Monday, November 13, 2017

THE COUNCIL OF HEROES II

In all of the campaigns of the Supreme Fighter, his elder brother Abel, and his younger sister and commander of his army Enam, accompanied him. A group of faithful companions from his childhood, from planet Zoe, and from his dimension, unreservedly adhered to his cause. Notable among them was Asvran of Rak, chief of the Special Forces of Ablom Empire. The Supreme Fighter also had a number of men walking by his side, some of whom were among the most redoubtable warriors of the universe.

Now the fall of Galaxy 7 shook the entire dimension, particularly the second galaxy. The ten inhabited planets were troubled seeing their galaxy was the next on Ablom list. It was in Galaxy Brave, second galaxy of Dimension 2C519, that Nootra, home world of superheroes, was found. Having raised a civilization of four thousand years, which experimented freedom, justice, love and truth, the Supreme Fighter’s campaign principally affected the Nootrans, as his demands went against everything their city stood for. Surrendering to him would mean the end of their culture and render obsolete everything their ancestors lived for.

The Nootrans were a people not ruled by an individual, a system or entity. They were people who trusted in their civilization with their countless heroes as champions of their cause. These had committed themselves to upholding those values, which citizens experienced in a practical way on a daily basis. Because of who they were, it was therefore impossible for them to give up their values by surrendering to someone whose will wasn’t the mind of their ancestors. The essence of Nootra Civilization was their freedom. They wouldn’t relinquish what liberated them from all servitudes, which permitted them to enjoy the unlimited treasures of existence.
So when the Supreme Fighter contacted NSF and gave them the ultimatum, the heroes left him no room for illusions. The Council stood as one and gave him a categorical no. Nootra’s response stimulated the other planets and they too refused to comply with the conqueror’s demands. Galaxy 2 then proceeded to launching a secret program aimed at raising a fighting unit to frustrate the enemy’s plans.

After receiving the response of the Brave, the Supreme Fighter moved the Ablom to Galaxy 1, which was loosely populated. With his multifaceted technologies, Kainos Ablom conquered it in no time, and made it his base of operation. He shortened the deadline against the Brave to three months. Whenever he threatened the total destruction of a galaxy, the Emperor of Rak had this habit of issuing an ultimatum accompanied by a deadline. He considered himself strongest man of the world and none had proven him wrong so far, for none of the fearsome fighters he confronted ever defeated him. So he never acted impulsively, but he gave time for his victims to weigh up the odds.

Following the present threat of the Supreme Fighter, the securities of the ten planets of Galaxy 2 convened a series of inter-planetary meetings, held in secret locations. They talked of attacking the Supreme Fighter in his ship. The most important point on the agenda was the creation of a galactic force to comprise warriors from the ten planets. Representatives of the different worlds kept in absolute secrecy what was discussed in these meetings, as the success of the operation depended on the element of surprise. Their dealings were held in complete confidentiality until their actualization. The delegates returned home after any of such meetings and reported the conclusions in the ears of the prominent people of their worlds.

The delegates from Nootra returned home and NSF called a meeting with its renowned heroes. These made up the Council of that session: Captain Nootra, Son Goku, Superman, Ancient One of Heyas, Ms Marvel, J’onn J’onzz, Iron Man, Invisible Woman, Mr Fantastic, Optimus Prime, Bulma, Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Wolverine, Professor Charles Xavier, Batman, Vegeta, Thor, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and other citizens. It was in the underground hall of Central Headquarters of Nootra Security Forces of Mid Nootra that they gathered. No sooner had they opened the session than L5 contacted the Council. The agents working in the spatial secret base of Mid Nootra reported having sighted Galactus approaching in their direction with a white flag tied to one of his fingers. The Council immediately dissolved and all agents present hurried to space, some using their flight mode, others through anti-gravitationals. They rushed to the edge of their planet to stop Galactus before he entered Nootra’s atmosphere.

The five headquarters and secret bases among other bases, agencies and security centres of Nootra had their weapons targeting the incoming villain while following his progression through their snipers. J’onn J’onzz had ordered his commanders not to shoot until they knew the intention of the planet devourer. A protective dome was activated the moment NSF captured the menace and a force field covered the whole planet, turning the sky over Nootra into yellow. This indicated to citizens to stay indoors. If the sky turned green, they were to carry out an evacuation plan they had been trained onto. This protection was only an indicator for NSF set up a greater defence since the time they heard of the menace of the Supreme Fighter. This invisible barrier enveloped the city to keep the people safe.

The agents reached the planet’s threshold and moved further away to keep Galactus as far off as possible from the city. Galactus collided with the superheroes while travelling to Nootra and NSF stood in his way and showed him they were not allowing him to gain any more space in that direction. Galactus stopped. He observed that the entire Council had displaced themselves to give him a cold welcome. Captain Nootra, Storm, Cyclops, Batman, Son Goku, Invisible Woman, Piccolo, Vegeta, J’onn J’onzz, Jean Grey, Iron Man, Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Mr. Fantastic, Wonder Woman, Thor and Superman all stood on full alert and followed the least of the devourer’s movement through their techs and sensorial faculties. He too passed his eyes on each one of them, staring hard at them.

Captain Nootra separated from the group and stepped forward to get closer to Galactus. He addressed their guest in an unfriendly tone. Galactus’ visit was undesirable. NSF didn’t want another villain to deal with now that the Supreme Fighter was behind their back.

Captain Nootra: “Why are you here, Galactus? Express your intention clearly and avoid being sarcastic for we’re not in the mood.”

Captain Nootra was impulsive so Piccolo followed him to the front to obtain a clear-cut reason for the coming of one of the dreaded super villains of the galaxy to the city.

Monday, November 6, 2017

THE COUNCIL OF HEROES

This happened two years after Nootra’s forces eliminated the threat of Legendary Super Saiyan Broly. Galaxy Brave was not ready for what was coming against it. The ten inhabited planets found themselves in a danger far bigger than any their world had ever faced. It came from the Hidden Dimension and turned out to be the biggest menace of all-time. The Hidden Dimension was the Closed Realm, as opposed to the Open Realm, which were the known parts of the universe. The mystery of the Hidden Dimension lay in the fact that no radar from the Open Realm could trace it.

