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Sleeping with the Enemy

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Volume 5, Issue 15
Part 39
of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now in a new life around 40,000 BC, in the mountains of northeastern Spain.

In the previous episode, the tribe made the trek to higher ground while Melchizedek and Layla, as Blu and Ska, stayed behind with the King and his troops to lay traps for the coming invaders. This had been Blu’s idea. Ska had convinced the King to feed the prisoner to gain his confidence, rather than torture him. Meantime, the King, smart enough to see the wisdom in these new ideas, continues to be suspect of our Agents. Earlier episodes.

Ska concentrated on staying with the prisoner while Blu split his time as he was also training the troops for the upcoming battle. The prisoner realized that Blu and Ska had prevented his torture and were getting him food and water. He didn’t exactly trust their motives but played along with them as much as he felt he could without getting killed by his own King when this tribe was annihilated.

Although armed guards were always with them, Ska would pretend to go to sleep when the prisoner did. In this way she was able to learn much from his dreams and even played a role in those dreams, provoking more learning. Sometimes she managed to get some sleep at the same time.

This was the way that she learned the key difference in the fighting skills of the two tribes: the invaders used the buddy system, two warriors protecting each other at all times and fighting as a pair, the same thing she and Melchi did. This was surely a secret passed down from the awakened rebels now stirring up the planet. Blu and Ska passed it on to the King, explaining that the prisoner had slipped up and given them that information during loose conversation over a hearty meal they had given him. When the ever-suspicious King asked them for the exact words, Ska quickly improvised, “He referred to his ‘battle-partner’.”

So now their tribe was training in the use of this system, and also duplicating the enemy weapons as fast as the women and slaves could make them.

Making tools and weapons

A week had gone by and still the attack had not come. This was fortunate — the tribe was now ready for it, or as ready as they could be. Blu and Ska continued to get as much information from the prisoner as possible. The man, whose name was Ya-hay, had agreed after a week to talk freely about any subject other than the art of war and the current confrontation. One evening, Blu had arrived with roast pig, a better meal than they had ever brought Ya-hay, and in fact it was what the King was eating that night. While Ya-hay delightedly dug into the delicacy, the conversation continued. Layla had learned or inferred much telepathically especially during dreaming, such as the enemy tribe’s origin to the North, a cold, inhospitable country of much darkness and ice, but there was still much they did not know.

roasting pic

“Do you have a mate?” Ska asked, between bites of roast pork.

“Yes, She-la, we were mated before she could bear children,” Ya-hay said, a soft smile crossing his face for a moment, “now we have four, two boys and two girls.”

“This constant fighting must be very hard on them,” Ska mused, but at the word “fighting” Ya-hay clammed up. He thought carefully then said “It is our way, no one objects to it.”

“What is the purpose?” Blu asked.

“If we do not kill, we shall be killed,” Ya-hay said, as if everyone knows that.

“But our tribe would live beside yours in peace,” Blu said. Ya-hay looked skeptical, and then realized that Blu and Ska had already proven this by their actions for the past week. Or they were duping him scrupulously into believing that.

“Our King has a vision,” Ya-hay said. “He is a great man, not like anyone else. He says that our mission is important and more than just for our survival. He says that we cannot understand the mission, so he will not tell us what it is. He wants us to believe him and we do. He brought us out of the great cold and down to this paradise. He fed us along the barren way with the bodies of the tribes we conquered. He taught us many things, and knows things no other man knows. We are grateful to him and will go wherever he leads, do whatever he orders. We would have all surely perished if not for him.”

This confirmed it for Melchizedek and Layla. They suspected that the invader King was an awakened rebel. Now they knew it. How would his powers stack up against theirs? They were not as confident as they would have been on any other Mission, because they knew that their powers, ironically, were being reduced by these new brains, as if in a constant inner power struggle. Their mission required them to meet with such an awakened rebel, whether they captured him or he captured them, which was much more likely.

TO BE CONTINUED

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Bill

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Retreat to Higher Ground

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The Great Being, Part 38
Volume 5, Issue 14

We continue our weekly story of The Great Being, the Singular Self that is living through each of us avatars. We are watching how the story unfolds on the planet Earth through the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now in a new life around 40,000 BC.

In the last episode, the inevitable happened: a tribe member, Ja, was kidnapped by “the enemy”. Melchizedek and Layla, as Blu and Ska respectively, immediately set out in search of Ja. Then, suddenly and stealthily, Blu and Ska come upon the three warriors holding Ja. A quick battle ensues, two warriors are felled, and Blu and Ska make their escape, with Ja and one “enemy” warrior on their shoulders and captured weapons in tow.

higher ground

It was surprisingly easy to move the tribespeople living on the lower plateau back up to the original camp a click uphill, especially when they saw Ja and the fearsome enemy weapons. The tribe’s weapons-makers were already studying their design and most everyone was anxious to move uphill as fast as possible. No organizing was necessary as each family unit moved at its own pace, all of them getting out of Dodge faster than the King and his troops, who stayed at the endangered camp preparing for the enemy.

