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The Key

"But, who are you?"

"I'm a friend, a savior. Some of you may say a Messiah"

"That hasn't really answered my question." Her expression was incredulous.

The wind creaked the wooden walls of the small shed in which the two stood.

"I tend to disagree. I think that's all you need to know."

"Fine, be cryptic. At least tell me what this does." She held up a small cube-shaped device with a single flashing light.

"You won't like the answer. But, it's the separation between growth and stagnation."

"Are you kidding? Why should I not assume this is just a hollow plastic box? Show me its not."

"Skeptical. Good, good. I think I've picked the right one. Hand it here." She handed the box over to the creature. Its limbs encased the box and opened it revealing a dazzling light inside. "This here," it continued, "is the key for your species."

"Key? What do you mean by key?"

"When the time comes for you to use it, it'll let you know."

"Okay." She said frustrated. "How will it let me know?"

It made a noise, presumably its race's form of a chuckle. "There are some questions that are better left unanswered. At least, for now."

It handed the box back to the woman and the creature vanished, fading away into nothing.

Story by:

Bernard Heres

bheres@comcast.net

submitted at 9:00am

28 May 2012