The Braves were aware of the existence of this dimension for there were proofs confirming its reality. Still, they couldn’t locate it on the map of the universe. People who ventured out of there called it Dimension 1J414. These were trapped in Other Dimensions, as the location of their world was unknown to the Open, the reason why it was named Hidden. Adventurers from the Hidden Dimension told stories of their magnificent world and of its powerful leader. These stories sounded like fables in the ears of the Open Realmers for the splendour of that world seemed grossly exaggerated.

The mystery of the Hidden Dimension was unveiled when its emperor entered the Open Realm and announced his goal of conquering each planet, system, galaxy and dimension of the universe and rule as Emperor of the World. This man, Kainos Ablom and Emperor of Rak, was also known as Supreme Fighter. Though his face was veiled to many, his fame had spread through all civilizations for the ingenuity of his person, the dreadfulness of his techniques, the advanced quality of his technologies and the vastness of his empire. Kainos Ablom was The Phenomenon. He alone boasted of not having only subdued a whole dimension, but also of maintaining its galaxies in a technological state unprecedented in the world.
After conquering his native planet Zoe and Galaxy Bold, the Supreme Fighter took upon himself the audacious ambition of lording over the world. He launched a campaign of incorporating all galaxies of the Hidden Dimension into Ablom Empire. He achieved this when he conquered Telem, strongest and most advanced galaxy of the Hidden Dimension. Despite its technologies and the fearlessness of its warriors, Telem was helpless in front of the might of the Emperor of Rak and of his fierce companions.

At the report of the conquest of Telem and the desertion of Master Seth, the hearts of the people sank. Though they fought relentlessly against Rak domination, one after the other, the galaxies fell to the Ablom. The Ablom was the warship of the Supreme Fighter, a created mobile sphere of the size of an asteroid, which harboured the might, power and ingenuity of the Emperor of Rak.

After sweeping aside all galaxies of his dimension, the Supreme Fighter included them in his domain and sat as absolute monarch of Dimension 1J414. Having consolidated his rule over the Hidden Dimension, Kainos Ablom turned to the outside world and launched the second phase of his expedition. He planned to achieve this in stages because of the vastness of the universe. Having observed the many dimensions of the world, he was attracted to one in particular. Dimension 2C519 gained his attention once he knew it harboured the most powerful warriors of the world. So he began his conquest there. The Supreme Fighter appeared in the Open Realm with a desire to prove his superiority over all other human, artificial or intellectual resource.

Dimension 2C519 sheltered nine galaxies and for this universal phase of the campaign, the Ablom embarked on a mission to subduing the nine galaxies. Instead of directly attacking the second galaxy, as was his desire, the Supreme Fighter went against Galaxy 7, most populated in the dimension. He fought there for three days and the galaxy fell under the superior war tactics of the Ablom. One of his revolutionary technologies was a time bending kit, which distorted information. With this, the Ablom isolated the seventh galaxy from the rest of the world and the eight neighbouring galaxies received false information on the situation of the seventh until the siege and conquest were over.

Rak Empire eventually incorporated Galaxy 7 and Kainos Ablom became ruler of one of the galaxies of the Open Realm. When the rest of the galaxies saw how fast and how easily he subdued the biggest galaxy of their dimension, the rumours about the Hidden Dimension and its mighty leader were confirmed. Then the people feared for their world.

The Supreme Fighter published his victory to the rest of the galaxies and told them to surrender their sovereignty to him or face annihilation. He addressed himself particularly to the second galaxy, his next target. He gave the Braves six months to surrender, warning them that their refusal to comply would result in the destruction of their world. In all of the campaigns of the Supreme Fighter, his elder brother Abel, and his younger sister and commander of his army Enam, accompanied him.

A group of faithful companions from his childhood, from planet Zoe, and from his dimension, unreservedly adhered to his cause. Notable among them was Asvran of Rak, chief of the Special Forces of Ablom Empire.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

TRUE BELIEVERS IV

After being to their respective homes, the children came together one starry night at Alan’s place. Alan was lying on the roof of his house and watching the stars. One after the other, Ryan, Noah and Zach joined him. Without saying a word, they silently gazed at the sky for long. They noticed a galaxy that glittered exceptionally and recognized it as the galaxy of their friends. Then they began to voice what their experience in Nootra produced in them.

Alan: “I now know all things are possible.”
Ryan: “When you believe.”
Zach: “When your cause is just.”
Noah: “When you love unreservedly.”
Alan: “When you never give up your dream.”
Ryan: “He has fulfilled our dreams, all we ever prayed for. Alan walked in space, Zach had his duel, Noah met her superheroes and I received revelation of Him as the Man who defines all men.”
Zach: “Son Goku and all the heroes believe Him. Although they’re strong, they acknowledge the Agape for what He is.”
Noah: “Even Vegeta recognizes His authority.”
Ryan: “J’onn J’onzz and Professor Xavier speak of Him with great admiration. How did they grasp that knowledge which many of us haven’t?”

Zach: “After this experience, I’ve realized the Agape is the ultimate dream. He’s the hero. Who can fulfil dreams like He does? Who would do this for us if not Him? Who could beautifully bring our many dreams together in one like He did?”
Ryan: “I’m amazed at His love; He cares about our dreams. By placing everything good in us, He is pleased to see us acknowledge what He has become to us, and so we receive whatever we want. He brought us to experience what we’ve hoped for all our lives. Man is so lucky the Agape is his champion.”
Alan: “But this isn’t luck for it’s not by chance that He is what He is. He’s faithful to Himself and we benefit from what He is, even His goodness.”

