is playing the Rifle*an ga*eA Reyna. but Reyna was on a roll+ #he had surpassed the *achine.beds. ?1here. the teens finally pried Archilli away fro* the ga*e.* playing pinballA? After a while.t tal.s high ga*e score and still had *ore balls to play+ #o 1harEuinn.s even a theater on board. 2arla. but the roo*s are pretty spacious+? .? replied Reyna+ ?. and Archilli left her in the lounge while the three of the* tal-ed and toured the ship further+ =ther parents and teens would occasionally whi< by in delight.t you see I.
s hu*ility+? ?1hat.s gotten ugly+ And in all good conscience. 2arla said. ?it loo-s li-e you and your co*pany have done a lot of hard wor.? said 2arla.re tal-ing about a *an who never too. will you. I don.s why I sent another hovercraft for hi* too+ #ha*us should be here shortly+? 1hen. ArchilliA . I don.credit for his pivotal role in bringing about the end of the 0aith @ar&& that.? 1harEuinn said. turning to Archilli. 2arla.hosenH it.t want to go against #ha*us now+ @e. ?De a dear and fetch the other lost artifact.s what I thought you.?Listen.d say. ?and that.t -now now if I can go through with the space *ission+ :ven though Reyna.hosenH and I really do appreciate it+ Dut I i*agine Archilli already briefed you on how this space *ission is causing a deep rift a*ongst the .s dad and I disagree.in good faith for us .
s *useu*.? replied 2arla. ?that it. and he *ade his silent e9it.s in the ship. 2arla leaned over to 1harEuinn and said.It.ity? spacecraft . section three+? A gri*yes fro* Archilli. ?#ha*us.* saying.s bac-&to& school ti*e for the . leaving 1harEuinn and 2arla ga<ing out at the view fro* the bridge+ As other parents and teens popped in and out fro* the bridge. -nowledge of the Advocate is only as good as the frag*ents of the reconstructed 70%th0ile+? ?@hat are you sayingA? as-ed 1harEuinn+ ?I.hosen+++ even our dear old #ha*us+? Chapter 3/: +elepho4ic +o0er Re"nion #ha*us arrived aboard the ?:<e-iel .
accept. and Archilli stood on two feet atop the 1elepho*ic 1ower+? 2arla chose her words with the precision of a surgeon+ #he -new how to Euic-ly help people to identify.? said 2arla to #ha*us+ ?A lot has transpired since *e. Archilli. as *any other people with . and get past her loss of *obility+ 1his was an age&old issue for people with disabilities+ @hen others first *eet the*. the non&disabled were usually too distracted by the thought of the person. 1harEuinn. Reyna 5who finally finished playing pinball6 and various teens with their parents sat having refresh*ents+ 1his included real coffee sha-es and chocolate&covered blueberries+ ?Long ti*e no see.s disability to really focus on what the person with the disability was saying+ 2arla found. where 2arla. you.acco*panied by his wife #arah+ 1hey were escorted directly to the bridge.
#ha*us as-ed. *y daughter Reyna could study with you too+ I see you. and you wanted *e to introduce you to a . 2arlaA @hen you called.ve already *et+ Dut what. here she is/ *y wife #arah+ 0or that *atter. *y legs are *essed up+ 2eal with it already+ I have+? After proper southern introductions were co*pleted for #ha*us. wife.*y people into the outer li*its+? 2arla replied with a s*ile.hosen wo*an that you could study the 70%th0ile with+ 1herefore.disabilities had. ?@hat. ?3aybe I have good . ?Beah.s with this gathering on a spacecraftA It loo-s to *e li-e you.s going on here.re trying to bushwhac. you said I passed your test. that addressing this up front was the *ost effective way to i*pact people+ It was a tactful way for her to say to others what she really wanted to say.
long out&of&style 1&shirt+ 1his. ?I. in and of itself.the verses+? =n cue. all 1&shirts had been *ade with electronic progra**able i*ages on the* so advertisers could pro(ect their products in an interactive environ*ent+ >owever.reason.1hey will all be taught by God+. #ha*us+ And as for studying the 70%th0ile. and on the bac.? Archilli turned the 1&shirt around. I. Archilli opened up a fortified gar*ent bo9 to reveal an old.? said a confounded #ha*us. this 1&shirt was fro* before the concept was invented+ =n the front of the 1&shirt. was a rare find+ 0or centuries. I wasn. . these words were printed in red in-/ ?It is written in the .* going to pic.was printed ?8ohn 006+? ?If it was anyone but you.rophets.d be totally astonished+ >ow *any *ore .t lying about that at all+ Dut today. faded.
and not (ust because they were lost verses of the Advocate+ Grabbing both ob(ects gently but swiftly. Re*e*ber .lost verses of the Advocate have you been sitting onA? ?8ust a few *ore. 2ad+? Now #ha*us was astonished.sal* 07!/% Love.? ad*itted 2arla+ Archilli opened up another bo9+ It was a cap fro* the ancient sport of baseball. and it was in pretty good condition+ ?.? was e*broidered across the front+ Inside the cap was a personal inscription written in faded *ar-er that read/ ?#on.raise hi* in the heights above. he e9a*ined the gar*ents and their *essage for a long ti*e+ :veryone was silent+ "sed together with the #tar .
thin instru*ent out of her (ac-et and gave it to #ha*us+ ?It.? said 2arla. praising their God/ the Advocate+ 0or #ha*us.s license to drive.hosen *e*bers to be out in the heights of space.#tar . ?but it still spea-s Euite a *essage+ I want you to have it+ 0or what it. you and your people passed *y test+ :ven a*idst the reports of your recent rifts between .s previous points.s been out of in.raise hi* in the heights above. so to spea-. .hosen.hosen.s worth.? could include people fro* the coloni<ed planets+ 3oreover.for centuries. this was the . ?.? sure sounded li-e it was o-ay for . to the ends of the universe+ 2arla hovered over to #ha*us and pulled a fa*iliar long..hosen. these two new verses really left no scriptural reason for #ha*us to oppose the space *ission any*ore+ ?1hey will all be taught by God. or fly.
* (ust the opposite+ Archilli -nows full well that our philosophy at Doing&Joing. has si*ply been to outspend and discredit any opposing force+++ period+ I. I.* ready now to study the 70%th0ile with the . along with the rest of the .and . but I.? continued 2arla.*e this long to figure out.:arthline .* sorry it too. now gesturing e9pressively with her ar*s+ ?1he .roud.hosen+? ?@ell.* not li-e that+ In fact.* still pleasantly surprised with the way both sides *aintain *ore respect for one another than the . disregarding her own astonish*ent+ ?Ne9t ti*e we get together . I. greatC? said #arah Radd..roud are not li-e that+++ I.roud ever would+ 1hat this respect e9ists despite strong belief that the other side is wrong *ust be divine intervention+? ?I want to understand how you all can operate in that *indset.hosen.
the end of the 0aith @ar+ @ho would have ever i*agined that the three survivors of that fateful encounter would years later even consider wor-ing together on what was now before the*/ a *a(or space *ission planned and with acceptance fro* the . of course.* pic-ing the verses. #ha*us. #ha*us too. I. and finally.though. the *ysterious accountability test of 2arla.the souvenir pen and read it again silently for the first ti*e in seventeen years+ 1hen. o-ay. first encounter with Archilli and the Destos.roud on the hori<onA 1his could be the beginning of a new era for the . he read it out loud and e9plained to his people all that had happened atop the 1elepho*ic 1ower at the end of the 0aith @ar/ the e9ploding hand of a radical religious terrorist.? answered 2arla+ 3eanwhile. 2arlaA? ?Bes.
hosen+ London and Doston were :arthline .hicago were hopeful that the rift a*ong their people would dissipate Euic-ly+ #adly.on a space *ission+ =ver ti*e. and 1harEuinn 1hane now in agree*ent about so*e type of . *any of the . so*e whole cities declared their position+ .hosen+ 1he list went on and on+ If entire cities or towns could not agree.hosen to e*bar. 88 .hosen+ Chapter 41: +hree Social Gro"ps @ith #ha*us Radd.ac-ard. or *ore specifically.hosen. the #tar .hosen or :arthline .ortland was #tar .hosen space *ission. cities including their own were still debating over whether or not it was still o-ay for the . these cities would split into two groups/ #tar .hosen in .. this was not the case+ 2espite their best efforts.
? the . . Los Angeles. and 88 wor-ed hard to stop .hosen+ #plitting was the case with .hosen *e*bers were tired of agreeing to disagree+ 1he divided were itching to go their own way+ ?New wine into new wines-ins. yet bitterness often lingered along with e*otional scars that *e*bers would be dealing with for decades to co*e+ #o*e cities *oving to split tried to lessen the severity of the rift by stating that their divided factions of . the reality was that *any ..hosen separatists on either side would say+ #ha*us. 1harEuinn.hicago. and 1oronto+ 1hese cities split in a relatively non&violent and peaceful fashion.hoeni9.hosen would ?separate to beco*e interdependent groups+? 1he o9y*oron loo-ed good on websites only to the overly opti*istic+ Nevertheless.
* sorry.hosen I. the ?@orld Is Not :nough Guy+? 1harEuinn even apologi<ed to the entire .hosen for directing the* to a proposal without first building unity for it a*ong the elders and evangelists+ It was a point of deep regret for 1harEuinn. whether I go into space or not+ @hat -ills *e *ost are those calling us divisive when all we.? said 1harEuinn+ ?I can only hope that if I hu*ble *yself.t -now what else to do but tell the .re .hosen fro* deepening this rift+ 1he three of the* addressed the .the rest of the . and it grieved hi* that his brothers and sisters around the world were ta-ing sides and drawing up i*aginary boundary lines of fellowship+ Defore 1harEuinn apologi<ed. he discussed it with Reyna over a cup of tea+ ?I don. they will see that I a* still one of the*.hosen on a #unday service *eeting along with Jee-.
re probably in it (ust for the antiEue pinball ga*e+? Reyna answered.s *ind was on so*ething else+ ?2o you -now what I seeA? she as-ed 1harEuinn+ 1harEuinn replied.doing is giving our people a renewed purpose+ I get the i*pression that what the :arthline . ?"h&oh+ 2o I really want to -nowA Bou. chec-ing his e*otions+ 1hen he noticed that the *edia had caught up with hi* and was perched in wait to interview hi* the .s grown and *atured+++ and I li-e it+ If they get even a gli*pse of what I see. this stor* will blow over in no ti*e+? ?1han-s. ?Iery funny. but no+ @hat I see is a *an who.hosen are really upset about is that they don.? said 1harEuinn+ ?I forgot how+++? 1harEuinn stopped hi*self.t want to lose any of their *e*bers to us in this stor*+? Reyna. Reyna.
o*e on+ 1ell *e+ #pill the beans? 1harEuinn sighed and ad*itted. so she probed. however.ll be late for your own apology+? In that sa*e #unday service where 1harEuinn apologi<ed. in leadership. in . ?I forgot how good of a friend you are+? Reyna blushed. #ha*us displayed the lost verses of the Advocate. ?Beah+ I feel the sa*e way+ >ey.*o*ent he left the cafe+ #uch fa*e and attention co*es with being rich+ Reyna. hoping this also would end the rift once and for all+ Bet. the people had already decided+ 1hey wanted to separate in na*e. lost or otherwise. the apology and the verses.d better get going or you. had little i*pact on *ost listeners+ In their hearts. 1harEuinnA . we. was not distracted by the *edia outside. ?@hat did you forget.
hosen had indeed beco*e two separate groups/ in na*e.ollision? series were abrasive and too.s what happened+ @ithin forty days. in finances. in all sorts of areas that apparently had been brewing for years under the surface+ 1herefore.ri*o .hosen . that. and saddest of all.roud co**entators aggressively secured e9clusive interviews with the *ore disgruntled *e*bers on either side of the . the .(abs at either side of the feud+ 1ed.hosen+ As usual.s top five *ost controversial interviews fro* the split were titled as follows/ 76 . Gentler #tudy #eries Now Available in 2ecaf . in spirit+ . newscaster 1ed >ypecraft filed the (uiciest *edia stories+ >eadlines fro* his ?.rinciples Gets the A9e&&4inder. in leadership.finances.
and the anger&& all fro* people who nor*ally strive for a high standard of goodness+ 0or once.* No Longer "ltra&#uper . the bitterness.roud. since there was so *uch inside (argon and faith&based references used a*ong the . the gossip.o**itted 6 #elf&Governed and #elfish/ Iote for 3eC At least half of what was said in these candid *e*ber interviews was inco*prehensible by *ost of the . the . .hosen+++ and be entertained at the sa*e ti*e+ All this dra*a naturally stirred the :arth. the frustration.roud could easily relate to the .an Bou #pare 3e a 2iscipleA '6 3y Leader Loves 3e.roud salivated over in watching stories li-e these was the in&fighting.26 Drother. >e Loves 3e NotC !6 @hy I.hosen+ Nevertheless. what the .s population to shift into three officially registered social groups/ .
s covered is the absolute gri**est point in the life of the Advocate+ >ow the Advocate was brutally *urdered to save his people is discussed in great and gory detail+ Archilli understood that even though . the #tar . S%AC.roud.)6#.rinciples series called ?1he . T4.the . and its newest *inority. (A/5C4 Chapter 41: Archilli-s G"ilt 1he . what.hosen.hosen+ %A#T 8+ D#AMA .ross.hosen .? Archilli grew incredibly silent.hosen split did not stop 1harEuinn and 88 fro* continuing to study the 70%th0ile with Archilli+ After one of the latter studies in the . the :arthline .ri*o . even for hi*+ In this study.
s death+ 3oreover. without saying a word. the weight of all Archilli.hosen friends to nowhere in particular+ #uddenly.s bad deeds over the years was pressing heavily upon his heart+ 0inally. Archilli drove with his #tar . Archilli had a good nu*ber of vehicles+ 1he one he was driving today was shaped li-e an apple seed+ @ith the top down. ?I -now for the rest of the citi<ens.t there. he steered the vehicle straight up at top speed+ 1hen he said.s seed&shaped hovercraft+ Deing a Doing&Joing top e*ployee. ?0resh air&&I need so*e+? 1he three *en left their usual cafe *eeting spot and all got into Archilli. he also was still responsible for the Advocate. Archilli loo-ed out the window and said.he wasn. this *aneuver is illegal+ Dut certain Doing&Joing e*ployees are e9e*pt fro* this law+++? 1hen he leveled the .
88 stood up and said. ?and I.s cornered you now with only two choices+ Bou can . 1harEuinn was getting worried at the rec-lessness of the situation+ ?#houldn. wherein he added. ?At this altitude. we. so*ething is plaguing you+ And it. Archilli. ?=bviously.ll be safe still for a few *ore *inutes+ 1rust *e+ I. hoping the view and the height would *a-e hi* forget the weight of so*ething that he reali<ed during the study+ >e replied.* your silly daddy+? Not at all unsettled by Archilli.t we put the top up so we can breathe betterA? he as-ed+ Archilli stood up in his seat and stared off into the cloudy hori<on.s fly&boy antics and bi<arre attitude.hovercraft out at a height so high that the air was al*ost too thin to breath.* one of the*+? Deside being winded.
ve done+? .hosen for laying out the truth in a direct and challenging way that can inspire listeners to rise up to the call of the Advocate+ Archilli -new this and turned to 88 and 1harEuinn. ?I understand that part of being a . but what do you wantA? 88 was fa*ous a*ong the . *edication. you na*e it+++ but none of it wor-s+ Nothing has *ade the pain go away because of what I. philosophy.ve tried therapy.ve been all over the universe trying to get *y proble* fi9ed+++ and no one has been able to help+ I. saying. but you have to -now that I.either get it out in the open or continue to be a slave to whatever is eating away at your heart+ 1he :vil =ne wants to -eep you a slave to this. special diet.hosen is confessing your sins and having a continued attitude of repentance+ I get that+ I can do that.
right in the station. posing as an innocent bystander+ Dut while I . I was involved in a heavy fire fight on #pace #tation Deta+ A band of three thieves had stolen so*e trade secrets fro* Doing&Joing. ?1hat. the orange chic-en that I had (ust ordered didn.t fall into the hands of any other co*pany+ 1he first two thieves were foolish enough to attac*e out in the open. the third thief was crafty+ >e sat down at a table near the ruc-us and watched the whole affair.s food court+ I -illed the* so Euic-ly.88 said plainly.t even have ti*e to cool off+ I used *y bare hands and Euic-ly put an end to those pun-s+ >owever.s the world+ @e are not of this world+ 1ell us what you. and I was sent in to either recover the data or see that it didn.ve done+? Archilli replied with a story+ ?A few years ago.
?Bou loo.away+ As you -now fro* the short ti*e that we have spent together. the thief reached the end of his craftiness+ >e thought I was loo-ing away fro* hi*. ?if not for what the *an left behind+ =n his table was a full plate of lobster+ No one leaves e9pensive food uneaten on a space station without a life&threatening . ?@hat. 1harEuinn as-ed.? said Archilli.was giving *y report onsite to the local station authorities.s so suspicious about a seated *an wanting to get away fro* the scene of two dead bodiesA 1hat sounds nor*al to *e+? ?It would have been nor*al.away.on his face.away+++ but I never loo. I have a practice of constantly scanning left and right with *y eyes+ 3y old instructor would drill us with this co*bat warning. so he got up slowly and started to wal. you die today+? Dearing a confused loo.
s gun to his own head+? ?1he thief said to *e. I -new the *an had *uch to hide+ I sur*ised that. so*eone else had ordered the food.If you really wanted that . the thief began to laugh+ 1his response was even *ore uncharacteristic since I was holding the thief. in the confusion. but ran for their life when the fighting started and left the lobster behind+ I i*agined that the third thief Euic-ly sat in the newly vacant dining spot. hoping to blend into the bac-ground+ In fact. . if the thief would have stayed and ate the food. I would have suspected nothing+ Dut his *ista-e would prove to be fatal+? ?I followed the thief into a secluded hallway and pounced on hi*+ >e put up a little fight before I disar*ed hi* and de*anded that he tell *e where the stolen data was+ 2espite the *any lu*ps I had (ust given hi*.reason+ 1herefore.
? said Archilli as he continued telling this untold story. and the other half in the brain of the second thief who now lies (ust as dead+ 3oreover.hosen.hosen.ve heard of this *an+ 1hat third thief was a for*er *e*ber of the . and . ?and I.* sure you.hosen+ >e was one of the first of your -ind to get rich and then *a-e a *ess of his own life+ >e. his boo.? ?I recogni<ed this thief.data.t have -illed *y co*rades+ 0or we encrypted the data and encoded it in halves+ =ne half was in the brain of the first *an you -illed. but what use is that to anyone nowA.s the *an who wrote the tell&all boo. particularly the part about his life where he first *et the . got open with his proble*s. you shouldn.about his rise and fall in the . *y brain has the encryption -ey planted in it. and I had read it+ 3oreover.had i*pressed *e.
I -now what you are doing+ Bou.hosen advice you want.hosen input.thereafter the . . they being the only group you haven. he had no choice+? ?And then he said.hosen helped hi* for a while by telling hi* to confess and repent of his own evil deeds+? ?I *yself was so desperate for answers to *y own tur*oil that I told hi* the depth and cause of *y troubles+ 1he thief listened. if you want .s .with the*+ As for *e.re afraid to go to the . you *ust go and tal.t sought help fro*+ Bet I cannot help you now any*ore than I could help you recover the stolen data+ I a* no longer one of the . for under gunpoint.hosen+ If it.ve e9hausted all other options for wise counsel and now you. . no a*ount of recollection about *y past can be of consolation to you+ Again.hosen for advice.
? 1hen there was a long period of silence+ Archilli appeared to not want to finish telling the story+ 1he . Archilli said.up this hesitant habit fro* basic *ilitary training+ Now tell us what you.t pic.ve done+ 0inish the story and get to the heart of it+? @ith a great sigh. I shot hi*+ I -now I was within corporate law to do so.s the end of the story. but+++ what I did was so wrong+ I showed no *ercy+ It was (ust ruthless+ I wish I could say that.roud. ?I -now you didn.* not one of the* any*ore.you. ?@hen the third thief finished tal-ing. and you -now it+.s toughest *an see*ed to be giving up+ 88 would have none of that+ >e loo-ed straight at Archilli and said. I thoroughly en(oyed . but then I went bac.to the food court and ate the lobster fro* his abandoned table+ In fact.re tal-ing to the wrong guy+ I.
our daughter Angie away.ve been involved in *ultiple plots to wipe you and even your history out of co**ission+ Not (ust you . yet he.ve operated as if I had no conscience+ Bou guys should hate *e+ 3y own wife left *e because of the evil I. she was only two+ 2o you have any idea how that *a-es *e feelA Life (ust goes ai*lessly on+ I.s not the worst of it+ I.ve -illed innocent people.hosen.the *eal+ It was still war*+++ but I was a cold& blooded -iller+? @ith an even greater sigh.? said Archilli+ 1harEuinn i**ediately beca*e concerned+ @ould Archilli confess to the* and then to the police so that his conscience would be clear. but all sorts of people+ Dut that. never to be seen again+ 1he last ti*e I held her. ?I. Archilli continued.d end up .ve done+ #he even too.
ve -illed people too+ In fact. ?I.s where the *ercy of the Advocate co*es in+? Archilli inter(ected. I deserve to die for the sins I have co**itted+ Dut that.t end up in (ail+ >e. ?I -now that it was war ti*e and technically. upper air 1harEuinn breathed a slight sigh of relief and thought.ve spent (ustifying *y actions as being within the real* of standard corporate or *ilitary procedure. I was within the civil law. yet+++? Archilli was stu*ped for words+ In the thin.in (ailA 3eanwhile.ll have a chance at repentance as a free *an+? 88 said to Archilli.to *y sto*ach over all the ti*e I. 88 nodded and said. ?I could finish your sentence for you+ Dut I want you to do it+ 0inish what you . ?At least Archilli won. but+++ I a* sic.
? 1he tears flowing down Archilli.were saying+? Archilli *ade a gri*yes and said.. particularly at the end of the 0aith @ar+ I carried out the order to gas .If you want so*ething done.hicago and *uch of the 3idwest+? Archilli beca*e Euite e*otional.s what all the *ilitary would say about *e+ And I bought it+ I believed the hype+ It fed *y pride that had *urdered so *any people+ I released the poison gas on helpless people+ I *ay not have bro-en the laws of warti*e *ilitary .Give the (ob to Archilli.in tearsH ?.t try to wipe the* off as he finished his confession+ ?1hat.s *an&&a true soldier+.s tor*ented face (ust stayed there+ >e didn. ?I -illed innocent people. Archilli is your *an+++ >e. all the generals would say+ .s a *an. yet continued to tal.
for us all+ @hat you need isn. poisonously guilty+? 88 nodded and said. for you.*en.t appease *e any*ore+ I a* so terribly. but I should burn for what I.t *a-e the guilt go away+ A bellyful of lobster won.? 88 said this as he pointed upwards+ ?>e can *a-e your guilt disappear+ 1hat.t right with the Advocate+ It was evil+ It was cold+ It was tasteless+ And I can. your guilt is a different *atter altogether+ @e -now so*eone who can *a-e the guilt go away&&the Advocate can.ve done+ @hat I did was not right+ It wasn.re right+ 1he conseEuences of your actions have changed history forever+ 1hat cannot be undone and surely those conseEuences will be with you forever+? ?>owever. ?No+ Bou cannot ta-e your guilt away+ Bou.s why he was sacrificed/ for *e.t *ore .
t be enslaved any*ore+ Bou.s what happens when you beco*e one of the .s the forgivenessA? 88 replied.? said 88. ?and I i*agine very soon+ . Archilli ga<ed down below.t I be i**ersedA? ?Bou will be.*edication. and said. ?1he Advocate has it+ Bou need his forgiveness+ It sounds li-e you want a heart of repentance+ Now *a-e the Advocate the Lord of your life+ Bou won.hosen.ll be free+ 1hat. at your i**ersion+? Archilli loo-ed as if a light clic-ed on in the deep cha*bers of his heart+ Leaning over the edge of his hovercraft.t forgive *e+ 1hey are dead+ 1hat. ?Dut those people are dead+ 1hey can. or *ore therapy+ Bou -now that+ Bou (ust need to be forgiven+? Archilli said. here is water+ @hy shouldn. pointing to the waters of La-e 3ichigan. *ore adventure.s it+ @here. ?Loo-.
hosen study series and were scheduled to be i**ersed so*e ti*e soon+ 1he upco*ing i**ersion in water would *a-e the* official *e*bers of the .hosen 5technically #tar . *e*bers of the Advocate.called ?1he Doo. ?count *e in+? Chapter 42: In or 6"t Archilli and 2arla were both nearing co*pletion of the .of Life+? No .s -ingdo*+ As the initiation song goes.s schedule another study about forgiveness and go fro* there+? ?=-ay.hosen6. ?No turning bac-. as he lowered his hovercraft to a safer altitude.? said Archilli. and *ost i*portantly.Let. no turning bac-+? 1his reportedly would also get their na*es into an unpublished boo.
bitter in&fighting. and social na*e& shifting. were re*inded of a -ey recurring the*e throughout the .hosen doctrineH you are either ?in? or ?out+? 1he Advocate 5of course6 put it bestH ?3any are called.hosen groups+ Apparently this is an ?in or out? boo.hosen -eep things in perspective+ A*idst tal.re in+ If your na*e is not in this boo-. all of the . if your na*e is in this boo-.hicago #tar .re out+ #eeing scheduled i**ersions planned for two of the *ost unli-ely and highly®arded *e*bers of the .one on :arth had ever seen or read this boo-.hosen 5#tar or otherwise6. you. but it was a big deal to the .of space *issions.for paradeisos+ Regarding eternity in paradeisos.roud really helped the . but few are chosen+? 1o *a-e sure that these two high profile . you.
