( partial conversation between a nobleman and a discarnate entity)
Oh art doest thou wander from oh sage spirit?
O’r hills and dales, valleys and mountains, through terrain unseen and places thou knowest not. More than yee eye can see or thee mind can’st imagine. Of places and lands wherest one may do many things that may seem not to be believable to thee where thou doest stand.
Pray then oh sage spirit, will thou tell of how one may travel to these far off lands and kingdoms, where these marvels are performed?
Such telling of knowledge can only be shared to one who offers the right gifts….
Well then oh wandering spirit, a man I am of great fortune. I offer you a share of my wealth, you may taketh what thou doest desire in return for your knowledge.
What use have I saith the spirit for a crown upon the head, when no head I have to put it upon, or a sceptre in the hand when I have no fingers to clasp it. What use have one such as I for coinage when through my naked pockets they doth spill? But I shall avail of them anyway.
(some time passes)
Well then spirit saith the man, of great renown and influence am I, and I offer you many lands and titles, castle’s with great spires thou may reside within.
A wandering spirit am I, no dwelling within any one place mayst I stay for long. You offer me titles, nobility, but in my homeland, no man is above another man, such need for frivolous things there is no desire. But I shall avail of them anyway.
(More time passes)
Great spirit, saith the man, a hard bargain you desire. It is with great reluctance I offer you my concubines, number three score and ten, both male and female they are, you may do what you want with them.
Both the masculine and the feminine I hold within my essence. I and I alike interact, and the offspring doth bear stars; clumsy physical flesh and it’s limitations as a child’s play to me they are. But I shall avail of them anyway.
(A longer time passes)
Then great spirit, saith the man, it is with red face and huff and puff that so I abdicate my throne. What is mine May be yours, My titles, my fortune, my very life as a slave in servitude I offer. May I also wallow with the swine in the filth and the dirt, the rancid smell of rotting flesh becometh my perfume.
To lap at the trough, with muck aplenty be-fouling the water, so that no more may I taste, adulterated water be my nectar. That which l eat being picked clean, discarded by animal and swine alike, that which has been defecated and turned into mulch be my dining meal.
This sty I make my home, my new palace to behold. I subjugate my will to you, by the noose you may lead me through streets cobbled and harsh, with blooded knee and elbow, to be mocked and jeered by my former subjects, if thou revealth the secrets of these majikcal lands, this ignominy I gladly will suffer.
Still not enough said the spirit! But I shall avail it anyway.
(some years pass)
Exasperated, befuddled, bamboozled, outraged, infuriated, confused, saddened, tearful, despaired, resigned and at his wits end, the man thought long and hard and a clarity came over him.
Well then great wandering spirit, I stand before you a common man, no riches have I, no titles, lands and kingdoms, servants, comely maidens or handsome lads left. I have been stripped of my dignity, my prestige, all earthly things and stand before you naked, baring my heart to you, I offer you the only thing I have left to barter with, I humbly offer you my eternal soul.
Not as the arrogant king who once thought that he might buy of a being such thou with plunder and fortune ill gained, but as a man who has gained through great hardship the value of life in its essence, in the simple pleasures of nature which are free to all but only apparent to those who covet not goods and others. I am ready great spirit, to bow and be bonded to one whose greatness far exceeds any mortal man.
This is pleasing to me. I accept your offer man, but not to me shall thou be bonded, not to me do thee offer thy soul, to the great maker who welcomes all its children home in due time. Such sights shall you see, such wonder shall you perform, are thou then ready?
And with a small gasp of exhaled air, the once great noble, but now a man far richer than before, breathed his last…