By Donald Denoon
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If this was Gabriel, surely His presence ruled out Hell completely. I toyed with the frivolous idea that expiring at 34,000 feet had given me a head start to Heaven. Ridiculous. Nobody ever mentioned altitude as a way to elude Hell. Perhaps an ante-room? Heaven is surely reserved for people who’ve been judged by some criteria. Nobody had weighed my soul — unless I’d been unconscious, but that would be unfair procedurally. It would be like swiping a moral credit card, lacking the ceremony you surely deserve for This Was Your Life.
They looked alike in willowy silhouette, quite tall, with gracile profiles. In full light, Althea’s light-brown hair and (of course) honey tan gave her a Mediterranean aura that — if I dared compare incomparables — gave her the edge over Winifred’s ice-creamy, Nordic quality. Althea had a more sardonic air than her sunny sister; that aura added depth to her image and enhanced an appeal that was already overpowering. The ideal of beauty in those days (these days, too) was a grown woman in a pubescent body.
Despite my guided reading in human biology, I was not ready for living in a body. Time is organised largely around the perpetual need to eat. Eating interrupts work, brings workers together, and is the main form of socialising. That makes it unfortunate that I cannot share the relish with which humans go to the table. A serious crisis came with my first meal. I knew about food groups and the need for a diet to include them all, but I had not considered that protein often comes in the form of butchered animals.
Afterlife: A Divine Comedy by Donald Denoon