Noah: “All our dreams are in Him. This is where I see Denver, Rahan and Vegeta always. Like Iron Man, I acknowledge all the good things in me. I acknowledge that cartoon heroes are in me because He is in me and they are in Him.”
Zach: “Superman said man is the representative of the Agape in the physical world. Wolverine said He has committed the building of our world to us. We’re the ones to bring forth the good and make this world a place of bliss. Son Goku entrusted me with this mission and I can’t fail him.”

Alan: “We’re all heroes and can bring about a change for the best in our world. Let’s promise that with our trust in the faith of the Agape in us, we shall make Earth the place of happiness for ourselves, our families, relatives, friends, neighbours and all humanity.”


The four children brought their right hands together and made that promise to each other. After the solemn exercise, they continued.
Noah: “There’s a world where we, our loved ones and our heroes live together. This is the place to be manifested, where all villains are good. We saw how Megatron allied with Optimus Prime and they won together. Galactus also did a good job when he prevented Son Goku from killing Broly. And Broly didn’t attack Son Goku when he changed into Legendary Super Saiyan within Galactus’ armour. The evil will soon vanish since it has already been defeated. The greatest enemy is despair. Rahan said we should think the best of and for everyone. I pray that all villains turn good and become heroes.”
Ryan: “If we live to make this place the best place in the world, we will see appear even here, the place of the dreams of every man. And we shall see Him face-to-face. Invisible Woman said that would be fulfilling. Meeting the Agape face-to-face is the ultimate of man.”

Alan: “Remember the words of Captain Nootra. We can experience satisfaction right now by knowing ourselves as we’re known, even as the Son. Son Goku said that’s our destiny.”
Noah: “What He asks us is to trust Him. It’s by trusting Him that we can experience the fullness of Him.”
Zach: “Archangel said our mission is to transform everything into good. We’ll turn every man, every creature, every speech, every situation, every matter, every element, every object and the whole world into good as we live fulfilled, entire, complete and satisfied knowing that the Agape has been made to us everything good, just and beautiful.”
Alan: “I am righteous for my family.”
Ryan: “I believe for my friends.”
Noah: “I love for the Earth.”
Zach: “I live for humanity.”
Ryan: “I know myself as son of the Agape.”

As the children were making these declarations, they heard beeps coming from the backpack of Alan.
Noah: “You’d better change your ringtone. I know you don’t like mobiles but Al, you’re using an old-fashioned stuff in a modern world.”
Alan: “Check this out, guys; it’s coming from the com Batman gave me.”
Noah: “You’re bluffing. Come on, let me see.”
Ryan: “Hey, it’s really from the communicator.”
Zach: “Do you think it’s from Nootra?”
Alan: “There’s only one way to find out. I think you have to press the blue button.”
Noah: “What are you waiting for, Al? Press it.”
Ryan: “Guys, are you sure you want to do this?”
Zach: “Where did your faith go suddenly?”

Noah eagerly stretched out a hand and pressed the button, and they all listened attentively. It was silent for a while and then there were some sound vibrations, and soon the link became good. Then they heard an audible voice at the other end of the line.
Voice (through com): “Alan, come in; it’s Batman. Have you four arrived safely on Earth?”
Alan, Noah, Zach and Ryan remained speechless and stared at each other in bewilderment…

Sunday, October 8, 2017

TRUE BELIEVERS II

Noah: “It’s because we were never here but in Nootra, home planet of cartoons.”
Alan’s Father: “Children, you can’t get away with that story. I think I’ve been telling you this since you were small: cartoons don’t exist.”
Agent 2: “How irresponsible! You allowed them to get addicted to that stuff and here’s the result. That’s why I forbade my children from watching those shows, which come from the evil imagination of people’s minds.”

Director: “Zachary’s arguments are logical and sound credible, but what you’re saying is completely impossible. Let’s even suppose you made the journey to space. Will you do such a hazardous thing only to come up with a story to prove that what you believe is true?”
Ryan: “We’re not trying to prove anything to anyone; we’re only living our dreams. You may believe us or not but you won’t stop us from saying what we know; or else we would be hypocrites just because we fear you wouldn’t approve of what we say.”

Alan’s Father: “Children, your action was daring yet risky. If a space shuttle had to land here anytime, you could have been hurt. You must be responsible. Son, if you wanted to spend a few nights in the astronomy base with your friends, you should have asked me. Did you even think of how worried we could be? Your mother was terribly distressed these two days.”
Alan: “I can’t believe you of all people don’t want to believe us even after hearing Zach’s explanation. Aren’t you all rationalists? What then do you answer to that logic? You’re the astronomers, those in quest of life in space. But look at your reaction when we tell you there are men up there. How do you want to meet people from other worlds if you don’t even expect their existence? It’s like you’re not sincere as regards the grand aspiration of your profession.”

Alan’s Father: “I’m puzzled but your story is too unlikely that my mind can’t take it. Even if I have to believe, then your journey to space would be the most unkind thing you would have done to us, son. What if you didn’t come back? Did you think about that?”
Alan: “Dad, you had to know Ryan was with us. We knew we risked nothing since the faith of the Agape in him would save us. And that worked out well for we met our superheroes and Iron Man asked me to take care of you, mom and the two brats.”
Lady: “Child, this is your imagination. Superheroes come from people’s minds. They’re drawn, manipulated and animated by men and computers. They can’t exist.”

Zach: “People’s imaginations bring things into being through the operation of faith. The whole world was once the imagination of the Agape and He called it forth into existence through His faith. Men have His nature and they do the same.”
Noah’s Mother: “What you say is hard to believe, Zach. Do you mean man can give life to an inanimate object?”
Ryan: “Not man, madam; the Agape. It’s the divine power that gives life to all living things. Man’s part is to agree with what the Agape believes about him. All that the Agape believes about Himself, He equally believes about us. The supernatural occurs by the power residing in a man who acknowledges that the Agape has received everything on his behalf. Our part is to take from Him what is rightfully ours.”
Agent 3: “There is no such thing as the supernatural. We believe what we see. If I can’t see it, if I can’t hear it, if I can’t smell it, if I can’t feel it, if I can’t touch it, then it doesn’t exist.”
Zach: “That’s your reality, sir and not truth. If you can see something, what’s the need believing it? Believing means trusting what human senses and logic can’t prove. If you trust in facts, that’s only what you will see. Besides, you’ve heard it already but you still don’t want to believe.”

