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HMA: Hell's Half Acre is a roadside patch of badlands almost exactly in the center of Wyoming. It's much bigger than the name suggests, more like Hell's Half Square Mile, and the nearest sandstone and shale scarp that looks similar to it lies a whole state away in South Dakota.

HMB: A brown-skinned man emerged from the entrance of a cave in the eroded landscape dressed in dark blue-gray trousers and a knee-length jacket. He had a matching shirt and a silver leaf brooch in place of a tie and looked like a Shoshone with a good seamstress for a wife.

HMC:But the fellow was too short, his hair wasn't straight enough, and his facial features suggested the Mediterranean shores were his true home. He had never walked in that place before, but the strange eroded landscape reminded him of the desolate area around the Salt Sea.

HMD: It was one hundred fifty feet from the floor of the ravine to the gravel parking lot above and the man ascended with no sign of exertion. He once roamed on foot the whole land of his birth from Lake Kinneret as far as Mount Hermon and south to the hill country of Judaea.

HME: He noted, without any surprise, the presence of a maroon 1941 Chrysler Town & Country woodie parked at the restaurant overlooking the geological oddity and knew he would find Robyn and her friends eating lunch inside, just as Robyn knew he was coming and gave fair warning.

HMF: Robyn, Gabriel, Peter, Hunky and Dory were already standing at their table when he walked indoors, which the other guests might have thought was odd. None of them had ever seen him before but as B'nei Elohim they knew a seraph on sight and stopped everything, ready to serve.

HMG: "Please be seated," he said, grabbing a chair from another table and carrying it over to theirs. "I'll have what you're having, Peter." The Prophet raised a hand to flag down the waitress but the newcomer said, "No, not allegory. I'll literally have what you're having."

HMH He took up a knife, cut Peter's cheeseburger in two, and helped himself to one piece. Hunky said, "I'm pretty sure that burger is not kosher, Jesus. Aren't you Jewish?"

"Not Jesus, Hunky. Call me Yeshua. The Greeks thought Yeshua was a girly name and called me Iesous.

HMI: The Romans spelled it I-E-S-U-S. Then later the English thought names beginning with vowels were too girly and called me Jesus. As for the food, my mother made just one arbitrary law about cutting a little flap of skin. Mixing meat and dairy was never on her mind."

HMJ: Dory and Gabriel stared at Yeshua in wonder, trying to reconcile his actual appearance with the popular depictions of him and there was just no way to do it. Robyn seemed preoccupied and looked off to the side. "What is wrong, Robyn?" Yeshua asked her. "What do you see?"

HMK: She said, "Peter announces the wedding but the White Wing of the Church will not accept it. Gabriel is attacked, but torture doesn't work on B'nei Elohim and Gabriel's friends retaliate, so Paul Bergin and Klaus Hansen kill me instead. They end up killing the Church."

HML: "How would you reply, Robyn, if I asked in truth that you do not avoid or resist those men, even to your death?"

After a long pause she said, "I would decline such a request, Lord. I'm not in any particular hurry for my life come to an end just when I'm getting started."

HMM: "And what did my cross teach you?"

HMN: "That death is not a blank wall, it's a door, and you went through it and came back to show us that even if we die we don't stay dead. But now I see how time really works and I know it was all a magic trick like Gabriel with his coins."

HMN: Yeshua was genuinely fascinated by Robyn's unexpected reply. He asked, "When you look at my life with your talent, what do you see?"

She said, "I see a movie of a burning fuse, but the movie is running backwards. The fuse assembles itself from smoke and sparks.

HMO: It grows. One time that fuse looped back, crossed itself, and then there were two burning Yeshuas experiencing an advancing present, but one of them was wiped off the face of the Earth by the Romans. He hit that blank wall we call death. The one who lived, the lucky one, is you."

HMP: "You're wrong about the blank wall, Robyn. The part of me that is Binah carried over the dying memories of the man who was put to death and merged them with my own."

"Again, Lord, lucky you. But that didn't help the Yeshua who experienced death. You're a different one."

HMQ: "Robyn, nobody in the whole history of both worlds has ever 'experienced' death. Yes, we experience dying, each one of us, from the moment we are born, and there comes a moment in our lives that is not followed by another one, but that last moment never becomes a memory."

HMR: "Lord, will you please say why I must not resist my own murder?"

"When you and Hunky escaped your prison last night what did you do to make the correct combination appear in your memory?"

"I had to begin punching them in."

"Even so, your own end will spark a beginning.

HMS: But Robyn, I will not order you to do what you are unwilling to do, so let us speak of something else. Your friends will not arrive in Headwater until late tonight. Will you come alone with me? I can bring you to a reunion with your mother in almost no time at all."

HMT: Dory remembered the jaunt she had made with Michael and said, "You should take him up on that offer, girl, it's the only way to travel." Gabriel heartily nodded in accord. So Robyn, who felt a little guilty telling Yeshua no on the first thing, told him yes on the other.

HMU: After hugging her farewells Robyn hiked with Yeshua down to the bottom of the ravine and followed him into the dark cave, where it grew light again, a little warmer, and they were kicking through fallen leaves piled up to their knees. But there was still plenty of green.

HMV: "Christmas trees!" exclaimed Robyn when she saw a stand of Douglas Fir. Many more of them covered the mountains she could see through bare branches of maple and alder. They were standing on a mountain as well, near the top.

Yeshua said, "This is just a short side trip."

HMW: "Where are we, Lord?"

"We are still in your country. Of the forty-eight states, this one is furthest to the north and to the west."