?1he reality of the *o*ent is this/ Advocate willing.t -now how the world will react.s co<iness toward us+ #o*e fol-s *ay even try . 1harEuinn. ?@ord is getting out about Archilli and 2arla. #ha*us continued. and Reyna listened intently as #ha*us tried to give the* a big picture view of what to be prepared for+ In an e9tra&cautionary tone #ha*us said. we will soon i**erse two of the *ost influential people alive today+ @e don.conversions would continue to progress.eople *ay try to -ill you+ 3obs of the .roud *ay beco*e angry at the audacity of us having the nerve to convert two of their superstars+? Gesturing his ar*s in e9cite*ent. #arah. #ha*us called those studying with Archilli as well as those studying with 2arla together for a *eeting+ 88. so be prepared for anything+ .
you during the studies in efforts to thwart the conversions+ #uch tactics were co**on bac. great. he. ta-e .to attac.in the 0aith @ar+ =r who -nowsA . while still being as eccentric as ever+? ?=-ay.ve seen.? said #ha*us+ ?Going forward. ?Not Archilli+ As far as we. but *ostly sincere+? ?1he sa*e goes for 2arla.? #arah added+ ?#he is really going after a relationship with the Advocate.t care and raise up new superstars as Euic-ly as a wall goes fro* solid to transparent in a thunderstor*+ =r this could all be so*e elaborate plot to infiltrate our ran-s+ >ave any of you seen anything in Archilli or 2arla that *a-es you suspect that they are not sincere about (oining usA? 88 replied. he is re*ar-ably real and open with the ugliest details of his life+ I *ean.erhaps the world won.s a bit of an inti*idating oddball at ti*es.
rinciples #tudy #eries+ If they.about the Advocate.ri*o . don.to our God+? . the *edia will cover this story+ #o e9pect to be interviewed+ Dut be Euic.t cut any corners with the* in the .? said #ha*us.heed of two *ore things+ Nu*ber one+++ 2on. ?No *atter what they throw at you.t rush the* along (ust so we can clai* a celebrity in our ran-s+? ?Nu*ber two+++ =ne way or another. turn it bac.re not gaining a deep faith in God.to listen and slow to spea-+? ?#o what do we say if the *edia Euestions usA? as-ed Reyna+ ?8ust tal.
s progress in .s studies that she hit what the . 2arla thought for sure it was a study that they would bree<e through+ After all.ost? study+ Going into the study. wife #arah and daughter Reyna had been studying regularly with 2arla aboard the ship and there was (ust one *ore study to go+ 1he study was called the ?.ity spacecraft+ #o #ha*us.Chapter 43: )arla-s Mysterio"s 3"blicity Ca4paign Now it ca*e about toward the end of 2arla.ounting the .hosen call ?so*e turbulence? with the wo*en+ >er studies were a little on the odd side already because 2arla had insisted that all of her studies ta-e place aboard the :<e-iel . 2arla was the world.s leading business wo*an. and counting costs was second nature to her+ #arah Radd was e9cited about 2arla.
ounting the . #arah+ .you could be ready to be i**ersed soon+ I tentatively scheduled your i**ersion for ne9t wee-+ After Reyna and I count the costs with you today. and *ade a state*ent to 2arla that was *eant to encourage her+ Near the end of the ?.roud learn out of the blue that the head of the *ost powerful business in the universe .ut the bra-es onC? yelled 2arla.ve got the character of Nicode*us+ Bour deep -nowledge co*bined with faith will *a-e you strong in the end+ I thin.ost? study. #arah said. but not ne9t wee-+ @e need to plan this carefully+ If the . you can even be i**ersed sooner if you li-e+? ?@hoa+ >old on there.s wrongA? as-ed #arah+ 2arla e9plained.the study series. ?Bou. ?Loo-. I definitely want to do this. polite but sternly+ ?@hyA @hat.
lus it will *ost definitely give the .has suddenly beco*e one of the #tar . the ca*paign would atte*pt to win as *any as possible and *aintain stability in the econo*y+? #arah s*iled and said.ve already had *y . you. it could have a terrible effect on econo*ic stability+ .hosen to be loo-ed upon *ore favorably by the rest of the world+ In effect.re not even saved yourself yet+ Bou are still lost in the eyes of the Advocate+ Bour first priority *ust be beco*ing one of the . ?1his is *ost thoughtful of you+ Dut.hosen even *ore+? ?#o what are you suggestingA? said Reyna+ 2arla replied.hosen+ .roud a fresh reason to hate the .ublic Relations 2epart*ent co*e up with a ca*paign to prepare the world for *y conversion+ 1his would strategically reposition the #tar .hosen. I. 2arla. ?Delieve it or not.
.first his -ingdo*. ?1his is *ore than (ust a ga*ble with your life+ 1his is a *atter of gratitude and obedience+? 2arla as-ed. not . don.about the rest of the world+? ?2o you -now why *y *o* (ust said thatA? as-ed Reyna+ 2arla paused and then said.see. but *y strategic waiting could i*pact *any for the better+? #arah replied. 1hat *eans.t delay+ .1hen we can tal.see. .? said 2arla+ ?3y waiting is a ga*ble on *y part. you do so at your own ris-+? ?I understand. ?=bedience to who*A? #arah replied.first good publicity+. ?@ho do you thin-A =bedience to the Advocate+ >e says. ?1he Advocate calls everyone to follow hi* now+ If you wait. ?1ell *e+? Reyna replied.
act now.better. but that would be foolish+? #arah said. sensing an opportunityH ?Listen to yourself+ Bour plan is .re as-ing *eA? said 2arla+ ?Bes. so act now+? ?>**. than whoseA? ?@ell. concept fro* the parable of the five wo*en who ran out of oil+ Dut I guess I thought *y plan was better+? #arah (u*ped at this.? replied #arah+ ?@e.t say that *y plan is better than God.s plan+ I *ean.? replied 2arla+ ?I do understand the .ve got *e+ I see what you *ean+ I can.In business ter*s.? said 2arla+ ?=-ay+ Bou. the Advocate presents a li*ited ti*e offer. I could.? said 2arla.s the ne9t stepA? ?Bou.re as-ing you+? ?@ell. ?Right+ #o what. as she straightened herself in .
and said. 2arla pressed a button on her wrist phone. then that. ?let.her hoverchair.s schedule the i**ersion for three days fro* now+ If that. and a ruler . ?Deginning .yrus+? Reyna and her *o* #arah were loo-ing at each other with bewilder*ent+ @hat in the world was 2arla up to nowA #arah Radd barely had ti*e to process that ?. ?Degin .s all I need+? Chapter 44: $o4en in +"rb"lence I**ediately after 2arla told #arah and Reyna when she wanted to be i**ersed.a*paign .s all the Advocate needed after his death on a hill.yrus+? An un-nown voice at the other end of the phone replied cal*ly.yrus? was a rare na*e.a*paign .
s Euic.fro* 70%th0ile history that helped God.s*o-e could be seen surrounding the :<e-iel . only thic. ?Ladies.ity+ Inside. brace for i*pact+? ?Drace for i*pactA? thought Reyna+ ?@hat is 2arla tal-ing aboutA 1he ship is par-ed at =.>are #paceport+ It isn. Reyna and #arah were al*ost -noc-ed off their feet by the blast.s people rebuild after a long period of oppression+ 1he three wo*en. only to be suspended in *idair by 2arla.ity+ 1he red laser blast roc-ed the grounded ship and fro* the outside.s attention was Euic-ly diverted to a radar& li-e *onitor that suddenly displayed a blip approaching the center of the screen+ 2arla said to the* abruptly.t even *oving+? #uddenly.refle9es+ #he . another spacecraft appeared in the s-y and opened fire on the :<e-iel .
ity spacecraft was fully operational+ 1he attac-ing ship now turned to .roud+? 1he *ysterious attac-er appeared to have no idea that the :<e-iel .ity was in the air and now in pursuit of the *ysterious attac-ing ship+ #arah leaned up and as-ed.hosen is an ene*y of the .grabbed both wo*en fro* her hoverchair and held the* steady+ 2arla. and i**ediately :<e-iel .s hoverchair co*pensated instantly for the blast and. her chair barely wavered as the rest of the ship was violently (er-ed+ 1here was a soft roar. ?@ho is trying to -ill usA? Reyna loo-ed around in a*a<e*ent and whispered. in fact. ?0ro* this day forward I vow that any ene*y of the #tar . ?Beah. and who.s flying our shipA? 2arla *ade a deter*ined s*ile and defiantly stated.
escape+ Its e9it strategy was to fly low in and out between .hosen is an ene*y of the .s vow that ?any ene*y of the #tar .s security syste*.hicago. it *ade a series of sprints to the ne9t nearest *a(or city and repeated this escape strategy across half of the old "nited #tates+ 1he chase continued in between the Atlantic.s tall buildings so that :<e-iel . atte*pting to ta-e cover behind the towers surrounding 8erusale*+ Dut the :<e-iel .ity.s 3id&=ceanic 1owers and then on throughout :urope+ Dy the ti*e the two ships were over Ro*e.roud. the whole world was watching. was released as a video file for public consu*ption+ 1he world was eating it up+ 1he *ystery ship *ade a final run east across the 3editerranean #ea.hicago. and 2arla.t get a clear shot at it+ @hen the *ystery ship got to the north end of .ity couldn.? which had been recorded by :<e-iel .
roud loo-ed up with desperate cursing+ 1he universe watched on in a *o*ent of live suspense+ 3eanwhile. still on autopilot. finally caught up with it.ity to the rescue+ 1his . and shot it down right over the old historic sector of that city+ 1he *ystery ship was instantly crippled by the blast. and began to fall towards the age&old tourist sites below 8erusale*+ 1housands of tourists loo-ed upward with dread+ 1he faithful loo-ed up with desperate prayer+ 1he .s blue bea* enveloped the *ystery ship..ity.ity. the :<e-iel . and with a flash. ?:<e-iel .ity dived lower and followed up by firing a different colored blast at the crashing *ystery ship+ 1he :<e-iel . watching it all fro* the e9ternal *onitor. the *ystery ship disintegrated before it ever got a chance to hit the ground+ ?@owC? yelled Reyna.
?1he voice of re(oicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous+? Chapter 4#: 8er"sale4 3ress Con!erence No evidence was left to discover the identity of the *ysterious attac-ing ship that had captured the attention of the news *edia+ =ne of the new technologies aboard the ship that 2arla previously *entioned included the very weapon that disintegrated the other ship+ Doing&Joing code na*ed this weapon ?the Doing Japper+? Apparently it wor-ed perfectly+ 1he :<e-iel .ity ship landed in .ship is powerful+? 2arla s*iled and turned fro* the e9ternal *onitor to address Reyna and #arah+ Kuoting the 70%th0ile. 2arla e9clai*ed.
2arla. ?I. 2arla turned to face the crowd and raised her thin yet *uscular ar*s to get the crowd.ll ta-e the lead here+? @hile the Radd wo*en stood bewildered behind her on either side. and reporters were (oc-eying for position to as.8erusale* and its ?crew? of three.their Euestions+ 1urning to Reyna and #arah. touched down to a heroes.s full attention+ 1he three ladies were an une9pected vision of beauty co*ing out of a chaotic space chase scene+ 1he fair&s-inned :uropean&loo-ing Radd wo*en flan-ed the dar-&s-inned 2arla with an i*pressive new custo* spacecraft as their bac-drop+ It was the -ind of photo opportunity that the news *edia . and Reyna. welco*e. #arah. 2arla cal*ly stated. the li-es of which had not been seen since the end of the 0aith @ar+ An on&the&spot press conference was held.
hosen are planning a potential deep&space trip to help other space pioneers understand so*e spiritual truths.ity spacecraft. ?I.s latest innovation in spacecraft design. and I a* glad to report that we are all fine.* sure you have a lot of Euestions+ Along with #tar . and the three of us were in a cost&counting business *eeting+ @hile still on the ground.hicago earlier today+ As you all -now. the #tar .loved&&pretty people with (uicy stories+ @ith elegance and confidence. which was peacefully par-ed in . ?1he three of us were the only ones aboard our ship. 2arla spo-e to the sea of reporters. the :<e-iel .hosen *e*bers #arah and Reyna Radd. I was aboard Doing&Joing. than-s to the . we were fired upon by an un*ar-ed ship+ @e survived the blast and turned after the* in hot pursuit+? 2arla continued to a captivated audience.
t that right. that you are dating the richest *e*ber of the #tar . ?@e are very grateful that the Advocate continues to protect us and deliver us fro* the dangers of this world+? Reyna added. isn.:<e-iel . na*ely 1harEuinn 1haneA And as a follow up Euestion.ity. ?And of course we are so eternally grateful that God displayed his great *ercy by sparing the thousands of unsuspecting tourists that avoided a *eeting with their *a-er this very day in the precious city of 8erusale*+? A reporter in the front row yelled out a Euestion to ReynaH ?Is it true. ?=f course *y #tar .s on&board defense grid+? 2arla leaned bac. have .hosen. young lady.to #arah and Reyna continuing so all could hear. ladiesA? #arah -ic-ed into gear stating.hosen ship*ates *ight add that it was God who delivers us fro* evil.
fro* her *other helped her to re*e*ber her father. half e9pecting the . sir.hosen culture. a stranger.for he who is perfectly able to spea. should e9press an interest in the life of one such as *e+ Dut who a* I.s *edia advice+ 1herefore. has found favor with and rescued fro* the grave on this occasionA Now as for this *an 1harEuinn. the *en lead+ @ould it be right for *e to spea. surely you *ust -now that in the . if not (ust a lowly wo*an who* the Advocate. in his great *ight. Reyna replied with a s*ile. a loo. that you.you notified 1harEuinn to let hi* -now of your safetyA? Reyna blushed red with surprise and al*ost lost her cool for a *o*ent+ >owever.for hi*selfA I thin. ?>ow nice and -ind of you. who has apparently captured your curiosity.not+? Reyna paused for a *o*ent.
erhaps if the Advocate wills it. and than.to 1harEuinn yourself. you should go and spea. ?. 2arla was busy reading the crowd and calculating the *ood of the day+ 1he crowd and reporters were co*prised of all .hi* earnestly for delivering *e and *any others fro* certain death+ If you or any of your co*rades here care to (oin *e in these prayers.roud citi<ens+ . I will be content to converse with the Advocate in *y prayers.crowd to be (eering or throwing stones at her+ Bet everyone (ust listened intently+ #o she continued. *an to *an+ =f course you are free to do what you will and converse with who* you please. until such a ti*e co*es when the Advocate returns to (udge the living and the dead+ Dut as for *e. I welco*e it+? 1here was a stunning hush throughout the crowd and around the world+ @hile Reyna was spea-ing so effectively.
away fro* danger and yet rely on an invisible protector+ 1his was such a contrast to the .hosen people so good&hearted+ If that *eans beco*ing one of the*. then so be it+ In the *eanti*e.I can spea. 2arla calculated that they were e*bracing this bold yet respectful tal. but I a* seriously going to learn *ore about what *a-es the #tar . I thin. ?After hearing the wisdo* of these ladies. 2arla addressed the crowd again. *y two new lady friends re*ained entirely coolheaded and faithfulA I don. and around the world viewers now thought it was cool and acceptable to wal. who typically gave credit only to the*selves for their victories+ @ith a flash of insight.of faith+ 2arla calculated correctly+ 8oyful cheers rose up fro* the crowd.roud.Nevertheless.for . that throughout this frightful incident. should it surprise any of you.t -now about you.
s good for the cause+? #arah Radd and her daughter Reyna agreed+ It wasn. and 2arla couldn. the .ll be ta-ing a breather at the nearest hotel+? Again.t have planned it better+ Chapter 4(: 8er"sale4 )inner 2arla insisted after the press conference that the three of the* stay overnight in 8erusale*+ ?.t every day that the Radd wo*en got to address the entire universe+ #urely so*e good can co*e of this+ =ver dinner at the hotel restaurant. the crowd responded with deep applause. and we.all of us when I say that we are e9hausted.? said 2arla+ ?It. as if a fog of discri*ination had been lifted+ It was ground& brea-ing+ It was refreshing+ It was e9citing.o*e on+ 1he press e9pects us to stay over+ 1rust *e.
2arla.? said 2arla as she pressed another button on her wrist phone+ ?Now whatA? as-ed Reyna+ ?@ho else is going to attac. ?:ven the Advocate said to . and I.us before the day is overA? 2arla e9plained.* not tal-ing about this fine *eal+ @hat in the world (ust happened todayA? ?>old on. ?@hat is it that you don.s listening in+? #arah as-ed. ?=h. 1hat is what .t want anyone to hearA Are you hiding so*ethingA? 2arla replied.? said #arah. ?so*ething is fishy.three of the* had a chance to tal. no+ It.be wise as serpents and har*less as doves+.privately after the news *edia got coverage of these three heroes chec-ing into the hotel+ ?=-ay.s nothing to worry about+ 1his button is an e9ternal audio scra*bler+ Bou never -now who.
? continued #arah+ ?In .hosen are Euic-+ 1hat. ?Are you saying that you+++? #arah paused because she had a hunch+ #o*ething was odd about the order that 2arla gave over the phone in . but your *o* is already doing such a good (ob of it+ . you were getting ready for so*ething+ 1hen you told us to brace for i*pact+ >ow could you warn us unless you planned this yourselfA? 2arla s*iled pleasantly and said.s action was all about+? #arah as-ed 2arla.s for sure+? Reyna chi*ed in. ?Bou #tar .lease continue.hicago (ust before they were attac-ed+ ?@ait. ?.an one of you please give *e a clue hereA @hat are you both tal-ing aboutA? 2arla replied. ?I could e9plain.today. . you -new our ship was about to be fired upon+ It see*s that even before the radar blip.hicago.
our favorite wo*an e9ecutive has been up toH ever since the end of the 0aith @ar. 2arla Desto has been feeling guilty about so*e of her warti*e actions+ >er conscience has not been clear about it+? ?@e all -now that.? #arah continued.you.? said #arah.#arah+? #arah shoo. ?everything happened so fast. beginning with *y husband #ha*us.hosen that you si*ply have never seen before/ traits that you wish you could be a part of.? interrupted Reyna+ ?2arla said so in the earlier studies+? ?.s what I thin. you noticed character traits in the .? said 2arla+ ?Let your *other finish+? ?1han. 3o*.roud+ Archilli .her head at the audacity of 2arla.s sche*e. but here.atience. this ti*e addressing 2arla+ ?#o for years.t typically see a*ong the . which she had (ust figured out+ ?=-ay. traits that you don.
s all an act or another religious sca*+ Bou. #arah could see that this assess*ent was on the right trac-+ ?3eanwhile.re both not sure if they are sincere+ 3aybe it.with about itA As a . you -eep busy beco*ing your own e9pert in 70%th0ile frag*ents+ At first it was (ust a curiosity+ Bou wanted to figure out what the Advocate said that *a-es the .? #arah continued.s face+? 0ro* 2arla.hosen so uniEue+ And then so*ething clic-ed+ @hat the Advocate was saying was starting to *a-e sense to you+ Dut this was years before you studied with us+ And who could you trust to tal. but you.ve seen too *any of those during the 0aith @ar and the last sca* you saw ended up by e9ploding literally in you and your father.noticed those traits too. ?your little test of #ha*us and 1harEuinn si**ers over the years.s body language.
vulnerably+ Bet today was .roud hated.ll tell it+? #o*eti*es it ta-es Euite a bit to *a-e a high&powered e9ecutive li-e 2arla Desto spea. it would be financial suicide to be too sy*pathetic toward the .then that I was thin-ing about beco*ing one of the .. ?None of this is really news to *e+ Get to the events of today+? ?=-ay. ?Go ahead+ #ay it+ If word ever got out bac.hosen+ If word suddenly got out that you were siding with a group that the .? 2arla sighed. *y co*pany would be crippled+ Actually. the politically correct ter* is .s re*ar-.young business wo*an after the 0aith @ar.hosen.*obility i*paired. but your *eaning is true enough+? Reyna as-ed. then your co*pany Doing&Joing would be crip+++? #arah stopped herself+ 2arla finished #arah. ?I.
roud that for too long I lac-ed the courage to do *uch of .co*fort in praise fro* *en and not God+ #o by the ti*e I reali<ed that being on top of the world still puts you under God. there is an even greater sense to prove *yself+ @hyA Decause the non&disabled population usually assu*es I. who left *e the Doing&Joing co*pany legacy and the hero *yth that Archilli and I fostered at the close of the 0aith @ar+ 1he . I too. with a disability. but only on *y disabilities+ And so it ta-es a lot to overco*e that stereotype+? ?In *y case.roud had their eyes on *e.easy+ 2arla said softly. and sadly.* going to fail or co*e up short in life+ 1hey don.t focus on *y abilities. I was so entwined in the future of the . ?Bou have to understandH for a person li-e *e. I was on the wrong roof at the wrong ti*e with the wrong father/ the great General 2on Desto.
hosen+? #arah as-ed. and so we calculated what it would ta-e to get the .2eath on a >ill.@hyA.hosen were an underdeveloped *ar-et that we were now going to focus on+ .roud to be *ore accepting of the . and *y staff gets paid big ti*e to do it right+ #o I told *y . I can sway public opinion to buy into .re subsidiary co*pany bro-e with tradition by purchasing and .anything about it+? ?1hen that big . IR *ovie ca*e out about the Advocate and a light clic-ed on in *y head+ I sur*ised that in the sa*e way I sway public opinion to buy into Doing&Joing products. ?Is that why you.hosen non& discri*ination+ #trategic planning and publicity ca*paigns are second nature to *e.ublic Relations 2epart*ent that the . they as-ed+ I said there were big profits in this for the entire econo*y.
:<e-iel . had been under surveillance since the end of the 0aith @ar. ?Actually.s brilliant+ 1he analogies there are .s a .? replied #arah+ ?@hat were the first and secondA? 2arla answered.ity.heavily pro*oting .. but that.s ga*e+ @e naturally stu*bled upon her incredible talent as a ga*e coder because we already had taps on all of the 1hane.hosen&*ade IR ga*eA? ?Iery perceptive. as you both have recently discovered+? ?Bou said third strategy.? said 2arla+ ?1hat was our third strategic ca*paign action/ buying 1ara.hosen teens al*ost figured out one of the*+ 1he first strategic action was to redesign all new Doing&Joing spacecraft to be shaped li-e seeds+? Reyna interrupted. two of your .s co*puters+ 1harEuinn. of course. even though it. ?Are you -idding *eA I never noticed.
?Now I.? said 2arla+ ?1hat.hosenA? ?Good Euestion.s so *any others+? ?Right. and how faith as s*all as a *ustard seed can be useful+ 1here.s hard to disli-e so*eone that has the sa*e . and thin-.>ey. . .s why we chose the seed *odel+ 1here.hosen ideas.about thisH it.lus.roud don.hosen hovercraft purchasesA? #arah said.* confused+ If the . the .roud love anything new. then how does this advance your strategy to win *ore acceptance of the . And the .t -now that the seeds are sy*bolic of .? said 2arla+ ?1hin.hosen thin-. 2id you -now that Doing&Joing now has 99N *ar-et share of .s so *uch depth of *eaning+ . I a* in a larger than life sy*bol of *y faith+.ool branding with plenty of choices+..huge/ the Advocates parables about the far*er sowing the seed 5the word of God6.
hovercraft as you do+ It;s basic instinct to li-e so*eone that drives the sa*e vehicle as you do+ =ur own Research 2epart*ent confir*ed this+ I -now it;s a superficial connection, but that was an i*portant first step in our ca*paign+? ?1hen we built the Goliath+ 1hat was the second strategy+ @e used Goliath to steer our agenda to *a-e the .hosen *ore favorable in the eyes of the ,roud+ 1he 3oneyLaw3a-ers ate it up as long as our oversi<ed co*puter told the* that their profits would increase+ And then we acEuired the .hosen& *ade :<e-iel .ity ga*e/ our third strategy+ 1ara;s ga*e, which I really do reco**end, by the way, was easy to notice, since I was already getting regular reports on the 1hane fa*ily due to the fact that 1harEuinn 1hane was the appointed holder of the rooftop riddle+?
?All these strategies *ade the .hosen *ore and *ore tolerable to the ,roud, but we needed a big finale to *a-e the .hosen go fro* being tolerable to being desirable to the ,roud+ 1hat;s when we ca*e up with .a*paign .yrus+ Doing&Joing built an untraceable and un*anned spacecraft off&world and sent it to .hicago to fire har*lessly at the :<e-iel .ity+ 1he big chase across two or three continents today was really no chase at all+ Doth ships were si*ply pre&progra**ed to put on a good show+ It was all a publicity stunt to turn the .hosen into heroes and position *y eventual conversion as being a logical outco*e of the e9cite*ent+ And I thin- it;s wor-ing+? Reyna as-ed, ?Is that why you always insisted on studying aboard the :<e-iel .ity shipA? 2arla replied, ?Bes+?
?I have to ad*it,? #arah said, ?that I a* both a*a<ed and a little frightened by the co*ple9ity of your plotting+ =n one hand, I ad*ire all the hard wor- that you have put into these strategies, and I;* sure that no one else in the entire world could have carried the* out so brilliantly+ >owever, I thin- we really need to ta-e this opportunity to co*pare your behavior to the Advocate;s behavior+? ?@hat do you *eanA? as-ed 2arla+ #arah said, ?I *ean, thin- about the Advocate and the ways in which he did things+ >e did the wor- of his 0ather without waiting for public opinion to turn in his favor+ 2id the Advocate shrin- bac- fro* what was right because he was afraid he *ight beco*e a social outcastA? 2arla answered, ?@ell, no+ >e so outraged the people that he was hung on a tree+?
