TC26


Robyn, Jill, Hunky and Dory are wandering around in the tunnels underneath
Greendome when a strange woman appears before them wearing some sort of
army uniform none of them recognize. The woman also has a young black man
in tow.

Jill assumes they are some of the DECON bastards who are looking for Robyn
and Hunky, She draws her macro and lets the beam out for about a foot.
Then she says, “Who the hell are you people?”

“I am your God, but you may address me as Lilith, dear Jill, who until re-
cently was both Jerry Shybear and Rebbecca Roland.”

“Sure,” says Hunky, a woman of faith and easily offended. “God is an Eng-
lish woman dressed like a meter maid.”

“Dressed as a Lieutenant Colonel, rather, Miss Hunky, not a meter maid. And
I am no longer English, I’ll have you know, but my new country doesn’t
quite exist on this timeline, alas.” And when Jill doesn’t stow her macro,
Lilith draws her own version and lights it off.It’s the original Golden
Gift.

“Where did you get that?” Robyn demands.

“I created it, Robyn. That’s what deities do.I also gave Jill, when she was
Jerry, the tools to make the one she has.”

“How do you know our names?” Dory asks, also growing angry.

Lilith says, I already told you how I know, Dory, but you must have a prob-
lem listening. Dory hears Lilith’s words both vocally and in a more direct
way that can be heard by Dory’s mind at the same time.

And Dory sinks to her knees. “Haziel, I didn’t know it was you!”

Robyn and Hunky sink to their own knees as well. Jill isn’t sure what to
do.

Lilith says, with a small amount of irritation, “Do stand back up, chil-
dren, and do not drop to your knees before me again unless I command you to
do so. Time is far too short for any of that fooferaw. I’m God. I already
know I am great. I do not need the reminder.”

“Unless you command us to do so?” Jill says, incredulously.

Lilith draws near to Jill and says, “All of you children have been running
loose toying around with your own little copies of my golden gift, and you
have stumbled onto a very unproductive path in my opinion. Rats living un-
der people’s houses, is it? It’s far past time you had a little supervi-
sion. Your little club, your little group that you call the Boda, we shall
have to step that up a bit.”

“Who is the young gentleman that you brought along with you, Lilith?” asks
Dory.

Che steps forward and says, “I’m Mike Morrich.Lilith tells me we share
something in common.” Che turns hez back to them and moves hez hair out of
the way to reveal his connector.

Hunky says, “We all seem to have some special power, now. What’s yours,
Mike?”

“Lilith says I’m a healer,” che replies. “Sha says I’m filling a role that
we lost when we lost Haziel.”

Jill gasps. “We lost Haziel?”

Lilith says, “Sha’s gone forever, but gone in the best way you can
imagine.”

Robyn has been in a very mellow mood for several minutes. Her babies Ariel
and Edgar are safe with Mom. With the arrival of Lilith all the visions of
immanent doom dropped out of her mind. Lilith senses this. Sha smiles at
Robyn and nods. “Sorry about the delay, Robyn, and for shaving things so
very close to the time when DECON was to come in here and take you all into
custody, as you correctly foresaw, but I had to fetch Mike, and Freddy too.
He will join us presently, or rather, we will join him.” Lilith turns back
to face Jill. “Yes, I do issue commands and I expect them to be obeyed, yet
none of you are my slaves, and each one of you is perfectly free to stay
down here in the dark and snatch a few morsels from the homes above until
DECON scoops you up. Or you can take your rightful place as demigods in my
project. The choice is entirely your own.”

They all agree to take the first step, at the very least, which is to evac-
uate Greendome.One by one, Haziel embraces them and takes them instantly to
a forested area south and east of Seattle, Washington, where the one Lilith
named Freddy is waiting for them.

They are all assembled near an old wooden gate blocking access to an over-
grown forest road. A police car is parked right there, and Freddy has the
keys in his single hand. They see the other arm is just a stump.

After Lilith introduces Freddy to everyone sha says, “We are going to work
to reverse certain evil deeds of an eloah named Thaumiel. You might have
heard of him. He also goes by the name Satan.”

