The Second Coming of the Messiah
upright, Thomas woke up under a bearskin on the couch. Half-a-dozen condiment
bottles around half-eaten food and half-empty bottles of beer littered the
kitchen, he was sweating in the morning heat. Attuned to the face-paced life in
Asia, he instinctively looked for the coffee machine, which he knew Josh would
have in his cabin if nothing else. The coffee machine was the only clean item
on the counter, which he attempted to wipe clean but stopped; too large a job
and too many variables in the equation. In the mess, coffee filters were beside
the machine and the coffee in the freezer so he made a pot.
the coffee brewed he went outside into a postcard: flowing fresh water of the
Brokenhead River running five feet from the front door partly nestled in a
cluster of birch trees. Sound instilled him with distant echoes of what he
remembered nature to be. Air crisp and cool by the river, he sat on the steps
and listened, surveying the yard and pondering the hiking trails that branched
off into the forest, but despite being surrounded by the beauty of Mother
Nature's mosaic he was distracted by the unusual dream he had.
what we call a Manitoba waterfall," said Josh, pointing to the small set of
rapids in the river. He handed Thomas a cup of coffee in a mug of dubious
is the act of living in accordance with the equilibrium of nature," he said,
"so this is an ugly reminder of how out of balance I am."
bad, eh? Fifty bucks a month. It's a roof over my head and the trails go on
forever. I haven't even come close to exhausting them. I can walk all day and
not see anyone." Thomas felt drawn to lose himself beyond the trees.
have total privacy. I think I can say for sure there isn't any where I live.
Terrible Feng Shui. It drains you after a while."
Feng Shui is very importante, non?"
I pay a thousand bucks a month for my place and am surrounded by concrete. And
all the buildings are the same height. Highest density in the world."
says something, doesn't it."
I never dream in Hong Kong."
had a great dream last night."
dreamt of my own death," he said, rubbing his whiskers.
do I want to hear this?"
because you were in it. It was strange because I saw everything from above. Dad
and I were on this long tree branch that was suspended way above freezing water
and icebergs in the North Pole. We were both lying on the branch on our
stomachs watching the action below when I began to slip. When I started losing
my grip, I asked Dad if he could move over. Instead of moving over, he looked
at me and said: ‘I've always wanted to do this' and he let go. Dad fell a
hundred meters down and splashed into the Arctic Ocean! I could see his jacket
flapping through the air and the splash he made when he hit the water. There
were people standing on the icebergs but they just stood there waiting for him
to surface. I began yelling at them to dive in and save Dad but they didn't do
anything. At that point I let go and plunged into the cold water. As I fell I
remember seeing myself falling from the vantage point of the branch. Once I was
in the water I couldn't find Dad, but after a minute I hadn't surfaced either.
It was only then that you appeared and jumped into the freezing water to
pull me out. I can remember looking at myself from above as I emerged from the
water. My skin was white as paper and my hair was full of icicles. My head
moved from side to side but I wasn't breathing; I was freezing to death. I
seemed to melt with sadness at the sight of my own face because I couldn't
believe how much I looked like you. Then I woke up cold as a Popsicle."
Intuition told him Joshua's sadness had nothing to do with seeing him but
everything to do with the fact that it took him so long to jump in to save him.
not your garden variety," he replied. Remy went into his cabin and returned
with a red and black lumberjack jacket.
put this on. I never wear it. That coat you had on last night that wouldn't
keep a fly warm - it's like a piece of paper. Something to do with that quality
issue from anything made in China." He slipped it on; it fit like a glove.
a bit of BO," he said without thinking. The smile on Joshua's face disappeared.
Saying that the jacket smelled like body odor was unkind. Showing any
disrespect upon receiving an act of kindness was to him a very serious no-no.
taught me the Four Sacred Principles, which are caring, sharing, kindness and
man. Sorry, maybe it's me. Right. The Four Sacred Biggies. I'll remember
that." Silence was full of the running stream.
what was your dream about?"
odd indeed. It was so real I wasn't sure it was a dream at all. But what was so
strange was that I didn't do anything in the dream. It was like experiencing
the creation of a painting - a series of images on a canvas. It was so clear
- like seeing the stars last night. It had that same clarity." Sipping their
coffee, neither spoke for a minute, Thomas watching the transparent sheath
passing over worn rocks like a sparkling plasma that never dies. It's icy
coldness was pure.
know what was in it? That God of Mischief I saw last night at the bar - the
orange image with the flute." Josh raised his eyebrows.
pretty serious. Kokopelli is a big swinging dick in Hopi lore."
positive it was the Kokopelli with the spiked hair. But there was more. It was
so intensely colorful. Ah, it's tough to explain."
it's important that you recall your dream. Dreams are revelations from the
Creator. I write my dreams down every morning. It's a primary guide for me in
have a piece of paper? I bet I could sketch it out." He darted into his trailer
and returned with a piece of paper and a history book to write on. He sketched,
speaking as he remembered one image after another.
was this ladder that led up towards the sun. The sun was bright orange and had
- of all things - an image of a swastika covering it. But it was the ladder
that I stared at because it didn't have straight steps to climb on; instead
there was this swirling pattern intertwining upwards to the sun. It looked
like...like a DNA thread or whatever it's called."
Double Helix. "
one. Like a woven Double Helix that was moving. And the ladder reached right
up to the sun but instead of going into the sun it went around
the sun as if reaching behind it."
spilled some coffee on his jeans.
"Indians believe that's where the Great
Spirit lives, behind the sun. And the swastika is an ancient Hopi symbol
that represents the sun. And the Double Helix pattern is one of the classic
manifestations of the Fibinacci Sequence." He put the pencil down and looked at
mmmm. Very interesting... And I swear, these spirals weren't static; they
were moving." Thomas began sketching again until he's finished. Josh studied it
for a moment.
is what you saw in your dream last night?" Voice tinged with doubt, as if he
might be the victim of a practical joke.
it's not a joke. See these things?" he sai, pointing. "They were like pillars
that sort of framed the image - stone pillars with this one near the sun bigger
than this one. But what made it all very cool, at least to me, was being
transfixed on this star here over the ladder and Kokopelli because it was
sparkling like I never thought possible." Josh rubbed his chin as Thomas tugged
at his moustache.
know what we should do? We should show this to Grandfather and see what he
that star symbolizes the second coming, that's why." A large crow swoops down
and lands on a nearby branch in one of the birch trees.
exactly are you getting at?"
Second Coming of the Messiah. You know, the Pahana coming during the
when exactly is the Seventh Phase?"
easily you forget my brother. I told you a few years back."
turn of the century?"
according to the Hopi Indians. More coffee?" He gave him his mug as he
reached for the sketch again.
and there was one more thing. How can I forget that? There was this really thin
line going to where the Double Helix ladder sort of turned to go behind the
sun. The line was perfectly straight and so incredibly thin that I could hardly
see it - so I remember reaching out to grab it and felt an electric shock. I
think that's when I woke up. It was a spark actually, an orange spark." Josh
touched the line he had just drawn on the paper.
wait," said Thomas, with a spark of mischief. "You have something on your
forehead." He touched Joshua's forehead right between the eyes and they both
felt an electric spark.
did you do?" he said, gently feeling his forehead as Thomas laughed. The
right side of his beard was standing on end.
sort of strange shock." When he took his hand away a red welt was directly
between his eyes above the brow.