?Right,? said #arah+ ?1he people -illed hi*&&in this very cityC >e died for us despite societal pressure on hi* to stop doing what was right+ >e went to the grave a ridiculed *an accused of lies and blasphe*y+ 1hen he rose fro* the dead to regroup the first of his .hosen people, despite the fact that these followers had abandoned hi* in his ti*e of need+ Now that;s deter*ination+ >owever, contrast that with what you;ve been doing+ 2o you see any differenceA? ?@ell,? said 2arla slowly, ?I never thought about it in co*parison, but yes, I do+ It;s huge+? ?:9plain it to *e then,? said #arah+ 2arla said softly, ?1he Advocate didn;t try to fit into the world;s standards+ >e unapologetically lived, died, and rose again for the best standard of all/ because he loves us+ Dut *e, on the other hand,
I;ve been cowardly+ 2eep down I;ve -nown that the Advocate;s way is right, but I;ve been too afraid of what other people will thin- if I convert+ And I;ve done so*e terrible things+ I had been instru*ental in trying to wipe religious thin-ing out of e9istence+ It;s very+++ unnerving to ad*it+ Dut it;s true+? #arah nodded in agree*ent, ?I;* glad you see the difference *ore vividly now between your character and the Advocate;s+ I thin- ad*itting this truth is a brea-through *o*ent for you+? ?Beah,? added Reyna, ?and the truth will set you free+? 2arla agreed, ?1hat;s the thing+ I;ve got all this financial power, and yet I don;t feel free+ I;* always plotting so*ething+ I;* tired of feeling li-e I;* controlling the weight of the world+ I need+++ relief+ I need the Advocate+?
#arah ac-nowledged, ?2on;t we allA? 1he three ladies finished their *eal together and the *ood shifted fro* initial confusion to one of deep progress+ Later, they went up to their hotel roo*s where Reyna and her *o* had a chance to tal- privately+ ?3o*,? said Reyna, ?I was wondering about so*ething+ 2o you thin- 2arla needs to tell the world the truth about what happened todayA #he pretty *uch deceived the entire population with that air chase stunt today+? #arah too- a big breath and said, ?I was thin-ing about that too+ Dut I don;t -now+ In *y *ind I;* reviewing what she said to us and at the press conference+ #he was very careful about what she said to the reporters+ I don;t thin- she told any lies at all+ 1he *edia (ust assu*ed that it wasn;t a publicity
stunt+ And she did confess these things to us tonight+ #o I don;t thin- a public apology is absolutely essential+ Dut I do thin- we need to help her see that her deceitful nature could be a big proble* in her character+? ?Beah, I agree,? said Reyna+ ?It;s a (udg*ent call+ :ither way, I thin- we can chal- up tonight as a step forward for 2arla+? Reyna paused, ?I guess ;step; isn;t the *ost appropriate word, given her disability+ #arah replied, ?It;s a figure of speech, and you;re right+ #he *ay not wal-, but 2arla Desto, the world;s *ost powerful wo*an, is *oving forward+ And in three days ti*e, she;ll be one of us+?
Chapter 4*: Boing2:oing Gets $et
1he papara<<i were out in full force for 2arla and
Archilli;s i**ersion+ 2arla insisted on having it in La-e 3ichigan at =a- #treet Deach+ 1he #tar .hosen were not accusto*ed to such publicity at one of their conversions+ Reporters and ca*era crew had ta-en positions along the beach, on the life guard stands, and a few even had underwater ca*eras+ 1he ,roud had still not fully e*braced the #tar .hosen as a whole, but who could resist watching such a celebrity as 2arla Desto and the *ysterious Archilli *a-e such radical decisions publiclyA #o*e of the reporters even arrived at the beach earlier than Lee 0ellowship, which was a surprise+ Lee was a #tar .hosen who was always the first to arrive at .hosen events, and the last to leave+ >e si*ply loved to tal- at length to other *e*bers, and *ade a point of scheduling nothing else of
significance on days of .hosen events+ Lee 0ellowship was -nown and loved by everyone, even his wife, who would so*eti*es struggle because they were always the last ones to leave a *eeting+ >is real na*e was Lee Lacuse+ >owever, not even his own e*ployer called hi* by his real na*e+ Lee;s boss, 3arc .otton, was also a #tar .hosen *e*ber+ In fact, 3arc .otton;s whole e9tended fa*ily were part of the #tar .hosen+ 1his was very rare, since usually the rest of a fa*ily persecutes a person who beco*es one of the .hosen+ Nevertheless, 3arc .otton and his fa*ily had a different spirit+ As Lee would say, ?Bou tal- about 3arc .otton and all his -infol-+++ they;re so spiritual, that whole cotton& pic-ing fa*ily are *e*bers+? At the beach, 2arla and Archilli were guided to the water;s edge by #ha*us, #arah and Reyna Radd,
1harEuinn and 1ara 1hane, as well as 88 ,ac-ard with his wife Dianca and their three daughters+ 1housands of .hosen and ,roud had co*e out to witness the i**ersion in person+ 8ust beyond the water;s swi**ing peri*eter, the on&loo-ing boats surrounded the event, hoping to get the best view of it all+ 1here were so *any boats that =a- #treet Deach could have been *ista-en for a bustling trade harbor or a boating e9position+ 1ara was the first to -ic- off her sandals and put her feet in the water+ Lacey ,ac-ard and her two sisters were right behind 1ara wading deeper into the water, and all four of the teenagers sEuared off with hands cupped (ust above the water line and ear& to&ear grins+ 1hey were poised to start splashing each other+ Dianca ,ac-ard, a role *odel *other a*ong the
.hosen, saw this co*ing, and declared for all to hear, ?I;* sure our spiritually&*inded young girls wouldn;t even thin- about starting a splash fight (ust before an i*portant i**ersion+? Dianca, li-e her husband 88, was fa*ous for *a-ing state*ents li-e that to point people in the right direction+ #he did so in such a bright&eyed, opti*istic way that it inspired good behavior even fro* those that were not her own children+ 1his day was no e9ception+ All the girls uncupped their hands, straightened up, and waited for the adults to wade into the water with the*+ 1ara loo-ed toward the beach at the adults putting down bac-pac-s and coolers for the picnic i**ediately following the i**ersion+ 1hey were unpac-ing things and setting out blan-ets+ :ven 2arla was helping+ 1his was the first ti*e that 1ara
recogni<ed that 2arla was (ust a regular hu*an being+ ,reviously, 1ara only identified 2arla as ?celebrity,? or ?big ,roud boss lady,? or even ?disabled overachiever+? 1ara was e*barrassed to ad*it that last label+ It was then that 1ara reali<ed that there was so*ething she had to air out with 2arla+ 1ara approached 2arla bac- at the water;s edge and said, ?Bou -now so*ethingA It;s hard to stay *ad at so*eone when they are about to be i**ersed+? 2arla loo-ed at 1ara with a Eui<<ical loo-+ ?2ear girl, I;* sure whatever it is, Archilli didn;t *ean to *a-e you *ad on purpose+ Dut the poor *an does have that effect on people+? ?Iery funny,? 1ara replied+ ?I;* tal-ing about you+?
1he force co*ing fro* beneath 2arla;s hoverchair was beginning to dry the wet sand directly under it+ 2arla leaned forward in her chair and as-ed, ?#eriously then, what;s wrongA? ?@ell,? ad*itted 1ara, ?it;s about the ship that Doing&Joing built for us+ I -now this is trivial on the day of your i**ersion, but I;ve (ust got to get this out in the open+ I;* still a little *ad at you+ Bou na*ed that ship all on your own and you didn;t even as- *e first+ I *ean, I ca*e up with the na*e ;:<e-iel .ity; only for a IR ga*e, not a whole spaceship+ I -now you said we can rena*e it if we li-e, but now the ship;s already seen action under that na*e, and o-ay+ 3aybe the na*e is a good na*e for a ship too, but+++ I don;t -now+ 3aybe I had an i*portant na*e in *ind for the ship too+ 2id you ever thin- of thatA @hy did you have to be so
snea-y and independent about the whole thingA? 2arla stared out at the la-e, loo-ed at 1ara, loo-ed down at the sEuare of dried sand below her, and then she answered, ?Decause I was lost+? 2arla paused with a sigh, and added, ?I;* sorry, 1ara+? ?@ow,? e9clai*ed 1ara out loud+ ?@hat a good answer+ I guess you really are ready to beco*e one of us+ I forgive you+? ?=-ay,? said 2arla in a louder voice so that everyone could hear, ?let;s do this+? ?@ait, is that thing waterproofA? as-ed 1ara, pointing to 2arla;s hoverchair+ ?Are you -idding *eA? said Archilli+ ?1hat chair is bulletproof, waterproof, fireproof, rustproof+++? 2arla interrupted, ?1he only feature we couldn;t add to it was ;foolproof+;? ?@ell then, 2arla, it;s a good thing you;re getting
i**ersed today,? chuc-led #arah+ ?0ollowing the Advocate is the only foolproof path I -now+? ?@ell put, honey,? said #ha*us+ #ha*us; party of twelve nodded in approval and glared at each other as if to say, ?=-ay+ It;s ti*e to i**erse+? 1hey waded into the water about waist& high and circled up to say a prayer+ =utside of that inner circle, Doing&Joing staff and a few of the stoc-ier #tar .hosen *e*bers set up a wider circle that surrounded the twelve+ 1his created a *a-eshift buffer <one so that the i**ersion could proceed uninterrupted by the public+ 1he *ost pro*inent ,roud newscaster, 1ed >ypecraft, had a few .hosen *e*bers in his ca*era crew+ Naturally then, 1ed and his crew were able to get the closest and best coverage of the event+ 1ed broadcast the following live play&by&play/
?0ol-s, this is Euite a sight+ 1he darling of the day, 2arla Desto, and her right&hand *an, Archilli, have called a huddle in the *iddle of .hicago;s own La-e 3ichigan+ 1hey brea- huddle without a clap and asse*ble around Archilli+ I would say that Archilli has an intense deter*ined loo- on his face, but as the gala9y -nows, he always loo-s that way+ ,erhaps Archilli has rubbed off on these #tar .hosen because they all have that si*ilar loo- of resolute deter*ination on their faces+ I;* guessing this is due to the i*portance of the *o*ent for the*+? ?1here;s a bit of chatter going on in the inner circle+ @e -now fro* .hosen propaganda that these people believe this i**ersion procedure to be what they call an ;act of faith; in which they participate in the death, burial, and resurrection of their -ing+ Apparently, Archilli and 2arla now believe, along
with the rest of the .hosen, that all their evil&doings will be so*ehow done away with during this occasion+ No doubt those circled around Archilli are discussing these very concepts one last ti*e before the i**ersion+? ?It loo-s li-e the action is about to get started+ 1hree #tar .hosen guys ta-e hold of Archilli, one of the toughest *en -nown to the gala9y, and he is not putting up a fight+ Now they dun- hi* under the water without a struggle+ Archilli co*es up out of the water, and now the #tar .hosen are giving hi* high&fives, as if they all (ust won a big sporting event+ 2arla glides over to Archilli+ >er chair is obviously in surf *ode+ 2arla gives Archilli a corporate&si<ed -iss on the chee-+ Archilli, in a rare show of e*otion, is s*iling, wiping his eyes with (oy, and this is unbelievable&&Archilli is hugging
peopleC 0ol-s, I;ve never seen anything li-e this+ 1hese #tar .hosen sure display a wealth of public e*otion+ >ave they no fear of ger*sA? ?Now they all circle around 2arla Desto+ 2arla *otions to Archilli+ Archilli grabs 2arla up out of her state&of&the&art Doing&Joing hoverchair+ 0ol-s, I believe this is the first ti*e 2arla has appeared out of her chair in public since that fateful day at the end of the 0aith @ar all those years ago+ Archilli is cradling his high&powered boss, holding her (ust above the waterline+ 1here;s a pri<e&winning photo right there+ It *a-es *e wonder if that shot will end up in the Doing&Joing corporate bulletin+ 1he rest of the #tar .hosen close in, a few of the* lay hands on her, and here we go again+ 1hese #tar .hosen are dun-ing the great 2arla Desto in one of the Great La-es of this continent+ Archilli lifts her bac- up
fro* under the water, and 2arla lunges toward the wo*en in e9cite*ent+ >ugs of delight ripple fro* this odd band of *erry #tar .hosen+ 1he crowd of onloo-ers, .hosen, of both flavors, and ,roud, are cheering with e9cite*ent+? #ounding astonished, 1ed yelled out the rest of his broadcastH ?Now there is widespread hugging going onC =h, now I;ve seen it allC Are there no social boundaries any*oreA 1he .hosen are hugging the ,roud, and the ,roud are hugging the .hosenC 0ol-s, what else can I sayA 1he world *ay never be the sa*eC 1his is 1ed >ypecraft signing outC?
Chapter 4.: I %i&e Beach 3icnics So M"ch; I Co"ld Cry
After the i**ersion, the .hosen gathered on the
beach for their picnic+ It was filled with song, sand castle building, deep conversation, and ho*e&*ade food+ 2arla couldn;t re*e*ber the last ti*e she had food that wasn;t catered off of a *enu+ Nevertheless, the ho*e&*ade dishes at the picnic were all Euite delicious+ :ven so*e of the teens contributed to the feast+ Lacey ,ac-ard *ade a peanut butter pie that was a big hit+ :ver the business wo*an, 2arla offered to help Lacey *ar-et the pie to grocery distributors as a new dessert+ 2arla even had the product na*e and (ingle all figured out for a hypothetical *ar-eting launch/ ?,eanut Dutter Lacey+ It;s pretty tasty+? 88 and Dianca ,ac-ard loo-ed at each other+ 1hen Dianca pleasantly replied, ?I thin- we need to ta-e one launch at a ti*e+? 1ara chi*ed in, ?Is there anything you haven;t set
out to na*e, 2arlaA? ?@hat can I sayA? answered 2arla+ ?1he *edia says it;s a gift+ #pea-ing of na*es, 1ara, earlier, you i*plied that you had a na*e in *ind for the spacecraft before I na*ed it ;:<e-iel .ity+; @hat na*e did you have in *indA? ?"h+++? replied 1ara, clearly caught off guard+ ?I don;t -now+ 3aybe it;s not the best na*e for a spaceship+ Dut I was thin-ing to na*e it ;,hoebe+;? ?,hoebe was 1ara;s *other;s na*e,? clarified Dianca+ ?#he passed on+? 2arla already -new who ,hoebe was+ After all, 2arla had been -eeping tabs on 1harEuinn 1hane and his fa*ily ever since the end of the 0aith @ar+ ?If you want to rena*e the ship after your *other, that;s (ust fine with *e,? 2arla said e*pathetically+ ?.onsider it done+?
?1han-s,? said 1ara sole*nly, ?but no+ 1hat;s o-ay+ 4eep the ship;s na*e ;:<e-iel .ity+; 3aybe so*eday I;ll na*e so*ething else after her+ 1he real heart of the *atter is that I understand so*ething now that I (ust didn;t want to tal- about earlier+ I don;t need the ship to be na*ed after *y *o*+ I *ean, not that ;,hoebe; isn;t a good na*e for a ship+ Dut there is so*ething *ore i*portant that I was afraid to e9press in all of this+ I guess I (ust wanted people to -now that, yeah, I;* fifteen, and *y dad has raised *e well+ I -now I have a good life+ Dut you -now whatA I still *iss *y *o*+? :veryone in earshot of this sensitive conversation had a tear in their eye+ ?Beah, I read you loud and clear,? 2arla sighed+ ?;Dlessed are those who *ourn, for they will be co*forted+; Bou poor dear, you;ve lost so *uch+ If
it;s any consolation, you;ve gained *e as your sister today+++ and Archilli as your brother+? ?Now don;t go and scare the poor girl,? (o-ed Dianca+ It was perfect ti*ing, and the perfect opportunity for a good cry to turn into a good laugh+ After a while, they couldn;t tell the difference any*ore+ @hat *attered, as 1ara alluded to earlier, was that hearts were opened, and the #tar .hosen grew closer+
Chapter 4/: $hat $e 7no0 o! <o"r Message
#unday was launch day+ 1he Advocate rose on this day, and the #tar .hosen saw it only fitting to i*itate their leader by rising to the stars on a #unday+ 1hose co**itted to the *ission were all on
board the :<e-iel .ity, including Archilli and 2arla, who were waiting in the bridge for #ha*us to give the launch co**and+ 0irst, a *essage ca*e over the ship;s audio syste*, ?1his is #ha*us+ :veryone report to the cave+? 1he cave was the biggest *eeting roo* on the ship+ @hen they all gathered, #ha*us said, ?Let;s pray+ Advocate, you have brought us all a long way fro* where we first began, hiding out inside tunnels and real caves during the 0aith @ar+ And now we as- that you continue to bring us a long way as we ta-e what we -now of your *essage to corners of the universe in which only you -now what we will find+ @e as- that you bring us safely to *illions of people who will receive what we -now of your word with great eagerness, and that we;ll declare that *essage with great boldness+?
After the prayer, as everyone reported to their stations, 2arla whispered to Archilli, ?2id you hear thatA #ha*us -ept saying ;what we -now of your *essage+; It;s *y fault that we don;t have the whole *essage+? ?I was there too+ 3aybe we should both fully e9plain what we did in detail,? said Archilli+ ?@ell,? 2arla responded, ?during the study series I confessed that I did terrible things to destroy the Advocate;s *essage+ 2o you thin- that is enough of a confessionA 3aybe it was too vague+ I *ean what we did was very specific+ @e eradicated the 70%th0ile+? ?Bes,? said Archilli+ ?Actually, I do recall that I said al*ost e9actly the sa*e thing when I confessed to the brothers+ I told the* that I was involved in *ultiple plots to wipe the* out+?
?@e both were,? said 2arla, ?but we are different people now+ 3oreover, I have a plan that could rectify a big part of what we *essed up+? Archilli *ade a face that e9pressed the state*ent, ?@hy a* I not surprisedA? Nevertheless, he didn;t say anything+ Archilli *ay have been a new *an spiritually, but he still didn;t say *uch+
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Chapter #1: A Bo= o! Roc&s
1he space *ission was under way+ Already the #tar .hosen had traveled to one inhabited planet in their efforts to convince people that they *ust follow the Advocate+ 1he plan was to spend roughly three
*onths at each planet, with all the *e*bers going out daily to reach out to the inhabitants+ If anyone fro* the planet e*braces the Advocate in that period, then the :<e-iel .ity would leave behind a tea* of thirty *e*bers+ 1he tas- of the thirty was to *a-e that planet their new ho*e and convert as *any inhabitants as possible+ #o*eone started calling it the ?interplanetary plan of inspiration,? and the ter* caught on+ >owever, the idea had yet to spread beyond the ship+ None of the inhabitants of the first planet had e9pressed any interest in the Advocate, and after three *onths, the #tar .hosen *oved on+ =n the second planet, Archilli was out with 88 for seven hours loo-ing for open people to share the truth with, but they had found no one who would give the* even the ti*e of day, let alone a few *inutes to
hear the Advocate;s *essage+ ?1his stin-s,? Archilli huffed+ ?None of these people are open+ @e can;t get a peep out of the*+? 88 replied, ?Bou -now, it;s funny you should say that+ @e;ve been out all day together and you haven;t said hardly anything about your own life+ I *ean, in between trying to *eet people today, I;ve been telling you all about *y life, but what about youA Bou;re about as open as a bo9 of roc-s+ I -now *ore about the Advocate fro* the frag*ents left behind than I -now about you, yet you are physically right here with *e+ @hy is thatA? Archilli sighed in frustration and said, ?Bou want to hear so*ething about *y lifeA? 1hen he paused+ It was apparent that so*ething was weighing heavily upon his conscience+ ?=-ay+ =-ay,? Archilli continued+ ?2o you want to understand why you
-now so little about the AdvocateA? ?@ell,? said 88, ?it;s co**on -nowledge+ 2uring the 0aith @ar, the ulti*ate s*art bo*b virus was set off, selectively destroying any electronic data that had narratives in it+ .ode&based progra**ing was unscathed, but, of course, boo-s, novels, reports, audio narratives, songs, *ovies, and any other verbal&based *edia was destroyed+ 1ragically, this included the >oly 70%th0ile+? ?Bes,? said Archilli, ?and do you -now who destroyed itA 3e, that;s whoC 2arla, 2on Desto and I destroyed it+ 2on gave the order and we carried it out+ 2on convinced the other generals that destroying people;s hope and identity was even *ore effective than -illing the* in war+? 88 was stunned, yet without thin-ing he *anaged to grab Archilli by the shirt and he forced hi*
against the side of a par-ed hovercraft+ 1his particular vehicle was different fro* the rest+ It had a life&si<ed pin- statue of a beautiful young wo*an *ounted in the center of its open dec-&¬ that either of the #tar .hosen noticed in the heat of the *o*ent+ 88 cried out, ?Are you telling *e that because of you, we;ll all be cla*oring for scraps of the 70%th0ile for the rest of our livesA 2o you even+++ do you reali<e how *alicious what you;ve done isA? Archilli chopped at 88;s grip, bro-e free of hi* and replied, ?I do+ I lost *y fa*ily over thisC And I hate it+? ?=-ay,? said 88 as he forced hi*self to cal* down+ ?1he Advocate can wor- with you if you have an attitude li-e that+ @e;re taught to hate the sin+ Love the sinner+?
?1he Euestion is,? as-ed Archilli, ?can you do thatA And what about the rest of the .hosenA? ?I see where you;re going with this,? 88 replied+ ?1wo of our own nu*ber intentionally erased the very standard that we live by+ #o now you need an answer to this Euestion/ .an we forgive youA? Archilli added, ?I;* not the only one that needs the answer+? ?Bou *ean 2arlaA? as-ed 88+ ?Not (ust her,? replied Archilli+ ?Dut I thin- we all need to -now/ Are we really that *uch li-e the Advocate that we can (ust forgiveA 2o we really love one another as he loved usA? 88 answered, ?If we don;t, then we are wasting our ti*e out here+ Now, we can;t di*inish the fact that, forgiveness or not, sin has conseEuences+ Dut if you tell other people what you;ve done, and I thin- you
probably should, well+++ be prepared to ta-e so*e heat, a lot of heat+? ?@hy didn;t you confess this when we were studyingA? 88 as-ed+ ?I did,? replied Archilli+ ?2on;t you re*e*berA I said I was involved in *ultiple plots to wipe you and your history out+++ not (ust you but all religious people+ I understand now that I could have been a lot *ore specific, but I did what I did and what else can I sayA ;I;* sorry I al*ost single&handedly erased the very words of GodA; @ell, I a* sorry, but it doesn;t change the fact that I did it+? 88 didn;t -now what to thin- or feel+ >e wanted to be angry with Archilli, but what would that solveA ?Let;s pray,? said 88+ ?I si*ply don;t -now what else to do+?
