#1186… “A New World on a New Planet–Without Covid?” [SCI, RELIG, etc]

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[From TheBlood of Three Worlds, see sidebar. (If you need back-up on characters, see previous post.)] 

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   Rev. Harwell paused.

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   “I’m glad only you two and God can hear what I’m going to ask. Everything normal and natural has disappeared. These will be the last words you ever hear from me. I have to be blunt.”¹

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   “And?” asked Michael.

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   “With God’s blessing, I would like to marry you two. Under the circumstances I know you both. It’s the proper thing to do and I have the authority to do it. Do you object, Michael?”

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   “Marry?…No…no I…I don’t object.” Again his words worked their way out without thinking. He felt sweat cover his forehead.

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   “Triana, will you marry Michael?”

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   “No,” she answered softly but firmly without explanation.

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For more use the DOOR.

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   [MORE]

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   Immediately, Harwell pressed into Michael’s hand a tiny flashdrive. “It has the words,” he said, “if you need them.”

   How he could ever get to them was overlooked.

   Michael was first to climb through the door in the steel floor of the tower [leading to the inside of the Space Goose²]. Triana was right behind him.

   [It was now or never²].

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  ¹ From Chapter 14, “No!” in The Blood of Three Worlds (see sidebar).

  ² The two brackets pieces are not written in the text itself.

Author: John Knapp