You earthlings have children. . . .
You tell them tales. .
Tales are something that never happened. In your opinion. . . .
It was. . Only you’ve distorted everything. .
The Tradition is what happened before and what we told children. . . Earlier. . .
Now we have no children. . We don’t give birth anymore. . You’re the only ones with children left.
Not everything was told. Maybe it was wrong. . .
They dragged him in beaten and threw him in the jail across from mine. .
He didn’t get up from the floor until the next day and saw me right away. I’ve been standing at the bars all this time, looking at him. . He’s never seen me before. .
He is a slave. And I am one of the Emperor’s wives. . Ex-wife. .
He probably knew who I was right away. . By clothing. . . And not only. . Even beaten, but I’m still beautiful . . . probably. . .
That’s what I wanted to think. . . In fact, the whole face is smashed, teeth are knocked out and one eye is leaked out. . . The nostrils, the lips are all broken. . I looked like that – with one eye. . . And I thought. . About him. . Why is he. . .
Me, of course. . I hate the emperor. . . What’s he for. . . .
You don’t get out of jail alive. . It is just the execution-sacrifice doesn’t happen right away. . It happens only on days defined by Law. . Then these have fun. . . And the execution is the main entertainment of the feast of sacrifice. .
He stood up. . . He grabbed the bars and stayed there, staring at me. . .
I was reading his mind, it’s easy. . .
He knew it was a holiday in three days. . That he was chosen out of all for some special sacrifice. Therefore, he was beaten so as not to break the bones unintentionally. . And so that all the organs were intact. It’s necessary. Otherwise the sacrifice will be ruined. .
He realized that I will be on this day as well. . .
He closed his mind and I couldn’t read the thought anymore. .
I think he knew something. . . He closed that thought so quickly when I touched it. . . He turned away from me. . Then he took off all his clothes and climbed into the pit. A pit is a place where piss and shit. . . Everything flows out of the pit into the drains. The drains converge into one large pit then. . . So I was told. If they throw you in there, you won’t be able to get out. . These even have the execution of throwing into drains. . To drown you in the shit of a big pit. . . Not immediately, of course. . . . This is a simple execution. When they don’t even want to watch you die. They just drop you and forget it. .
Real executions are complicated. They torture you and enjoy your torment. . But the Pits are still the most feared. . I read the thoughts of the surroundings, and they are – just not in the Pit. .
I thought he lost his mind when he went in there himself. . . I thought he might have been afraid of being tortured at the sacrifice. . . What a fool, I thought. . . .
I didn’t like him at first sight. . . His face. . . and the way he looked at me. . . A fool.
What kind of nonsense did he come up with, to climb naked, so as not to get stuck. . . To slip like shit through the entire drain right into the common pit. . . But why. . . After all, even heroes are afraid of the Pit most of all.
I was still standing at the bars when I felt something behind me. . . He came out of my pit. . . naked and covered in shit. . It was a disgusting and pitiful sight. . I thought that nothing could be worse in life. . . That I would be raped by a mad slave. . . covered in shit. . . and. . .
I cringed in disgust. . . And he was standing against the wall next to the pit. .
He stood there looking at me. . . Then he told me to stand on his back, then on his shoulders, so that I could reach the window. He will lift me up with his hands as high as he can and I will be able to get out. On the wall, outside the tower, there is a ledge around the entire House. . The prisons for those who will be sacrificed are on the upper level. Only the Temple is higher. . The guards are on duty at the levels below and I will be able to climb higher to enter the Temple. . . There is no one there, and I can use a separate internal passage to get to any of the lower levels. No one goes there but This One. . The Priest J.
He thinks that there should be exits from the House that don’t have security. . . So he was telling me, and I understood every thought now. . . saw all these passages where I had never been, saw me running over the black stones to the hills in the distance. . . I saw and realize that I was saved. . . And he stayed. . . What they would do to him for this was terrible even to think about. .
This would be no ordinary sacrifice. .
He stood there and didn’t move. Then he got down on all fours under the window so that I could get on his back more easily. He just stood there on all fours, covered in shit, waiting for me to come over. He didn’t think anything else. . . It was only – “Run, run. . . “.
I don’t know why, but I suddenly thought that I would like to have a child with him. . . And that he’s the. . . the best. . . and . .
I didn’t go through the window. . . I didn’t want to run away at all. . I thought I wanted to die with him. . That he should not be in the shit when it happens. . . .
I was wiping him off with my shirt when the guards came running. . We were dragged out of the prison and dragged on hooks down a long passage. . . To the lower torture chamber. . .
He had known all along what was going to happen. And he never thought he did it for nothing. .
He thought that I. . . , that. . . .
I remember when These started with him. . . Then there is just blackness. .
I don’t think there’s anything left of him. . . These tried very hard. .
I woke up from the pain when they started to treat me. Then again I don’t remember.
All I know is that the sacrifice didn’t work out on that summer solstice holiday. . The correct one. . By Law. . And the J Cycle was broken.
In another life, I became Radiance and burned Them all. .
I had no one to feel sorry for. . He’s gone.
He was not a slave. . A slave won’t do that. . I knew their thoughts. . I knew the thoughts of everyone in the house of Death. Only I didn’t find his thoughts. . Neither before nor after. .
Now a new Big Cycle will begin. But I don’t care about that anymore.