Chapter #1: Ma&ing riends on 3i9on
As the two *en prayed, Archilli continued to lean on the par-ed hovercraft at the surface of this un-nown planet+ ?>ey,? a strange voice interrupted their prayer, ?if you -eep leaning on *y craft, then you;re going to get the shaftC? Archilli too- a deep breath of restraint+ 1hen he slowly *oved away fro* the hovercraft+ ?1hat;s right,? the stranger continued+ ?#how so*e respect to *y ride+? 1he stranger was even shorter than Archilli and also appeared to be of Italian decent, yet the stranger tal-ed so*ewhat li-e a gangster and wore an unusual red hel*et+ 88 was careful to respond+ ?Bou have our apologies, friend+ @e will certainly show so*e respect to you and your ride, and it is our sincere hope as well that you show so*e respect to us and
our ride+? ?Bour rideA? the stranger *oc-ed+ ?@hat ride is thatA? 88 s*iled+ ?It;s the ride of your life, and you need to see it+ #ince we are (ust visitors to this planet+++? 1he stranger interrupted, ?1hat you all are visitors is obvious+ Bou fools are all dressed li-e a (et soccer tea*+? 88 continued, ?Right, since we are (ust visitors to this planet, and we haven;t even been here a full day, it *ust be no accident that we are *eeting you here and now+ In fact, we ca*e here specifically to *eet so*eone who is loo-ing for truth and eternal security+ 2o you want thatA? ,ondering for a *o*ent, the stranger replied, ?I would be a fool if I didn;t+ 3y na*e is Geo+? As he did this, Geo hopped aboard his hovercraft, carefully
placed his red hel*et atop the pin- statue, and *otioned to the off&worlders to co*e aboard+ Loo-ing to Archilli, he chuc-led and said, ?>ah, you have the sa*e round nose as *y pin- statue here+? ?@as that an insultA? whispered Archilli to 88 in irritation+ ?I don;t -now, but don;t ta-e it that way,? replied 88 with a chuc-le+ ?After all, you do have a round nose+? 1he two #tar .hosen introduced the*selves and hoped that a new friendship was beginning+ 2espite his rugged attitude, Geo turned out to be in an e9tra& friendly *ood, partly because Archilli re*inded hi* of one of his close relatives+ 1herefore, Geo gave 88 and Archilli a tour of the planet fro* his hovercraft, and the *en got to -now each other+ @hile Geo learned *ore about the Advocate, 88 and Archilli
t eEuip*ent failure+ #o*eone is shooting at usC? 88 yelled+ ?>ave we even been here long enough to *a-e ene*iesA? 3eanwhile.s hovercraft+ 1he ship roc-ed in *idair.t lunged while airborne to grab hold of the pinstatue.s planet . throwing Archilli violently upwards+ If he hadn. Archilli and 88. he would have surely fallen overboard+ Kuic-ly recovering. ?NoC 3elodyC? as they all .learned a little about Geo as they cruised (ust below the cloud layer through the s-ies above Geo. both trained pilots. did what they could to stabili<e the battered ship+ ?1hat wasn. Geo cried.i<on+ Geo was apparently really into *usic and clai*ed to be able to get 88 and Archilli into any concert on the planet if they so desired+ #uddenly so*ething ripped up through the botto* of Geo.
which was still airworthy. falling overboard+ Geo dove *adly to catch the hel*et. and deliberately steered it into a dive straight down after Geo+ Archilli yelled to 88 as they dove ever closer to the planet. transparent green foa* solidified around 88.an you do itA? 88 replied.of the .s hope so.? as he cli*bed atop the shoulders of the pretty pin.s body fro* the chest downwards and continued to spread down the statue and out across the dec. but *issed and plu**eted overboard as well+ Archilli too. ?1hat statue is very sturdy+ "se it to e9tend your reach and prepare for #aturn for*ation+ Bour *ilitary file says that you are trained in this procedure+ . typed a code into his belt buc-le and raised his ar*s+ I**ediately. ?Let.s surface. -noc-ed loose by the blast.co**and of the ship.turned to see the red hel*et.statue.
and twenty seconds later . and in no ti*e they were diving parallel to each other only an ar*.s ar*s to cover the rest of hi* and also all of Geo+ Archilli. e9pand for a twenty countC? 88 said.s length apart+ 88 lunged the free portion of his body.easy.great focus to slow the ship and level it out in such a way that both 88 and Geo survived with all of their li*bs intact+ 1he ship stabili<ed to a hover (ust above to tops of the indigenous purple trees. ?>old your breath and+++ *ar-C? In an instant.hovercraft+ 1he foa* anchored 88 to the ship securely+ @ith deter*ination. and then yelled to Geo. Archilli steered the ship vertically toward the free&falling Geo. wrapped his ar*s around Geo and loc-ed his grip+ ?=n *y *ar-. yet this *aneuver actually too. the green foa* e9panded out across 88.s e9pert piloting *ade it loo.
than-s guys for saving *y lifeC.statue to the hovercraft dec.you.? replied Archilli.as the foa* no longer supported their weight. and Geo gasped for air+ It was the *ost incredible rescue of his life+ ?2id we get *y hel*et tooA? as-ed Geo frantically loo-ing around after a few *ore rounds of panting+ ?3e personally. partly to also loo.his head ?No. but that. .ve recovered *y hel*et+? Archilli shoo. ?I would start with .below for the fallen hel*et.? which pro*pted Geo to i**ediately *ove to the edge of his battered hovercraft and peer downward+ 88 got up and (oined hi*.s (ust *e+? ?1han. ?now please tell *e that we.the transparent substance dissolved to uncover 88 and Geo+ 1hey gently slu*ped down the pin.? Geo responded abruptly.
intersected by a transparent tube train line+ . a southbound passenger train could be seen approaching.s so special about that hel*etA? as-ed 88+ .? said 88+ ?I need that hel*et. clear tubes with their pods crisscrossed the surface of the planet+ 3any people who preferred not to fly used the tube trains al*ost e9clusively for scenic and cheap travel+ 0ar ahead.* sure we can get you a new hel*et.i<on . containing passengers and cargo+ 1hese spacious.lanet was -nown for its e9tra wide ground rail passenger and freight lines of transportation tubes+ 1he tubes carried connecting pods.? said Geo with concern+ ?@hat.but *ainly to *a-e sure Geo didn. but as for the hel*et.t fall over again+ 1he terrain below contained scattered purple trees in a *eadow. no such device was in sight+ ?I. also transparent.
?@hyA 2id so*eone in your fa*ily get you that hel*etA Is that why it.? Geo responded+ ?1hat hel*et is irreplaceable+? 88 as-ed.3elody. ?@e have ourselves a co*edian on board+ >ow about thatA 3y fa*ily+++ that.?Are you -idding *eA? said Geo with pride+ ?2o you thin.t as-+? Archilli was Euic.s your business+ . that. right before you fell overboard+ @ho is 3elodyA Is that the na*e of your pin.s funny+ 3y fa*ily is probably the ones shooting at us+ It.to redirect+ ?Listen.statueA? ?No+ Angie is the na*e of the statue+ 3elody is the hel*et. sonny.you can (ust buy a hel*et li-e that at the *ar-etA 1hat. ?Bou cried out . your hel*et falls overboard.s a priceless piece of wor-+? Archilli as-ed.s so special to youA? Geo scoffed.s co*plicated+ 2on.
loo-ed bac. we. I don.re acting goofy and obsessed over this thing. then bac.#o*eone shoots at *e. and we all -now that it.t -now.re hoo-ed on its audio content or video. half *y fa*ily is in law enforce*ent+ As you can see.ll tell you this.s illegal out here+ Bou. but I.s *y business+++ so tal-+ I already figured out fro* the way that you are acting that your little hel*et uses direct brain IR.re a little on the rough side+ 1he govern*ent has declared war on anyone having anything to do with direct brain . ?I have a twin brother in law enforce*ent+ In fact. understandA? Geo blin-ed a few ti*es. so you *ust already be addicted+ @hether you. and answered. you have a proble*+ It is not nor*al for so*eone to dive off of a ship (ust to save an ob(ect+ @hat I need to -now now is who is shooting at us.overboard.at Archilli. now it.
don.t be using that any*ore+. without warning.the ship controls and began to navigate a landing towards the *eadow below+ Again.re going down+ 88. and this is his way of saying . #o there you have it+ And now you can let *e land *y ship+ I.ll see you guys off by the *eadow (ust below us.s hovercraft+ All three *en were sha-en up by the hit.IR+ 3y brother found out about *y hel*et. and you can go on your *erry way+? 1he *en agreed to this and Geo retoo. grab the -id+ =n *y *ar-. and the ship spun downward&&a crash landing loo-ed inevitable+ Archilli stu*bled to the controls and *ade an effort to stabili<e the badly da*aged ship+ ?1he controls are unresponsiveC? Archilli yelled out to the others+ ?@e. hold your breath for a twenty count+++ *ar-C? Archilli pressed a code into his belt . another pro(ectile blasted its way through Geo.
s ship sla**ed into the outer tube of the rail line and bro-e apart instantly+ >owever. the virtually indestructible green transparent glob around the three *en pierced through the outer tube and charged into one of the inner passenger pods li-e a *issile+ 1he green glob sliced diagonally through .t help but notice that their ship was headed straight for the tube train line below. therefore. which loo-ed to be pulling an e9tra long line of pods+ 1his could *ean lots of passengers and. this ti*e fro* Archilli. he *ade a frightening observation+ Archilli couldn.s eyes.buc-le and dove si*ultaneously on top of Geo and 88+ 1he fa*iliar *etallic green foa* e9panded. lots of unsuspecting people in danger+ Geo.s belt to for* a protective covering over all three *en+ 8ust before the foa* spread to cover Archilli.
in horror at the wrec-age behind the* in the tube. but *ost thin-ing how luc-y they were to have been spared+ 3any were also relieved that . shot out the other side of the tube. a few than-ing whatever higher power they believed in.the fifth pod in the line.section crushed the *iddle section. for*ing a s*all crater before it ca*e to a s*o-ing halt+ 1he passenger pod lost its align*ent and ca*e off the tube rails enough to get stuc. which resulted in a flash of devastating confusion and certain death for *any innocent riders+ 3eanwhile. and burrowed into the ad(acent *eadow.in the *iddle+ 1his caused *any pods after it to crash in on each other+ 1he bac. the front four pods of the tube line safely disengaged fro* the rest of the train and continued onward toward their final destination+ 1hese passengers could be seen in their pods ga<ing bac.
and also that the dirt in their crater had a purple tint to it. the green protective substance around Geo. and the entire planet -new it+ Chapter #2: A!ter the Crash Dac. began to focus and noticed a few things/ that Archilli and Geo were sitting up loo-ing toward the sound of *uch co**otion.s pro*otional *otto.t be delayed at all by this unfortunate accident+ ?1he tube *ust *ove and groove. 88 also .at the crater.? was the train line. and Archilli dissolved and all three of the* slu*ped into the war* dirt of the *eadow+ 88 was nauseous as he felt the protective foa* disappear around hi*+ >e sEuir*ed up on all fours.they were on the portion of the tube that wouldn. (ust li-e the trees+ As his hands scrapped along the ground. 88.
his eyes now trailed bac.*y rib is bro-e.s head+ ?#tay low. but was une9pectedly tac-led fro* behind and brought bac.? 88 groaned+ ?No doubt about itH *y rib is bro-e+? .a direct hit+ 88 instinctively headed toward the pod to help.? 88 thought to hi*self+ .a deep breath+ ?I thin. as a gun blast shot right above 88.? said Archilli as he let go of 88+ ?@e are still under attac-+? ?"gh.noticed that the grains of dirt were surprisingly larger than those on :arth+ #tanding up slowly.to the ground+ 1his happened (ust in ti*e. he brushed the dirt off his hands and winced in pain as he too.to the gri* reality of the tube line debris+ #crea*s of pain could be heard co*ing fro* the pod that too.o*ing out of his grogginess.
?@e need to get out of here. the robot was a ground&level *achine. he was stopped instantly+ Archilli *ade a low sweeping -ic. all of which were ar*ed with .? said Geo franticly+ ?3y hel*et has got to be nearby+? >e crouched low and began to run in the opposite direction of the gun blast.in the dirt+ ?Bou will not *a-e it out of here alive if you go it alone. -noc-ing the youth bac. they are shooting to -ill now+? 0ro* the direction of the gun blast.repare to die+? 0ro* behind a line of trees.that undercut Geo. a robotic voice could be heard repeating a rather blunt state*ent/ ?@e do not negotiate with terrorists+ . approaching with wheels li-e a *ini tan-.repare to die+ @e do not negotiate with terrorists+ .s balance. but li-e 88. a sEuare yellow body and four *echanical ar*s.? Archilli warned Geo+ ?@hoever is shooting at us -id.
?this is serious+ 1hat robot is for real+? 88 replied.? said Geo *ore franticly.(o-es+ ?Bou guys.guns+ 1he only cover the three *en currently had at their disposal was the *ounds of purple dirt piled around their crater by the i*pact of the crash+ As the robot closed in on the three *en.ll tell you who else is for real/ God is for real+? 1hen 88 lay facedown in the dirt.he. ?3aybe we should pray+? ?Get real.s tal-ing to you.? said 88 to Archilli+ :ven with a bro-en rib. tough guy. in apprehensive curiosity li-e a pacof stray dogs+ Archilli said. so*e of the surviving passengers fro* the rear pods e9ited the tube line fro* a service door and approached the* as well. ?how are we going to get out of this oneA? ?I thin. 88 could still crac.? whispered Geo. sprin-led . ?I.
? said Archilli+ ?And :<e-iel .down on the survivors of this crash with *ercyH not (ust us.ity for support. God. co*e . but all those in suffering in the pod+ 0orgive our sin and deliver us fro* the attac-ing robot+? ?Agreed. oh God. rescue us swiftly fro* the hands of our ene*y closing in on us+ Loo.you as true children+ Dut we -now that you are watching over us and can save us fro* any trouble+ Now please. will turn fro* wic-edness and see. you are our Advocate+ @e -now that you never slu*ber nor sleep+ Now if we die here. with confidence I can say that we who have a relationship with you will see you in paradise all the sooner+ And I pray that those who do not -now you. and began to pray out loud+ ?=h. if they survive this.ity. opened a channel to the :<e-iel .a handful of its coarse purple granules over his head in hu*ility.
t you all afraid of dyingA? as-ed Geo+ ?Not any*ore. ?Bou.ll show you the way *yself+? 88 added. this thing.re going. to eternal life with the Advocate+? ?.about hel*ets+ 2o you understandA? Geo pee-ed up at the anti&terroris* robot.erhaps.? said 88+ ?Bou re*e*ber that ride I was telling you aboutA @ell. that.s going to be all over+? ?Aren.represented one hundred -ills+ ?I get it. now only a stone.s where we.an you ta-e *e with youA? as-ed Geo+ ?. I.? Archilli answered+ ?If we survive.Euic-ly+ In si9ty seconds.s throw away+ 1hree *ar-s could be seen painted into its body+ :ach *ar.? Geo said an9iously+ ?1he hel*et is not doing *e any good right now+? .ll have to give up your addiction/ no *ore tal.
? said 88. get that hel*et to turn on and blast the volu*e+ >ave it broadcast e9actly what we say and do here.hance.Give .s off to the left of where the robot is+ 1he ru*bling has sha-en the dirt off of it fro* when we landed+ .A? ?Iery funny.s your hel*et+ It. but what good would that doA? Archilli lit up with an idea+ ?:veryone.eace a .? Geo replied+ ?I actually can control it re*otely fro* this distance if it still wor-s. loo-. but pro(ect the audio as far away to the west as the .an you get it to play the new version of . ta-e your shoes off and place one in each hand+ Geo. ?there.Chapter #3: A"dio +ric&s 1he robot was getting *uch closer now&&so close that the ru*bling of the purple dirt around the* could be felt and seen shifting about li-e popcorn+ ?>ey.
? said Geo.ready to roc-.s wrist co*puter/ ?Deep.t been da*aged in the crash. Archilli started pounding his shoes in place on the ground as if to *a-e a running sound+ >e *otioned the other two . ?It wor-edC =ur teleportation prototype wor-s+ @e. ?it is progra**ed to say .s co**and through his wrist co*puter and waited for ac-nowledge*ent fro* the hel*et+ ?If the hel*et hasn. ready to roc-+? Archilli *ade a popping sound and said.re over three bloc-s west of the crash site+ Let. when the syste* is loaded+? 1he seconds passed with thic.an9iety until a sound was heard through Geo.s -eep *oving further west (ust to be safe+? #till under the cover of the crater.hel*et can a*plify and set it at the highest definition IR setting+? Geo issued Archilli.
a few in the crowd were still curious .to the crater.*en to do the sa*e. and then bolted at top speed toward the west. and those that were not tending to the wounded *ostly went off in the sa*e direction as the robot+ >owever.s hel*et+ Now the Euestion re*ained/ @ould this fool the robot enough to send it off in the wrong directionA 1he robot slowed to a halt and pointed two guns toward the crater and two guns toward the west+ Its trac. turning it off+ 1he approaching crowd fro* the tube line was also fooled by the audio tric-s.wheels turned to face west. and the sound of their si*ulated ?escape on foot? was pro(ected far off to the west by Geo. away fro* the *en+ Archilli gave Geo the universal ?cut? hand signal and Geo sent a *essage to the hel*et. then turned bac.
about the crater and approached the purple hole in the ground hoping to find a souvenir at least+ 1hey got *ore than they bargained for+ ?>ey. loo-.o*e and get the*+ .t wor-+ .? whispered Archilli.? yelled so*eone else fro* the crowd. but it won. still crouching with the others at the deepest point of the crater+ ?@e are not here to har* anyone+ 1his is a terrible accident+? ?Bou bet it is. ?1he terrorists are over hereC 1hey are still in the craterC 1here. those confronting the three *en in the crater put their co**unicators on wide band e*ergency broadcast and started yelling things li-e. ?there are people in here+? ?4eep your voices down.s three of the*C? and ?1hey are trying to silence us. ?and you are going to pay for it+? Al*ost si*ultaneously.? shouted the first person to reach the edge of the crater.
and left the crash scene bac-wards through the tube line+ Chapter #4: Mo"ntain Men Archilli had their escape all figured out and told the .3a-e the* payC? Geo stood up and said to Archilli. put it in *anual reverse. holding his side in pain+ 1he crowd stayed at the crater. ?I a* running and don. straight for the last pod in the tube line+ Archilli entered in through the nearest service hatch with Geo and 88.? said Archilli+ ?>ead for the tube line+? 1he three *en darted around the crowd and ran east.t try to trip *e this ti*e+? ?@e. figuring not to get caught in any crossfire when the anti&terrorist robot returned+ 1he three *en unhoo-ed the last pod.re right behind you.
t co*e to a co*plete stop+? ?@hy notA? as-ed Geo+ ?2o I loo.ll slow the pod down long enough to (u*p out. *a-ing it easier for the* to find us+ Dut if we *a-e it loo. we. get to the higher ground.s got to be why :<e-iel .re inH they *ay be doing so already+ I see so*e *ountains up ahead+ At the ne9t turn in the tube line. we.li-e a stunt *anA? Archilli answered.t co*e to bail us out yet+ 1he local authorities can trac.ll be harder . ?If we co*e to a co*plete stop.ity hasn. and try to *a-e contact with the ship+ I say .this pod we.slow down. because we shouldn.li-e the pod is (ust slowing down as it turns around the *ountain bend. they will definitely figure out e9actly where we got off.guys his plan+ ?@hoever is after us *ust be (a**ing co**unications in the upper at*osphere+ 1hat.
Archilli put his hand on 88.t *ind+ I don.s hot flavored.t have any *ild flavor on *e+ #in. I hope you don. so put this in your *outh+? Archilli handed 88 a long piece of dried Italian sausage+ ?It.your teeth into it half way+ It should act as a *outh guard and help you cope with so*e of the pain+? ?@hat about *eA? said Geo+ ?I want so*e too+? Archilli gave Geo a piece and said.the bolts under your seats+ @hen we (u*p. so instead. forget it+? As the pod sped through the tube line into the *ore *ountainous landscape. ?1his (u*p is probably going to hurt. ?stunted growth *an see*s *ore fitting than stunt *an+? >owever. use the .to trac-+ As for what you loo. he said.li-e+++? Archilli was about to say.s shoulder and said. ?Aw. ?"nhoo. it occurred to hi* that such a co**ent was *ean.
s not even any little bushes growing inside the floor of the tube line to brea. around the *ountainside as Archilli and Geo stu*bled over . cushioned briefly by their seats. which too.padded seats to land on li-e a snowboard to cushion the fall+? ?Dut there.s no snow here. the pod continued to travel away. and the *en (u*ped out. in between gnawing at his piece of dried sausage+ ?@e.our fall+? A non&verbal gri*yes fro* Archilli was all the ac-nowledge*ent given+ 1he *en got to worunhoo-ing the seats and lifted the* to their chests.re still inside the tube+ 1here.? replied Geo. as a surfer *ight position his board before the big wave+ 1he pod ca*e to a slow turn along the side of the *ountain.the brunt of the fall as they rolled along the inside of the tube+ #et on autopilot.
by the way.? replied Geo+ ?@hat did you e9pect.re in the . a picnicA? 1hey too.? said Geo in a feeble atte*pt to lighten the situation+ Archilli and Geo used the seat that was the least banged up as a *a-eshift stretcher+ 1hey put 88 upon it and carried hi* to the nearest service hatch so they could e9it the tube line+ As soon as they stepped through the service hatch and were in the natural terrain.i<on *ountains. who was groaning and holding his side+ ?1his is good sausage. the *en saw a flash that blasted through the s-y and obliterated the pod they had (ust been riding in+ . 88 said.to 88. ?It sure is windy up here+? ?@e.a few steps up the *ountainside and lowered 88 down as gently as possible+ 8ust as the pod in the distance was about to turn co*pletely out of sight.
co*e bac.areas of bushes and trees. ?are we having a tea partyA? ?@e. hunching over in pain+ ?I don.lease say .t -now what. Archilli sEuatted down to 88 and as-ed.? 88 replied. ?.? said Archilli as he and Geo threw the battered seats out of the tube line+ ?If anyone finds these seats.ll figure out that we. the pain in *y side or the fire on *y tongue+ 1his sausage really is hot+ >elp *e up+ .ve got to hide all three seats. they.s worse.in the tunnel with *e and let.we are dead+ Geo.?1hat should buy us so*e ti*e.an you wal-A . so close to the tube line+? ?"gh.? as-ed Geo. because we are still pretty *uch sitting duc-s here.re still alive+? As the two *en tuc-ed the seats under thic.? said Archilli+ ?0or now they should thin.s get the other two seats+? ?@hy.yes.
? said 88.Beah. ?and if we are still within (a**ing range. ?especially since these current .s get out of here+? ?If we call for help now. it could give our position away to the wrong people+ =ur best bet is to -eep on *oving upward and onward to the other side of this *ountain and then call for help again+ Desides. staying close to the cover of the denser trees (ust to be safe+ ?@ell.I can wal-+? 88 leaned on Geo and the three *en *oved slowly up the *ountain. what are we wal-ing anywhere forA? Geo as-ed as they continued upward+ ?.t chec-ed in by now and co*e loo-ing for us soon+? ?In the *eanti*e.all your ship again and let. breathing with difficulty. all *e*bers of our ship have trac-ing devices in the*+ =ur crew should start to wonder why we haven.? said Archilli. I thin.
Archilli and I can start to go over our .ri*o . the *en prayed. ?as long as we -eep in *ind that I.s o-ay.ve never led the study points with anyone before+? ?1hat.rinciples study series with you as we walalong+ 1o save strength.circu*stances prove that our lives could end at any *o*ent. I.? replied Geo+ ?Anyone who carries dried Italian sausage with hi* is o-ay in *y boo-+? ?=-ayA? replied Archilli with a s*ir-+ ?I.ve saved your life+++ li-e twice already+? As they cautiously traveled along the *ountainside.? they both said+ Archilli added. 88 Euoted how .hosen *yself not too long ago and I.d better be o-ay+ I.* no e9pert at this stuff+ I *ean I (ust beca*e one of the .ll (ust Euote the -ey verses and Archilli will highlight the *ain points and asyou Euestions+ Are you guys up for itA? ?#ure.
your brain hasn. I.s why you.t thin. and when the ship co*es for you. ?It.* getting tired+? Archilli replied. ?but I don.re tired+ I don. and the study series began+ A few hours later.? said Archilli+ ?I hate to say it.s starting to get dar-.s harder/ wal-ing up this *ountain or eating that stuff+ Actually.God with all of their heart.* pretty e9hausted too+? ?@e need to -eep *oving guys.s probably all that sausage you ate+ 1hat. ?It. I can lie down out of sight+ Bou guys -eep hi-ing upwards. then <ip down and get . and I. ?A young guy li-e you should be in shape+ It *ust be your *ind+ I bet with all this studying.t wor-ed this hard since you graduated fro* trouble*a-er school+? 88 added.I can *a-e it+ If you guys want.t -now what. Geo co**ented.blessed are those who see.? replied 88. brother.
t get to this part in the study series yet.*e+? ?@ait a second.* not seeing the rese*blance+? ?1hat.*y words/ he protects those who are his+? ?I actually understand that.s e9actly right.s the father and any of his followers are .? said 88. uh+++ law enforce*ent is usually co*ing after us+? Archilli turned to 88 and said.? said Geo+ ?I need to co*e clean on so*ething here+ 3y fa*ily is not e9actly in law enforce*ent+ As a *atter of fact.s in a gang+ A* .? said Geo+ ?Bou guys are brothersA =ne of y.adopted. wincing in pain as he lay down under a tree. ?>e.all *ust be adopted because I. ?but not in the way that you *ean+ @e didn. into his fa*ily as sons and daughters+ Now *ar. but whoever follows the Advocate beco*es part of the fa*ily+ >e.
=ur responsibility was to+++? Archilli interrupted. outside of :arth. ?the GiantsA Are you -idding *eA Bou. possession of any such direct brain IR is punishable by death+ I was supposed to sell 3elody+++ that. we.Giants+.s what I na*ed the hel*et/ 3elody+ I was shopping her around to .re identical.ve got to get away fro* that hel*et+ 3y twin brother and I are in a gang called the . as you -now.I rightA 2on.ve got to get off this planet+ I.? said Geo as he continued+ ?=ur responsibility was to guard the hel*et+ :ven though it was a one&of&a&-ind prototype.t even answer that+ I -now I.* right+ Bou and your twin brother are in so*e sort of a gang war+? Geo nodded in agree*ent+ ?I.re li-e five feet tall+ Bour brother *ust be the tall one+? ?Actually.
? said Geo.? said Archilli+ ?Bour actions certainly contributed to a series of evil behaviors that led to today.only the first shot on *y ship was fro* *y brother+ Law enforce*ent . but you. I got hoo-ed on her and wanted it all to *yself+ I *ust+++ have a proble*+ I *ean.t shoot the ship out of the s-y.underground *anufacturers to see who could *ass produce her the cheapest+ Dut in the process.s tragedy+ 1his had better sober you. and this is (ust a guess. Geo. pal+ 1he good news is that the pattern of evil doesn.t have to continue+ @e were sent into your life to offer you a better way to live+ #o tell *e this/ who is trying to -ill us. but I thin. ?but if I had to guess. *any people in that pod *ust be dead. your brother or the anti&terrorist unitA? ?I. you didn. partly because of *e+? ?Loo-.re right+ #in has conseEuences.* not sure.