“The devil? He’s real?” Robyn finds that a little hard to believe, even
knowing that God is real.

Lilith nods. “He is quite the fucker, and lives up to his reputation. But
here’s where you make your final choice. Follow me down this dirt road and
we’ll go very, very far from here. Or you can stay here in America, take
this car to town, maybe use your new powers to build a new life for your-
self.

“I’m in,” Robyn declares right away, simply because Lilith is so fun.And
Hunky and Dory immediately side with Robyn, because after all, they are the
original Boda.

Mike Morrich accepts with no hesitation at all, because Lilith has already
saved him from a painful death.

Jill takes a longish pause to consider it. At length, she says, “I’ve al-
ways felt like I was the one on the outside looking in. Not even marrying
into the Boda worked. Well, now I’m going to make it official. Deal me
out, Lilith.”

Robyn and Hunky and Dory look at Jill with exasperation, but they say noth-
ing. Lilith nods, letting Jill go without an argument, because if she did
raise an objection then her claim of a “choice” was void.But when this
choice is made by Jill and accepted by Lilith, Robyn sees a mountain of
events well up and focus around Jill, a very strange future indeed, a kind
of alternate, darker, unhappier b’nei elohim that nevertheless serves
Chokhmah and Binah well.

So that leaves Freddy Aspin, who ponders things for a bit as well, knowing
that hy has a lot more options now with his new talent to start fires. And
Jill isn’t half-bad looking to hym at all, especially considering how hy
hadn’t been with a woman since hy was arrested for killing Oboe Man. But
Freddy knows that the path hy is considering would only be extending hyz
old life. Here was a clean break, a good way out, free of charge. So hy
tosses the keys of the cop car to Jill and goes with Lilith.

“Stay on this dirt road until we get to where we’re going,” Lilith tells
the group. “There’s many intentional and unintentional booby traps around
here. Mine shafts and that sort of thing. Very dangerous. This land has
been royally abused.”

Everyone casts a wary eye at the woods all around them.

“How does one become a living star?” Hunky asks har, sincerely curious.Haz-
iel had never taken the time to explain.

“Didn’t you get the mummy and daddy talk, Hunky?”

“Please, Lilith. You know what I mean.”

“Well, stars don’t get around a lot, so we’re really just talking about
phone sex. What happens to the female at the climax of star phone sex is
some ripples go out from her, like on a pond, but the ripples are spheres,
not circles, and they move at the speed of light. Months or years go by. If
a ripple finds the core of nuclear material in another star that is hot
enough, but not too hot, and isn’t already a living star, then it ferti-
lizes the part of that core that is the right temperature. A layer of the
core organizes itself into a girl eloah. Mom can do this exactly once, be-
cause she is transformed permanently into a male eloah. And we live for
absolutely eons. That means ninety-nine point nine nine nine nine nine per-
cent of elohim are male.”

“So it must needs follow that the competition for female elohim is terribly
fierce,” Robyn says.

“You pegged it. This competition leads to all sorts of bizarre behavior
from the males, and some of that is illegal and immoral. So we get our
Thaumiels. I have a daughter myself, named Binah. We’re actually going to
meet her now.”

They arrive at a pond of calm water surrounded by a berm of earth in the
shape of a ‘C’ ring. Lilith jumps in without further ado, fully clothed,
and the others know sha expects them to follow. The water is icy cold, but
counter-intuitively it gets warmer and lighter the deeper they go. The
group follows Lilith head first and the water grows comfortably warm. The
bubbles change direction. They break the surface and can see varnished
wooden decks, towels, plus a dozen striking women to help them out of the
water and offer to dry them off.

“I’m using this body,” Lilith says, to give Yeshua a heads’ up.Simultane-
ously, Chokhmah says the same directly to Binah.

“I’ve met one of your people before,”Yeshua says with a smile when che rec-
ognizes Fred Aspin.

Freddy sits hymself down at Yeshua’s feet, and the others are shocked at
the transformation of hyz swagger into genuine humility. Freddy says,B “I
apologize for what I said here before, Lord. I didn’t think you were real.
I thought it was the drug.”

