came to Dan in a dream... a dream so very real it was not nearly
a dream. It was a day like any other, a rotten day, but the dream
made it all worthwhile.
boss had bitched him out twice before he had fired him. Damn him
anyway! He knew his wife and mother in law would really be in
a fiery mood when they found he had lost another job.
bitches, anyway!" The whole world was bitching, as far as
Dan was concerned. "Damn it to Hell, damn the whole stinking
population and this stinking planet they call home. Just damn
decided to go up town rather than home. Flagging a taxi, he could
taste the beer he would order at the pub.
a young woman pushed ahead of him, into the door Dan had just
opened on the taxi. Grabbing the door handle, she swung it shut
and glared at him as the taxi sped off.
her! Damn the taxi driver, damn them all!!" His day was running
true to form. As usual, nothing was going right. "Damn it!"
He needed a drink and he needed it now.
swearing, Dan looked up and down the avenue for another taxi.
Seeing one coming, he flagged it and jumped into the back seat
as soon as it stopped.
driver waited for instructions silently. There was something strange
about the man, Dan thought as he gave the address of his favorite
bar, his 'home away from home'.
was slower than usual and Dan felt himself growing drowsy in spite
of his anger. He caught a glimpse of the drivers eyes in
the rearview mirror. They were yellow. How strange! Yellow and
taxi halted and all of a sudden Dan and the driver were standing
on the pavement in front of the Pub. The taxi was nowhere in sight.
you, what the Hell is going on? What are you trying to pull? Who
the Hell are you anyway? Damn you to Hell and all of your kin."
Dan was furious.
driver turned and seemed to draw himself up several feet taller.
His yellow eyes glowed in his face. Two large ears stood out on
both sides of his ugly face.
bowed and rose still larger than before. "I am called Mogaan,"
he said. "I am sent by our master and I have come to fulfill
all your Damnations, sire."
aback, Dan surmised that he must be dreaming. That was it! He
had fallen asleep in the back of the taxi. "Oh, well, go
with the flow..."
this was different and a little scary, maybe a whole lot scary.
This so called Mogaan was changing before Dans very eyes.
There was long black sparse hair where clothes had been and a
large hump on the back between two large clawed wings. The eyes
glowed and dimmed and glowed again.
spoke. Mount upon my back. I would show you what your one-thousandth
damnation can bring, if you so desire.
to disobey, Dan climbed on Mogaan's back, trying to hold his breath
from the fetid odor that rose from the hairy humped body. He climbed
until he sat between Mogaan`s great wings and held to the coarse
hair that grew in patches here and there.
what seemed to Dan a split second, they were flying over the East
Coast. He could see NYC below and the gentle rolling hills that
led back to the West just below the mountains.
had started to fall. It was different than any rain had ever been.
It was red, glowing blood red.
traffic was coming to a halt. Smoke had stopped coming from the
giant chimneys of the factories... What was happening?
spoke again. It is as you desired, Dan. Stunned, Dan
peered closer at the red drenched rain landscape as Mogaan swooped
lower and glided in gentle circles, allowing Dan a close-up of
the people below.
the rain touched them, they started to disintegrate. Flesh was
falling from them as they walked, their guts pouring out and tripping
their skeleton legs until they fell over them in disarray... just
piles of bones and ragged clothes.
leaves were being eaten from the trees and the very pavements
were acid pocked. The huge buildings were also slowly being destroyed.
Dan looked back to the West and saw that the hills were now flat
and the mountains were slowly becoming barren plains.
it as you wish, Dan?" Mogaan`s voice had a patronizing tone
in its deep hoarseness.
looked up as the red rain came down... running in soft rivulets
down his face. He spread his hands in front of him, palms up,
and caught the red drops in wonder. They were clear on his hands.
There was no red stain or hue to give any clue that there was
anything different about them.
could see the raindrops in the air, as red as the sinking sun
that was just falling beneath the horizon. Dan knew that in the
morning the Earth would never be the same ever again.
leaned nearer to Mogaan`s misshapen ears and whispered, "Yes...