? said 88+ ?1hose are classic side effects of direct brain IR+ >ow long have you been a userA? . ?1his guy is incredible+? ?=-ay. though.pic-ed that up on their security grid. we are in so*e *a(or trouble if we don.? ad*itted Geo. and then they tried to finish the (ob+ 3y best bet is that the rest of the shots on us were fro* the authorities+ 3y ride is wanted in connection with so*e other illegal activity+ :ither way. it still does+ I get headaches at night+ I. ?the thought crossed *y *ind+ Dut all your tal. why did you really ta-e us with you in your suspicious vehicleA @ait.* restless+? ?3ore conseEuences of sin.about truth and eternal security really did interest *e+ I *ean.t tell *e+ Bou thought you could rob usA? as-ed Archilli as he turned to 88 and added.t get out of here+? ?#o then. don.
loo-ed down and then he loo-ed out into the night scanning for attacvehicles.? said Geo.t co*e at all+? ?I. son.? said Archilli+ ?If you co*e with us. ?but *aybe if I *a-e it through the withdrawal period. or you don.? said Geo+ ?It ends here.s hope so+? Chapter ##: Mo"ntain light 88 and Geo fell asleep while Archilli used a half& sleeping techniEue he pic-ed up while stationed on the =ld =rient Dattle #tation+ =ne of his eyes was . ?Let.s hope so. then you co*e clean. as he said.?1oday it will be forty days. I can be your brother+? Archilli loo-ed up. son+ Let.* not your son.
Archilli saw with one eye what suddenly transpired while his two co*rades wo-e up to the surprising yet un*ista-able sound of aircraft laser fire+ :ven *ore surprising to 88 and Geo was the s-y above+ 1hey both loo-ed up. e9pecting to see the night stars.open and the other eye was closed while resting+ 1hese and *any other co*bat readiness techniEues were practiced by al*ost everyone aboard the =ld =rient Dattle #tation+ It was a gadget&free fighter training ship that Archilli spent a lot of ti*e aboard in the *ilitary+ Decause of all the legendary *ilitary heroes that were stationed aboard the =ld =rient. people would say the ship was a flying *achine that produced fighting *achines+ Archilli was one of its *ost notorious products+ Now high up on the .i<on *ountainside. but instead they peered up at their own reflection along .
as he helped 88 off the conveyor+ ?Is this guy with youA? ?Beah.ity bolted out of the .ity operating as a giant shield against local laser fire that was certainly directed at the three *en on the *ountainside+ ?Deauty sleep is over+ 1his is it. guys. and the :<e-iel .s rescue ti*e+? A s*all hatch opened up in the ship to let down a ra*p with a conveyor belt on it+ 1he three *en scra*bled onto the ra*p.i<on at*osphere without returning fire+ ?@hat too. ?it.a green *etal surface hovering not one story above their bodies+ It was the :<e-iel .? said Archilli.? said 88. he.you so longA? as-ed Geo sarcastically to the first crew *e*ber that greeted the* inside the ship+ ?@ho is this guyA? as-ed Jee.s *y only friend. it slid the* up to safety. who had a .
alive people+? 1he crew was scra*bling about doing various duties while Geo too. ?And I need to see 2oc 2avey+? As 88 was ushered to the *edical bay. voice ca*e over the interco*/ ?. #ha*us. wincing in pain as he continued tal-ing.at the interior of the ship and said.i<on vessels are still in pursuit of us+ Loo.his first good loo. ?Bou all have got one powerful ride here+? Archilli said.s not (ust about power+ It.s about heart+ 3y people had the heart to brave danger and co*e rescue us+ @hat about your peopleA >ow far do they have the heart to chase usA? ?3y peopleA? e9clai*ed Geo+++ ?3y people are .a deep breath.bi<arre habit of stating that about all of his acEuaintances. ?It. whether they were friends or not+ ?>is na*e is Geo+ >e wants to study+? 88 too.
t be the .shooting at *e+ I don.i<ons will chase us. I. I go+? ?I appreciate your enthusias*+ Dut you need to get real/ one step at a ti*e+ Bou still have an addiction to overco*e.t have no people any*ore+ Li-e you said. you saved *y life+ 3y people now+++ *y people are your people+ @here you go.? answered Geo+ ?0or all I -now. they could be wor-ing together+ It wouldn. I don.? added Geo+ ?As for how far the . the gang or the govern*entA? as-ed Archilli+ ?. that is the -ind of loyalty the Advocate is loo-ing for+? ?0air enough.s see if that is still your attitude in one wee-+ If it is.? said Archilli+ ?Let.ll tell you what.robably both.t see the* giving up any ti*e soon+ 1hey will want to *a-e an e9a*ple out of *e+? ?@ho.
?because you want *e to see the bridge or because you want to -eep an eye on *eA? ?Doth. they can i*pound this big green (ellybean+? Jee. not a (ellybean+ 1he ship is *odeled after the seed of the largest fruit+? ?And don.first ti*e that the cops and the croo-s wor-ed together+ 0urther*ore.i<on law. they have bigger reasons to co*e after usH fro* their point of view. citi<ens are dead and this fancy green ship is involved in aiding those responsible+ Dy .? as-ed Geo.? added Archilli+ ?.o*e with *e to the bridge+? ?@hy. therefore.s a water*elon seed.t forget/ first they have to catch us if they want to i*pound us.? answered Archilli+ 1he two Italians went i**ediately to the bridge .chi*ed in/ ?It.
range of the . 2arla *anaged to pull the :<e-iel . she *oved aside to let hi* ta-e over the controls+ ?8ust li-e old ti*es.d turn around and blast these pun-s into space dust and then sift through the wrec-age for any valuables+? ?1rue.over another ter*inal to e9a*ine the shields+ ?Not e9actly.? replied 2arla as she s*iled at the shield diagnostic she had (ust co*pleted+ ?#hields are holding at eighty percent+? ?>ave we tried to contact our pursuersA? as-ed Archilli+ . we.iloting the ship.i<on ships in hot pursuit+ As soon as 2arla saw Archilli on the bridge.? said 2arla as she too.ity (ust out of weapons.and noted that the ship was no longer ta-ing on laser fire+ .? corrected Archilli+ ?If this were old ti*es.
#ha*us answered.repare to be boarded and worseC? was repeated with violin strings played in a choppy unnerving tone as bac-ground *usic.s co**unications ter*inal and she replayed the *essage+ ?Aiding terrorists is terroris*+ .0ro* the captain.s chair. go dar-. (ust li-e in a scary *ovie+ :veryone on the bridge loo-ed at Geo oddly+ Geo responded.s part of the culture+? ?Get us out of here.? said Archilli+ 2arla -new what that *eant and over the ship. ?Bes. ?@hat can I sayA 2ra*a and *usic+++ it. in fifteen seconds we will turn off artificial gravity. but all we get is this cryptic *essage+? #ha*us *otioned to 1ara at the ship.? #ha*us said to Archilli+ ?1ell everyone to strap in. lights. and hang on in fifteen. and .s interco* she told the crew. ?@arning.
other nonessentials+ Duc-le up or hold onto so*ething+ Additional power is being diverted to engines+ Advocate help us+? Chapter #(: S"rprise Space Mane"'ers 1ara counted down fro* fifteen and the :<e-iel .i<ons on long&range scanners. leaving the pursuing .ity (olted ahead. full gravity and lights were brought bacto nor*al levels+ #ha*us i**ediately held a debriefing session fro* the *edical bay so that 88 .i<on ships nowhere to be found+ 8ust to be safe. Archilli stopped to change course two ti*es in order to ensure that they had co*pletely left behind their attac-ers+ 1he surprise escape *aneuver wor-ed+ @hen there was no sign of the .
? said Dianca. Dianca. who always had a heart for *eeting needs+ ?Leave it to *y dear wife.we should . with 88 adding detail in between being bandaged up by 2oc 2avey+ ?@e should send the .? said Dianca. #arah. ?always thin-ing about the welfare of others+++ but how would we even find the victi*sA 1he .? replied 88 as he leaned up fro* his bed. 2oc 2avey. 1harEuinn.i<on victi*s so*e sort of a care pac-age or at least *edical supplies as a sign of goodwill.i<ons are not open to co**unications with us+? ?I understand that these people won.t respond to our calls.could be included with the rest of the leadership tea*+ 1his included 2arla. Archilli. ?but I still thin. as well as a few others+ All the incredible and tragic events of the past day were recounted by Archilli.
t surprise *e if they blew our care pac-age capsule right out of the s-y the *o*ent it entered their territory+? ?#end it anyway.? said 1harEuinn. . ?but fro* what little I. ?and charge it to *y account+ I feel responsible for this+ I should have piloted better+ 3y conscience is not totally clear about this incident and+++? Archilli. it wouldn.? said Archilli. *a-e it happen+ #end the* whatever you thin.ve heard of these .do so*ething as a sign of co*passion+ Isn.i<ons.they need/ whatever we can spare+? ?1his is a nice gesture.s voice trailed off and he (ust started loo-ing down.t that what the Advocate would doA? ?Agreed. slowly sha-ing his head+ 1hen without even trying to ease into a new topic gently.? answered #ha*us+ ?Dianca.
s co*puter -ic-ed in stating. ?:9plosion on upper dec.hosen+ It was a different ti*e and+++? 2arla was interrupted by a sudden blast that shoothe whole vessel+ 1he ship. ?I was one of three people that destroyed the 70%th0ile bac.Archilli pulled another surprise *aneuver by saying.three+ #even *e*bers no longer register an AudioDod signature+ 1he seven are presu*ed dead+ No other in(uries reported+ 2a*age to the ship is *ini*al and the e9plosion has been contained+? 1he co*puter was able to detect such on&board . ?1his was long before he beca*e one of the .to anger+ 2arla frantically added.in the 0aith @ar+ I a* sorry+? Loo-s of confusion and bewilder*ent filled the roo*+ 1here was a long pause as those in the *edical bay *oved fro* shoc.
s organs wor-ing together was discovered to have a co*pletely uniEue audio pattern+ @hen those organs all stop wor-ing.s uniEue audio signature fairly routine+ 3ost Doing& Joing crafts. including :<e-iel . the silence inevitably *eant that death has occurred+ In his youth.ity.s sound detection technology had *ade this practice of trac-ing people on a ship through their body. the late 2on Desto was the first entrepreneur who figured out how to *a-e *oney off of this audio organ discovery+ >is co*pany. 2arla . carried the technology -nown as ?AudioDod? as a standard feature+ 0ro* the sterile setting of the *edical bay.losses of life with chilling accuracy since every crew *e*ber registered their body sound signature for safety trac-ing purposes+ 1he co*bined sound of an individual.
? yelled 1harEuinn as he.began to sweat with added an9iety+ As the leaders were wondering who the seven dead were and who was attac-ing. ?@e. #ha*us yelled.ll deal with this later+? =ver the sound of their alar* syste*s. #ha*us. and a brief yet giant sigh of relief went through the *inds of 1harEuinn and #ha*us+ 1heir children were not on the list of the deceased+ . 2arla cried.t hear any*oreA? 1he co*puter read the na*es of the seven. 2arla and Archilli *oved Euic-ly to the bridge. ?Report to your stations+ 0ind out how the ship of our Lord has been pierced+? ?:<e-iel . ?what are the na*es of the seven that AudioDod can.ity. ?I destroyed the 70%th0ile tooC I a* so sorry+ Bou have no ideaC? Dewildered and indignant. #ha*us replied.
s going on&&if we.re still in danger+? .s all *y fault. 2addy+++? #ha*us interrupted gently and said.s dead and so is . ?1ara. *y friends would+++ they would still be alive and we would all be safe at ho*e+ =h.is deadC? cried 1ara hysterically+ ?>e.re gone+ It.t for *e and *y stupid ideas about a space *ission.Chapter #*: $hat +o )o A!ter )eath and )estr"ction 1harEuinn ran into 1ara on the bridge and gave her the biggest hug since .ete+++ both Jeller boys+++ they. I -now you are hurting+ @e all are+ 1here will be a ti*e to *ourn.hoebe had passed away+ ?Jee. 2adC @e should have never co*e out here+ If it wasn. but this is not the ti*e+ Loo.at *e+ I need you both at your stations+ @e need to find out what.
including young .hosen often wonderH is this the wrath of the Advocate or an attac.ete Jeller and his brother Jee-. the . and sadly. the bo*b had latched onto the hull+ 1his bo*b was on a ti*er.i<on *ountain+ At the precise *o*ent that a s*all section of the shields had opened to let down the ra*p during the *ountainside rescue.hosen as they assu*ed their e*ergency duties+ @hen bad things happen. but rather a *icro&bo*b had attached itself to the hull of the ship bac.investigation stirred up sobering news+ 1here were no ships in any vicinity that had fired upon the*. the ?@orld Is Not :nough Guy+? .Great fear and tre*bling sei<ed the whole #tar . ti*e was up for seven dead #tar .fro* the evil oneA A Euic.hosen *e*bers.ity was ta-ing on heavy fire atop the .when the :<e-iel .
they -ept Euite busy ta-ing ultra& high resolution scans of the ship+ 1hese scans showed that there were no other covert bo*bs lur-ing elsewhere on the ship+ :ven though he was stuc.t generally refer to those of the* who die as ?dead+? 1hey prefer to say that they have ?fallen asleep. now that the crew -new what to loo.? since their belief is that any of the* who die are not really at the end of life+ In fact.in the *edical bay. .hosen don.for.? or ?passed away.s what the . today was a day of tragic surprises for those still living in the *aterial world+ >owever.hosen believe+ 2espite this hope in the resurrection.In actuality. their spirit will be resurrected with the Advocate in paradeisos forever even while their dead body continues to decay&& that. 88 also -ept busy+ >e called 2oc 2avey to hi* and .
we can only bear one crisis at a ti*e+ @hat I want you to do is this/ tal. I thin.an you do that. ?but for the *ental health of the #tar .s confession+ 1ell the* not to spea.re not tal-ing about sweeping this news under the table. #ha*us now felt co*pletely overwhel*ed and out of place+ >e was.s best. 2ocA? ?#ure. I need you to do so*ething for the good of our *e*bers+ All this business about Archilli and 2arla destroying the 70%th0ile needs to stay on hold for now+? ?Bou. if you thin. are youA? 2oc as-ed+ ?No.it. .hosen.privately with everyone who heard Archilli and 2arla.s best. ?2oc.? answered 2oc 2avey+ ?I do thin.that as a people.of it for the ti*e being+ .said.it.? replied 88+ ?@e need good news right now+++ not *ore to be shattered over+? 3eanwhile on the bridge.? replied 88.
?>ow could anyone forgive such a *alicious act of+++ no.hosen *e*bers revealed that they were responsible for eradicating their boo. out of placeH *ost of the #tar . bo*bing and ship da*age. as well as those . what a* I thin-ingA A* I without sinA .hosen had never even been in space before+ 8ust as #ha*us was growing into his ship. two -ey #tar .s captain role.in fact. he would never have fatho*ed that they would suffer through seven si*ultaneous deaths of their own.age of -nowledge by one covert evil act+ >ow .of faith/ the 70%th0ile+ 1he fact that this last shoc-er was co**itted prior to their conversion *ade it only a little less painful to bear+ #ha*us thought.hosen into a virtual dar.ertainly not+ Dut the 70%th0ile+++ Archilli and 2arla sent all the .i<ons who died in the tube line crash+ In addition to facing the after*ath of a space shooting.
side and said softly.hosen+ In fact.can I possibly forgive+++? #ha*us stopped hi*self+ >e again reali<ed the unforgiving danger of his current line of thought and fell facedown right in the *iddle of the bridge to pray+ 1he crew went about their business *a-ing funeral arrange*ents and ship repairs+ 1hey also *ade sure not to step on #ha*us praying+ #uch a position of prayer was not unco**on a*ong the . ?I *ust (oin you+? 1hen she rec-lessly pushed her body out of her chair and fell clu*sily to the bridge floor+ It was a rare sight to see 2arla out of her chair+ #he was now at the *ercy of others because she . without regard for what other people *ight thin-+ 2arla *oved over to #ha*us. it was reassuring for other *e*bers to see their fellow brothers and sisters hu*bling the*selves before the Advocate.
: Mo"rning 1he day after the seven *et their deadly end. and praying actually helped+ Chapter #. ?I. Geo curbed his tongue and (oined the* on the floor+ >e was already starting to go through direct brain IR withdrawal sy*pto*s. and in a few *o*ents the whole bridge crew was down and praying+ 2escended fro* a long line of rude wise crac-ers.into her chair+ Lying facedown as #ha*us and 2arla were had Euic-ly caught on. Geo resisted the urge to inappropriately co**ent.s parents .* going to li-e it here+ Bou all have nap ti*e.? or ?@here do you -eep the pillowsA? Instead.hosen wanted to turn away fro* the *ission and go bac. Jee-. *any #tar .ho*e to :arth+ Naturally.would need help getting bac.
?#haron and I have the sa*e affection for the two of you+ Bou -now that+ Nevertheless. partly to offer their personal sy*pathies and partly to tal. and concluded with #ha*us as-ing.re going to *iss you terribly+? .huc.huc.s *ore than we can handle right now+ =ur hope is that so*eday you will co*e to understand+? Darely louder than a whisper.the* out of leaving+ It was a discussion of *any tears.t get off the :<e-iel . #haron Jeller . we need to get off of this ship+ 1he idea of staying where our boys *et with such a violent catastrophe+++ that.and #haron Jeller.replied.ity fast enough+ #ha*us and #arah *et with . ?Are you sure #arah and I can.t talyou out of leavingA @e have been through so *uch together and we. they couldn.were devastated+ @ith the loss of their only sons.
added. the discussion was over+ @ith heavy hearts.t leave without *y consent+ I a* going to have a talwith her i**ediately+? #ha*us cautioned.to :arth (ust days after the funerals+ 3any signed on to (oin the*.huc-. ?I hope so*eday that I will co*e to understand+? 1hen she burst into another round of sobbing. and at least one na*e on the list was Euite a surprise to 1harEuinn+ #ha*us approached 1harEuinn privately and said. ?@ait+ #i**er down+ @hen . which Euic-ly spread to #arah. then . ?Are you aware that your daughter is on the list of people going bac.learly.to :arth with the JellersA? ?@hatA? e9clai*ed 1harEuinn in confusion+ ?I had no ideaC @hat is that girl thin-ingA #he can. and even #ha*us+ . the Jellers *oved forward with plans to ta-e a shuttlecraft bac.
s going through a lot+ Give her ti*e to approach you about this+ 1he shuttlecraft doesn.t thought it through+ Give the girl ti*e to co*e to her senses+? ?Raising a teenager is so+++ difficult.ut yourself in her shoes+ 1ara was really close to those boys+ #he. before the 1hanes went down to eat .? replied #ha*us. you were not *uch older than her&& i*pulsive and deter*ined+ .s the pointC? replied #ha*us+ ?#he probably hasn.? said 1harEuinn+ ?>ow did you do itA? ?Iery carefully.s still a *inor+ @here would she goA @ho would she live withA @hen will I see her againA >as she even thought any of this throughA? ?1hat.we first *et. ?very carefully+? 1hat night.t leave until the day after to*orrow+? ?Are you saying I should (ust let her goA? as-ed 1harEuinn+ ?#he.
I can.? she said cal*ly while she stared out the window into space+ 1his response was not the answer 1harEuinn was loo-ing for+ It bothered hi* whenever his daughter gave superficial answers&&now *ore than ever+ Nevertheless. 1harEuinn tried to stri-e up a conversation with his daughterH ?It.s pretty sad how so*e of our *e*bers are planning to return to :arth already+ >ow are you doingA? ?0ine. the words of #ha*us played in his *indH ?@ait+ #i**er down+++ give her ti*e+? 1harEuinn tried one *ore atte*pt with.t help but re*e*ber so*e of the things you said on the bridge (ust after the boys passed away+ I a* here for you+ Is there anything you want to talaboutA? ?Not really.? replied 1ara+ . ?1ara.dinner.
the ne9t *orning. 2ad+ @e should do this+? If 1harEuinn hadn.t already been laying down doing sit&ups at the ti*e. go ho*e and you could *arry her. 1ara was *ore direct than he had anticipated+ #he fi9ed hi* a plate of coo-ies and said. but it didn.t the three of us get off this ship.1hat night beca*e one of the longest nights on the ship ever for 1harEuinn+ >e -ept waiting for 1ara to get open about what she was thin-ing. I -now you li-e Reyna. or as.? replied . and we.t happen+ >owever. he *ight have fallen on the floor in surprise+ ?@here in the world is this co*ing fro*A? 1harEuinn as-ed+ ?Bou -now where this is co*ing fro*.ve given this a lot of thought. big& ti*e+ @hy don. ?2ad.ll all be one big happy fa*ily on :arth+ I.for advice.
Jeller has been blasted to s*ithereens because of *eC 1he sa*e goes for his brother and all those who died in the e9plosion+ 1his whole trip would not have happened without *e+ Bou -now that *ore than anyone+ I a* responsible for this *ess+? ?1ara.? pleaded 1harEuinn.t want .t you dare buy into the lies of the :vil =ne+ @e all *ade our own decisions to co*e out here&& Jellers included+ No one twisted our ar*s+ Bou are not in control of thisH the Advocate is+? ?Dut why would the Advocate allow this terrible thing to happenA? cried 1ara+ ?>e -nows how *uch I li-ed Jee-+? ?1he Advocate gives us free will.1ara+ ?Jee.? said 1harEuinn+ ?It hurts hi* too when people get violent+ >e has felt this *ore than anyone+ Dut he doesn. ?this is not your fault+ 2on.
? replied 1ara+ ?I -now.? said 1harEuinn+ ?Dut it. ?2on.re out here+? ?@ell.to do+ All the *ore reason to stay the course and pray that we can reach open people+ If we give up now.s about a relationship with hi*+ Bou -now this+ >e wants people to choose to follow hi*+ 1hat.s a lot of wor. I do. the seven are safe now+ 1hey will rise at the last day to be with the Advocate+ 2on.s tears.? said 1harEuinn+ ?1here. and it . those barbarians who bo*bed our ship certainly aren. the seven would have died for nothing+? @iping away 1ara. 1harEuinn added.t following hi*.s why we.s o-ay to *iss the people who are dear to us+ 3oreover. running away isn. there is nothing wrong with *ourning+ >owever.t going to *a-e the* co*e bac-.t you believe thatA? ?Bes.t forget.robots following hi*+ It.* counting on it+? ?#o a* I.? answered 1ara+ ?I.
that out too+? 1he rest of the day was so*ber. I wouldn.Dears 1hat Love God ga*e+ RaEuel ca*e to their Euarters and (oined the ga*e+ It was (ust li-e old ti*es+++ but not really+ 1he following *orning. you can.t *a-e the *ourning any easier+ 8ust give it ti*e+ I believe the Advocate will wor.? sobbed 1ara.t you going down to the shuttle to say goodbye to the . ?than-s for listening. 2ad+ I didn. ?8ust give it ti*e+ I believe the Advocate will wor. ?>ey.s fine if you did end up getting *arried+ I *ean.in.it out+? ?=-ay.t sleep all day+ Aren.won.t be opposed to it or anything+? 1harEuinn answered.t *ean to say all that presu*ptuous stuff about how you and Reyna should go and get *arried+ 1hat. 1harEuinn wo-e up 1ara and said. yet Euite leisurely+ 1he 1hanes watched *ovies and played the 0u<<y .
we ca*e here to say goodbye and get so*e closure+? ?2ad. 2ad.t want to see the* off.? said 1ara.? said 1ara+ ?It. whether they leave us or not+ Bou need to go down there+ 1rust *e+ Bou.s too painful+? ?@e are going to give the* a proper send off.? said 1harEuinn+ ?It loo-s li-e a lot of people are fellowshipping.ll regret it if you don.t feel up to .Jellers and the rest of those leavingA? ?I don.s fine+ >owever. ?(ust because I didn.o*e with *e.t+? Grudgingly. 1ara co*plied+ ?@owC? she e9clai*ed when they got to the shuttle bay+ ?:veryone is here+ 1his place is pac-ed+? ?. and that.? de*anded 1harEuinn+ ?1hat fa*ily has given so *uch+ @e will love the* with the love of the Advocate.
down crying and never stop+? ?In this life.and #haron Jeller an e9tra&big hug.t *ean I won.t tal.t -now.? replied 1ara.t you tal. ?lead the way+? 1harEuinn gave . and said.? said Jee-.? said 1harEuinn as he put his hand gently on her shoulder. 1harEuinn. please let *e -now+? ?1han-s.to the* today+? ?@hy didn. ?If there is anything I can do for your fa*ily.? answered 1ara+ ?I guess I felt li-e I would brea.s parents at the funerals.huc.tal-ing to Jee-.together+ Bou and your daughter are so very dear to us+ I want you to -now that I do appreciate all the hard woryou have poured into the teen group over the years+ . it doesn. ?we need to face our fears+? ?0ine.huc-+ ?I wish there was a way we could still wor.to the* at the funeralsA? as-ed 1harEuinn+ ?I don.s father .
but I did+ 1he Advocate carried *e through it+ I believe that he will see you through this as well+ Nevertheless.t have to stay in outer space to follow the Advocate+ .ve been there+++ done that+ @ith the tunnels. how we always strove to give everything we have to the Advocate+ @e.t -now how I *ade it through that period.started to shed so*e tears. ?1han-s. ?After .re leaving within the hour+ Bou -now *y life.ete+++ =h.replied. and now our boys+++ #haron and I need so*e ti*e to heal+ @e have to go with what we -now has wor-ed+ I don. I can.huc.hoebe passed away+++ I don.and . we will *iss you+ If you change your *ind and you want to stay. you can count on *e to help you worthrough this painful loss+? .huc.t believe they are goneC? As . 1harEuinn said. but we.3y boys+++ they really respected you+ Jee.