“No offense taken, Fred Aspin. Forget it ever happened.”

So Freddy stands back up and says, “Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to in-
troduce to you, ah…Jesus Christ.”

“The one and only,”Yeshua says.

“I can’t say she came into this universe out of love,” Lilith says, “but
yes, Yeshua is the nephilim incarnation of my beloved daughter Binah. I
changed him into a jen, like Mike.”

“How did we get to this place?”Mike Morrich asks Yeshua when the floor is
open for questions. “How” is hez main thing. Mike has been left totally in
the dark as to exactly how che had escaped Hanford and che is still sensi-
tive about that.

“Does the concept of a wormhole mean anything to you?”Yeshua asks in re-
ply, but Mike just shakes hez head.B “Einstein-Rosen bridge? No? It’s a
natural facet of living suns. We are endowed by our creator, the Old One,
with links which go from daughter to mother star, bringing point A and
point B close together no matter how far apart they really are in actual
space. We usually just let them remain microscopic webs and use them to
talk to each other. But we can fatten them up a little bit with the repul-
sive force of negative energy and move things through them. You just swam
through one such tunnel linking that pond on Earth with this pool.”

“The link between myself and Thaumiel goes between his capital city and the
headwaters of the Indian River at Greendome,” Lilith adds. But that place
is too hot for us now. DECON is swarming all over.So we’re using Binah’s
link now.”

“What is this place?”Robyn asks Yeshua next. Har talent is precognition so
sha is all about “what”. Finding what combination opened the door, or what
blackjack deal would pay off.The purple sky and second sun told har this
wasn’t Earth.

“We’re on Barbelo, which is a mostly icy planet circling the cooler member
of the pair of stars that are nearest to your sun, Sol. This land called
Haaretz is a little colony my parent Chokhmah wrested from Thaumiel as part
of this deal or that.”

“Why did you make this place?”asks Dory, a question about the relationships
between elohim and humans, a question that harmonized with her new clair-
voyance.

“It’s a transfer station between worlds. Travel between Sol and Centauri
would take at least two years of ship’s time and five years of real time if
you didn’t want to flatten your passengers. Even light takes four years.
Keeping people happy that long takes a very large ship.We don’t have ships
yet but we soon will.And there’s also a third place called the Land We Know
that serves as a transfer station between times.”

“Are any of these ladies available?”asks Freddy Aspin, who had spent years
in prison locked up with men. At least hy knows what hyz own priorities
are.

“These women and yen are my priestesses,” Yeshua says. “My alleged follow-
ers do not permit females to perform ritual tasks on Earth so I try to com-
pensate here. Others like Miss Ambe Omphal here are begotten in the Land We
Know and have been between Earth and Barbelo many times. Occasionally I
send begotten men or nephilim to the State of Washington and you get your
Bigfoot stories.”

“The history of human beings on Earth is a painting,” Lilith explains,B
“and Yeshua is putting the final touches on it.”

“As for their availability as a date, don’t ask me, Freddy, ask one of
them. It’s none of my business, really. And my sex life is none of yours.
Besides, the Roman church always misquoted me. I never said celibate, I
said celebrate.”

A set of waterproof luggage is brought to the Sacred Pool by the priestess-
es. Lilith invites Robyn to have a look thgrough them.B “See if any of this
gear won’t fly.”

Robyn holds up one minidress, which looks more like just a blouse.
“Where’s the rest of it?”

“That’s the whole thing,” Lilith replies, and Robyn figures Lilith is jok-
ing and wonders why sha even asked har to look. The rest of the stuff in
the luggage is what two women would need for an extended trip, packed very
tightly. Yeshua’s ladies also set out a great deal of paper money. Robyn
doesn’t recognize the design of some of the bills. Some of the dates are
in the 1960s and 1970s, and Robyn is certain Lilith is joking now.

