On-lookers this is the 'Nonsense' for today. The story will end on Monday as I do not post chapters on Saturday or Sunday. On-lookers do you consider yourself to be successful, or do you "merely"? If neither you may have a great deal more than you realize to offer the world and beyond.
32 The Foreigner’s Return
On-lookers, do you ever forget when you walked this solid earth, or nemo tibi credet? If you dared to speak the truth were you alienated from your peers? Persons only believe what they want to believe and disregard everything else. Was your truth the same as Scoundrel’s? Or did you welcome your enlightenment, refusing to conform to authority’s reality? No one thought, ‘what a pity’ when Scoundrel died.
Yew and Zeta go out into the orchard to find Victim. Gamma and Alpha approach Serena and I in the kitchen. Alpha in particular appears to be very concerned. Gamma however seems more relaxed.
“Xern, something is very wrong. I believe that only you can put it right.” Alpha puts my mug of tea in front of me.
“Xern, you need to go back and stop the University from continuing to ostracize the intelligent in Selford.” Gamma is more forthright than Alpha, “if you don’t then the Throng will destroy Selford and possibly Sharbourn too.”
“The children have told us Xern that you threw the University out when they approached you to take over from Hollid.” Alpha is very frightened.
“Not again Alpha. The intelligent never attended the University. They murdered the most intelligent minion that I ever knew; my dearest friend. I will not rejoin the sewerage of self important conformists.”
Sigma pours a brandy into my tea and Alpha adds a tea spoon of sugar. It is disgusting to taste, but does allow me to endure Alpha’s plea.
“Yew considers that you could resurrect the purpose of the Plateau University, the research, the education, the empowering and enlightenment of the masses.”
“There are no ‘masses’; only the successful; surviving elite and the misplaced elite. Look what happened last time Alpha!”
“Teach minions that.” Gamma is quick to answer my concerns as the ground judders to the left and back to the right.
“Xern the Throng is very angry.”
I shake my head in despair.
“The last time I saw Jonny he warned that ‘the end of the world is nigh’. The Throng is not only destroying Selford Xern they are destroying everything.”
Yew and Zeta run into the room terrified and Alpha asks them,
“Where is Victim?”
Yew answers Alpha, “He is outside with the Foreigner. They are laughing!” Yew does not expect anyone to hear him. All the persons in the kitchen are restating their family connections. Yew is now alone with the Throng scrubbing black slime off his hands.
I take cuddle Zeta. “Are you alright?” She does not answer me.
Zeta asks Alpha, “does he agree?”
Both Gamma and Alpha shake their heads.
“…My mother?” Yew assumes that his mother must be dead if she was in the ‘Long in the Tooth’ which is now destroyed.
The Foreigner opens the kitchen door, “Good afternoon persons, nulla causa est quin tibi credam, good afternoon On-lookers.” The Rector lifts everyone’s spirits with his smile. The ground does not judder it shivers and crockery starts falling off the dresser in the corner of the kitchen.
Victim follows in Father Jonny’s shadow.
“He left Jonny insisting that his name was Scoundrel. He does not believe in all this ‘nonsense’. Scoundrel is going to sue Home Farm for not providing treasure after he completed his quest in the Aeolus Maze.” Alpha mops his brow with his hanky and sighs, “I tried Jonny, but you cannot make an idiot see sense when he chooses not to.”
“I have no reason to doubt you Alpha, you will not hear from Arwel again. He was Hollid’s first victim you realize. Persons rape in order to assert power over their victims. Power was therefore not only important to Arwel, but he could never distinguish between friend and foe. The Mowdis has drained. Scientists cover the river bed researching which continental plate caused this to happen. Young man, your mother has not been at the ‘Long in the Tooth’ for some moons now.” Jonny calms Yew’s concerns, “Horace assists unemployed cattle workers who are rebuilding it. Alpha he is feeding the workers and their families whilst the work is undertaken. This disaster has shaken them all. Yew we hoped to persuade your mother to get involved with the feeding of the persons helping at the alehouse. Megarian needs feeding too now there is nothing left for him to do.”
“…Religion, Jonny? Are the Throng still rejected in favour of the Successful’s wealth? Do the lying and stealing Survivors continue to take precedence over religion? What does the mob make of right and wrong now?”