I still believe in what we are doing+ And I don. ?3ay you go in the strength that the Advocate gives you+? 1he two *en hugged one last ti*e+ 3uch re*ained unsaid+ Nevertheless. 1ara slowly *oved close to Jee-.* sorry about everything+ I didn. ?I.? replied #haron with co*passion as she gave her a gentle hug.t believe in the direction of the :arthline .s not wor-ing either+? @ith *uch restraint and bittersweet tears. 1ara.s a co*pelling argu*ent+ >owever.s *other #haron and said.hosen+ 1hat.t wor-+.t e9press this.1his trip+++ being out here+++ I have two dead sons that say . ?1his is not your fault+? . *uch love was evident+ 3eanwhile. what 1harEuinn did say was.t *ean for this to happen+? ?=h. but he thought.this doesn.? 1harEuinn didn. ?1wo dead sons+++ that.* sorry about+++ I.
trading *usic files between their two wrist co*puters+ As the afternoon wound down to within a few *inutes of shuttle blast&off ti*e.t want to see the Jellers off. and ended up sitting on the floor of the shuttle bay. ?I *iss the* too+++ I really do+? At this. #haron needed so*eone to *other+ 1he wo*en hugged. continued to tal-. the crowd thinned out until only the 1hanes. the Radds. you sure did . 1harEuinn turned to 1ara and said.in the direction of :arth+ As the shuttle disappeared into the distance. and a few others re*ained to actually watch the shuttle ta-e off bac. #haron resisted the urge to cry uncontrollably+ #he understood in the *o*ent that 1ara needed a *other figure+ 3oreover.@ith tears. 1ara said. ?0or so*eone who didn.
* sorry I gave you a hard ti*e about it+ >owever.? replied 1harEuinn+ ?It.? said 1ara. I a* still going to *iss the*+ I *ean.? said 1ara+ ?Good point.that closure isn.? added 1harEuinn+ ?1he Jellers brought a lot to the table&&all of the*+ 1hey will be *issed+ >opefully. the events of today will help to bring so*e closure to the situation+? ?I.t really closed until you get to paradeisos.end up staying a long ti*e+? ?=-ay. ?this was a good idea+ I. though. not (ust the boys. 2ad.* starting to thin. but their parents too+? ?I feel the sa*e way.s closure for the*+ #o*eday we will have that too+? .s li-e we were saying earlierH the seven are bound for paradeisos+ 1hat.
Geo would relate a story to the*/ ?2irect brain IR hoo-s users no *atter what progra*s they use+ Dut the first of those progra*s for *e was an .s addiction recovery unit+ @henever crew *e*bers as-ed hi* how the study series was going. the :<e-iel . had *anaged to *a-e it through his withdrawal period successfully+ >e learned *uch *ore about the Advocate+ 1he ship was fully repaired and Geo was finally starting to get his life in order+ @hat the Advocate suffered through in order for his people to have a relationship with hi* and be saved had *ade Euite an i*pact on Geo+ >e related this to one of the direct brain IR story lines that he had (ust overco*e with a lot of help fro* the ship.ity. Geo.s newest passenger.Chapter #/: Rehab !or Geo In the wee-s that followed after the shuttlecraft.s departure.
sounds.Rogue Agent+. his govern*ent finally has a reason to negotiate his release+ 1hey do so.re actually present with sights. his own govern*ent doesn.s about an ultra&super&co**itted govern*ent anti&terrorist agent that gets captured by the ene*y. .action&pac-ed thriller called . the agent does not say a word or give up any govern*ent secrets throughout his i*prison*ent+ 1hen after two years. dressed in rags. Any good direct brain IR hoo-up *a-es the story appear so real that you feel li-e you. and even feelings+ 1he basic story line of .his spirit+ 3eanwhile. s*ells. and they try to brea.t even try to rescue hi*+? It was clear to anyone listening that Geo loved to tell this story+ ?2espite brutal interrogation. and he is delivered out of captivity and arrives in his ho*e country with a long un-e*pt beard.Rogue Agent. is this/ It. tastes.
s friend tells hi* how regrettable the situation is+ 1he . ?I now understand to be very parallel to the sacrifice of the Advocate+ 1he agent Euic-ly finds out that the only reason his govern*ent wanted hi* released is to negotiate with another ene*y of his govern*ent that wants to -ill that agent personally out of vengeance for so*e previous *ission+ In return.is shown to have long scars all over it. his bac.against the agent.and in a sha-en state of *ind+ As he changes into new clothes. this ene*y pro*ised to call off a devastating attac.s govern*ent+? ?1he irony Euic-ly beco*es evident+ 1he agent is freed only to be deliberately turned over to another evil ene*y+ In one e*otional scene. a sure sign that he had been whipped repeatedly while in captivity+? ?All this. the agent.? continued Geo.
and escapes+? ?I suppose that.s not e9act. with the whole bloody nec-&biting *aneuver+ I don. . ?but you can see the si*ilarities to the Advocate.s story+? ?1he action inevitably continues for the rogue agent+ =nce in the hands of this new ene*y.t really see the Advocate doing that+ . I had no reason to live+ Dut now I have a reason to die+ It will be a relief+.t be sorry+ In prison. in fact. not stop the devastating govern*ent attac-s after all+ #o the agent suddenly loo-s for a way to escape being bound to a chair in ene*y hands+ >e lures his ene*y close to hi* and viciously bites the ene*y in the nec-. Now I understand it.s where the si*ilarities with the Advocate end. -ills hi* in a bloody *ess.agent responds by saying.2on. the agent is alar*ed to discover that his own death would.? said Geo.
Dut *y point is that the Advocate.No. . ?Go ahead+ :ven if I said. Lee was also the #tar . that wouldn..t stop you+? ?Bou -now *e.? said Lee+ ?>ere is what I seeH . the studies are going very good+ 1han-s for as-ing+? Geo finally told this long story also to Lee 0ellowship+ In addition to being -nown as so*eone who loves to fellowship.s sacrifice is very real to *e+ I can picture it+ #o to your Euestion.hosen leader of their addiction recovery unit and one of the *ain *en who wor-ed with Geo during his withdrawal period+ Lee responded with a s*ile after listening to Geo+ ?Are you ready to be correctedA? as-ed Lee+ ?>ere it co*es+ Are you ready for so*e truthA? Lee had a way of spea-ing in a (olly tone that *ade even tough news palatable+ Geo answered.
because you have got to let that story go too+? ?@hyA? as-ed Geo+ ?I.* (ust trying to overlay so*e spiritual insight onto *y past+ @hat. *aybe .to that state of addiction+ 2irect brain IR is too powerful to flirt with.re not the Rogue Agent+ 1he Rogue Agent is not real and he can. ?is that you are entertaining fond *e*ories of your addiction+ And that has got to stop.t save you fro* anything+ =ne day. got itA Bou.t go getting any *ore popcorn.s an entertaining story+ Dut don. now+ Nothing good can co*e of it+ I -now it sounds li-e a cool analogy.ve been telling all around the ship+++ that. but you are too close to the fire on this one+ Bour recovery is too fresh+ 2o not entertain in your *ind anything that puts you bac.s the big dealA? ?1he big deal.that story you.? said Lee.
ba*C 1hat.* going to start tal-ing s*art too+? Lee su**ed up.? said Geo+ ?1riple ba*. ba*C? Lee had an odd habit of using sound effects regularly as real words+ It added to his vibrant personality+ ?#tay with *e now. but the Rogue Agent will never bite youC? Geo -new that Lee was right and was freEuently a*a<ed at his wisdo*+ ?I got it.? replied Geo+ ?1hat.re going to doH we.s the -ey. ba*. ba*. ba*.s right. but we.s*art+ Da*C @e.re going to live s*art/ ba*.so*eone else will bite you.re going to live s*art for the Advocate+ =-ay. I a*+? .s s*art+ Bou.re tal-ing s*art+ And I. ?because we. ?1hat.? Lee continued. I do. you got itA Da*. Geo+ 1his is what we.re going to tal.re not going to do these things for ourselves. ba*C? ?2efinitely.
t e9actly adhered to 88.AT Chapter (1: +he 3lanet +o4bstone As Geo was getting closer and closer to being i**ersed.%A#T :+ T6M ST650A5 #. which is the point when one beco*es a .s direction to not tal.s own i**ersion was beco*ing a point of contention for the leaders who heard that Archilli and 2arla had confessed to destroying the 70%th0ile+ 1he few who heard the confession firsthand hadn.about it at all+ 1hese leaders did -eep it fro* the general *e*bership+ >owever.hosen. Archilli and 2arla.T#. leaders were in the habit of discussing all sorts of spiritual things with each .
which was one of the first planets to be coloni<ed in the early days of space travel+ :very crew *e*ber was given so*e *uch needed shore leave+ 1he entire leadership group too. #ha*us also felt that with all the intensity of recent events.other+ 1herefore. the entire crew needed a wee-end of rest.a tour through one of the 1o*bstonian deep desert caves+ #ha*us thought this would be a good ti*e for the group to bond and address a few outstanding issues+ >e paid the tour guide to leave the* alone halfway . reflection. and rela9ation+ 1herefore.ity doc-ed at the spaceport on 1o*bstone. the news had spread rather rapidly through the entire leadership group+ #ha*us and 88 agreed that the ti*e was overdue for all the leaders to discuss the *atter with Archilli and 2arla&&co*e what *ay+ =n top of this. the :<e-iel .
(ust a big open space deep underground.in a few hours for the*+ 1he leaders were told to gather in one of the *ore co*fortable caves to follow up on their tal-s with Archilli and 2arla+ Reyna began to co*plainH ?3ore co*fortable caves+++ is there even such a ter*A? ?=f course. Reyna was *ost surprised to find that .ll be real co*fy sitting on solid roc.through the caves and co*e bac.ouch was. yet fully furnished with real couches+ .ouch for you all+? Reyna politely than-ed the guide and sarcastically whispered to 1harEuinn.that happens to be shaped li-e a couch+? @hen they actually entered the space.? said the tour guide before he left the*+ ?And you are in for a real treat+ I have reserved .ave .ave . ?Great+++ we. in fact.
and a prayer. and after a bit of s*all tal. and the right heart about it+ 1hese funda*entals are crystal clear fro* the 70%th0ile+ Now that past events regarding Archilli and 2arla. ?hats off to whoever figured out how to get couches all the way down here through all the narrow passageways+? #ha*us ushered everyone to sit down.s i**ersion+ 1hat is what we are here to discuss+? @hile Archilli conte*plated.a pledge of a good conscience toward God+. as we all -now. it has raised concern about the validity of Archilli and 2arla.s involve*ent in the 70%th0ile destruction are co*ing to light. It saves you if you participate in i**ersion with the proper introductory training. co**it*ent. .? said Reyna. is . he laid out the dile**a+ ?I**ersion. repentance.?=h. 2arla replied.
? added 88. we did so*e terrible things in the past.we all see that+ Dut that is not the issue+ 1he Advocate says that the heart is deceitful+ 2on. and I feel saved+ Bou. Is that really a clear conscienceA? 1here was a long pause as 2arla and Archilli could visibly be seen wrestling with this concept+ ?@hat *y wife is trying to say. -now that Archilli and I are both radically different than when we first *et+? Dianca responded with her bubbly voice.?Loo-. of all people. #ha*us.t forget that+ 1he Euestion you really have to as. how could you have *ade a pledge of a good conscience if there was this deep secret that was still *ostly unspo-en ofA. ?is that . ?And we are grateful that you have changed+ I thin. but we were well trained by the finest of you+ @e were i**ersed.yourself is this/ .@hen you were i**ersed.
then you haven.i<on rescue.ve even been open with God about+ I get the sense that you both don. but+++? ?AhaC 2id you hear what you (ust saidA? as-ed .there was not a true openness about what you did bac.t been forgiven+ Dut when does forgiveness of sins ta-e placeA? Archilli answered.in the 0aith @ar+ I don. ?at i**ersion+++ or at least at a legit i**ersion+? 2arla chi*ed in.s *ore li-e a guilty conscience+ And if you.t -now if this is so*ething that you.t have a clear conscience about this+ It. ?Dut we were forgiven+ I feel it+ Archilli and I discussed this very issue earlier+ @e did get open about it+ Doth of us in the study series had brought it up+ I -now it was not the level of revelation that we fully disclosed after the .re still guilty.
or .laying bare. ?and the root word of revelation is .revelation. a revelation is a revealing of that which was previously undisclosed+ 2on.to uncover+. and the word literally *eans . In other words. *eans.t you see what you (ust ad*ittedA? Archilli put his head down in reali<ation as 2arla repliedH ?3ost of *y life. I have been an .? replied 2arla. to describe your full confession of what happened to the 70%th0ile+? ?#o what is your pointA? as-ed 2arla+ ?1ell us what the word .? said #ha*us+ >e was betting that she -new e9actly what the word *eant+ ?@ell. ?Revelation was the last seg*ent of the 70%th0ile.#ha*us+ ?Bou used the word .? ?Right.disclosing the truth+.revelation.? said #ha*us.
overachiever+ And there.re saying that if I had to resort to giving a revelation about what we+++ about what I did. our sins were not truly forgiven.? said 2arla with a sigh. I do see what you are getting at+ Bou. I don. then I was previously covering it up+ And if I was covering up so*ething+++ then I was hiding so*ething+ And if I had so*ething to hide+++ then I was not totally open at *y i**ersion+ 3y pledge of a good conscience toward God *ay not have been co*pletely sincere+ 1herefore+++? Archilli finished her sentence.* wrong.* usually right about things+ 1he proble* with this is that when I.s an unfortunate co*ponent to being an overachiever that I don.ll have to change the co*pany *otto.t see it+ Dut now. ?I see it+ Now I get it+ I guess we.t li-e to ad*it+ I. . ?It was a bu* baptis*+ 1herefore. which *eans that we both need to do it over again+? ?=-ay.
fol-s+ Bou all see* li-e very nice people. who never paid *uch attention to Doing&Joing advertising+ ?:veryone -nows the Doing&Joing co*pany *otto. but I have (ust received a curious call+ .? said Reyna to her *o*+ ?Doing&Joing. we launch it right&&the first ti*eC? Chapter (1: Song that Roc&s 8ust then the 1o*bstonian tour guide popped his head into the narrow opening of their cave roo*+ 1he sound of other tourists leaving the cave could be heard behind hi*+ 1he tour guide said to the #tar .ardon *e.but that.hosen. ?.s the co*pany *ottoA? as-ed #arah.s the least of *y concerns right now+ @e need to be right with God+? ?@hat.
?I only -now that.hosen.ouch roo* into a holding cell+ . 88 as-ed. separating the guide fro* the . concealed iron bars slid down fro* above.ave . I generally don.t have *uch idea about anything+? As the tour guide pulled a lever on the side of the e9it. he added. you cannot leave at this ti*e+? I**ediately.a few steps bac-ward toward the only narrow e9it to their cave. and effectively turned the .3y govern*ent has as-ed that you all ta-e a load off and re*ain where you are+ A detective will be here shortly and he has so*e Euestions for you+? As *ur*urs of confusion spread through the . ?1his is not a *atter that I have *uch idea about+ In fact. ?@hat is the nature of this inEuiryA? 1he tour guide answered as he too.hosen. unfortunately.
re not going anywhere+ Lift the bars up.ve got to loc.us up+ 1hat. ?but they deputi<ed *e over the phone.li-e a bunch of hoodlu*s to youA @e.?>ey. ?@hat.? said the guide. 88 as-ed. please+ I thought I heard the sound of people e9iting the cave+ Are other groups in different parts of this cave being detained as wellA? ?No+ 1hey are being evacuated+ I a* sorry. and I have to follow orders+ >ow can I refuseA 1he fine for denying deputy duty is steep+? Lee started laughing and said.ha&chingC? 3eanwhile.s funny+ @e want a refund+ . ?@e paid e9tra for this *eeting space and you. 88 saw an intense. al*ost *ean looon Archilli.s the big idea loc-ing us in hereC? cried #ha*us+ ?2o we loo.s face+ #tepping closer to hi*. what.s going on with youA Are you o-ayA Bou looli-e you want to hurt so*ebody+? .
and singing so well. ?I have calculated two point five possible ways for us to escape this *ess.hosen song leaders.ll fly away+? In no ti*e.of. started singing. but they all involve so*eone getting seriously hurt+? ?Archilli. you need to cool it. every *e*ber (oined in song. I. with little (oy to spea. one of the . and the echo fro* their har*ony see*ed to sha-e the very cavern they were stuc. ?@hat is wrong with you peopleA @hy are you so happyA? >e also was Euite i*pressed with the sound+ Never had he heard so *any people spontaneously singing. and it was so fa*iliar+ >is own life was fairly *undane.? replied 88+ ?1his is not the 0aith @ar+ 1rust the Advocate+? 8ust then Dobby. ?#o*e glad *orning when this life is over.inside+ 1he tour guide *u*bled.Archilli answered. but this . and a very big bass.
?Let us outC? 1he tour guide grabbed the e9it lever and was about to pull down on it to release the*. but a slab of the cavern crac-ed off fro* the cave wall and s*ashed the lever as well as the tour guide.song re*inded hi* of his *other+ It (ust occurred to hi* that his *other would sing this *elody to hi* when he was a little boy+ 1hat was so long ago. ?:arthEua-eC? #ha*us and the others called out to the tour guide.s hand+ 1he entire cavern roc-ed violently and the whole . and the 1o*bstonian tour guide even thought the cave was actually sha-ing+ 1hen chun-s of roc.hosen singing continued to ru*ble powerfully throughout the cavern. and his *other had been gone a long ti*e+ 1he #tar .started falling fro* the cave ceiling+ 1he cave was sha-ingC #o*eone yelled.
lease don. what about *eA? 1he few who were left in the cave saw that the tour guide was still trapped between the bars and so*e roc-s that had fallen on the other side of his body+ 1he irony of a (ailer being (ailed flashed in the *inds of everyone present.ceiling crac-ed open to for* a new opening in the side of . and Archilli yelled to everyone. including the tour guide. ?1he way I brought us into here is bloc-edC . who yelled.hosen Euic-ly scra*bled through the newly for*ed e9it. ?.t leave *e down here+ I a* at your *ercy+? .o*e on+ 1he opening is big enough to escape through+? As the .ouch+ #urface light shown downwards into their space. ?>ey. the tour guide yelled.ave .
? said 88 as he. God bless her. #ha*us. and Lee pulled at the iron bars+ 1he tour guide tried in the effort as well. sirA? ?=rin. she *a-es *e a fruit sha-e with e9tra olive oil.s your na*e. he as-ed the tour guide. -ic-ing at the bars while lying on the cave floor. but we need a little e9tra punch&&so*e e9tra si<<le&& to get you out of here+ And I have (ust the thing+? As Lee pulled out a bottle of liEuid fro* his side poc-et and poured a little on all the areas where the bars were e*bedded into the roc-.? replied the tour guide+ ?Dut what are you doing with that liEuidA? ?:very day *y wife.s *ercy.?@e are all under God. ?1he Eua-e definitely loosened the bars. clenching his hand in pain+ Lee said. ?@hat.? said Lee+ ?I need it for *y digestive syste*+ Anyway. I a* hoping .
t fully healed fro* the . and 88 are going to rush the iron bars and sla* it loose. #ha*us. *e. everybody. *ove bac. here we go/ one.s a two& *an rush+ Are we ready for so*e footballA =n the count of three.t be sla**ing too *uch into anything right now+ 3y ribs haven.that the oil will grease up at least one area of this gate enough so that it will slide out easier when we sla* up against it+ =-ay. -noc-ing everyone to the ground+ .? said Lee+ ?Bou (ust hang bac. o-ayA? ?@ait. another Eua-e ca*e and roc-ed the whole cavern.and supervise+ =-ay.i<on crash yet+? ?@e.up+ =rin.as far as possible+ 0ro* *y side. #ha*us. two+++? Defore Lee could finish. bac.? said 88+ ?Bou all should -now that I can. it.ve got you covered then.
you so*e *ore Euestions.Chapter (2: Abo'e Ca'e Co"ch 0ro* the desert surface the Eua-e was felt and seen as it literally changed the pea-s and valleys of the sand hills+ Dut no one fell to the sand+ :9cept for the four that were still below. everyone had *ade it out unhar*ed+ Archilli and 1harEuinn had to carry 2arla out through the tunnel because her hoverchair wouldn. ?I see two factors that could hold that process up+ =ne is that I want to as. (ust to *a-e sure you are fully open and have a good conscience toward God+ 1he other factor is+++ do you see water anywhere in sightA? .t fit through the new opening+ ?@e need to be i**ersed right nowC? said 2arla.t want to die out here li-e a lost dog in the desertC? Dianca was nearby and replied. a bit frantic+ ?I don.
where is 2adA? #arah responded. ?4a&chingC #etbac-+ @haa&whoC 1hat. ?>e is still down there with Lee and 88+ Advocate help the*+? 2own below. and as this fact sun. ?@e are not going to die down here+ 1his is what we are going to do/ live by faith+ @e are going to get up. ?Is everybody o-ayA 2on. since they were in the *iddle of the desert+ All the .t all answer at once+? =ne by one they all sat up and *ee-ly ac-nowledged their survival. still behind bars+ Lee responded with a s*ile and said.in. .to his feet after the second Eua-e+ @ith a chuc-le. ?>ey.s what we call a setbac-+? 1hen he as-ed. Lee was the first to stir up bac. he said.It was a rhetorical Euestion.hosen were loo-ing around. including =rin. Reyna loo-ed toward her *o* and as-ed.
pray up.you+? ?1han. and crawl right on up out of here+++ all four of us+? 1hen Lee saw 2arla. ?but than.? said =rin as they all scra*bled up through the new e9it tunnel.s left behind hoverchair+ >e was instantly certain they could rig the anti& gravity unit against the iron bars to get =rin out+ As soon as Lee reali<ed this.hi* for *ore than (ust this+ >e gives us all life and breath and everything else+ In the past God spo-e through the prophets.t -now how you did that.the Advocate. but now he spea-s through his son.? said Lee as they neared the surface+ ?And than. he *ade a big clap in e9cite*ent+ >e was a rather large *an who always clapped with strength and <eal+ As if on cue. the iron gate bloc-ing =rin in had suddenly slipped co*pletely loose and fell to the ground+ ?I don. the Advocate+? .
we were (ust fellowshipping.re doing so*e nice preaching down thereC? said 1harEuinn fro* the surface+ ?4eep it up+? As the four *en reached the surface.you guys so longA? Dianca as-ed+ ?=h. .? said =rin.in =rin. they were pulled up with affection and greeted with deeper than usual hugs&&even =rin+ ?@hat too.s direction+ After their eyes ad(usted to the light. ?I rec-on that you will have to show *e this Advocate+? ?1hat is why we are here. they all heard a voice echo down into the tunnel+ ?Bou. =rin said. that is why we ca*e+? 0ro* above.?@ell then.? said Lee+ ?@e have no other reason for being here but to call people to God+ #ightseeing+++ we are not here for that+ Dut to call people to -now the truth.? replied Lee with a s*ile and a win.
s our way out of here+ Let *e lay all *y cards on the tableH you boys and girls are in a heap of trouble+ 1hey don. ?1he sand is settling now+ It loo-s li-e+++ a herd of don-eysA Bou e9pect us to ride out of here . ?=h. it was right before the war+ And people died+? Reyna strained her eyes against the evening sun and said.t have *uch ti*e+? 1hen he whistled Euite loudly+ Reyna said.?>urry. is that how you get a ta9i all the way out here in the *iddle of the desertA? ?Bou *ight say that. we don.t (ust detain tourists on 1o*bstone for nothing+ In fact.? replied =rin as the sand began to shift in the distance+ ?Is that another earthEua-eA? as-ed 1harEuinn+ ?No.? replied =rin+ ?1hat. the last ti*e the govern*ent council called to detain tourists.
? replied #arah+ ?1ara pic-ed up so*e suspicious chatter between the 1o*bstonian .we will *a-e it worth your while+ 2etain #tar .i<on+ All 1ara could *a-e out was.s fine too+? ?Deggars can.to the ship+ .ity+ #ee if anyone has returned to the ship and find out what in the world is going on+? ?I did so while you guys were still underground. . ?#ee if you can.and elude the authorities on a herd of don-eysA? ?#ure.t patch our new friend.. try hailing the :<e-iel . or possibly.hosen+. #o 1ara sent out an all&crew urgent *essage for everyone to get bac.hosen. that.? said #ha*us+ 1hen he turned to 2oc 2avey and said. .t be choosers.s hand up+? 1hen #ha*us turned to his wife and said.ouncil and an unidentified spacecraft co*ing fro* the direction of . ?3eanwhile.? said =rin+ ?@hy notA I rec-on if you have a better idea.2estroy #tar .
and we.to the ship before the council could *obili<e its forces+? ?@here is the :<e-iel .re -eeping a . where we left the ship+ Dut now they are surrounded by a s*all contingent of ar*ed fighter ships+? ?Are the ships local.? replied #arah+ ?According to 1ara.i<ons have caught up with usA? as-ed #ha*us+ ?Local.=ur co**unications apparently were not able to penetrate through the cave structure+ Dut everyone else *ade it bac. or could it be that the .ity nowA? as-ed #ha*us+ #arah continued.? said #arah+ ?Not yet. logo growing out of a tu*bleweed+? ?>ow very inspired+ >ave any shots been firedA? as-ed #ha*us+ ?No.1. ?1ara reports that they are in orbit near 1o*bstone #pace #tation 2. on their wings they all have the 1o*bstonian .
s all right with you+? ?1hat. *a-e sure the ship stays put as *uch as the Advocate after three days+ #et the Legioni<er to si9 and *a-e li-e 8oseph with .otiphar. do what 3oses did after the burning bush+ Got itA? . but one ti*e. not seven+ And finally. turned his *icrophone on and said to 3a9*a9.? said 3a9*a9.s driving over there+? ?I a*.? said #ha*us+ ?Now Archilli is going to tal.ll need your faith and your noggin to figure out this one+ >ere is what to doH first of all.atch *e in to the entire bridge.s (ust fine. rightA? Archilli *ade a gri*yes. ?if it. 1ara. do e9actly as I say+ Bou. than-s for holding down the fort+ @ho.you through this *ess. ?=-ay.channel open with the ship+? ?. -id.s wife+ 1hen pull a wide 8oshua around 8ericho.? said #ha*us+ ?>ello.
