The loop

 

He jumped into the tube at Charring Cross. He had to get down ten stations later at Queen’s park, but somehow he was not bothered. He was just waiting for her. From the last two days, she was boarding from Paddington. The first day he saw her, she was roaming around, as if looking for someone. The second day, she was again doing the same thing, when suddenly her eyes rested on him and she stared at him till the last station. He could not believe his luck. Just two days ago he had left his wife. She was becoming unbearable after just one year of marriage. He had just met her 15 minutes ago to discuss the formalities of the divorce. His wife was happy that both of them understood that they were not meant for each other and there were no hard feelings. They raised a toast too.

As the doors slided open at Paddington, she walked in and sat next to him. She had these lovely curls and deep blue eyes that he couldn’t help staring back.

“What’s your name?”.He asked.

“Aida”.

She leaned forward and said something in his ears. His eyes widened. He couldn’t believe what he had just heard. The train stopped at the next station. She got up and moved towards the door, turned and ask him to follow. As he stepped out of the train, he saw a huge circular white cloud emerging in front of them. It grew in size rapidly and was rotating slowly.

“What is that?”. He asked in his shaky voice.

“The Portal. Do you want to come?”. She asked. For a second her breath stopped. She wanted him to say no.

* * *

When they stepped out of the portal, he looked up. The sky was dazzling with the stars. He was walking on a brick pathway which was just hanging in mid air. He looked down and realized that there was no support beneath. All the other pathways which he could see far and below were the same. There were a few scattered castles here and there. There were deep blue waves of clouds way below. It was as if the whole city was floating. The girl turned back and smiled at him.

“What is this place? Is this a dream?”. He asked.

“Have patience and follow me.”

Soon he realized that he was not walking at all. He was floating, just like the others. There were creatures all around moving in different directions. Soon the density of castles grew and they reached an enormous and heavily guarded fortress. There were huge guards on the main gate. Their torso was human but the head was that of a lion. They were sitting on golden dragons. The walls of the fortress were manned by archers and soldiers. The archers were eagle headed and had wings too. He looked at them with awe. He was sure he was in a dream.

“Come. Let’s go inside”. She said.

The huge spiked iron door was opened with a lot of effort by ten lion headed soldiers. After walking through a labyrinth of walkways, they entered a huge chamber, heavily guarded and beautifully decorated. There was a throne at the other end, made of glittering diamonds. She turned and looked at him.

“The queen will now see you”.

“Wait a sec. What the hell is happening? Where am I? Why can’t I stop this dream?”.

“Because this is not a dream.”

“This is nuts. I was in London.”

“This is London too. Its just that you haven’t seen this part of the city.”

He just stared at her in bewilderment. Nothing was making sense. His head was swimming. She just stared at him for a while.

“Have you heard of overlapping dimensions?”

“What??”

“Its a bit hard to understand. There are other dimensions in addition to what humans know of. Besides the basic four dimensions there are n number of other dimensions which are invisible to humans. Some of these co-exist with the four dimensions you know of, but you can’t see them. Its like parallel universes existing simultaneously.”

“You mean there is another world on earth which we can’t see.”

She rolled her eyes. She was really bored of this. She just wanted to close her eyes and rest, just wanted to get rid of all this, just wanted to end the loop.

“Yes. In a way you can say that. See things are quite different here. Here we don’t grow old like humans. Death doesn’t come to us the way it come to humans. We just pass to a higher dimension when we are meant to. Our sins are predefined and so are the punishments. Sometimes, the holy trinity of salvation calls upon a sinner before his time is exhausted in this forty seventh dimension. Sinners can get expelled to mortal planets like earth to serve their sentences. That is what happened to….Oh!!! How could all this be so wrong. How could we not understand the prophecy?”. She sighed as tears rolled down her eyes.

“Ah!! So the earth is like hell? But you can find happy people there.”

“What better punishment can be there than to lead a mortal life?”

“How do you speak my language?”

“I don’t. Neither can I speak English nor can you speak Galactica. I cast a spell when you entered here, so that we can understand eath other.”

He looked around. He was sure that he was in a dream. The room had started to fill up with weird creatures. There were wild ogre like creatures, three headed fairies, a huge centipede with a human head, human unicorns. They all looked like the fairy tale creatures he had heard of. Then he saw the queen. She was the most fairest and beautiful woman he had ever seen. She had eight hands coming out from her back, just like some Indian goddess. As she entered, everyone bowed down. She looked at him and asked him to step forward. As he moved ahead, he saw a huge rectangular white marble pillar on his right. On the top of the pillar was engraved – “The Prophecy” and below it, four lines were engraved.