Noah: “Truth is greater than what you can perceive with your senses. When you believe in love, love is going to be your reality. You believe what you see, we see what we believe. Our faith breaks limitations and takes us to our dreams.”
Director: “Foolishness. It’s complete nonsense. I don’t want anyone spreading such trash in this city. You insinuate that cartoonists bring their characters to life on other planets? That’s against the law of creation. Watch out what you say and fear His wrath.”
Alan: “Sir, we do not fear Him; we trust His love, which is good towards us. And we know He’s pleased with us.”

Ryan: “Although man has the power to call things into being, it isn’t the cartoonists who gave life to the people we met. Our writers and artists were only inspired to represent a people that already existed. Cartoons’ heroes are humans like us and we testify to Earth that they’re real because we’ve met them.”

Zach: “It’s no use, guys. Remember, they’re adults and have given up their dreams.”
Director: “Their parents should take them home. Apparently, they’re in good condition and need no medical assistance, except for their crazy story. You two, make sure to tell the parents of the other two to teach them to keep their mouths shut, lest other children believe and try something similar. Now everybody disperse before the media comes.”

Monday, September 18, 2017

EPILOGUE: TRUE BELIEVERS

The next time Alan, Noah, Ryan and Zach opened their eyes, they were on the lawn on the roof of the astronomy base in the city of Aven on Earth. Many people surrounded them and they were looking at them bizarrely.
Noah: “Where’s Denver, Shades, Wally, Trunks, Goten? Where are my superheroes?”
Ryan: “We’re home, Noah. Look; there’s your mother.”
Alan: “Just one step from the Mokuton user. It’s so unfortunate.”
Noah: “You mean I just missed Sasuke-kun? Nooo...”
Noah’s mother fell on the neck of her daughter and pressed her against her chest.
Noah’s Mother: “It’s a miracle we have you back safe and sound. We looked for you everywhere until Alan’s father found you four up here. What have you done, children?”
Full of excitement, Noah unfolded their miraculous adventure to her mother.
Noah: “Mom, what happened to us is beyond amazing. We travelled to a planet called Nootra and found Denver and his companions. They took us to the city where cartoon heroes live and we met Batman. Then Yann and Cesare stopped us and Shredder captured Denver but the Ninja Turtles came to our rescue. Rahan, Tarzan, Iron Man and all the superheroes were present. Broly attacked them and Son Goku came to save everybody. It was fantastic, mom.”

The people looked at her in stupefaction, feeling sorry she might be out of her senses.
Agent 1: “She hasn’t recovered yet. You’d better take her to hospital, Madam.”
Noah: “It’s true; believe me. Where do you think we’ve been these many days?”
Agent 1: “It took us not many but a day and some hours to find you here.”
Alan: “You mean we haven’t been away for days?”

Alan’s Father: “You’ve been lost for about forty-six hours, son. I thought you four executed your crazy plan of travelling to space so I went with a crew of rescuers to the site of the detachment but we found no trace of you. We came back and then I had the idea of looking for you up here since I knew you loved staying on the roof. And guess what?”
Ryan: “This is more intriguing, guys. We spent a longer time in Nootra.”
Zach: “Seven days precisely.”

Alan: “Dad, we did take the trip to space onboard RM XIX and we were in the third compartment, which was detached. But that was the best thing that ever happened to us. We were transported to another dimension and we met our favourite heroes.”
Director: “No, you were not onboard RM XIX. If you were, there’s no way you could be here now. The team is still on space station VEX M21 and the crew didn’t signal taking you along. I’m the director of this base and I’m aware of everything happening here and in the vicinity. You were not part of RM XIX crew because I didn’t put you there. Your dad only made us waste money by taking a group of rescuers to space to look for you when you had been hiding here the whole time.”


Zach: “It was a secret intrusion, Sir and we didn’t expect you to know we were onboard. You need to reason out something, intelligent folks that you are. Number 1: this is an astronomy base and it’s under maximum security; how do you explain we got in here and stayed unnoticed for forty-six hours when you’re aware of everything happening?

‘Number 2: air vessels patrol this area every now and then; why didn’t they see us if we’ve been here the whole time? Number 3: why is it only now and not earlier that Alan’s dad received the intuition to look for us here if it’s not because the Agape told him that when we arrived? Number 4: how come you found us unconscious if it’s not because we just arrived from another world?”
Noah: “That’s because we were never here but in Nootra, home planet of cartoons.”

Sunday, September 10, 2017

YOU ARE OUR FRIENDS V

As the crew travelled in space aboard Skyfire, an incoming meteor approached them at high speed. Skyfire brushed past it and scratched himself. He lost control and transformed from a shuttle into a giant human robot. But his passengers were projected into outer space. Silver Surfer rescued Denver and his companions but the Earthlings were drawn apart from them.
Silver Surfer: “Hang on, Alan; I’ll get you out of there.”

While Skyfire sheltered the Band of the Green Dino, Silver Surfer, Trunks and Goten tried to get to the Earthlings in vain. It was like the four children had crossed to another part of space where the rest couldn’t reach. No matter how hard the Saiyans and the cosmic human tried, they couldn’t get any closer to them. At that instant, a light shone behind the Earthlings and gradually moved towards them. Then they started fading away. Ryan understood what was happening and showed it to his companions.
Ryan: “Guys, let’s get our hands together.”