Jerry Aspin is mostly just admiring the priestesses themselves, especially
Ambe Omphal, who looks very exotic to hym. Sha is very fair, as a yin of an
ice world would be, with white hair, but hy cannot pin down har ethnic
background. Later hy would learn that sha was a Fallen Angel from ancient
Salem, and har origin therefore was simply Barbelo and nowhere else.

“I’m taking Robyn with me back to Earth,”Lilith says. “Mike, Freddy, Hunky
and Dory will go to Nath and to points beyond. We will be in touch.”

“Who will show us the way to go?” Hunky asks.

“I have been given the task of accompanying you overland to the temple of
Chokhmah,” High Priestess Omphal says, and Freddy makes a victory fist
with hyz one fist.

When Robyn and Lilith traverse the wormhole again from warm water to cold,
and commence to dry themselves off, Robyn looks around and says, “The
trees look different, Lil, are you sure this is the right place?”

“It is different,”Lilith says. “Look up.”

Robyn follows the line of Lilith’s extended hand directly overhead and sees
a yellow-orange sun, as though they were standing on the equator at equinox
at noon. And behind that is a “sky” made of green and blue patches that is
actually land.

Lilith says, “Welcome to the Land We Know, where we change busses, or rath-
er, wormholes.When we get back to Earth the trees will look different there
too. We’re skipping April and May and going right on into June. We will
also go forward in time twenty-five years to 1972.”

“You’re shitting me,” Robyn says, to God.

“I’m not. Wormholes from here bridge locations in space-time, not just
space. And so far that is something Thaumiel has not pieced together. I’d
like to keep it that way.”

“He’s a full-blown eloah. How can he not know?”

“You’re right Robyn, he’s an eloah, but he’s too stupid to understand most
of the Lore of El. He relies on me for all his technical stuff. And Thaumi-
el doesn’t have improving human history for a modus operandi. He’s more
interested in making ever more arcane rules until someone commits an error
in ritual so he can say “see!”. Thaumiel thinks planet-dwellers will be a
threat to the elohim someday and he wants any excuse he can find to destroy
them. But neither myself nor Binah will accept his premise that humans
ought to obey us, although we did at first, and that’s why we have the To-
rah, and that’s why Yeshua died in Jerusalem.That malformed question has
been answered.”

Lilith’s drivers’ license says it was issued in 1973, which is ridiculous
in 1972, and Robyn has none. So they can’t fly aboard an airline, and they
can’t write checks, but they can buy a used car with cash on the barrel
head, and using Robyn’s talent of precognition they can avoid being pulled
over by the police.Robyn says, “But you just whisked me from Greendome to
Washington State. Why not do that again, here to D.C.?”

“I want to take time to explain things to you, and let you see how things
change over twenty-five years.Otherwise, when you try to use your precogni-
tion it will just be a flood of images that you won’t understand.”
“I’ll try to help, but why did you give me this power? It seems more fit-
ting for yourself. Why am I tagging along?”

“It’s hard to explain,” Lilith says, “but I guess the way I could put it is
I can’t see the forest for the trees. Yes your power ultimately comes from
the elohim, but by necessity you are looking at time as though through a
small pinhole. Am I right? Tell me, Robyn, what is it like for you, your
power?”

“There’s this big…canvas, but every time I do something or even say some-
thing, I can see a ripple run up that canvas and change the paint that’s on
it. Sometimes it’s a big ripple, like when you showed up with Mike Morrich,
and the whole painting changes.”

“That’s why you’re tagging along, Robyn. I have too much information of all
the different ways things can go, so I have no information. But you, with
your pinhole view, can help me find the pivot points where we can do tiny
changes and make big improvements.”

“So you can see that canvas also, you and Binah?”

“We’re painting that canvas, my daughter and I. And do you know something
else about our art, Robyn? We are perfectionists.”

From the Seattle area they head back East on the same road Freddy took from
Hanford, but it was decked out as a freeway now. Lilith said they would
probably end up getting some cheap motel in the Tri-Cities because of their
late start, but that bothered Robyn. She remembered the precariouys time
when Hunky and herself made their way home to Greendome from there.

