Death arrives at the scene of a tragic hiking accident,
It walks towards a man sitting on a boulder, sobbing at the base of a large mountain,
Death looks down at the man and says “Come now young one, it is your time”
The man looks up at the cloaked and twisted ethereal form of death and whimpers:
“No, no I am not ready! There is still much I need before I leave this world”
Death curious at this statement asks “What is it you need after such a prosperous life?”
The mortified man responds “I recently won the lottery! I want to spend the money and enjoy it! I need to buy a sports car, I need to finish this holiday, I want to buy a mansion, I always needed one, I need so many things and I have not had a chance to have them! You can’t take me yet! Why is life so cruel?!”
Death was astounded at the mans fervor, so he decided to make a bargain
“If I give you everything you need to live a happy life, would you then willingly come with me and fulfill your destiny?”
“Yes! Yes I will! I will come willingly!” the man exclaims.
Death points a ghostly finger to the boulder under the man “Underneath this stone you will find everything you need now”
The man stands and with all his might rolls the boulder aside revealing the moist earth underneath.
“Wait, what is this? There is NOTHING here! You tricked me!” Says the man furiously.
Death cocks its head to one side and says “No, I did not trick you mortal, you have been tricked by your society, you have confused want with need, you have had everything you need your whole life! Nourishment to support your life, shelter and warmth throughout and the love and companionship of your family and friends”
The man now ashamed of a life wasted to greed and regret willingly walks beside death, into the maw of oblivion, now regretting one thing alone,
Never saying goodbye to those that loved him.
- J.M.Wolf (Jonathan Wolf Martinez)