After holding hands and connecting to each other, they cried out to the Nootrans.
Zach: “Friends, give our greetings to everyone and tell them we’re privileged to have met them all. Goten, tell Son Goku I’ll be at the service of the people of my planet. Say goodbye to Dende for me. Thanks for everything, Shades. Tell Cesare to wait until our next visit.”
Noah: “I’ll never forget you, Denver; you’ll always be in my heart. Goodbye Mario, Wally. Trunks, give a hug to your dad and Rahan for me.”
Alan: “Trust me, silver head; Shalla-Bal has been waiting for you all this while. Farewell Jeremy. Tell Iron Man to take care of his family as I take care of mine.”
Ryan: “Now I know He’s the Agape who fulfils our dreams. Guys, we’ll be back for we must see Naruto. Skyfire, it was an honour.”
Son Goten, Trunks and the rest waved at them as they watched them fading away in overwhelming brightness. Denver and the boys wept for the separation.

Shades: “When I just started to like them! Goodbye Zach, Ryan, Noah, Alan.”
Mario: “I’m sorry for being rude, guys.”
Jeremy: “Take our greetings to fans on Earth.”
Trunks: “We learned a lot from you. Thanks buddies.”
Silver Surfer: “Alan, I’ll read the book you gave me every day. You’re my friend.”
Goten: “We’ll meet again. Nootra and Earth have made contact. We’re one people from now on.”
Wally: “We’ve always been friends since you knew us even before you came here. We’re the ones who’ve been blessed by your faith. Farewell for the moment pals.”

Denver (mimicking): “Bye-bye Noah. Come back soon.”
Skyfire: “We’ll take your greetings to Captain Nootra, Optimus Prime and all the citizens. You’re the friends of Nootra. Earth is welcome here.”

Silver Surfer: “I promised to take you to Konoha so don’t delay, Alan. I’ll be waiting for you.”
Mario: “They came to look for the Agape; instead they permitted us to experience Him. We’ve been with the people the Agape showed Himself to when He became the Man. I can say I’ve seen Him after meeting Earth, His beloved.”
Jeremy: “Nootra has received divine visitation. We too are chosen because of our encounter with the chosen.”
Trunks: “The Agape takes you safe back home, Alan, Zach, Noah, Ryan.”

The moment Alan, Noah, Ryan and Zach held each other’s hands, the bright light that flashed started shading them progressively, until it submerged them. When this was happening, they had a wide smile on their faces as they watched and heard their friends shouting out words of love to them. They were confident about everything and when they couldn’t see them anymore, they closed their eyes in total faith.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

YOU ARE OUR FRIENDS IV

Zach: “You mean Naruto is Hokage? That’s news.”
Mario: “That guy is no more intelligent than me. He brings the proud renegade back and they make him Hokage. Konoha of the Shinobi World is a real case.”

The Earthlings turned to the Saiyans and stared at them, surprised that the two seemed unconcerned by what moved them so passionately.
Alan: “Hey Goten; why don’t you say something?”
Goten: “Say something like what?”
Ryan: “Do you know Naruto and his friends? Has Naruto ever fought your father? Who’s better, Son Goku or Naruto?”
Trunks: “Naruto is a friend and we don’t fight him.”
Noah: “You mean you know him personally? You’re so lucky.”

Goten: “We know him just as we know citizens, samurais, benders, knights, ninjas, superheroes and four Earthlings. It’s not a hard thing to know people. In the case of the Shinobi, there’s an annual inter-planetary tournament for all fighters of the galaxy. Vegeta has always obliged us to participate ever since we were kids. That’s how we met the Twelve of Konoha and we became friends.”
Trunks: “The planets of this galaxy followed the example of Nootra and dissolved barriers among them. They interact with each other, and their representatives meet to discuss matters. Competitions, tournaments, festivals are organized to strengthen the bond between us. In Galaxy Brave, you can meet anybody you want and travel to other planets as you wish. You only need to tell NSF and they’ll inform the security of the other planet that you’re coming.”

Noah: “No frontiers and I guess no fares as well.”
Jeremy: “Just ask any superhero to take you there or a Decepticon if he isn’t bent on deceiving you.”
Skyfire: “Don’t trust me on that last one, Jeremy. Decepticons always deceive.”
Ryan: “You’re far more advanced in human relationship and foreign affairs than we are. This civilization is the best in the world.”
Mario: “Love looking at people’s stuff and never appreciating yours.”
Zach: “What do you mean, Mario?”

Shades: “Mario means it was on your planet that the Agape came, not in Nootra. This implies that Earthians are the chosen and it’s from you the universe is saved.”
Ryan: “That’s what Tarzan said when we were in the Forest. How did you come up with that, Shades?”
Mario: “It’s from me, Ryan. I bring up an idea, Shades develops it and receives all the honour. Thank you Mario, you’re welcome and don’t even mention it.”
Noah: “I’ll be resting on Denver. Wake me up when we get to Konoha.”
Trunks: “Noah...? We’re going first to Cybertron.”
Noah: “Are we obliged to go there first?”

Skyfire: “Do you want to play a trick on J’onn? I bet you he won’t like it.”
Jeremy: “Say hello to the strategist when you’re there. It’s a long time since we met. We used to solve riddles together when we were kids but he was far too craftier than me and before I knew it, he had become a graded Shinobi.”
Mario: “He was also a Shinobi whose faculties derived from his heredity but you were only a Nootran who didn’t and still doesn’t know how to fly.”

Wally: “I’d like to go to Earth someday. It would be great meeting people who know me and be admired by them, as you four admire us. How do we get there anyway?”
Zach: “With faith and a good heart.”
Shades: “That’s too easy. I have both.”
Jeremy: “What about your return? Has Optimus found a way to take you back home?”
Alan: “Not yet, Jeremy. But don’t mention it for fear it brings some bad luck. We’re not in a haste to go back; not until we’ve met the master of Byakugan.”

Trunks: “I see each one of you has a favourite among the Twelve. No wonder; they’re gifted and the Hokage did well to make them his councillors.”
As the crew travelled in space aboard Skyfire, an incoming meteor approached them at high speed. Skyfire brushed past it and scratched himself. He lost control and transformed from a shuttle into a giant human robot. But his passengers were projected into outer space. Silver Surfer rescued Denver and his companions but the Earthlings were drawn apart from them.
Silver Surfer: “Hang on, Alan; I’ll get you out of there.”

