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Checkmate, Death by Cobyboy

Checkmate, Death by Cobyboy

Author:Cobyboy [Cobyboy]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2018-12-29T22:00:00+00:00


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How well do you really know the people you love? If you stepped into their mind, and saw the deep desires contained there, would you be surprised? I think you might be. Humans and Celestials are complex. As such, we have widely varying minds. One man's trash is another man's treasure. And one man's Heaven is another man's Hell. I had just been in a Heaven that was Hell to me, and that was more than enough exploration for one night.

I walked back to my apartment, still struggling at the puzzle of my recent gloominess and failing to solve it. Surely there was some combination of moves I could take to untangle the riddle. How is it that I could understand the universe around me as easily as though it were a chess board, and yet my own mind - the thing that gives rise to my consciousness, the thing which defines me - can remain such a mystery?

Sometimes even Celestials have personal crises, much like humans do. Maybe I ought to follow the advice of my friend Ben Franklin and find a human answer. I could beat my head against the walls up in Heaven for the next thousand years, and come no closer to figuring things out. Maybe I needed to dip my toes into the mortal realm.

But what do I really have in common with humans? When you remove my fascination with death, only chess remains. That is the link that connects me to mortals. But at that moment I wanted nothing less than to take part in another game of chess with a human opponent. The thought of it made me unbelievably irritable. I was sick of it. This disturbed me greatly. It made me anxious.

And despite my distaste, I would of course accept the next challenge that came my way. I would zone out, rest my chin in my hand, and play an effortless and utterly dull game of chess, making moves that confounded my competition but which bored me half to death; I had made them a million times before.

What else could I do? I had billions of years yet before the death of the universe would free me. I was stuck in this rut from now until the end of eternity.



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