“Relax, it’s twenty-five years later. Doc Troch and Earl Roland are still
around, but they have your dead body after raiding Greendome on your origi-
nal timeline, so they’re not looking for you or Hunky anymore.”

“So if Haziel took possession of you, that means you’re just like us,
right?”

Lilith flips the hair from the back of her head to show Robyn her connec-
tor. “My talent is shapeshifting, but when I’m in REM sleep I can’t hold
that shape. It’s like when you try to sleep sitting up, when you dream you
sag against your seat belt. When you see me then, I’ll look like I’m fifty
years old, because that’s how old I really am. And you’ll see scars.”

“You look like a million bucks right now, Lilith.”

“Okay, twenty-five years later, President Truman is out, General Eisenhower
went in. There was a bad war in Korea with China and the Soviet Union in-
volved, America fought it to a draw with about thirty thousand GIs dead,
and ever since then the Americans and the Soviets have kind of squared off
for what they call the ‘Cold War’ where they just sort of growl at each
other, or use proxies to fight.”

“So no third World War?”

“Not until next year, and that will be a very bad thing, Robyn, because
both sides have the same weapons that were used on Japan at the end of the
last world war. It doesn’t do human civilization a bit of good when the
Cold War goes hot. You and me, we’re going to change that.”

“I don’t know how people could stand it, not knowing.”

“It’s not all bad, Robyn. The Cold War is a big contest to see whether a
planned economy is better than an unplanned one, and competition leads to
innovation. Ten years after your time the Soviets put a machine into orbit
around the Earth, just above the atmosphere, and that scares the Americans
into doing the same. A few years after that they start putting men into
space too, which is something Barbelo already did about sixty years ago. In
fact, I was on that first flight.”

Later they check into some no-name hotel in Kennewick, Washington and Robyn
discovers the miracle of television, which sha heard was coming in 1947,
but sha has never seen one before. This one was in color.They watch Colum-
bo for an hour and a half, which they both enjoy a great deal (although
Robyn knows how it is going to end before it gets over) and after that Ro-
byn turns to Lilith and says, “Shapeshifter, huh?”

Lilith stands up and removes har military panties and bra. Robyn sees that
sha has retracted har somewhat ample breasts to something less than even
modest “A” cups, and there is new body hair, not just between har legs but
on har legs and abdomen as well. In a deeper voice, with now looser vocal
cords, Lilith says, “How do you like your fellows, Robyn?”

“I like lean, lanky men.”

So before Robyn’s eyes the soft subcutaneous fat-layer on Lilith thins out
to reveal the underlying musculature, and Lilith becomes an angular male
specimen of extraordinary beauty, like a cut diamond. Her cock starts to
stand up in anticipation. The second pussy is closed by skin.

Robyn says with a gentle laugh,B “I guess you’re the first female to know
what it’s like on the other side of the great barrier reef.My husband Jerry
was the first man to know.”

Lilith nods har head and smiles.B “I certainly understand a lot of very
strange behavior by men and yeng now, not so very different from male elo-
him. And the star part of me understands a lot of very strange behavior by
people in general now.”

So Robyn opens har arms and legs to gather Lilith in to harself, going
crazy under har, and bringing forth to the Haziel part of Lilith sweet
memories of Khondiel.

Yellowstone Falls is the most beautiful place Robyn has ever seen. Sha
thinks it looks exactly like an abstract painting made real and three-di-
mensional before her very eyes. There are so many things to see in the park
that the mere two days Lilith allotted for them to do so couldn’t possibly
do it justice.

At Rapid City, after seeing Mount Rushmore, Lilith drives south and east on
rural roads through the Great Plains, passing very near to Greendome again,
crossing Nebraska and Kansas until they reach Route 50, which Lilith says
they will take all the way to Washington DC.

Lilith speaks of how the young President who followed Eisenhower was assas-
sinated and how the world came very close to World War Three when the Sovi-
ets tried to set up intermediate range nuclear missiles just ninety miles
away from Florida.