While Skyfire sheltered the Band of the Green Dino, Silver Surfer, Trunks and Goten tried to get to the Earthlings in vain. It was like the four children had crossed to another part of space where the rest couldn’t reach. No matter how hard the Saiyans and the cosmic human tried, they couldn’t get any closer to them. At that instant, a light shone behind the Earthlings and gradually moved towards them. Then they started fading away. Ryan understood what was happening and showed it to his companions.

Ryan: “Guys, let’s get our hands together.”

Monday, August 21, 2017

YOU ARE OUR FRIENDS III

A smile appeared on the face of Captain Nootra and betrayed the gladness in the heart of the man chosen by his ancestors to be the distinctive figure of their civilization, a unique civilization in the world closest to entering the third cycle of mankind’s existence - the perfection of all things. Like a little child who was happy when his father praised him, so was Captain Nootra at these words from Batman. He was thankful, and all Nootra with him, for this contact his city made with Earth.

During this time, the Earthlings were with other heroes, preparing to embark.
Noah: “Will Megatron be present at the ceremony?”
Superman: “I’m not sure, kid.”
Noah: “I’m sad I couldn’t talk to him. He may be a villain but he remains one of my favourites.”
Zach: “Now Noah, everybody is your favourite; first, Denver, then Rahan, after Vegeta, and now Megatron. You’d better determine who your true favourite is.”
Noah: “I can’t. I love all of them. I love you too Optimus, and you Superman, Cyclops, I mean all of you. Of course, since you’re my heroes.”

Optimus Prime: “Thanks kid. Megatron has his own way of seeing things. We’ve been allies for some astro-hours and it’s like we changed the course of history. I’ve fought many battles yet this one was one of a kind. Though perilous, it was noble. It’s a pity Autobots and Decepticons don’t see things the same way. The Transformers would have been a dream team.”
Superman: “Cheer up little Earthling. Decepticons will fall into line one day. After all, they too are Nootrans.”
Ratchet: “You remember what the big white-haired Shinobi used to say?”
Cyclops: “Yea Ratchet. Jiraiya, the Toad Sage, prophesied that a day would come when people will get to understand each other.”
Cyclops’ words caught the Earthlings completely unawares. It dawned on them only then that some people were missing from the adventure. They all exclaimed as one.
Zach, Alan, Ryan, Noah: “Where’s Naruto?”
Skyfire took off with his passengers, Alan, Noah, Zach, Ryan, Denver, Shades, Mario, Wally, Jeremy, Son Goten and Trunks. Optimus Prime, the Autobots and other heroes went aboard Omega Supreme while Superman and the rest travelled to Cybertron through their flying abilities.
Goten: “You mean Naruto Uzumaki, the son of Namikaze?”
The Earthlings opened their eyes and mouths wide, eager to know more about him in his home dimension.
Noah: “And Ssssasuke Uchiha!”
Shades: “Hey, keep your cool. Those guys are no more extraordinary than us.”
Alan: “Are you kidding me? Son Goku and Naruto in the same world and you tell me to keep my cool?”
Zach: “Where are they? Why didn’t anyone mention them? Why didn’t they join in the battle?”
Jeremy: “One question at a time Zach.”
Mario: “There they go again in surprise mode. Does that irk anyone or does it just me? And what’s the big deal with the Konoha guys anyway?”

Noah: “Please, tell us about them. Please, please...”
Wally: “It’s OK Noah. Naruto and his friends live in Konoha, a village in the Shinobi World of planet Aegels. Aegels and its Worlds have another order different from that of Nootra. It’s the biggest planet of this galaxy and it’s found beyond Cybertron, yet a long distance away.”

Noah: “Skyfire, can you take us there after the ceremony?”
Skyfire: “You’ll need to ask J’onn first and I doubt he’ll refuse you. Remember, you’re our guests of honour today.”
Silver Surfer was on his board surfing in space alongside Skyfire. He followed the shuttle closely and everything that was discussed inside. When he heard of the children’s desire to visit Aegels, he intruded through the window.
Silver Surfer: “Leave them to me Skyfire. I have an appointment with one of their Shinobi, the copy one. If Alan wants to meet the Hokage, I’ll be delighted to take him and his friends there.”
Zach: “You mean Naruto is Hokage? That’s news.”

Sunday, August 13, 2017

YOU ARE OUR FRIENDS II

Cesare grinned broadly at Zach, and he called Yann and they went off. After Benjamin and his companions left Headquarters, the four Earthlings came to Airbase 1 where some heroes were waiting to fly to Cybertron. Batman and Captain Nootra were seeing them off from a distance.

Captain Nootra: “Earth is the chosen and it breeds heroic people. I’m glad Nootra has a Friendship with them through their brave representatives Noah, Alan, Zach and Ryan.”
Batman: “Don’t put all of them in the same box Captain. These children made contact with us because of their faith and love, the same values that are the cornerstone of this city. It isn’t common to find such people, not even in Nootra.”
Captain Nootra: “It isn’t also common to hear you commend people openly like this.”

Batman: “My meeting with Alan opened my eyes to certain things. There’s something I wanted to tell you Nootra.”
Captain Nootra: “Whoa, whoa, whoa. Stop, stop. What got into you? The coming of these Earthlings changed you all or what? First, it was Cesare who sounded odd to me; now you want to tell me something? I won’t hear anything apart from your usual craps.”
Batman: “I just want to say you’re doing a good job. I’m proud of you Steven.”

This open appreciation from Batman thunderstruck Captain Nootra. He marvelled that Batman put aside his rigidity and recognized him to his face. He hadn’t done so in many months, ever since he too started behaving obstinately towards him. For Batman to approve him in the midst of his stubbornness was something he knew the Dark Knight came a long way to do.
A smile appeared on the face of Captain Nootra and betrayed the gladness in the heart of the man chosen by his ancestors to be the distinctive figure of their civilization, a unique civilization in the world closest to entering the third cycle of mankind’s existence - the perfection of all things. Like a little child who was happy when his father praised him, so was Captain Nootra at these words from Batman. He was thankful, and all Nootra with him, for this contact his city made with Earth.

