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|Upkeep (standard:fantasy, 3354 words)|
|Author: Joe Edwardson||Added: Feb 24 2002||Views/Reads: 1779/1201||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A futuristic battle of the God's on Earth. A story that shows how "Gods are only Gods and they're not perfect."|
Waldo was one of the twenty God’s of Bhura, the farthest planet from their home star, Vohstra, in the farthest galaxy on the Northern edge of the solar system. Waldo was the very bottom in the God chain of command, his only equals supposedly being Harland and Chester, his two best friends, though the upper Gods always seem to favor them more than Waldo. One time Waldo, Harland, and Chester were caught spreading epidemics from Waldo’s area of Bhura to Harland and Chester’s, to give Harland and Chester more interesting prayers to listen to before bed. Waldo had to give up partial control of his area to Isaiah, the high God, for five hundred years as punishment. Harland and Chester got a mere slap on the wrist. Their rationale for punishing Waldo worse was because his area was the origins of the epidemic in question, but the way Waldo sees it, Harland and Chester should have been punished much more severely than he was because they were the ones that wanted the epidemics in their areas in the first place. The number one rule every God must have in mind when concerning his area is the upkeep of population. More specifically, population must remain steady. It’s allowed to be dropped when needed, but only when severe overpopulation is a threat. Chester’s and Harland’s areas were underpopulated as it was and they chose to drop it even further. In most galaxies, that’s just cause for degodification. Another time, when Waldo was visiting his area for a regular once per millennia upkeep, he was punished for taking too much time in re-affirming his people’s faith. A common practice in the re-affirmation is performing miracles for your to-be-followers in order to convince them you are legit. Waldo attempted to convince his people without the use of miracles, proving one of his theories that any being could convince a mass group of people that he is God, via regular Bhurian commoner oral practices and generalized promises. Waldo was successful and he hoped his experiment would lead to the higher God’s making a chromosomal change in the commoner’s to make it so they would develop an instinct to follow the true God if one was lucky enough to come around in their lifetime. He also hoped his findings would lead to a promotion in the God hierarchy. Instead, he was punished for unjust manipulation of his people and was sentenced to one hundred years in Los Angeles, planet Earth. His theory has never been given consideration when taken up in a Meeting of the God’s, a once per century get together of all twenty God’s of Bhura. The time had now come for another Upkeep. While all the other God’s were discussing the various miracles they planned to perform for their people and practicing the speeches that would come to line the upcoming version of their people’s bible, Waldo remained silent, sitting in the corner of the largest room in the House of the God’s, where the Meeting’s of the God’s took place. Harland and Chester came over and pulled up a chair. “What’s the matter, Waldo?” asks Chester. “Oh, nothing. It’s just the Upkeep. I can’t imagine going through another one of these with the same old ‘Oh, my Messiah, please cure that leper’ routine. It just gets so old,” Waldo replied. “They get old? Upkeep’s don’t come around every year, you know,” Chester says, slightly angry. “You’re always looking at the negative side.” “I have so many ideas but they keep getting squashed by the Higher’s before ever hearing them. They are stubborn and absolutely will not change. It makes no sense. Our aim should be advancement of not only the commoner’s society but of our own!” declares Waldo. “I agree, Waldo. But you need to work within the system. The Higher’s don’t trust you and most have already given up on you. There are many who would vote ‘yes’ to degodification. Before you can get anything done, you need to make up with the Higher’s that you have lost favor with,” says Chester. “In other words, I must kiss their ass. And I won’t. It’s just not fair, Chester. The only way the Higher’s will allow you to advance is if you’re a traditionalist and adopt every worn out ideal of theirs. It’s an impenetrable glass ceiling,” continued Waldo. Click here to read the rest of this story (285 more lines)
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