“The fourth dimension will bring what you crave,

Glory and fortune will become thy slaves.

He shall live forever and his shoulders won’t droop,

but an untimely demise will start the loop.”

The queen looked at him and smiled. He was awestruck. He moved close to her. One of her hands touched his cheek. A lightening struck his brain. His consciousness went into a whirlpool. Suddenly everything came back in a flash. Yes, he was a sinner, reborn on earth as a mortal to pay for his sins. He was Aldrich, the king of the forty seventh dimension, the fore-bearer of the Calhoun clan. He was the one who called upon the King of the Galactic arc for a dual and tricked him to defeat. He had to face the wrath of the holy trinity and was sentenced a mortal and worthless life on earth. The woman in front of him was his queen. The woman he loved the most. The woman who begged in front of the holy trinity to spare her husband.

“My lord!!!! Why did it happen to us??”. There were tears in her eyes.

“My queen!!! So the prophecy was right. You brought me back from the fourth dimension.” He said as he wiped tears from her eyes.

“It was a mistake. I should have never done that. I didn’t fully understand the prophecy. No one did. I just wanted to see you once, my lord. That’s why I took the aid of the witch of Khazadoom and Aida to open the portal. Oh!!! I should not have done that.”

“Why do you say so? I am here. I am with you, my beloved.”

As he said this, a sharp pain erupted in his chest. He fell down on the ground and the queen dropped down on her knees and looked sadly in his eyes. Aida came forward and stood near his feet. The whole court gathered around.

“What’s happening?”. He asked gasping for breath as he looked around.

“Your wife on earth poisoned you in the morning. She hates you for ruining her life, for this divorce. My Lord! you are dying.”

He was having a heart attack. He looked around. Everyone was screaming. Creatures were melting in the ground. He held his chest and closed his eyes. As he took his last breath, everything around him exploded in a blinding white soundless flash.

* * *

He opened his eyes and looked around. The train was nearing a station. There was a slight pain in his chest but it soon went away. The train has reached Paddington. Yes, she will be here. From the last two days, she was boarding from Paddington. The first day he saw her, she was roaming around, as if looking for someone. The second day, she was again doing the same thing, when suddenly her eyes rested on him and she stared at him till the last station.

As the doors slided open at Paddington, she walked in and sat next to him. She had these lovely curls and deep blue eyes that he couldn’t help staring back.

“What’s your name?”.He asked.

“Aida”.

She leaned forward and said something in his ears.

“Sire!!! This is the 79,487 th time we are meeting. Our dimensions are stuck in a loop because of your death in the forty seventh dimension in the human form…something that should not have happened in that dimension. This loop can be ended only if you don’t follow me in the portal. There is no other way. I can’t stop the loop. It throws me back here every-time. I can’t stop my actions either. Only you can help us. My Lord, just for a second, stop thinking like a human.Sire!!! Don’t you remember anything???”

His eyes widened. He couldn’t believe what he heard. The train stopped at the next station. She got up and moved towards the door, turned and ask him to follow. As he stepped out of the train, he saw a huge circular white cloud emerging in front of them. It grew in size rapidly and was rotating slowly.

“What is that?”. He asked in his shaky voice.

“The Portal. Do you want to come?”. She asked. For a second her breath stopped. She wanted him to say no, desperately.

She entered the portal and turned back. She stared at him for a while as the portal closed behind him. She wiped off a tear from her eye as she asked him to follow her.

8 comments on “The loop

  1. Hi Amit,
    True you got a great imagination!!. Your idea of three headed fairies and human unicorns is simply amazing. But in my opinion you lost the grace while bringing the concept of multi dimensional universe.

    Felt that the portal needs more justice in terms of detailing.

    Best wished for the forth comings.

  2. Wow.. Awesome.. Why don’t you write a book of short stories? Its always interesting to read your stories. Moreover, they don’t lose interest till the end.

  3. This one takes the cake.. what great description..
    Amit..you seem to be becoming the master of drama and suspense…
    Amazing short stories..
    I vote: Publications mein de do..!!
    Cheers..

  4. @pooja: Thanks Pooja. Guess finally my age is catching up with me. 🙂
    @Sujani: Mr Brown is a tall order. Dont scare me. 🙂
    @Bharat: Its English…..I hope. Thanks for the WOW.
    @Phani: Thanks for the first WOWless comment. I’ll surely keep your point in mind.
    @Ruchika: Book is still a few km away. Thanks for the faith. 🙂
    @Vipul: I am choking. 🙂

  5. Pingback: Invisible dimensions « Mashed Musings

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