The Cube: Ch. 7, Taking a Ride

Rolph pressed a button on the counter and a cup with a liquid in it rose up on a platform even to the counter. “Care for a drink?” Rolph asked me, with a smile. “What is it?” I said. “Coffee,” he said. “Okay, I’ll try it,” I said, smiling. The drink tasted like normal coffee. “Hmm,” I said. “Pretty good.”

Johnny seemed bored. “Well, I’m goin’ fishin’. Anyone want to come?” “I’ve gotta get back to my chores,” said Wayne, with a shrug. “Have a nice day, Wayne and Johnny,” I said. Both of them walked out the side door. “Whatcha say, we take this thing for a spin?” I said, smiling.

“Billah doesn’t prefer to be referred to as a thing,” Rolph said. “Billah, take us for a ride around the forest.” The walls took on a warm pink tone, and then we lifted up into the air. “I can’t figure out what makes her go,” I said. Rolph smiled, then said, “it’s air displacement, like a jet engine.” “No noise, though,” I said. “Correct,” Rolph said. “It’s a little more advanced. No propellers. Just a vacuum.” “But a vacuum makes noise,” I said. “Yes. It uses the physics of a black hole,” said Rolph. “We haven’t totally figured them out yet,” I said. “Indeed,” said Rolph.

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Unpredictable

Solid feelings about a

Contingent future

Adds up to what?

 

And what about a

Future in the extreme,

At the end, perhaps

 

After the end?

Doesn’t our life really

Show itself to be

 

Nothing beyond

One chance after

Another?

 

Does it matter how

We feel about it,

Or what we think

 

About it?

Does that change

Anything?

 

Can we predict

The unpredictable?

Sure, there are

 

Patterns.

There is science.

But science cannot

 

Predict human

Action or interaction.

Humans are unpredictable.

 

And the number of

Possibilities of human

Emotion, psyche, not

 

To mention crazy

Forces of nature—

No, don’t listen to

 

The damn weatherman!

There are too many

Unknowns.

 

And the possibility

Of spirituality,

The force of life

 

Itself, where it

Comes from and

Where it goes,

 

That, my friend,

Nobody knows.