[WP] The genie snaps his fingers, and you instantly know your wish is granted. Omnipotence. That’s what you had asked for, and now you have it. You know everything, and are infinitely powerful. You instantly notice something unexpected. There is another God, and he is terrified.
‘This can’t be it!’ I shot up and sat upright. It took me a moment to realize I was in my bed. It was just a dream. I’m safe. But what kind of dream it was? I wondered. Jolts of electricity. Being electrocuted. That’s what I remember. Not the act of being electrocuted, but only its feeling. That intense feeling when current passes through your body. Not your run-of-the-mill electricity that runs your toaster, but that amount which could light up an entire city … maybe the entire world.
The only thing that I could remember from that dream was the flashes of light. And an intense pain. Nothing more. I gulped down my saliva, and thinking about the same things, lay down on the bed again. After tossing and turning for a few moments, when I still couldn’t get it off my mind, I tried to force sleep myself. I forced to shut my eyes and tried counting to make myself sleep. Ten, nine …
Again, a jolt passed through me. I opened my eyes at once. I got up. I was shivering. Goosebumps all over my skin. From my body came out a pale glimmer of light. Was I still dreaming! I closed my eyes again, and there it was – millions of watts of electricity. My body got thrown forward like a sack of wool. This time I tightened my fist, clenched my teeth, and slowly closed my eyes. This time I was able to handle the jolt.
As I closed my eyes and endured the body breaking jolt, I slipped down into this weird vacuum. A kind of space. It’s weird because I hadn’t seen anything like this before, yet I had this feeling that I know this space. I even know the name of this space – It was Hyperspace. It was Tesseract.
This space was different shades of dark, marked by star-like brightness scattered across it. Some areas were dense, knotted, and changed shape and size at a rate of thousands per second. Still, I could see all of it. Feel all the pulsations of this space. All its rhythms and pulsations, the various forces rising and ebbing in it. And then it struck me … I’m that space.
I’m that space. I could feel its infiniteness, both in terms of distance and time. I could see the dawn of the universe when the time and space were created. I could see a young universe through millions of years of fusion and fission, growing in size and then through a series of fantastical blast started looking like this universe. This solar system I know.
I saw how our sun fused too much and blasted, created debris, clashes galore, a cosmic accident, and how then through this cacophony, a stable era came. The many solar systems. A few of them special to bore life, most of them lifeless. The emergence of life, single-celled to multi-celled. From sea life to land life. From early men to modern men. I knew it all. I could feel that all.
.. Oh god! I’m the God.
I opened my eyes.
My heart was beating. But I tried again. Tried experiencing all the jolts and shock again. And the same thing happened. I knew everything. I could do everything. When I imagined a place or time in the Universe I was there. Because I was everything, it only took me an effort of thought to reach there. Time and space became permeable for me. When I thought about anything it changed. I could bring earthquakes and tsunamis on earth, and even stop them if like. In-universe, I could hasten the collapse of black holes to spawn out new stars. I had turned into a God. Nothing was beyond me. Nothing was above me…
No … wait … something was odd.
‘Nothing is beyond me. Nothing is above me ..’ I tried thinking again.
There, I again felt it. A resistance. For the first time I felt a wall around my infiniteness. It was like I was running at the speed thousands of times that of light and then suddenly made to stop! There was someone else. Someone equal. Someone at my level. So what does that mean! There is someone else? Someone more like me. Is there a parallel god to me?
I closed my eyes and felt the hyperspace boiling around me. It was boiling for that someone else was scared. That, someone, was angry. That, someone, was vulnerable. And when that someone else was vulnerable like this, a catastrophe came upon this hyperspace. There was confusion now. There was a God which existed before, and now I’m here too. Two Gods are too many for this one hyperspace!
As I felt through this hyperspace, I realized the time-space continuum was breaking. There were explosions everywhere. Past was melting, the future was hardening, the time had stopped moving linearly. It was moving fast at some places, had frozen down at others. There were loops and knots of time, confusion everywhere. Things were not working as they should. There was chaos everywhere. This someone, this god, he wanted me out of here. And for that, he was ready to sacrifice its own creation. She was ready to destroy her own universe. How cruel, how selfish of her!
I had to talk to her. I concentrated harder and spread out in all the dimensions. I was traveling faster and faster, things had become a blur. Flashes of light, wormholes and warped spaces. Stars being born and dying. It was a mayhem.
‘I’m harmless,’ I thought and coded this message in the entire range of frequencies.
I got a message the very next instant. ‘Come to me then,’ she said.
I saw the mayhem slowing down now. It was decelerating. The universe will not die for some stupid reason. Universe will not die due to jealousy. Two gods can coexist. ‘Faster,’ the other God said. And I traveled faster an faster, scoring light years of space-time in seconds. And then I saw it, at the corner of the eyes, the Big Bang, I was at the cusp of the hyperspace. I was too fast. I could not stop. I fell out of the hyperspace.
Out of the hyperspace, I heard something snap. It hurt, like being pierced by a million stakes at once. I didn’t understand … I was vanishing. Things were dimming. I tried to open my eyes I couldn’t do it. I tried to feel the hyperspace but I couldn’t make myself feel it .. Things were dimming .. and then I heard a roar, a mocking laugh…
‘Nothing exists out of the hyperspace,’ she said – the other God. ‘And though being a phony God you might appear, you are still tethered to a physical body. And as you fell out of the hyperspace, that connection got snapped. And now you’ll get blocked in a limbo …
She was right, she must be, for now, everything was dimming around me. I was fading out. Or it was that things around me were fading. And things were contracting. Contracting? Collapsing? My entire consciousness was collapsing. I was becoming a black hole. I was becoming my own death.
And the last thought confirmed, “I will forever like this, in this limbo.” For I was omniscient, I knew it all.