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They Are Coming

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The Great Being, Part 37
Volume 5, Issue 13

Our weekly story continues of The Great Being, the Singular Self that is living through each of us avatars. We are watching how the story unfolds on the planet Earth through the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now in a new life around 40,000 BC.

They are coming to fight.
Neanderthal by Frank Frazetta courtesy of FrankFrazetta.net
The warrior looked back and forth and swung his mace at Blu/Melchizedek. He admired
the cleverness with which sharp stones had been wedged into the head of the club.  

In the previous episode, the tribe experienced the miracle of the first successful “Great Hunt” and instantly became converts to primitive animism. They were the first group of people on Earth to sense some higher power they could actually connect to. Perhaps emboldened by the victory of the Great Hunt, the tribe had set up a second base lower on the mountain, closer to the tribe that had driven them up the mountain.

Blu and Ska happened to be with the King when a slave woman was dragged into his presence. In Blu’s body, Melchizedek sensed the woman’s terror. She was sure she was going to be beaten, tortured and killed. But her determination reigned over her fear.

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The Great Hunt

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The Great Being, Part 36
Volume 5, Issue 12

We continue our weekly story of The Great Being, the Singular Self that is living through each of us avatars. We are watching how the story unfolds on the planet Earth through the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now in a new life around 40,000 BC.

The Mystery Cave

In the previous episode, Melchizedek and Layla, as Blu and Ska, had begun training the tribespeople in the Mystery Cave, where they experienced a life-changing initiation. Exercising their influence, Blu and Ska had convinced the King to allow the wives and children to experience the secrets of the Mystery Cave. Previous installments.

Naming things is more important than I ever realized, Layla (as Ska) pathed. The use of the term The Great Hunt distinguished it from solitary hunting. In The Great Hunt a team of men tracked the largest and most dangerous beasts, and would later train to hunt the most dangerous of all — their own kind. This generated the emotions that would later drive their descendants to be rabid sports fans.

It anchors a cluster of feelings and images into something retrievable, an idea, Melchizedek (as Blu) agreed, explaining why naming is so powerful. They went about their daily lives with their wives while planning their next moves.

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The Mysteries

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The Great Being, Part 35
Volume 5, Issue 11

We continue our weekly story of The Great Being, the Singular Self that is living through each of us avatars. We are watching how the story unfolds on the planet Earth through the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now in a new life around 40,000 BC. In the previous episode, Melchizedek and Layla, as Blu and Ska, had unveiled cave paintings for the tribe and explained how these would be used to train for The Great Hunt and then for battle. Previous installments.

The extra delay before revealing the boar last night added tremendously to the effect, Layla pathed, as Ska and Blu lay intertwined with their respective wives in their respective burrows.

Melchizedek sent back a laugh. It wasn’t intentional, a rock had somehow been moved into the wrong spot and I almost fell over it, he pathed back.

Cosmic fire support? She kidded him, although it could easily be that higher forces had helped them. You never know.

They had begun the training in the cave. It hadn’t started immediately.

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Magic Show

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Volume 5, Issue 10

You’ll recall we are telling the story of The Great Being, the Singular Self that is living through each of us avatars. We are watching how the story unfolds on the planet Earth through the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now in a new life around 40,000 BC. In the previous episode, the tribe had eluded “the enemy” and established camp high up the great mountain. Layla and Melchizedek, as Ska and Blu, had been up to something but what? Previous Installments.

The King bridled at the idea of having to go somewhere to see something. Layla as Ska persuaded him by saying, “Oh Great King, all future men will remember you for the great creation we will show you.”

The King insisted on his full guard, eight protectors heavily armed with pikes and throwing stones plus personal weapons, while Melchizedek as Blu and Layla as Ska had but their stone axes and stone blades, only good for very close range. But this was the way the King wanted to stack it, just in case he was facing an assassination exercise.

They had to do a bit of climbing to get to the cave. Previous experience had taught all these men to know there was nothing that could possibly surprise or impress them in that cave. It was just not possible.

Cueva de El Mirón Photo by Antuan AyllónThey reached the opening and Melchizedek as Blu stopped to light his fire. This took several minutes, during which the King got steadily angrier.

This is going to be one tough audience, Layla pathed. The two had laughed earlier about Here we go again, inventing show biz on this planet.

Finally the torch was lit and sputtering uncertainly. Melchizedek requested cosmic fire support and led the way into the cave.

It was instantly colder, damp, and had a funny smell that none of them could remember ever having smelled before, which set their senses on alert. The King began to fuzzily detect his own true identity for a moment, and Melchizedek caught it, and distracted him. “Great King, there were bears in this cave that I needed to persuade to depart, that is what you smell.” The King looked at him disbelievingly, pigeonholing the comment as a common boast, without truth. But it made him forget momentarily and not wake up to his true identity as a visitor like Melchizedek and Layla, though of a different political and philosophical persuasion.

They got deeper into the cave and it got darker, but it also enlarged a bit so they could walk fully upright. Here Melchizedek as Blu raised a hand to stop them and paused dramatically. He held the fire just a certain way so that he could light up just a part of the present “room” that he wanted to illuminate. He was using himself as a shade to block something else that he would disclose at just the right time.

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