Bringing the Tavern to Life

Hey, there you are. Feeling better? Yea, those Moon Flower tonics have put more than one being on the floor. I’ll have Kregar fix you up a nice bowl of greevell soup. It’s just the thing to get you on your feet again. Greevell are a delicacy on his planet. Kind of like a mouse with fangs. Oh, sorry. Didn’t mean to freak you out. Trust me, it tastes great.

Anyway, drink this. It’s a cup of my personal blend of tea.

So, ready to hear the rest of the story about the tavern? Cool. Let’s see, where were we? Aw yes.

We walked down to this little cottage and I swear, it got smaller as we got closer. I looked through the windows, but couldn’t see a thing. Even though there was light coming from within, it looked dark.

“Come on”, X called. I followed him to the door and it opened without him even touching the knob. It let out a horrible creaking sound that sent shivers up my spine. We stepped inside and it was as though I’d been transported somewhere else. The lights came on and we were inside the largest room I’d ever seen. It was massive.

The room was totally white and almost blinding. As I shielded my eyes, the room became instantly dimmer. I was shocked. It was as though the room knew it was hurting me and did what it could to stop. That’s when I started to get freaked out.

X laughed, “You’ll get used to that. Your soul is beginning to blend with the Omniverse. We’re a part of it and it’s a part of us.”

“Already?” I hadn’t been there all that long, how could this thing and I be blending?

“You’ve been here longer than you think”, X explained.

“How do you…”

“I just know”, he went on. “So, tell me. How long do you think you’ve been here?”

“I just got here.” The question sounded absurd to me. He’d just found me a little while before we got to the tavern and I’d just arrived a few minutes before that. “I’ve been here less than a day. You know that. I’d just woke up where you found me and we came straight here.”

The look on his face kind of pissed me off. “Kid, on Earth, you’ve been dead almost 200 years.”

‘That’s impossible!”, I shouted.

“As I said, there’s no such thing as time here. Now suck it up and let’s get to work. I want this to be a place where everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, can enjoy their first visit to the other side.”

We set to work right then and there and created this place. No, I don’t have any idea how long it took us, really, but I learned so much from that man. He reminded me of my oldest brother back on Earth.

Once the tavern was set up, X took me on a journey through the stars. He taught me how to use the Omniverse. I visited planets and galaxies I never knew existed. I took lessons in every kind of warfare imaginable. I spent what felt like centuries in forests and deserts, learning how to use various plants and minerals. I studied the religions and cultures of thousands of beings. And the best part was that I took my time and enjoyed it all.

Then, X took me by the hand and told me it was time to open the tavern. We found our way back and put the finishing touches in place. Then, X walked outside, looked up toward the stars, and said, “We’re ready.”

Within moments, souls slowly began to wander in. I was a little apprehensive at first. With all these people coming in at once, I didn’t know where to start. Then X told me to just focus on one soul at a time. I didn’t have to fuss over each and every one of them, just find one soul who looked like they needed my help most and go from there. And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.

You? Yea, you’re my latest soul to save. When you look out over the crowd, what do you see? I just see a large room filled with lifeforms. But when you came in, you glowed a little brighter than the most. You stood out to me and that’s how I knew you were my next assignment.

Here, have another cup of tea. Your soup should be up by now. What’s in the tea? Just some wild herbs and berries from the mountains of Myrovia. It will calm your nerves, settle your stomach, and make your fingers tingle. Now eat your soup. Oh wait, don’t.

Dammit, Kregar. I told you to take the fangs out of the soup before serving it up. 

I’ll be right back.

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***This chapter was originally published on this site, then republished on my Medium publication, The Lair of the Immortals. I have full rights to this story.***
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Christine has been writing online for nearly 30 years. She's been published both online and in print in a wide array of genres. She is the owner and main writer for The Multi-Verse.

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