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 cup 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 own blend of tea.

Of course I’ll tell you the rest of the story if you’re feeling up to it. Cool. Let’s see, where were we? Aw yes, the tavern.

So anyway, 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 opened slowly and with a horrible creek. 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 Multi-Verse. 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 did you…”

“I just knew”, 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.

“Like I said, kid, 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 Multi-Verse.”

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 Multi-Verse. I visited planets and galaxies I’d never even heard of. I took lessons in every kind of warfare imaginable. I spent what felt like years 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? Yes, you are 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 before serving it up. I’ll be right back.


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