During this time, the Earthlings were with other heroes, preparing to embark.
Noah: “Will Megatron be present at the ceremony?”
Superman: “I’m not sure kid.”
Noah: “I’m sad I couldn’t talk to him. He may be a villain but he remains one of my favourites.”
Zach: “Now Noah, everybody is your favourite; first, Denver, then Rahan, after Vegeta, and now Megatron. You’d better determine who your true favourite is.”
Noah: “I can’t. I love all of them. I love you too Optimus, and you Superman, Cyclops, I mean all of you. Of course, since you’re my heroes.”

Optimus Prime: “Thanks kid. Megatron has his own way of seeing things. We’ve been allies for some astro-hours and it’s like we changed the course of history. I’ve fought many battles yet this one was one of a kind. Though perilous, it was noble. It’s a pity Autobots and Decepticons don’t see things the same way. The Transformers would have been a dream team.”

Superman: “Cheer up little Earthling. Decepticons will fall into line one day. After all, they too are Nootrans.”
Ratchet: “You remember what the big white-haired Shinobi used to say?”
Cyclops: “Yea Ratchet. Jiraiya, the Toad Sage, prophesied that a day would come when people will get to understand each other.”
Cyclops’ words caught the Earthlings completely unawares. It dawned on them only then that some people were missing from the adventure. They all exclaimed as one.

Zach, Alan, Ryan, Noah: “Where’s Naruto?”
Skyfire took off with his passengers, Alan, Noah, Zach, Ryan, Denver, Shades, Mario, Wally, Jeremy, Son Goten and Trunks. Optimus Prime, the Autobots and other heroes went aboard Omega Supreme while Superman and the rest travelled to Cybertron through their flying abilities.

Goten: “You mean Naruto Uzumaki, the son of Namikaze?”
The Earthlings opened their eyes and mouths wide, eager to know more about him in his home dimension.
Noah: “And Ssssasuke Uchiha!”
Shades: “Hey, keep your cool. Those guys are no more extraordinary than us.”
Alan: “Are you kidding me? Son Goku and Naruto in the same world and you tell me to keep my cool?”
Zach: “Where are they? Why didn’t anyone mention them? Why didn’t they join in the battle?”
Jeremy: “One question at a time Zach.”
Mario: “There they go again in surprise mode. Does that irk anyone or does it just me? And what’s the big deal with the Konoha guys anyway?”

Noah: “Please, tell us about them. Please, please...”
Wally: “It’s OK Noah. Naruto and his friends live in Konoha, a village in the Shinobi World of planet Aegels. Aegels and its Worlds have another order different from that of Nootra. It’s the biggest planet of this galaxy and it’s found beyond Cybertron, yet a long distance away.”

Noah: “Skyfire, can you take us there after the ceremony?”
Skyfire: “You’ll need to ask J’onn first and I doubt he’ll refuse you. Remember, you’re our guests of honour today.”

Friday, August 4, 2017

YOU ARE OUR FRIENDS

Two days after celebrating their victory over enemy forces, some Nootrans were going to Cybertron for an official ceremony. Alan, Noah, Zach and Ryan were the guests of honour. They were representing their planet in an inter-dimensional friendship between Earth and Nootra. NSF’s agents testified of their bravery as regards the security of Nootra and Cybertron. It was at Headquarters South that Benjamin and his teammates met them.

Benjamin: “Congratulations dudes; you’ll officially become friends of Nootra and Cybertron today.”
Papan: “And you needed no camouflage for that. Who among you was my clone? Ryan, the believer? Man, what was it like to be me? Cool, not so?”

Ryan: “It’s cooler when you’re the one playing your role. Batman was really duped like a beginner for it was obvious I wasn’t Papan. Who can be Papan except Papan himself?”
Eric: “Jeremy made the mistake of disguising you as the troublemakers we all know of. He should have known they wouldn’t have taken it lightly.”

Benjamin: “Don’t blame Jeremy. There was only a chance in a hundred for them to fall on the Earthlings. They were supposed to be at the training camp outside the gates. Since we forgot taking the plan of attack our coach drew down for the final, the two decided to leave while we continued training for fun. And as it happened, they found you.”
Papan: “Speak of the troublemakers, here they are now!”

Cesare and Yann entered NSF Headquarters and walked up to their teammates who were with the Earthlings.
Noah: “Zach, make sure you’re nice to Cesare.”
Zach: “Why not tell him that instead?”
Cesare appeared to be still harbouring resentment towards the Earthlings. He addressed them sarcastically.
Cesare: “What won’t you see in this city? Impostors made friends of Nootra!”
He meant that for Zach specifically.
Ryan: “You can just be as stubborn as Broly Cesare. Will you forever hold on to what happened and not let go of past grudges?”
Cesare: “I wasn’t talking to you impostor but if you want, it’s you I’m going to deal with. Well, impostor number one, you think because you did something for Nootra you’re a hero? Let me remind you that you found the Saiyan because I intervened.”
Zach: “Look Cesare, I don’t want any trouble. I admit you and Yann found Gohan for us. I’m sorry about the cloning and please, accept my apology.”
Alan (whispering to Ryan and Noah): “Whoa! That sounds odd coming from Zach. He’s underacting himself there.”
Cesare moved closer to Zach and looked at him straight in the eyes.
Cesare: “No, no; don’t try to get out of this Zachary. This duel can’t be averted. Instead of fighting the Saiyan, why not try me?”
Lucas: “Take up the challenge Zach. Having seen you fight Goku and knowing Cesare’s strength, I bet it’ll be interesting you fighting each other.”
Zach: “Agreed. I too want to see what a footballer can do to a fighter like me.”
Yann: “Sunset tomorrow at the training camp outside the West Gates.”
Benjamin: “Contact everybody Eric. I’m taking the bets.”

