Beyond The Holders
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Holder of the Center
In any city, in any country, go to any mental institution or halfway house in you can get yourself to. When you reach the front desk, ask to visit someone who calls himself "The Holder of the Center." The worker will meet your gaze suddenly, and then close his eyes. He will take you through a door, directly behind him, and the two of you will walk down a straight, narrow corridor for what seems like hours, maybe even days. As you descend farther down this hallway you will feel your core, the center of your body, begin to decay. You will come to a worn, wooden door. The worker will ask you, "Are you sure?" This may be your last chance to turn back, but if you decide to enter the worker will nod his head and stand aside.
When you open this door you will come to a perfectly spherical room, perhaps a hundred feet in diameter. The walls are made of stone and you notice that the closer to the center of the room you get, the more the room begins to perish. In the very center of the room is a tree. Just as the walls did, the closer you get to it, the more it withers.
Once you are standing right in front of it, with your toes pressed against the rotted trunk, you will see that the tree has decayed into a figure of a young man. Your eyes will be glued to his. If you attempt to look away he will mangle and twist your body into another branch for his tree.
If he blinks once, only once, turn and run as fast as you possibly can, the door should not be closed but it will begin to do so. If you can make it to the door before becoming trapped inside then leave this place and never return. If, however, he blinks twice you must ask him, "What is at the Center?"
He will look away and grin. He will describe 'the center' as the birthplace of mankind. The Womb of Eternity. He will go into great detail of the coming of man.
He will ask you to take a sliver of his bark. If you reach for it and tear it off yourself then the bark will immediatly bind you, and you will become apart of his tree for eternity. You must not do this, instead insist that he tears it off himself and hands it to you. You may take it from his hand and leave this place.
This bark is number 47 of 538, and it is at the center.
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