Four years ago today—I died.
It wasn't a big deal. Before...before I died I mean...I read they'd discovered it's possible to bring someone back a long time after they're dead.
Something about cooling the body down. Hours later they can bring that person back.
The big question they had to answer then, of course, is where does that person's mind, consciousness, soul if you will, go?
I mean. No brain activity. No heartbeat. Where do they go?
Now I know. They come here.
I was hiking. Yeah, I know. Winter. Nothing had ever happened before so I thought...you know how it is. I fell. Felt like I broke my leg. After that, it wasn't so bad. Kind of like falling asleep.
Now I'm here. It's not much to look at, I know. I've walked all down that path there, along the cliff by the ocean. Haven't found a way down, not safe anyway, to the beach. I'm still figuring out the rules. I know some of them.
I'm guessing I died in the snow and so ended up here. My body is preserved by the cold.
Like that iceman they found in the Alps. The caveman, you know? He'd been dead a long, long time. He'd figured out the important rules.
I met him once. Then he died.
I haven't seen him since. That's one of the rules. You die here, you stay dead.
The other rule I'm certain about is that there's only room for one here. I've been everywhere and there's no one else. Well sometimes...from time to time. Like you.
You see, I'm hoping I can get back. That someone'll find me, my body I mean. Yeah, I know it's been a long time. But you gotta have hope, right?
I don't know what's beyond here, if anything. But I sure know where we came from. And I want to go back.
There's the problem. I have to stick around if there's a chance to get back.
And...well, you can feel it, can't you? A fading, right in your center. Then it's alright again.
It's not alright. When you stop fading, I start.
And that's a problem. I have to stay. And you...you have to go. I can't risk fading before they find me.
So, here's the cliff. At least you're going to get to the beach. I never did.