Still, twenty-five years after World War II things aren’t all that differ-
ent. Robyn can still cope. Sha does notice that men no longer wear hats.
Lilith says that was a trend started by President Kennedy. Some women wear
their hair piled up in what Lilith calls a “beehive” hairdo, and Robyn
thinks it’s funny. Sometimes in the sky sha hears a loud roar. Lilith says
the jet engines the Germans first put on their Messerschmitt-262 “Swallows”
had finally trickled down to the public, replacing propeller motors on air-
liners.

“Ariel and Edgar would be all grown up now,” Robyn says.

“Don’t worry Robyn, you will see them both again, soon. As babies. And
your mother as well.”

Approaching Kansas City Robyn hears her first Beatles song, “Ticket to
Ride” and she starts tapping her feet.

“Do you like it?” Lilith asks.

“It’s incredible, who is it?”

“Four chaps from my home country who call themselves the Beatles,” Robyn
smiles at how Lilith drops the ‘t’ and says “Bea’les”. “They no longer re-
cord music together, but when they did, they seemed to have stumbled onto
something timeless, all right?”

Robyn smiles at how Lilith drops the ‘t’ and says “Awroi?”

Lilith says, “I mean a hundred years from now small children might listen
to this song and say just what you just did, ‘It’s incredible, who is it?'”

“Only that they might listen? You’re not sure they will?”

“No. I can’t see past the decade of the Thirties in the next Century. But
then, that’s precisely what we’re running about trying to remedy, isn’t
it?”

In the morning, in a hotel in Kansas City, Kansas, Lilith lays out the
clothes they are to wear now they are out of the sticks and “back East”.

“You’ve been getting away with wearing your stuff from the Forties without
too many second looks, but you can’t get away with it anymore.”

Robyn is puzzled “I see the blouse but where’s the skirt?”

“The blouse is the skirt,” Lilith says, with a wicked grin.

“You’re kidding!”

“No I’m not, look.” And Lilith opens the window curtain of their second
floor hotel room to look down on a busy street on a sunny morning in the
Nineteen Seventies. Robyn sees that Lilith definitely is not pulling her
leg. Many of the women down there wear dresses so short their white knee
boots cover twice as much skin on their legs than their hemline does. And
many of the men in the city have hair so long they’d be mistaken for women
back where and when Robyn came from.

So Robyn dutifully puts on the clothes and gets into the car, but sha feels
funny about it, like in one of those dreams where you’re speaking in public
and wearing only your underwear.

“In Israel, or Palestine to you, I did wear these kind of clothes in the
Sixties before everything went to hell. Tel Aviv is really something. I
had a lot of fun in my time.”

After that they are on the road again, making for St. Louis. Carly Simon
sings about how vain her boyfriend is. Steely Dan wonders aloud if his col-
lege acquaintance is reelin’ in the years. Lilith says, “We’re on the oth-
er side of another war like the one in Korea. This one wasn’t fought by
World War II vets, but by their sons. Most of them didn’t have a choice and
they weren’t very happy about it. As you might have guessed from the cloth-
ing I’m having you wear the attitudes of many of these young people towards
sexuality would shock the older generation, and I rather think that is pre-
cisely their point.”

As they cross the Appalachian mountains Lilith tries to explain how Robyn’s
precognition works. Sha explains that a particle, like an electron, isn’t
just a little dot moving through time, it’s more like a long line, growing
like a crystal, and the exact point where it crystallizes is the present.
From that point going forward, many other lines exist in a ghostly form,
including the Primary, the most probable future, which is almost firm
enough to be a crystal itself. “Time is a fire,” Lilith tells har, “and
history is ash.”

After Robyn understands all that, sha wants to know how they can possibly
loop back in time. “Wouldn’t we be walking into the middle of a bunch of
hard crystals?” sha asks. “Even just the very air we breathe?”

Lilith says, “It’s like our bodies can dissolve the crystals of anything we
touch, and set even the ashes of the past afire again. I myself looped
back from 1978. But I can’t put the whole world in play again just by be-
ing back here. I’m looking for a crucial event that can give us leverage.
That’s why we’re headed for Washington, D.C. I think I found just the
thing. But I need you to help me pin it down.”