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"So, where am I exactly?"

"Hmm? Are you talking to me?"

"Yes. No one else seems to be moving. Where am I?"

"My best guess? You are frozen between your last breath and the rest of the world."

"What? Does that mean I'm dead? That's impossible, I don't remember dying."

"You really didn't see that truck coming, did you?"

"What truck? I was walking just a second ago!"

"A second is all it takes."

"Apparently. This is a lot to take in."

"Do you want to take another second?"

"Sure. Wow, I feel better already."

"Told you. A second is all it takes."

"So who are you then?"

"You might need a couple more seconds for this one."

"Just tell me."

"You haven't figured it out yet? The robes don't give it away?"

"You are... Death?"



"That's it? That's your reaction?"

"What? I'm dead, I'm obviously not thinking straight."

"Yes, but I've just single-handedly shattered your entire conception of the universe. There is no god, no religion, no repentance, only the personified avatar of death who just reaped your mortal coil into oblivion, and your first reaction is 'oh'?!"

"Sure, that's all amazing and whatnot, but to be honest I'm more surprised that I'm still here."

"Is it too much to ask for a little reverence?"

"You don't talk to the recently dead often, do you?"

"No. I don't. But that's why I'm here. You, my good man, have broken Death."

"I'm both flattered and terrified."

"You see, the way it works is this: you live your life. When your time is up, I kill you. I sit back, watch the life drain away, and your soul moves on from this life to the next. I don't follow your soul, I just watch to make sure...

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