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Triadic Tales - The Ball - Short Story (Part Two)

Triadic Tales - The Ball - Short Story (Part Two)

The Veil little Alice longed to penetrate led to one of many similar waste spaces, filled with flitting objects whose common trait was their circular form.  They varied in temperature and size. 

Balls extracted from this dismal nothingness were easily defaced in the probing hands of inquisitive children. 

The morose woman in the little house jumped. 

She saw Alice move rapidly toward the darkness. She saw Alice thrust her arm in. She saw Alice emerge with a greenish gray ball, small enough to fit her little hand.  Immediately, Alice dropped the ball to the ground.
Alice's mother knew the ball must be one on which life once existed, a rare and valuable treasure. It was balls such as this to which Metropolis owed its present evolution.
"It's icky, Mama," Alice cried. "I don't want it." She raised her little foot to crush it.

"No," her mother said firmly, scooping the ball up with consummate care.  On its irregular surface she could see tiny iterations of lost metropolises and pock marks signifying collisions in waste spaces. 

And suddenly something happened in her.  A phrase from Metropolis she had scoffed at in earlier days leaped into her head.

Till earth and heaven are the same

She was lost for a moment. There might be way out. The ball might save her life. 

She would notify Metropolis, strike a deal, start over. 

"Mama, look!" Alice cried.  

A tall man walked swiftly in their direction.  
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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…