Entering the afterlife.



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“Where am I?”
“You are in the land of the dead. Most people call it the afterlife."

Entering the afterlife.

By Katja K.

“Where am I?”

“Welcome. You are in the land of the dead. Most people call it the afterlife,” the taller of the two strangers answers with a warm smile.

A pause follows. “D... Did I... Did I do it myself?”

“No, you didn't. It was...”

“Oh. Good,“ they release the breath they didn’t’ even know they were holding, a small smile gracing their face.

“I don't think you understand,” confused, the stranger interrupts their thoughts, “you are still dead.”

“Oh, yes,” they exclaim, remembering they were still hazy on all the details, “how did it happen?”

Turning to the partner the stranger expresses their concern: “They don’t seem to comprehend what's happening, should we explain the whole afterlife thing again?”

“No, you are mistaken,” the shorter stranger answers, placidly observing the person before them. “They know.”

“But they look... almost happy.”

“Mhm... They probably are.”

“I don't understand, don't humans want to live?”

“Not everyone,” answers the stranger.

“Tell me, why do you look like that child. Are you not disappointed? Don’t you have regrets? Leaving your friends, family...”

They finally look the stranger in the eyes. “I won't lie.

Of course, I have regrets,

and family that will miss me dearly.

But I... I do not feel sorry I have died.

I have lived

and saw the world

as it was.

I have seen new beginnings

and saw things end.

I have experienced love

and given a part of myself to the world

and given a part of myself to the world

and given a part of myself to the world

and given a part of myself to the world

and given a part of myself to the world

and given a part of myself to the world

and given a part of myself to the world

And yes, there are many things that were left unfinished,

words left unspoken

and wishes that were never fulfilled.

But despite all of that,

I have seen suffering and pain.

Oh, so much pain.

I have seen love die out like a candle flame being extinguished

by the flap of the butterfly wings.

and I have learned how it feels having your mind consumed by the darkest of thoughts,

the dark cloud hovering over you, never parting ways.

I have been waiting for things to quiet down,

for them to... end.

So, I don't mind being here instead.

I would just like to believe I did the best I could.”

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