Story by Nate Armstrong & Dokken Storm
Cover image made by Nate Armstrong
In The Upside Down two societies are living close but apart. One living in harmonious union with God and the other living in a techno land of illusion. What happens when one who knows nothing of true spiritual life looks over the fence…
On a hill, there is a community of people. These people believe in the Faith that is true and show this continually. Working the fields using both old and new technology. They pray before doing any work, make time to be with family and friends, make attempts at furthering their technological capabilities within reason. They understand what it is they are meant for and what it is they are here on this earth to do. A society dedicated to achieving Theosis.
Partaking in the daily activities a young man named Ephraem stopped to be thankful for everything he saw around him. Knowing that there were somehow those who knew nothing of the Faith and what it means to follow The Good Shepherd. Having understood this he went back to his work of plowing and seeding fields for the fall harvest, taking moments to be thankful for everything he had and was given.
Across a valley, there is a world of grand illusion. Living in the Metaverse, the people of this citadel leave the real world behind to float above the streets in a digital avatar. Some keep their human form but others choose the way of chimera.
Chemical euphoria took care of any pleasure requested, thirst, hunger, and any other desire. For most citizens of the citadel, this kept them content but some would not live on digital bread alone.
Within the technosphere, there was something sinister that truly ruled the society. A noble lie was told upon the inception of the city, to maintain the grid and keep the circle turning. The ruler in secret needed the blood of babes to keep himself sustained.
In the cover of night, his private goblins of wire and pandemonium went out into the countryside searching for children of men.
“My child, come with me and see,” the Goblin said to a little boy while coaxing him from his bed.
The boy was terrified and screamed. A scream that went unnoticed with a metallic hand over his mouth.
“Child, quiet your mind you’re mine and always have been, come and see what I have to show you.” said the goblin.
The boy followed the goblin out the window of his room. His sister saw the goblin and froze in terror. Watching the two leave through a window, the goblin turned back and winked at the girl…
Stay tuned… Windows To Darkness continues next week right here on Storm Of Ideas.