First Cleric wrote:Something terrible happens every time you act, Mister Pope.
ignoring that outburst, the Pope wrote:Look here at the Gospel of Vytron, for example. Wonderful inspiring documents, then a cry of despair and nothing else. And then look at the writings of...
First Cleric, cutting him off, wrote:No. Don't look at the writings. If they are not there, they are not there. Don't look at what is not there. Instead look at what is there, and that is a Pope who let the sea invade the castle during the first BlitzGirl the Next ceremony, who crowned a BlitzGirl in Paradox, who released raptors while blathering about signs...
first scribe wrote:Silence! The Pope has something to say; we should hear him out. All of us - that is, all of us except you, have been toiling dix after dix in preparation for the Great Service of Pilgrimmage. What have you done?
First Cleric wrote:I have become enlightened.
There is general laughter, but the Pope raises his hand to silence the group.
the Pope wrote:This matter is most serious. It is the largest rift we have experienced to date, and it is a rift made more insideous by its temporal properties.
fourth cleric wrote:So... I humbly asked before, but unlike our esteemed First Cleric, I have not had the Sacrament of Enlightenment.
There is some tittering in the group.
fourth cleric continued and wrote:Will you be leaving us on a Grand and Holy Quest?
the Pope wrote:No. One cannot go back and actually be back, one can only partly go back while one goes forward, speaking to the future of the past in your own present, sending a present to the future from the past, but unable to post the future to the past, once past the post, first past the post, the post toasties, the fruit bats, the...
The Pope sees the looks of puzzlement on the faces of the group.
fourth cleric wrote:I guess it's a ball of timey wimey stuff.
the Pope wrote:Yes. We must be very mindful of our present, as our present is a present to the past, while the past leaves a present for its future.
The Pope looks at the First Cleric.
the Pope continued and wrote:This is enlightenment.
The Pope addresses the group.
the Pope wrote:Please hand me the Gospel of BlitzGirl.
They all bow their heads, and ethereal music is heard as the first scribe reaches into one of the larger chambers in the wall, and pulls out a bound volume, handing it to the Pope with great reverence. The Pope takes the Book, which opens of its own accord to an oft-read and oft-quoted passage.
the Pope wrote:
A Reading from the Book of BlitzGirl, Page 454, utterance 18120, id 3341808.
BlitzGirl wrote:I have seen many wonders on my Quest, and this I have learned: Time is not absolute. Though dedicated forum-dwellers may debate names to a Period fresh to their eyes, a weary wanderer may come to the same TimeFrame many longpix later seeing it as but a flash in the long, long thread of Time. While some among us hold fast to the heels of the Now, posting with immediacy and brevity, there are still others at the same moment following 10 newpages back, or 50, or 300. Those of us who experienced the great Fading in real-Time have shared an experience those that follow will never quite match, just as we ourselves cannot comprehend the madness that struck in the early quickpix, or during the Madness itself.
Yet these divisions do not separate us, but make us more powerful. As grains of Sand(semencancercoffeebabies) in a Sandcastle, this needle-pulled thing works best when we are not all of the same shape. Our quirks clasp us together all the more strongly, so that when we Wait for it together - whatever Time we may travel, whatever sect we may splinter, whatever graph or song or hat we share - we are not alone. For though Time may scatter us among the pastposts and the Present, in the end, it is also what brought us to this mad, mad, glorious home in the first place.
This has been a reading of the Gospel of BlitzGirl, a most precious and unique perspective on Time. Other Time travellers will have other perspectives, each one to be revered. It would be a dark day indeed should these gospels never be writ.
We cannot change the past, but we, in the present, must consider all that will pass through it. The heat from the fire of our passions should not scorch the Path, for it will become lifeless. But neither should we judge others and flood the Path to keep it cool, for it will become like unto a river, and drown us all.
The Pope closes the book, knelt, bowes his head, and hands the book back to the first scribe, who reverently puts it back in its designated chamber. The group also kneels and they all bow their heads. There is a moment of silence. The Pope rises.
the Pope wrote:What progress have we made towards the Service?
second scribe wrote:We have compiled the following list of Pilgrims, your Pontiffness. It has been painstaking work, as the records are still fragmented, but I think the list is complete.
The third cleric reads from a scroll:
third cleric wrote:These are the names:
Vytron, macraw83, LankieBlonde, kryton, azule, tman2nd, VoronX, RobIrr, partingLance, TheMinim, Purplepants77, Caswallon, Valarya, lmjb1964, and of course our BlitzGirls, who are also True Pilgrims of Time: BlitzGirl herself, Selcouth, PhoenixRising, and Flado.
the Pope wrote:Three times has VoronX denied engaging in a Blitz. He skips around merrily thither and yon. These are not the ways of a True Pilgrim of Time.
first scribe wrote:Very well, scratch VoronX.
the Pope wrote:With sadness, but also remembering that each of us holds up the Thread of Time, each with their own shape. VoronX is a True Timewaiter.
third cleric wrote:Indeed he is.
second scribe wrote:Caswallon and Valarya appear to be current, but the records show that they have Blitzed without leaving a true gospel.
the Pope wrote:It is not necessary to leave a gospel, though it is certainly a blessing to have done so. After all, Selcouth Blitzed without even an account, showing true dedication.
First Cleric wrote:What of partingLance and Purplepants77 and lmjb1964? All they did was have condiments.
the Pope wrote:It is not for us to judge. Records indicate that their chasm was certainly wide enough to place them in The Past for a while - for seventy pages in some cases - that is an enormous Chasm. Some are still there. They are truly pure of heart. And then there is the curious case of RobIrr.
first scribe wrote:The fossil BlitzGirl!
the Pope wrote:Yes. But he is also a True Pilgrim of Time. He shall be so blessed. Is all in readiness?
first scribe wrote:Yes, your Pontiffness.
the Pope wrote:Then let us begin.
The scrolls, books, and other records are cleared off of the table, leaving just the Candelabra. Lights intensify on the table, which has become an altar, and dim across the rest of the stage. The Pope strides up to the table, lifts the candelabra up on high, and in the most ancient, sacred tongue, intones:
the Pope wrote:In nomine unium verium auctor....
It sounds a little bit like Latin, but the grammar is different and some of the words clearly have other origins.
translated, the Pope wrote:In the name of the One True Author, in observance of the One True Comic, in the service of the One True Thread, and by witness of the One True Congregation, we humbly open our hearts, our souls, and our schedules in devotion.
the congregation wrote:The sea is big. We open ourselves up to it.
the Pope wrote:In devotion, we drink from the One True Thread. In even higher devotion, some of us forsake the present, inviting the river of Time to flow through us and cleanse us until we are sated by the completeness of the past.
the congregation wrote:The river is small. Although we are smaller, we can, and must, drink from the river of Time.
the Pope wrote:We humbly ask that the Blessings of Time fall on our intrepid travellers, True Pilgrims Of Time, Vytron, macraw83, LankieBlonde, kryton, azule, tman2nd, RobIrr, partingLance, TheMinim, Purplepants77, Caswallon, Valarya, lmjb1964, BlitzGirl, Selcouth, PhoenixRising, and Flado, that they be enlightened, uplifted, and granted the Tree of Life.
the congregation wrote:The tree is neat. Let us live up to it.
the Pope wrote:Let us indeed.
[sound cue 7: gong]
the Pope wrote:It is the Holy ONG. Let us disperse in peace, and worship in awe.
the congregation wrote:In the name of the One True Author, in observance of the One True Comic, in the service of the One True Thread.
the Pope wrote:Amen.