“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?”
King Avery grinned and nodded as he looked out at the land underneath him. From the top of the hill, he could see everything: every village, every city, every floating mountain and every flying river, every valley of diamonds and every desert of silver. After breathing in the scenery for a few more seconds, he finally responded.
“Yes. It is.”
“Would you believe me if I told you that I have something even better?”
The King scoffed. “What could be better than this? We have nearly unlimited resources. We’ve doubled human life expectancy. We’ve seen the next step of not only human evolution, but of nearly all of biological evolution. Have you seen the abilities we have? My nephew can create miniature stars in his finger nails. The possibilities are endless.”
“But there’s more.”
The King scoffed again. “You’re usually quite keen. But I have to respectfully disagree with you on this one.”
There was a short silence where the only sound was the distant whistle of the wind.
“But what exactly do you have in mind?” the King finally asked.
“I want you to go back to Earth.”
The King nearly choked on his own laughter. “Back to Earth? That’s ridiculous.”
“Go back to Earth.” It was a command this time. “I have plans there and I want Basilea to be a part of it.”
The King shook his head, still staring down at the beautiful land beneath him. “I don’t want to go back.”
“But I’ll be there.”
“But everything’s going so well here. Why would we go back? We came here to move forward.”
“You came here because I told you to. And now I’m telling you to go back.”
The King didn’t respond and stared down at the blue grass under his feet. He made his hands into fists as he shut his eyes and considered the words of this being who was normally the wisest in all the known universes. But not this time. This time he was mistaken. He had to be. This made no sense. He would not have it.
He opened his eyes, but kept his fists shut. “I can’t. I won’t.”
“Then I won’t stop the destruction that’s coming. And you won’t see the plans I’ve been making.”
And with that, the Man in the Blue Light vanished.
Little did the King know that this was the beginning of the end.