There’s a spiritual belief that states you sign a sort of cosmic contract before you’re born into your next life. It contains challenges you’ll face throughout that life, which you chose to help you move to the next spiritual level or achieve perfect, depending on who you ask.
I don’t know if I believe that, but it is an interesting concept. I’ve always found afterlife theories interesting, and applying them to fiction just makes sense.
So, that’s the story behind the story for this week’s Friday Fictioneers. Thanks, as always, to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting!
Genre: Fantasy (…maybe? Could be Urban Fantasy)
Word Count: 100
The Next Step
“Before you start your next life, you must pick your inborn challenges,” the glowing being at my side commented.
We drifted down a corridor lined with doorways with cranks in their centers. “Challenges?”
“Chronic illness, social challenges, disability. That sort of thing.”
We paused by one door. The crank began turning, and it slowly shifted to the side, exposing another corridor framed by shelves laden with luminescent vials.
“I thought the afterlife would be different.”
My guide laughed. “You get used to it after the first few times.”
“Oh. I guess practice makes perfect.”
“Well, that’s what the Buddhists say.”