“It is an uphill battle Alpha. Those who considered themselves in charge are no longer in control. They are panicking. They are clinging resolutely on to what they consider is theirs despite the obvious truth that they never had possession or control. They are not intelligent they are simply powerful and only able to destroy. They have no education to enable them to ask, let alone to join in. The scientists in the bottom of the Mowdis are proving they’re right regardless of truth. Xern they need educating, they need light. Remember Trunest? I am certain this is what the Throng wants you to do.”
“The Throng has recently given me back my wife. Serena and I are back together thank you Jonny. I now have a daughter as well as a son. No. Jonny I do not consider this choice balanced, but necessary to answer the needs of my dependants. I have new responsibilities.
Gamma says I should educate every minion. You state a truth that minions are powerful enough to know everything without education. They do not make mistakes; so how can such bigots learn anything?”
“No, Xern look at me. There is more to truth than what you, Trunest or the Scientists at the Plateau fancy they know.” The Foreigner can see that his friend has reason in his argument. “Truth is more than knowledge. You cannot tell the black slime from the rotting river bed of the Mowdis at the Chasm. You maybe psychotic because you see things that you fancy should not be there? They are here. Are all maxims psychotic? Or are you all psychopathic? To what do you conform when you are abroad friend?”
“The answers do not lie with you alone. Persons are nothing without the Throng; nothing as either maxims without minions, or vica versa.” Alpha is pale and starts to shake. Jonny nods at Sigma who pours brandy into Alpha’s coffee.
“Jonny, after neglecting my lovely wife for over sixteen revolutions I gave her my word that I will never return to that den of iniquity. Jonny, Alpha, Gamma you listen, Hollid raped my beautiful, caring, inoffensive gentle Serena. Wherever he is he has not stopped, he tried to compromise my daughter. I will not conform to, or compete with such criminal behaviour. I will not return.
How can I educate minions who were born perfect? They all conform to one genii: theirs. Power means they are right. If I teach minions they see me as subversive and insulting. My minion friends do not say that I’m right; they call me spiritual. All non conformists are spiritual. My arguments are powerful but denied as insubstantial.”
“That is satanical behaviour that shrouds itself under the deceit of ethics. Criminals merely break those authorities’ rules and laws. Genii by definition need to be psychotic. They don’t conform.” Gamma knows criminals, which behaved better than the Successful.
“It shrouds itself as being impractical! You cannot gratify yourself and be spiritual!” I laugh with Gamma.
Alpha interrupts, “Friend, neither you nor Serena can stay here. Here will not exist in a moons time. You need to see what’s left of the Mowdis. The fate of life itself depends on you Xern. Remove evil from Selford and you can live wherever you choose.”
To everyone’s surprise Victim speaks with unfounded power and authority. He talks calmly as if what he says does not concern him.
“Our Holy Father,”
…Xern flinches this time. He does not like the term. Even he considers himself free to answer to the Throng.
Victim continues, “…respects our independence and freedom. They created our potential and therefore everything that we have realized and destroyed. Our future rests in our hands not Theirs’. They spend all this energy trying to warn us what we are doing to ourselves and we dismiss that. What did they tell you Yew?”
“Judge yourself before others and forgive those who haven’t understood. JESUS is the son of JEHOVAH and together as one The Throng will save us. Born as we are and possessed by the almighty and supreme power that created life itself. For this reason this power knows of our failings.” Yew tries to recall the words that the Throng spoke over a moon ago. “They protect us from the evil we create. They have maintained us in our suspended state of disbelief for many generations.” JESUS appears in the kitchen which lights up in front of us and the Son of JEHOVAH shows me his stigmata,
“We are the Throng of life. Live by Us and We will answer your needs. We give you Our knowledge and wisdom. Respect Our desires and intentions and We will protect you from your temptations. In answer to your own damnation We offer you Our salvation.
The arrogant progression of your kind is leading you to your own Armageddon. All We have given you will be lost. For your own sake observe We are the Throng of life. Without Us there is only death and misery. Have faith in Us. We serve Our sacred purpose supporting all our children. Remember Our justice placed on others is influenced with the same mercy I give you.”
“Hallelujah Throng, for life in the beginning, now and forever after. Amen.” Yew answers the Holy intent of his Saviour. The maxims in the kitchen cross themselves.
The Rector crosses himself, “Xern, the Throng laugh amongst Themselves at Plateau Professors who think they know it all and endlessly demonstrate that they know very little about anything. You’re the genius who can remove the arrogance bred by minion Professors up at the Plateau. You aren’t alone; you’ve the infallible Throng and us mere mortals. Do something friend.”
On-lookers, is life like that?