3a9*a9 thought for a long *o*ent and before he could answer, 1ara said, ?@e got it+ "ntil :gypt then, over and out+? #he cut off co**unications and yelled out to the whole bridge, ?=-ay, here is what Archilli wants us to doH we are going to bust past this bloc-ade+ >ere is howH turn on the ship;s *ulti& i*age cloning pro(ector and *a-e it appear as if si9 :<e-iel .ity type ships are co*ing to our rescue+ 1he tu*bleweed ships should scatter in confusion+ As soon as they react to these illusionary ships, 3a9*a9 is supposed to *a-e a run for itH drive the ship out of orbit as if we are never co*ing bac-+ Dut then in a wide loop, we circle bac- around the other side of the planet and co*e bac- to the desert to pic- up #ha*us and co*pany+? ?Bou got all that fro* Archilli;s coded *essageA? as-ed 3a9*a9, not sure if he should be a*a<ed at
her ability or scared at what they were about to do+ ?Bes,? said 1ara+ ?2idn;t youA 1hey were all 70%th0ile references+ 1he Advocate didn;t stay still at all on the third day+ 1hat;s when he busted out of the to*b+ All the other cues are there too/ Legion with his *ultiple trouble&*a-ing spirits co*ing fro* only one source, 8oseph running away fro* ,otiphar;s unfaithful wife, 8oshua circling all the way around the city of 8ericho, and 3oses returning to :gypt to rescue his people+ If those 1o*bstonians were listening in, they;d never figure that out+ Dut it;s all there to decipher+? ?"*, good one+? said 3a9*a9+ ?@ell, now I get it too+ Let;s do it+ 1urn on the i*age cloner+++ or should I say ;Legioni<erA;?
Chapter (3: lying )on&eys
3eanwhile on the planet, =rin;s don-eys had gathered around the #tar .hosen leaders+ =rin gestured with his good hand for everyone to *ount one of the don-eys and said, ?Not to worry now, they don;t bite+ I;* guessing that you (ust called in the cavalry with your fancy code+ Dut I still rec-on that it would do us all so*e good to get away fro* our last -nown location until help arrives+? ?Bou all heard the *an,? said #ha*us+ ?#addle up+? ?And strap in,? added =rin+ ?1he nearest town is bac- east, so we;ll head west+ 1hat should buy us so*e ti*e+? As they all *ounted the gray&s-inned ani*als, Reyna as-ed, ?@hat is with all these seatbelt strapsA I;ve never seen such a high&bac- saddle on an
ani*al before&&a roller coaster, sure+ Dut it;s not li-e don-eys fly or anything+? ?Actually,? said =rin, ?these don-eys do cruise around a bit+ Now everybody buc-le up for safety, and we;ll ta-e a little glide through the desert+? =rin let out another whistle, and sure enough, =rin;s don-ey rose to hover about three feet fro* the ground+ 1he other ani*als followed in suit, =rin yelled, ?Giddyap,? and the whole pac- hovered away at about the speed of a leaf falling gently to the ground+ ?@hen don-eys fly,? said Reyna, ?*y, oh *y+ 1hey;ve got so*e sort of low e*ission anti&gravity horseshoes on these critters+? 1he don-eys didn;t si*ply hover+ 1hey would propel the*selves forward with their legs touching the sand long enough to drive the* onward+ 1hen
the anti&gravity horseshoes would disrupt a s*all gravitational field long enough to allow the don-eys to coast ahead for about a bloc- at a ti*e+ 1his process was repeated so that the herd carrying the #tar .hosen sort of leap frogged away to a hopefully safer location+ As they traveled further away fro* the cave site, 2arla;s don-ey caught up to =rin+ #he said to hi*, ?Bou -now, I don;t thin- I;ve been on any -ind of an ani*al since I lost *ost of *y legs+ It;s actually a pretty neat way to get around+ Now that *y hoverchair has to be left behind, I;* in the *ar-et for a new *ode of transportation+ @ould you consider selling *e one of these don-eysA? ?1hese old pets sure do eat a lot+ Bou;ve got to -eep that in *ind+ Dut I;ll tell you what, darling,? said =rin, ?if we *a-e it out of here alive, I will
give you the very don-ey you;re riding on right now+? ?I appreciate your generosity,? said 2arla, ?but you (ust called *e ;darling+; 2o you thin- *y na*e is 2arlingA? ?No, *a;a*,? said =rin+ ?It;s (ust an e9pression+? ?@ell,? said 2arla, ?it;s not (ust an e9pression to *e+ 3y dad used to call *e ;darling,; not in a weird way or anything, but (ust as a sign of how dear I was to hi*+ >e died a long ti*e ago+ In one too *any ways, he was a *isguided *anH but he was still *y dad+ Anyway, *y na*e is 2arla, and you *ight say that I;* a *isguided wo*an&&a sinner, in fact+ And I need to change+? ?@ell, there is hope for you yet,? said =rin+ ?Bou barely -now *e,? replied 2arla+ ?>ow can you even be sure of thatA?
?1he way I see it,? said =rin, ?your dear father *ay be dead, but you;re not dead+ Bou;re still alive+ #o there;s got to be hope+ 1hese people you;re with, I overheard the* giving you a tal-ing to bac- at .ave .ouch+ 1hey wouldn;t be doing that unless they cared for you+ :veryone else I tour guide for co*es to the caves to please the*selves, you -now, to recreate+ Dut your friends here, I;ve never seen anything li-e the*+ 1hey ca*e for you+ Bou -now that, don;t youA? ?Indeed I do,? ad*itted 2arla with a sigh, ?although I haven;t given the* *uch reason to care for *e+ In fact, I;ve given the* (ust about every reason to hate *e+ Dut they don;t+ 1hey should though+? ?@hy do you say thatA? as-ed =rin+ ?1here;s still so*ething that they don;t -now,?
said 2arla, ?that I have -ept fro* the*+ And no doubt it;s so*ething that they would want to -now/ so*ething that they need to -now+ Dut you -now I;* li-e a bo9 inside a bo9 inside a bo9 inside a+++? ?I get the picture,? interrupted =rin+ ?Bou can even say that I have contained it in *y *ind+ Dut you need to *a-e a change fro* this pattern, and not (ust any old change+ Not all change is good+ 0or instance, a few years bac-, we had ourselves a civil war+ Now so*e of the* soldiers were on an e9tended *ission in so*e of the dirtiest swa*ps in all of 1o*bstone+ 1hey were out there so long that they s*elled so*ething awful&&every last one of the* soa-ed in filth+ 0inally, one day, their sergeant lines the* up and says, ;=-ay, *en, I;ve got good news and I;ve got bad news+ 1he good news is that we finally get to change our clothes+ 1he bad news
is this/ Larry, you change underwear with Dill+ Dill, you change with Robert+ Robert you change with 2aniel,; and so on+ 1herefore, we see that not all change is good+? 2arla chuc-led as =rin continued, ?Dut the -ind of change I;* tal-ing about for you is radical+ I;* not tal-ing about (ust going fro* one bo9 to another+ It sounds to *e li-e you need to step out of the bo9 entirely+++ all of the*+ Bou need to (ust open up co*pletely+ Leave no stone unturned+ Get it all out+? ?Bou;re right,? said 2arla+ ?I rec-on you;re right+ 1han-s+? 1hen 2arla rode over to #ha*us and #arah and said, ?@hen we get bac- to the ship, if we get out of this *ess, I need to address the entire #tar .hosen about what we were tal-ing about bac- in the cave+? #ha*us replied, ?;If we get outA; @here is your
faithA It is not a *atter of ;if,; but of ;when+; And that is fine about addressing the group+ It;s long overdue+ 1here will *ost li-ely be so*e fallout afterwards+ Are you ready for thisA I *ean, it could get ugly+? ?I a* ready,? said 2arla, ?and let *e tell you why I;* readyH I no longer fear *en *ore than God+ Defore today, *y biggest concern was being the overachiever that people e9pect *e to be+ Dut I;* not interested in living up to that i*age+ I (ust want to *a-e it to paradeisos, and only God can get *e there+ @e were powerless over what shoo- up that cave+ Dut God created that caveH he has authority over earthEua-es, and surely it was he who brought us out of there+? ?@hat you say is true,? said #ha*us+ ?I;* glad you finally figured that out+ And who -new that such an epiphany would ta-e place on top of a flying
don-eyA? ?Is that how you get to be the leader around here, telling the worst (o-esA? as-ed 2arla sarcastically+ ?1rue again,? replied #ha*us+ ?I (ust barely beat out 88+?
Chapter (4: So4ebody Gets Shot
?Loo- there,? said =rin pointing off in the distance+ ?1hat better be the cavalry+ 1ell *e that;s your ship, otherwise, we are in a lot of trouble+? No one else but 2oc 2avey could see that far off+ Doth =rin and the 2oc were prepared for the desert with special sunglasses designed for bright environ*ents+ =rin, of course, was a local and -new better, whereas 2oc 2avey was one doctor who was always thin-ing about environ*ental preparation+
>e did send out an all&crew advisory to wear special sunglasses before the .hosen landed on 1o*bstone, but the few who listened lost the* in the earthEua-e+ 2oc 2avey cried out, ?I see it+ 1hat;s our ship+ 1hey;re co*ing for us+? ?=-ay, when the :<e-iel .ity gets here, we need to board Euic-ly,? said Archilli+ ?1here *ay be hostiles in pursuit of our ship, so for* two lines, and when the ra*p opens up, we;ll run right up in pairs, don-eys and all+? ?@e call that ;Noah;s ar- style,;? added #ha*us, ?because we enter two by two, (ust li-e in days of old when+++? ?I hate to interrupt what I;* sure would be a fascinating story,? said =rin, ?but we;ve got *ore co*pany+? ?I can;t see *uch past our own ship on the
hori<on,? said #ha*us+ ?Are they being followedA? ?No,? said 2oc 2avey, pointing in the opposite direction behind the don-eys, ?but we are+? #ure enough, two low flying sand cruisers were closing in on their position+ =rin e9clai*ed, ?=h, this is not goodC :verybody ride low, real low+ >ug that don-ey li-e it was your long lost *a*a+ #and cruiser pilots are -nown for two and only two things/ riding and gun slinging+? =rin loo-ed forward and bac-ward as he continued, ?0ro* the loo-s of it, the cruisers are going to be in shooting range before your ship gets here+? ?@ould they really shoot at usA? as-ed 2oc 2avey+ 1he answer ca*e Euic-er than anyone had hoped+ #i9 rounds of ?pow, -a&pow? whistled through the desert in a horrifying series of shots fired+
?Is anybody hitA? yelled #ha*us as the herd of don-eys continued to press forward+ 1he answer he received was not the one he was loo-ing for+ No one replied, but he loo-ed on with absolute dread toward the far side of the herd+ Reyna was slu*ped sideways atop her don-ey+ #he was now held up by nothing but her saddle straps and appeared to be unconscious+ ?2oc 2avey, tend to *y daughterC? yelled #ha*us+ 1harEuinn had already raced up to Reyna and was riding alongside her on the right+ >e said, ?#he;s been hit, 2oc+ I can;t tell where+ And I thin- she;s unconscious or even+++? 1harEuinn couldn;t even thin- about the concept that this dear wo*an he had reconnected with *ight be dead+ 2oc 2avey pulled up along Reyna;s left side,
leaned over to grab her wrist and chec- her vital signs, while still *oving forward with the pac-+ ?#he;s aliveC? he yelled out+ ?1harEuinn, find where she was hit and put pressure on it+ 0ro* this side she loo-s fine+? ?@ell, fro* this side,? said 1harEuinn, ?there;s a lot of blood+ >ow a* I supposed to apply pressure while I;* on a *oving don-eyA If we slow down, we;re sure to be hit again+? ?8u*p over to her don-ey,? said 2oc 2avey+ ?Loo- for where there;s a hole in her clothes and apply direct pressure until I can whip up so*e *edicine fro* out of *y bac-pac-+? 1harEuinn thought bac- to his days as a child playing in the trees, leaping fro* branch to branch+ ?=-ay, I can do this,? he thought+ ?>ere we go+? >e had his don-ey ride slightly ahead of Reyna;s,
leaned in and *ade a dive for the front of her don-ey+ 1hat was the only space on the don-ey that had barely enough roo* for hi*+ >e overshot the (u*p and al*ost fell into 2oc 2avey on the other side of her, but 2oc 2avey saw hi* co*ing and pushed hi* bac- onto the front of Reyna;s don-ey+ >e landed painfully, but intact, and face to face with his unconscious, yet lovely friend+ In all the co**otion, Reyna had slu*ped bac-ward, but the high bac- of her saddle was holding her up+ 1harEuinn found her wound on her upper ar*, (ust below her right shoulder+ #o*ething had shot clear through her body+ >e figured that he needed to apply direct pressure on both her entrance and e9it wound, so he hugged her to do so+ 1hat was the only way he could apply the pressure to both sides and also not fall off her *oving don-ey+
2oc 2avey put so*e *edicine in his doctor dart gun and atte*pted a ris-y *ove+ >e needed to get on the other side of her to shoot the *edicine into her+ #o as Reyna;s don-ey hovered down, his hovered up and over to Reyna;s wounded side+ 2oc ai*ed his dart gun and shot Reyna in the shoulder and lower ar* with s*all *edicine darts+ 1he i*pact startled Reyna+ #he slid into consciousness, loo-ed right into 1harEuinn;s eyes and said, ?If you wanted to hold *e, all you had to do was as-+? #he gave 1harEuinn a big -iss on the chee-, and then she do<ed off again+ 3eanwhile, fro* the other side of the herd, Archilli said to #ha*us and =rin, ?I have a way to buy us so*e ti*e, but don-eys will *ost surely die+? #ha*us nodded and loo-ed to =rin for approval+
?1hey;re all yours,? said =rin+ ?I don;t suppose don-eys will be *uch too happy in space anyway+? ?Good,? said Archilli to =rin+ ?>ow good are these don-eys at following ordersA? ?I trained the* *yself,? said =rin+ ?If they can do it, they will do it+ 1hey;re pretty fearless+? ?1hey;d better be,? said Archilli+ ?@hat I have in *ind, *ost *en would be afraid to do the*selves+?
Chapter (#: +he %i'ing Shield
Archilli wasted no ti*e in organi<ing his plan+ 1he wo*en -ept going forward towards the approaching :<e-iel .ity on the hori<on while all the *en, e9cept for 1harEuinn, stopped *o*entarily to double up two *en to one don-ey+ @ith =rin;s help, Archilli lined up the un*ounted don-eys and had
the ani*als for* a living shield between the* and the shooters+ @hile the other .hosen *en rode to catch up with the wo*en, Archilli and =rin stayed behind a bit longer to *a-e sure the don-eys would hold their line+ 1his line of defense was twelve don-eys wide, but not for long+ Another round of gunfire dropped the biggest don-ey to the ground+ 1he rest of the* started to rustle around in an9iety, but when =rin shouted, ?>old the line, hold the lineC? the ani*als returned to their positions+ 1hen =rin called for two of the don-eys+ 1o catch up on ti*e, the two *en each rode off on their own ani*al, leaving behind a shield of nine don-eys, plus the fallen one+ ?2on;t loo- bac-,? said Archilli as a round of guns rang off again+ ?1hese are good ani*als,? said =rin with
deter*ination+ ?1hey;re li-e fa*ily to *e+ 3ost everyone else was -illed in our civil war+? As =rin spo-e, he got a bit e*otional and his head rose up out of their low&riding position+ Archilli noticed and replied, ?4eep your head down+ ,lay your cards right, and you;ll be given a new fa*ily by God hi*self+? ?Bou and *e both,? said =rin+ ?I;* a Euic- study+?
Chapter ((: 6"t o! 5gypt
88 and #ha*us, who were riding together, had never been so happy to see the :<e-iel .ity+ @ell, actually 88 had felt li-e this once before about the ship, when he, Archilli, and Geo were rescued fro* ,i<on+ >e thought that such an event would only be a one&ti*e occasion+ >owever, seeing the shiny green e9terior
of the ship, and again in a setting of heavy gunfire, 88 was wondering if such chaos had beco*e the nor* for his life+ It was all so si*ilar+ >e even had increased pain in his side li-e last ti*e+ 2on-ey riding was definitely not the best thing for a *an with rib in(uries+ 2espite the pain, it was a relief to see the wo*en, including his wife, (ust ahead of hi* riding up the ship;s ra*p to safety+ Decause of the pain, he and #ha*us were riding so slow that =rin and Archilli caught up to hi* (ust before they *ade it to the ship+ ?Loo- alive, soldier,? said Archilli to 88 as he and =rin beat hi* up the ra*p+ ?=ne last hill and we;re ho*e+? 1he old *ilitary slogan that Archilli used wasn;t literal+ It never is, unless you die in battle+ Dut it was enough to encourage 88 to hang in there until they all *ade it into the ship+
As the last of the .hosen entered and the ra*p closed, =rin could see that the sand cruisers had already passed the shield of don-eys, and *uch to his despair, not one of the nine was left standing+ ?I told the* to hold the line,? said =rin+ ?And they held it to the very end+? 1he ra*p retracted, and before the airloc- was even co*pletely closed, 3a9*a9 blasted the ship out of the desert+ 1heir low ta-eoff churned up *assive heaps of sand that ha**ered down onto the sand cruisers, instantly grounding both ene*y vehicles+ As he shoo- the dust off his feet, #ha*us called to the bridge, ?3a9*a9, get us away fro* this planet+? ?.aptain, can I suggest a course heading that would be in our best interestA? as-ed 2arla+ ?As long as it;s nowhere near here or ,i<on, go
ahead,? replied #ha*us+ ?=-ay, 1ara, plot in a course for .apsule =ne,? said 2arla+ ?.apsule =neA? as-ed 1ara+ ?I;* not fa*iliar with that star syste*+? ?It;s not a star syste*,? said 2arla+ ?8ust type in ;.apsule =ne+; 1he ship will -now the coordinates+? 1ara did so and also set the Legioni<er to si9 again+ As the real :<e-iel .ity left 1o*bstonian space, si9 du**y i*ages of the ship appeared to ta-e off in different directions+ In no ti*e at all, the real ship was in the clear with no pursuers+ =rin yelled out, ?.an so*ebody roll out the biggest tub of water you fol-s gotA I need it right awayC? Lee as-ed, ?Bou;re *oving pretty fast+ Already you want to be i**ersedA?
?I**ersed in whatA I don;t -now *uch about that,? said =rin+ ?Dut *y don-eys *ust be thirstier than a flea in an hourglass+ .an we get the* a nice drin-A? As Lee saw to it that the don-eys were ta-en care of, Reyna was rushed off to the *edical bay, along with 88 and =rin+ #ha*us gave his daughter a big -iss and said, ?I love you, Reyna+ 1he Advocate and 2oc 2avey will ta-e good care of you+? 1hen #ha*us turned to his wife and said, ?#arah, stay with her+? Ne9t, #ha*us rushed forward and co**anded, ?2arla, Archilli, 1harEuinn, co*e with *e to the bridge+ Let;s *a-e sure no one is following us+? 1harEuinn wanted to protest and stay with ReynaH it could be seen in his eyes+ >owever, he denied hi*self and stuc- to his assigned duties+ =n the way
to the bridge, #ha*us leaned over to 1harEuinn and said, ?I share your senti*ents+ I have half a *ind to wait on Reyna;s condition fro* the *edical bay with *y wife+ Dut I can do *ore good leading than I can sitting around in the *edical bay+ 1he sa*e goes for you+ @e need you on the bridge+ I;* counting on you and the rest of the bridge crew to *a-e sure that we;re not being followed, or booby&trapped, or anything else+? =nce the crew was sure that the ship was safe, #ha*us pulled 2arla aside and said, ?#pill the beans, 2arla+ @hat is .apsule =neA? ?I;ll tell you,? replied 2arla who was still atop her don-ey on the bridge, ?but I also really need to tell the entire *e*bership as soon as possible+ I understand that now+ In fact, I *ust get this off *y chest+ I have to spill the beans not (ust to you, but to
everyone+? ?0ine,? said #ha*us+ ?I;ll call an all&crew *eeting as soon as you let *e -now where our ship is headed+ Are we in any danger on this new course headingA @e;ve had enough surprises in the past few *onths to last a lifeti*e+? ?No danger that I a* aware of,? replied 2arla, ?but I hope you can handle at least one *ore surprise+ 1his is a big one+?
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Chapter (*: Big Re'elation
3ost #tar .hosen *eetings start with a lot of singing, prayers, and a welco*e+ 1his gathering would be Euite different for *ultiple reasons+
#ha*us was Euite serious about having the all&crew *eeting i**ediately after his private tal- with 2arla, who didn;t even have ti*e to build a *a-eshift hoverchair and bring it to the *eeting hall+ #he attended the *eeting riding her new don-ey+ 1he only people who didn;t attend in person were #arah, 2oc 2avey, his *edical tea*, and their new patients/ 88, =rin, and Reyna+ #ha*us started the *eeting with a reEuest+ ?1ara, pipe this audio also into the *edical bay+? 1hen he addressed everyone in a loud voiceH ?Drothers, sisters, and guests of the .hosen, we need to pray+ Al*ighty God, we co*e before you with great need+ =n so *any fronts, we have been under attac-+ .o*e Euic-ly, Advocate+ 2eliver us fro* this tur*oil+ 3y daughter+++ your daughter, Reyna, is undergoing surgery right now, due to the assault
against your chosen people+ @e plead with you, our AdvocateH heal her+ Give 2oc 2avey and his tea* insight and great s-ill as they tend to her, as well as 88 and our new friend =rin+ Dy your *ercy, let the* all live life to the full, for they have served you this day+ And now God, we as- one *ore thing of you+ Bou -now, and soon we will all -now, that there is great sin in the ca*p+ @e will not hide fro* it one *o*ent longer+ @ithout your forgiveness, we would be lost+ #o please don;t hold the sin that is about to be revealed against us+? >e paused, and (ust when everyone though he was finished, #ha*us added, ?Advocate, there is nothing so evil that you can;t *a-e it right again+ @e are powerless, but you can do *ore than we can ever as- or i*agine+ ,lease grant your forgiveness here, and for all of us .hosen, help us to re*e*ber that
we too are not without sin, and we live by your grace+ A*en+? 1hen 2arla and Archilli ca*e up in front of everyone, and they loo-ed out at all the wide&eyed faces, eager to understand what was the *eaning of this e*ergency gathering+ Archilli spo-e in an even softer tone than usual+ ?I had hoped that the first ti*e I addressed the entire #tar .hosen *e*bership, it would be for so*e sort of preaching or good news sharing+ Dut that is not going to happen today+? Archilli had beco*e a little cho-ed up, and so*eone fro* the *iddle of the crowd yelled out, ?.o*e on, bro+ @e are with you+? Archilli *ade the *ost gri*yes perhaps of ever+ >e said, ?I -now you are with *e now, and I appreciate it+ >owever, I don;t deserve it+ @hen you
all learn of what I have done, I don;t -now who will still be with *e+ I *ade a half&hearted atte*pt to bring this up before I was i**ersed, but fran-ly, I was deceitful about it, glossing over the fullness of the evil I had done+ I a* very asha*ed, and, in fact, I can;t in good conscience even say that I had a valid i**ersion+? @ith a long and sad face, Archilli continued, ?3ost of you don;t -now this, but *any years ago, I had a wife and daughter+ 1hey would bring out the best in *e+ In fact, the last ti*e I spo-e with *y daughter, Angie, she called *e ;#illy 2addy+; 1hey were *y sweet and wonderful young fa*ily/ a bright spot in an otherwise dar- universe+? Archilli stopped to ta-e a big breath, as if to *uster up courage to go on+ ?@hen *y wife found out about what I;* about to tell you, she too- Angie,
who was two&years&old at the ti*e, and left *e, never to be seen again+ 3uch to *y surprise, *y wife too- off without debate, warning, or hesitation+ #o*e ;#illy 2addy; I was+ 3y wife *ust have pic-ed up one too *any tric-s fro* *e about operating in a covert *anner+? ?=f course,? Archilli continued, ?still being in the *ilitary at the ti*e, I used all the resources the ar*ed forces had at *y disposal to find the* after they disappeared+ Nevertheless, to this day, their whereabouts are a co*plete *ystery+ I pray that one day, the Advocate will let *e find the* again, because what I did+++ well I don;t bla*e *y wife for leaving+? Archilli loo-ed down *o*entarily to ta-e another deep breath and continued, ?2uring the 0aith @ar, I was part of a secret *ilitary *ission called
=peration Nullify+ 1here were only three people in the unit+ I was in charge of security and, therefore, active in every aspect of this *ission+ 1he intent of this operation was to universally wipe out all religious te9ts and narratives+ 1he only way that could be done was by harnessing a dangerous e9peri*ental technology that actually erases all electronic language&based narratives, religious or otherwise+ 1he -ey would be launching this without da*aging code&based te9t strings, since that would destroy our infrastructure progra**ing and utilities technology too+? ?As we all -now too well,? continued Archilli with *uch sha*e, ?the operation was successful+ I did it+ I destroyed the entire narrative history of the universe+ 1his was a purposeful act of war with the specific goal of *aliciously eradicating the faith and
record of all religious people+ .onseEuently, I destroyed your 70%th0ile+ I a* intensely sorry for *y actions+ @e lost the words of God, and I lost *y fa*ily+ ,lease, *y hope is that you will one day co*e to accept *y apology, because it is *y intention to be i**ersed and prove *y repentance by *y deeds+? A growing *u*ble of reali<ation spread throughout the listeners+ 1he shoc-ed voices grew louder until #ha*us pro*pted 2arla in a hushed toneH ?It;s your turn+ 1al- now before they get too riled up+? 2arla straightened up in her don-ey, flipped her hair once, as was her custo*, and began to spea-+ ?0irst of all, if you;re anything li-e *e, *any of you *ight be wondering why I a* up here on a don-ey and not *y hoverchair+ 2ue to the earthEua-e on
1o*bstone and the subseEuent attac-, we had to leave *y hoverchair behind+ =ur new friend =rin was -ind enough to give *e this ani*al, if we *ade it out alive+? ?1he (oy of survival and our rescue, however, is not co*plete in *e, si*ply because everything Archilli has told you also applies to *e+ In fact, I designed the device that destroyed the 70%th0ile+ @e called it ;the Nullifier+; 3ore than that, I;* the one who turned it on+ I too a* begging God;s forgiveness and yours as well, and a* still see-ing to be i**ersed properly with a clear conscience+? 2arla too- a long pause and continued, ?1hat;s not the end of the story though+ In addition to those sins, I;ve also been independent, prideful, deceitful, secretive, and whatever else you want to call it, specifically regarding so*e vital infor*ation+ I
-now how har*ful *y devious nature is+ Again, li-e Archilli said, I can only hope that you will one day co*e to forgive *e+? ?1here is now a uniEue nature to this ne9t part of *y confession+ @hat you will find, I hope, is the sa*e thing that I understand/ *y sin is very bad, but *y infor*ation is very goodH it;s useful to us all, and I shouldn;t have -ept it fro* you+? #ha*us interrupted, ?2arla, you;re not running for governor+ 8ust get to the point+? ?#orry,? said 2arla+ ?@e are right now on a course heading -nown by our ship as ;.apsule =ne,; because I pre&progra**ed those coordinates into the ship while it was still being built+ .enturies ago, before *anned space travel, so*e of the first space operations involved sending un*anned probes into outer space to study and record the universe, as well
and sealed environ*ent+ 1his.as test the reliability of spacecraft design+ =ne of those probes also served as :arth.? 2arla stopped tal-ing to ga<e out at the #tar . is the perfect setting to preserve *ost ob(ects+ 3y research leads *e to believe that one of those ob(ects is a co*pletely intact old&fashioned boo-.is . of course. bound with real pages and in. if such a capsule would still be intact. as a for* of introduction to any e9traterrestrial life for*s that find the capsule+ Alien nonsense aside.1he Dible+. the ob(ects inside should still be in a cold.s ti*e capsule+? ?Dac.on paper+ And the na*e of the boo.then. the population was still under the i*pression that there *ay be other life for*s out here+ #o these space pioneers put in the probe what they considered to be their *ost i*portant ob(ects of the day. dry.