"I want you and your friends to put together a migration and move the Red Wing of the Church here."

HMX: Robyn looked through the trees to the bottom land at the foot of the mountain laid down by repeated mud flows from a large nearby volcano and she remembered the Japanese-American fellow at Heart Mountain who helped her and Hunky escape by giving them clothing and advice.

HMY: She said, "There's a Mr. Kaneko who lost his strawberry farm when they sent him to the camp. I want to buy a new one for him, Lord, right there. Do you see?"

"After the war is over," Yeshua said, and he produced a large envelope somehow, perhaps by using the Gabriel trick.

HMZ: "Yes. Mr. Kaneko will have his land when the relocation camp is no more. That is a very kind thought, Robyn. But this money is for your mother, to return to the home of her own parents in the east."

Robyn accepted the envelope gratefully. Yeshua displayed a small object.

HNA: "Robyn, if you choose to do what I asked, this will give you a temporary link similar to the one I have with with Binah. All your memories will be saved."

Robyn took a quick glance at time. She saw another her eating lunch back there at Hell's Half Acre.

HNB: Yeshua said, "I have put us back into the first stream, the one where you ate your lunch in peace and I never appeared. Do you feel like a mere copy, Robyn? Did you notice any bump?"

"No, Lord."

"So will it be when there is one Robyn again with the memories of both.

HNC: Robyn, have a little faith that I am nothing like Keter or Daat. What kind of teacher would deceive a student in a matter such as this?"

"Forgive me, Lord," Robyn said, and she accepted the device. She saw it would resemble a large mole when it was installed.

HND: "Be of good cheer," Yeshua told her. "You alone among all the humans of Earth have the real freedom to choose, because you alone can look ahead. And there is so much more than mere duty. You will soon find that one benefit even rivals eternal life."

HNE: Kim opened the door of her home just before Robyn knocked on it, but that went with the territory of being the Seer. Kim let herself come in, and why not? It was her house too. Robyn was still wearing Mr. Kaneko's clothing and was still stinky from the road trip.

"Let me see the gadget he gave you." Kim dug it out. It was like half a ball of pink rubber.

HNG: There was a 55-pin female connector on one side to match the male connector protruding from both girls' heads. Kim said, "When Paul and Klaus show up I need to be wearing this."

"It's supposed to save your last memories."

"It works exactly as Yeshua promised.

HNH: I've seen on the other side of that 'blank wall' you seem to be so worried about. That's why I'm willing to be the one who gets killed."

"But you have memories of meeting Mom before she left and I want those." Robyn unfastened her belt, which was really one of the Purple Cables.

HNI: When they attached the ends to themselves they experienced a dual awareness, but it did not persist as when Robyn and Hunky were linked together. The differences between each girl poured through the line but there was a definite rhythm to it, very much like a heartbeat.

HNJ: It took a brief time for each memory to be packed for transfer on the cable and then unpacked. Soon Kim had Robyn's conversation with Yeshua in Washington State. Since the Change Kimberly's memories are stored with perfect clarity, not merely as triggers to be re-enacted.

HNK: The full emotional impact of meeting her mother again after six months, followed by their parting, brought Robyn to tears, then Kim, once again, a heartbeat after. The Purple Cable had set up a kind of feedback whine, but there was an 800 millisecond delay.

HNL: Robyn received back from Kim the new experience of Robyn receiving the memory of Kim greeting her mother. This went around at least a dozen more times, growing weaker on each pass. As the loops cycled Robyn obtained Kim's experience of the rest of her trip home.

HNM: All of the different experiences kicked off different loops as they were brought forward. After a time only two real differences stubbornly persisted: One girl was lying on the couch, and the other was lying on top of her. That situation got Robyn thinking.

HNN: She was to become the wife of Gabriel, and Gabriel was something of a sexual cafeteria line, one of these, and one of these. She wasn't sure she would like everything Gabriele had to offer, let alone know what to do. So without further ado Mr. Kaneko's trousers slid down.

HNO: Kim's undies were slid up around Kim's knees and Robyn became the first non-contortionist in heaven or earth to have oral sex with herself. What Robyn was doing with her tongue, in combination with the Purple Cable loop back, reminded her of something the band once did.

HNP: One time when Hunky set up her drumkit in the Squaw River canyon and did a drum duet with her own echoes. The pleasure built so steadily Kim thought it was like cheating. Actually it was cheating. Through the Purple Cable Robyn could feel exactly what she was doing to Kim.

HNO: It was almost as though she was Kim. She wondered if this was the thing Yeshua said would rival eternal life. That was the last rational thought either had for the next ten minutes. Robyn felt the first contraction of Kim's orgasm 0.8 seconds after Kim did.

HNP: At 1.6 seconds Kim felt Robyn's experience of her first contraction precisely at the same time she felt her third one. And so the stack continued to build. Neither Kim nor Robyn even knew what was happening. They didn't even breathe until Kim had a dozen contractions.

HNQ: When they did resume breathing, they could only make incoherent sounds. Purple Cable sex was never going to be a discreet thing. The orgasm looped around and around. After three minutes the stack of orgasmic contractions and their echoes were no longer distinct pulses.

HNR: The climax settled into a timeless high intensity electric sheen. After another seven minutes Robyn found it possible to unplug the cable from her head. After that they lay still for another ten minutes trying to take in what just happened to them. Robyn's face was soaked.

HNS: Kim began to stir to get out from under Robyn. "Go get yourself cleaned up. At least we have something to keep us happy until Bergin and Hansen come here to kill me."

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