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"Don't you think we should take him to the hospital?" asked Bill.
"NO, just let him bleed out and die," sd Dave. "We won't need him."
"That is so cruel," sd Jenny as the cat lay quietly. "Poor kitty."
The sun was nearing the top of the sky as the men continued to talk amongst themselves.
"Why, they don't even know what's about to happen," Dave sd to Bill.
They had been walking for about 10 minutes when Bill and Dave, with Jenny close behind them, stopped and looked down.
There was a small house on the other side of the road. It was about 100 feet away from the road and across an area that was filled with bushes and low shrubs. The house sat about 20 feet from the road and was not visible from the street.
As the sun reached the top of the sky, it slowly began to drop behind a huge cloud.
Suddenly, the cloud was ablaze with a huge, bright light. The light started as a pale yellow glow and faded to a brilliant white glow. There was an ominous sound that was like thunder.
"Look! It's the light of God's love," Dave sd as he pointed across the road.
The light was coming from a large church with a steeple about 30 feet tall. It was the most glorious light that they had ever seen.
A loud voice boomed over the street. The voice was so loud that they could hear it well over the sound of the cars passing by and the people walking by. The voice was so loud that they could even hear it over the roar of the cars. It was the voice of the Lord.
"Hear my voice, O earth, and be not silent. I create it anew, and create it as of now," the voice sd as it seemed to go throughout the sky, down into the earth, and even out into the sea.
"For the sea was never other than my word," the voice sd as the water was seen rising out of the sea toward the sky. It was at that time that the cloud burst. As the sun began to sink, the cloud began to disappear.
Dave and Beth were now at the bottom of the hill. The clouds had now dispersed, and they were able to see the whole sky in one glorious display of light. They could also see the entire town.
The entire town had gone silent. Many people had stopped talking and were simply watching the clouds, the sky, and the light. Some were even praying or singing.
Dave and Beth walked up the street toward the church. As they walked up the hill, the town of Jerusalem became silent.
When they reached the church, they noticed that the sound of the choir had ceased. The church door was closed, and the window on the left side was shattered and had been covered over with one of the windows of the church. The doors on either side of the sle were closed.
When they opened the door and went inside, they saw that there were many empty pews. When they went down the center sle, they saw that all the candles had been removed from the sconces on the walls. When they opened the window on the far left, it was too shattered to open. The other windows had been covered with wooden boards and plywood.
The altar was empty, but the crucifix was still there, as were several of the candlesticks and plates of incense. When they went into the back pew on the right side of the church, they saw that the pews were also empty.
"This was a pretty good sermon, wasn't it, Dave?" Beth sd as she sat on the front pew. "So it appears that whatever happened here didn't happen to Dr. Hodges."
Dave was looking down at the empty pulpit. "Yes, Beth, I guess that's true. But, you know what, Beth? There's a really strange feeling here. It's like this place isn't real. It's more like a movie or a stage set. What are we missing, Beth?"
"Something's missing, all right. But I don't know what."
"Something to tie in with the sermon."
"Or maybe not."
"Dave, you don't feel it, do you?"
"No, Beth, I don't."
"I don't, either."
"I know, but I do."
Beth nodded her head and looked down at the floor. After a few minutes, Dave sd, "This is the strangest church I've ever been in, Beth. I'll tell you something. And I'm not just saying this to get your attention. It's the truth."
"Okay, Dave, that's fine."
"Something doesn't feel right here, Beth. Do you get my meaning?"
"Yes, I do."
"This church doesn't feel like it's been used for years. Do you get it?"
"And it's not right. Everything is so clean, but it's like it hasn't been touched in years. I know that sounds crazy, Beth, but there's a weird feeling here that you have to accept."
Beth looked down at her hands. Her hands were shaking. "Dave, I can accept that this is a different feeling. But I'm still not accepting that this is a fake church, a movie set. I feel as if I'm in the scene, or maybe I'm in a dream, but I don't think I'm awake. I'm not here, and I'm not in reality. I'm in a movie, and I can accept that."
Beth looked at Dave, tears of sadness in her eyes. "I'm sorry, Dave. It's just that this is so hard to accept. My dad sd we shouldn't have to go through this. He sd we shouldn't have to go through this. I just don't understand why. You want to go home, but then they turn me around, and I'm here. You want to go home, but they take you to that house, and you're home. You say that you're okay, and I believe you, but I can't let myself believe you."
"Beth, you don't have to think that. I know you can't be in both places at the same time. I can't believe it, either. But this is reality. It's not a dream, and it's not fiction. This is the reality that we all have to face, sooner or later. If it's not this reality, it's another one."
Beth nodded, tears flowing.
"Come on, let's go see what's going on." Dave took Beth's hand and led her back to the group of people and the scene. They weren't alone. He'd been right. The group of people who were filming the scene were also part of this movie. All were dressed in period clothing. One of the men, whom Dave had already met, approached. He'd been one of the people who had filmed the car chase sequence. "Dr. Randall?"
Dave shook his head. "Who wants to know?"
"I'm with the film company. This is our time. Don't you have to tell the real story? It's been years since you did this."