long before the :lectronic Age began. ?BoC #o what. called prophets and apostles. assu*ing that he would want to educate the group on this point. there were *essengers. you -now fro* our study . particularly since it was such a big deal+ #ha*us nodded and e9plained. way bac-. in turn. of course.s *ind. as they the*selves were carried along by the #pirit of the Advocate+ 1his.. no other listener appeared to have put two and two together+ 1here was si*ply a sea of blan. wrote down what the Advocate said and did. ?@ay. who -new what the Dible was when he and 2arla discussed this privately.hosen and *easure their reaction+ Desides #ha*us.s in the DibleA? 2arla loo-ed to #ha*us. who* the Advocate spo-e to directly+ 1hey. *any centuries ago.stares waiting for *ore infor*ation+ Geo yelled out the Euestion that was on everyone.
?#o was I+ Art *useu*s were *y assign*ent+? ?I need to chec.in the *eeting space.on rolls of dried ani*al s-ins and other -inds of *aterial+ 1he scriptures were eventually collected into a new for*at called boo-s+ #o*e of you that are old enough *ay re*e*ber seeing the last decaying frag*ents of boo-s in the *useu*s+ 1his was. of course.series+ 1hese writings first ca*e to be -nown as the scriptures.on the progress of *y daughter.s .? said #ha*us bac. ?I was not part of any *useu* destruction. in case anybody is wondering+? Archilli added. 88 said with a sigh. before the *useu*s were all destroyed at the beginning of the 0aith @ar+? 2arla chi*ed in. ?so let. and they were written with liEuid in. ?Dut I was+? Deing patched up fro* the *edical bay.
Dible. and co**entaries ca*e out li-e.s Dible+. Dac. articles. Dut in the course of ti*e it was used to refer e9clusively to the scriptures of the Advocate+ 8ust as we now say. clever&*inded editors started using the word .1he .publishing and into the very beginning of the :lectronic Age. and .. . . unrelated boo-s.offee Dible.in the day.I.1he . that e9clusivity did not last long+? ?At the height of boo. the Dible was -nown to be the standard for living+ >owever. .. to refer to all sorts of *an&*ade standards of education+ 0or e9a*ple.. believers used to say.. .1he >ac-er. ..s Dible. .s Dible.redit Dible.1he 0ashion Dible.1he Renter. .1he Darber.I. .bible. in the sa*e way.boo-+. in its original literal definition is (ust another way to say .continue+ 1he word .* going to study the Dible+..* going to study the 70%th0ile.
and te9t. how they individually wanted the world to be if they were in control+ =ther users could post co**ents.. the confusion really e9ploded+ A social networ-ing Internet site called .s word. to the title+ 1here was .1he 3or*on Dible. share photos. false religious groups again created their own *an&*ade teachings and added the word . had nothing to do with God.bible. ga*es..3y Dible. by video. and the list sadly went on and on+? ?1hen once the :lectronic Age grew full force and *ade printed boo-s obsolete. . launched to beco*e terribly popular+ 1he whole pre*ise of the site was that users would share. audio. and it watered down the specialty of what the true Dible is+ 1o *a-e *atters worse. of course. and even IR e9periences together+ Dy the ti*e Goo>oo bought the site and .1hese boo-s. videos.1he Atheist Dible.
hoping as beacons of light to clarify what the true Dible is+ Dut their sites were buried in obscurity li-e pebbles on the *oon+? ?1herefore. of course. the na*e they ca*e up with was ?70%th0ile+? 1he idea behind the na*e. was a short way of saying that we *ust have one faith in one God who is our one lord+ 1hey even trade*ar-ed the na*e to protect against any future har* to the cause+ =f course. the believers got together and decided to give the scriptures a new file na*e to avoid further confusion+ Again. this was long before any of us were born+ And inevitably. ninety& five percent of the -nown population had a 3y Dible page+? ?0or a ti*e.e9panded its already i**ense reach to include a rich '2 *ultiplayer role&playing e9perience. that protection . so*e of the believers tried to operate their own 3y Dible pages.
re*ote *e*ory. and all that other fun-y electronic slight of hand+ Dut here we are. with all the advances in bac-up files and virtual *e*ory.only went so far+ No one figured that co*plete file erasure was even possible any*ore. or at the very least. #ha*us continued. (ust living off of the scraps that we could piece together fro* *e*ory and rare artifacts after the 0aith @ar+? . ?1hese revelations will certainly te*pt you to hate. without the full 70%th0ile.t be deceived+ Bour sin put the Advocate to death (ust as theirs has+ And where would any of us be without forgivenessA Now. have an attitude toward Archilli and 2arla+ Dut don. the one thing left that 2arla needs to e9plain to us here is how she even -nows that there *ay be a truly intact copy of the 70%th0ile so*ewhere out there in .ointing to Archilli and 2arla.
which was ad*irable. aside fro* the terrorists for their obvious diabolical ways. you were nearly i*possible to find. you guys were noteworthy for your acts of -indness.a space probe+? 2arla nodded and e9plained. ?1he closer we got to activating the Nullifier. even when persecuted+? ?.lus.t stand up for what I -new was right+ 3useu*s were already al*ost all destroyed before the Nullifier was launched+ 4nowing further that I was about to wipe out the written record of everything stirred *e to wonder if there were any last files I should read since soon it literally would be a *atter of now or never+ =f all the religious groups that stood out in the 0aith @ar. the *ore doubts I had about the wisdo* of what I was doing+ Bet I was cowardly and still didn. and you were the only group that .
t retaliate against us+ 1hese traits.wrap it up.apsule =ne. everything is a battle+ I wanted to -now what *ade peace&loving people li-e you tic-. actually intrigued *e+ It was such a refreshing contrast to what I had -nown *y whole life+ Growing up in a *ilitary environ*ent. I see #ha*us giving *e the . sy*bol.to acEuire things and infor*ation that were not available to the public in war ti*e+ 1his included a few of the scriptural artifacts I already revealed the first ti*e so*e of you ca*e aboard the ship+ I got *y hands . and the *ore I read of the 70%th0ile.>ow I found out about . the *ore it *ade sense why you all did what you did+? 2arla paused for a *o*ent and said.ll say this/ Deing in the *ilitary. I used *y networ. so let *e finish the point directly+ 1o answer the Euestion. .didn.. which confounded *y co*rades. I. ?=h.
s daughter *ade it easy to -eep those activities off the radar+? ?It also gained *e access to a space *useu* in 0lorida.s course heading and *iniature toy *oc-ups of what was inside the ti*e capsule+ I saw a plastic toy boo-.to turn away fro*. and in tiny letters the word . again before its destruction+ 1hat. which was nothing *ore than a piece of gu*&si<ed rectangle that didn. was painted on it+ 4nowing deep down the evil I was too wea.Dible. not a toy Dible+ #o I *e*ori<ed the .t open.on the* before the last *useu*s were destroyed+ Deing a general.s where I learned about the space probe with the Dible in it+ An old e9hibit highlighted the probe using scale *odels+ 1he probe *odel was pac-ed up in a forgotten closet. I had a notion that one day I *ight need rede*ption fro* the real deal. co*plete with the probe.
that has been lost would be shallow without the forgiveness of God and his people+? As the listeners stood in awe of all that had (ust been revealed.? because it repeated the line. rushed off to the *edical bay. ?= Lord.Dread. have *ercy on *e+++ on *e+? And that is e9actly what they all needed to get through this/ *ercy+ .apsule =ne+ Dut what a fool I was+ I still destroyed the real deal+ @ith the Nullifier. #ha*us closed the *eeting abruptly with a prayer. ?Let "s Drea. I -new that what I was doing was wrong+ Dut I did it anyway+ . and left Dobby with instructions to lead the song.course heading and speed of the .lease forgive *e+ 3y efforts to restore this boo.
: Geo.* going to help you for free+? ?@hat in the world are you tal-ing aboutA? as-ed Archilli+ Geo raised his dar.Chapter (. Geo ran up through the crowd to Archilli and said.* your friend 5and after today. everyone was dis*issed to their Euarters or duties and encouraged to pray about these *atters before discussing it with anyone further+ >owever. the Silly )addy anboy After the song. I *ight be your only friend6. buddyC I totally understand even *ore now that *eeting you was no accident+ @hat I personally -now could *a-e *e a lot of *oney+ Dut because I.eyebrows with a s*ile and . ?1his is your day.s activities. I.
she.said. Angie.? replied Geo+ ?I.? replied Archilli+ ?Are you seriousA? ?2efinitely. Dy *y count.I -now where your fa*ily is+? ?>ow could you -now where they areA 1his is no ti*e for ga*es.d be about nineteen years old now.s right. but it.s na*e is Angie. correctA? ?1hat. is about nineteen&years&old in the current episodes. and that she used to call you . I a* *ost definitely serious+? answered Geo+ ?Bou said your daughter.? said Archilli+ ?I basically *issed her whole childhood+ Dut how could you -now her e9act ageA @as that a guessA? ?No.#illy 2addy+.ve been reading about a young girl na*ed Angie and her fa*ily in a local .s a long running series that started . ?I thin.i<on webco*ic for *any years now+ 1his character. Geo.
s written by so*e .t see what this has .i<on.when she was (ust a toddler+? ?@hatA 2o you have any idea how *any Angies there are in the universeA? as-ed Archilli+ ?1here *ust have been over 700. ?I still don. which has only a very s*all following on .re not *y stories. is nothing fantastical+ 0or so*e weird reason. at the beginning of the :lectronic Age+ Dut any reader can tell that the conversations are *ostly pulled fro* his everyday life today+? Archilli interrupted.? Geo e9plained+ ?It. the cartoonist sets the story in the old days.000 Angies born the sa*e year as *y daughter+ >ow do you -now your little stories are about *y AngieA? ?1hey.i<on artist guy who li-es to cover a*using things&&*ostly about true&to&life fa*ily stuff fro* his own day&to&day activities as a parent+ 1his webco*ic.
that. ?It definitely started after all the literature was wiped out+++ within a year after your Nullifier did its da*age&&that. ?@hen did this webco*ic startA 1ell *e e9actlyC? Geo thought for a *o*ent and replied. especially in so*e of the early episodes.s daughter as his own+ 1he little child. the story centers around a fa*ily wherein the *an *arries a wo*an with a -id+ 1he wo*an and her daughter are fro* an undisclosed distant land.* getting to that.s where they get the na*e of the webco*ic/ #illy 2addy+? Archilli lit up with interest and as-ed.to do with *y wife and -id+? ?I.? Geo replied+ ?And you talabout *e being i*patientC As I was trying to say. calls the *an .s about when the first episodes ca*e .#illy 2addy+. and the *an adopts the wo*an. and she.s na*e is Angie. In fact.
out+? Archilli stated with a sober hope.ll find your fa*ily+? ?2o you have any copies of these co*icsA? as-ed Archilli+ ?Not any*ore. but the way the cartoonist draws Angie.i<on.re atC I -now they.when we first *et at .ve ever had on *y fa*ily.* telling you/ this is your fa*ily+ 0ind the #illy 2addy cartoonist on . you have seen Angie.s li-eness.i<on. bac. on *y . ?2o you reali<e that this is the *ost solid lead I.s whereaboutsA? ?LeadA? Euestioned Geo+ ?1his is *ore than a leadH this is where they. it actually loo-s li-e you could be related to her+ Bou have the sa*e nose+ I. and you.re only co*ics.? replied Geo+ ?1hey were all stored in *y old red hel*et+ And you -now what happened to thatC >owever.
e9plain it to her .for about a wee-C Iery funny stuff. you -nowA #he had to cancel all her dates. ?e9cept she.statue fro* your old spacecraft is what *y daughter loo-s li-e nowA? ?2efinitely.ship+? ?@hat li-enessA? as-ed Archilli+ All I re*e*ber is that giant pin.bar of soap for a gift+ It turns her s-in pin.s not pin.in real life+ In that story line. ?that. but I could only fit one in *y ride+? ?@ait.? said Geo. her younger siblings give her a tric.? replied Geo.? Archilli as-ed in bewilder*ent.s a recent pro*otional statue of Angie fro* #illy 2addy+ I stole it fro* a retail *ar-eting event pro*oting a new #illy 2addy story line release+ 1he retailer actually had life&si<e statues of all the *ain characters for the event. ?are you saying that the pin.statue in the *iddle of your ship+? ?Beah.
t you forgetting a few i*portant detailsA? as-ed Geo with reservation+ ?Li-e whatA? as-ed Archilli+ >olding out his fingers.i<on. ?=ne. *ost of it is based on real life.? stated Archilli with great resolution+ ?I need to be rei**ersed.i<ons have tried to . so I. Geo said.s that all aboutA? ?@ell.* going bac. the .? e9plained Geo.there to find *y fa*ily+? ?Aren.* going bac. the #tar .e*ployer.hosen *ay not want to i**erse you after what you ad*itted today+ 1wo.* sure your fa*ily can be located+? ?1hen I. and then I. get revenge on her younger siblings+? ?Bounger siblingsA? as-ed Archilli+ ?@hat.to . ?the cartoonist and his new wife have a few new -ids over the years+ Li-e I said. and of course.
*y wife *ay be lost to *e+ Dut Angie. ?Now what about youA Are you co*ing with *eA? Geo. then despite the e*otional pain. then so will I+ And three.t fool enough to destroy no Dible+ #o the #tar . your wife got re*arried+ I hate to say this.i<on is a planet with no shortage of thieves and s*ugglers+ I -now this because I -now youC If they find ways in.hosen are truly God. they will i**erse *e+ 1wo.s face lifted up with a bit of fear and e9cite*ent. ?I. she will always be *y daughter+? Archilli paused for a *o*ent before as-ing.ll tell you what/ I wasn.s people. as if considering so*ething both dangerous and noble+ >e said. . if the #tar . but she left you for a reason+ #he *ay not want to be found+? ?I a* prepared to deal with all these issues.? Archilli replied+ ?=ne.-ill us&&twice already+ And three.
? said Archilli. then I.ll bet she changed her na*e.? replied Geo+ ?@hat was the na*e of your wifeA? ?:denisia. his brain now spinning with tactical plans+ >e as-ed Geo one *ore cartoon Euestion. but out of curiosity.i<on+? ?1hat. and if they won. with a glea* in his eye+ Chapter (/: Ar4ed !or Reco'ery #ha*us arrived an9iously at the *edical bay to find his daughter Reyna sleeping peacefully with #arah standing by her side+ =rin had (ust been released .ll go to .? e9clai*ed Archilli.ll i**erse you+ And then we.ll get i**ersed. what is the na*e of the wife in this #illy 2addy co*icA? ?2enise.hosen have no proble* i**ersing *e+ #o I. ?I.s a deal..t i**erse you.
? replied #arah.? said 2oc 2avey+ #ha*us was du*bfounded at the light&hearted nature of everyone in the *edical bay+ ?I thought Reyna was shot in the ar*C 1here.to snic-er as he repliedH ?2oc. is that what all those years of *edical school were for+++ advising patients to stay off don-eysA? ?=nly the flying ones. and 2oc 2avey was loo-ing over 88+ 2oc said to 88.re the doctor+? ?1ell *e whatA? #ha*us e9clai*ed+ ?Is *y . ?you. ?Get plenty of rest and please refrain fro* riding any *ore don-eys for the ne9t few wee-s+? 88 was Euic.s not a scratch on her+ >ow did you do it. ?2o you want to tell hi*A? ?Bou.d better.with a cast on his hand. 2ocA? 2oc 2avey turned to #arah and as-ed.
t save her real ar*+ 1here was an infection+ @e had to a*putate+? #ha*us was in shoc. ?Is it li-e+++ super strong or . that she.t re(ect artificial robotic li*b i*plants+ 1he bad news is.s lost her ar*A? #arah replied. or worse+ As you can see. she.s blood type and i**une syste* is one of the rare ones that doesn.s no longer in any danger. I couldn. the new robotic ar* loo-s pretty natural+? #ha*us as-ed.daughter alright or notA? ?=h.as he hugged his wife and as-ed. she *ight have lost her shoulder too. ?Bes+ #he was awa-e to give her consent before the procedure+ 2oc said if they had waited any longer. ?2oes Reyna -now about this.? answered 2oc 2avey+ ?@e stopped the bleeding+ 1he good news is this/ Reyna.
?Li-e whatA? and his wife actually said it/ ?Li-e whatA? ?1he way I see it.? said 88 fro* his *edical bed+ #ha*us had a discouraged loo.on his face as if to say. ?3y daughter the super&hero+++ that will ta-e so*e getting used to+? #arah added.? e9plained 88.t lose sight of all the good that this trip has brought.on the bright side. she.? 2oc 2avey replied+ ?It is+ =nce she gets the hang of it.ll have the strength of ten *en in that one ar*+? 1rying to loo. #ha*us announced. but that is . ?bad things are bound to happen+ 1hat.so*ethingA? ?Beah. ?:verything on this *ission will ta-e so*e getting used to+? ?2on.s part of life+ #ure we all want never&ending good things to happen.
Reyna.s wor-+? 88 responded. having two of the . you -now what they say. 2arla. don. this ti*e for real. plus =rin if he *oves forward in the studies+ 1wo of those *ay be the first off&world people to be i**ersed in a long. is a great victory as well+ Now on top of all that. but in good spirits.s *ost influential people (oin our ran-s. we. and Geo right away. long ti*e+ And don. ?@hat.t youA? Groggy. ?All in a day.roud.t forget.what paradeisos is for+ Dut I see a lot of a*a<ing things happening for us+ @e could have four i**ersions this wee-/ Archilli. who apparently had heard the whole conversation replied.s the universe co*ing toA .re on our way to recovering the only e9isting co*plete set of scriptures -nown to *anH and these we presu*ed had been lost forever+ If you add all that stuff up.
and now you. now that you.d still be here+ >ow is everybodyA? ?0ine.re all fine+? After a brief *edical update.re here.re stealing *y best punch lines+? ?If that. ?I figured you. #ha*us as-ed.Bou. Archilli and Geo burst into the *edical bay.? said 88+ ?@e.s your best *aterial. clearly having *uch on their *inds+ Archilli said to #ha*us.re a priority patient over *e. ?then God help us+? Reyna chuc-led and then drifted bac. .? said Reyna with a faint s*ile.into a restful sleep+ Chapter *1: +he Most )i!!ic"lt and +ro"bleso4e Con'ersions Are $orth It 8ust then.
and fearlessly going after truth+++ those are signs that you.s fa*ily.re ready to turn your life over to the Advocate+ And I see those . without delay+? @hen 2arla arrived fro* her Euarters.?@hat. putting your life on the line for others. as well as the plan for the* to be i**ersed as soon as possible and return to .s on your *ind.ll never be+ Dut seeing you owning up to your sin.s i**erse the three of you tonight. ?go get 2arla too+ Let.s wife and daughter+ ?@ell then.? said #ha*us with a nod of acceptance. guysA? Archilli and Geo too.s happened as conseEuences of your deceptive lives. #ha*us addressed the three of the* with renewed respect.i<on to find Archilli.turns telling those in the *edical bay all about how they discovered the location of Archilli. you. ?If you three are not totally hu*bled by all that.
characteristics in all of you+? ?1hat said. the three were i**ersed without further discussionH there had been *ore than enough tal.apsule =ne.? #ha*us continued.for one day+ #hortly afterward saying their goodbyes.with you+? @hen #ha*us finished his re*ar-s.i<on. or whether you all ris. while the :<e-iel .your life on .ity sped outward to the far .i<on+ @hatever the case.s been an honor to wor. ?I freely ad*it that your conversions will go down as so*e of the *ost difficult and troubleso*e conversions ever in *y history as a . Archilli and Geo set off in a s*all shuttle craft headed cautiously for . whether you re*ain here with us on the *ission to .hosen+ Dut that (ust re*inds *e all the *ore how everything is possible with the Advocate+ I -now that God will do great things a*ong you. it.
.and teach us the whole thing. a big green (ewel along an i**ense bac-drop of outer space.hosen on toward hope and a future+ :*bar-ing on their Euest for .? said Archilli+ ?And when you get it. we.apsule =ne.ope o! Re"nion Archilli. and deepened relationships+ Chapter *1: +he .s parting *o*ents with #ha*us and 2arla beca*e a point of inspiration for *any of the #tar ..ll stay alive long enough for you to race bac.hosen en(oyed a ti*e of peace.hosen+ ?Go full force to chase that Dible. carried the weary but now space&seasoned band of #tar . gratitude.ity. cover to cover+? .edges of the universe. the #tar . yearning for the undiscovered pro*ises of God+ 1he :<e-iel .
stuffed ani*al type. the Advocate never gave up on *e.? said 2arla.? replied Archilli+ ?It was *y daughter.t offer an e9planation.? said 2arla+ ?Bou never gave up on your fa*ily+? ?2espite how lost I was.stuffed ani*al hanging out of your bac-pac-A? ?I.s the least I can do for *y fa*ily+? . ?#illy 2addy.ve been holding on to this for so*eone.s so sweet.? replied Archilli+ ?It.t pegged you as the pin. fro* when she was (ust a little girl+? ?1hat.s. you. 2arla as-ed directly. obviously a*used+ @hen Archilli didn.s bac-pac-+ ?I hadn. she noticed an odd ite* stic-ing out of Archilli. ?#o why is a pin.#ha*us replied.ve got yourself a dealC? As 2arla gave Archilli a great hug goodbye.
? said 2arla with co**it*ent+ ?@e. #ILLB 2A22B. which has been a rewarding creative endeavor since 7997+ 1he series has received the following professional . grateful to be living with his wife and three children in North Riverside.?And we won.ll be bac-+? Archilli tuc-ed Angie.Joo Joo doll bac.* counting on it+? OOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOO Abo"t the A"thor 8oe .s old pin. Illinois+ >e is best -nown as the *an behind one of the longest running autobiographical co*ics.into his pac.hiappetta is an A*erican author and cartoonist.t give up on you.and said. ?I.
and corny (o-es+ Also. bi-e riding.s usually up for a good ga*e of chess. and too. he.s elevated trains.recognition/ & Peric Award @inner & Ignat< Award No*inee for =utstanding #tory & >arvey Award No*inee for Dest New #eries 0ro* his wor-.oc-et .hicago. and finding a big ?score? of free sa*ples while grocery shopping+ 8oe. one can tell that 8oe en(oys spending ti*e with God. ?#tar .. while riding . building forts in the woods.? was originally envisioned as a television screenplay of hour&long episodes+ 1he novel was written al*ost entirely on a .hosen.five years to co*plete+ .s notice.s latest wor-. science fiction. fa*ily. at a *o*ent.
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