Bruno: “Take mine Benjamin. I put my bet on Cesare. No way can the Earthling beat him.”
Roberto: “It’s because you didn’t see him fight Kakarot. Son Goku was in a bad situation and almost knocked out. I bet on Zach.”
Ach: “Respect anyone who learns how to fly in a day. It won’t be that easy for Cesare.”
Eric: “It’s established. We’ll all answer present tomorrow outside the West Gates.”
Ryan: “So you all wanted this duel? Why are you so enthusiastic about it?”
Papan: “Trust me faithful one; it shall be spectacular. When Cesare fights, nobody wants to miss it. Don’t be surprised if half of Westside turn out to watch it. I’m only sorry for your friend there.”

Alan: “You’re talking as if Zach was an amateur. Zach is a fighter and he’ll show you of what spirit fighters are made of. He can’t lose to a football player. Cesare shouldn’t have tried to ride on two roads at the same time.”
Voltz: “Nonsense! You don’t know Cesare. He was a fighter even before he became a football player. So watch out for your friend Terrestrial or Cesare is taking him down big time.”
Cesare and Zach shook hands to show they both accepted the duel.
Cesare: “Be there Zachary, or you’re a runaway.”

Zach: “Same to you Cesare. And don’t even dare dream tonight that you might win.”
Cesare grinned broadly at Zach, and he called Yann and they went off. After Benjamin and his companions left Headquarters, the four Earthlings came to Airbase 1 where some heroes were waiting to fly to Cybertron. Batman and Captain Nootra were seeing them off from a distance.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

THE ANSWER TO RYAN'S QUEST IV

Ryan: “But Superman, how do you stop oppressors and catastrophes?”

Rahan: “Child, I think we discussed this. Believe the best for all those-who-walk-upright and do good to them. These are the two things you need to do to change the world. The little things will take you to the greater and before you notice, you would have moved mountains. Commit yourself to what you do; be consistent and always believe once you’re persuaded by the truth in the Agape that what you’re doing is fair towards those-who-walk-upright. You’ll bring down any system by keeping on believing and by allowing nothing to restrict you. Nothing, no one, no contrary system can take away your dream. Disproving every system which isn’t in line with the well-being of those-who-walk-upright is how we save the world.”

Iron Man: “Friend, take it simple like me: do what you’re supposed to do, which is what you love doing, and do it in the best way you can. To practically summarize what my peers said, acknowledge all good things in you and get all you want that is right. Desire the best for yourself, for the land and for all humanity, starting with your family.”

Captain Nootra: “It took me a long time before I finally understood that saving the world didn’t mean possessing super powers. It’s all about living with honour and living the best of you. Transformation occurs once you get the revelation of the Agape and of His revolutionary love expressed in His Grace. When you see that, the supernatural is unveiled to you and you walk in it spectacularly, like we do here in Nootra, and or much more spiritually, through the renewal of your inner being. That’s when you encounter true peace and happiness and can bring the same to the people around you. Bats, tell the children the fundamental thing, which you haven’t stopped teaching me even now that I’m an adult.”

Batman: “What you should always be conscious of is to know whose you are. When you know that, then you’ll know who you are and that will resolve the question of identity, which many are seeking. Your identity is what defines you. A man’s identity is who the Agape says he is. This has nothing to do with anything external; it’s not what people say or any world system defines them or places as law before them. If you walk in the knowledge of who you are without letting any opposition dishearten you, then even without super abilities, you’ll be unstoppable. Never forget this children.”
Storm: “It’s evident we’re the Agape’s. Yet for this to have any significance, we must know who we are in Him. The knowledge of who He is and of what we are in Him is the answer to everything like Batman said. So if you want to know who you are, get to know who He is for everything He is, you are. It’s from Him we get our identity. Once we know who we are, we walk as conquerors over every system of things.”

Thor: “In my home planet, it is written that any sovereign who loves to the extent of placing the object of his love in the same position as himself shall possess almighty power. It means if you want to be almighty, you must possess unconditional love. Unconditional love doesn’t depend on anything to be. It demands no performance, no merit and there’s no way to work for it or earn it. This love accepts others as they are irrespective of them and endows them with the same quality of being as oneself. This love doesn’t endure the other but is pleased to see them at the highest point and have them benefit the same privileges oneself enjoys. Any monarch who possesses such a love shall also receive supreme power.”

Dende: “Wow! This is the first time I hear such a thing. It’s absolutely world-shattering.”
Jean Grey: “Indeed, Dende. Earthlings, know that since the time the Agape walked your world, He embodies every human. The Agape is invisible yet by becoming the Man, He can now be seen in every man since all men are included in Him. The greatest error is the failure to recognize the grandeur in man whom the Agape has made royalty for His good pleasure.”

Tenshinhan: “The Agape is the Man by whom all men are defined. He performed all righteousness and gave it to us as gift. Now His righteousness is ours by imputation for as our substitute, everything He did is counted as we having done it. This is what qualifies Him as the unique Saviour of man. By identifying Himself as us, He consequentially made us to identify ourselves as Him. Now He and we are one. We’re exactly like Him for He is our only life.”

Superman: “Man is the representative of the Agape in the physical world and does things instead of Him. The Agape operates in this world through us and here we know our value – we’re the people He trusts. Although living in a body and a world, which seem to incline towards evil, man can rely on the life of the Agape in him to transform everything into good. This is the honour and dignity of man whom the Agape made His sons.”

Son Goku: “The Agape has His own visible human body as we have ours, and an invisible spiritual body. Only after accomplishing the mission will you see Him in His own visible human body. But you can see Him in this world in a man, that is, you and all those-who-walk-upright like Rahan would say. This is how you get illumination and live your destiny. Children, our destiny is to know ourselves the same as He knows us.”

Archangel: “Concerning our mission of transforming everything into good, each man accomplishes it, sometimes unconsciously. We’re here to make the world the best place for ourselves and for all peoples. This is what He wants and that’s how we’re certain of victory. Each man has a contribution to make for this grand finale, which is realized on a daily basis. What we’re doing each day is all welling up to saving the world.”

Invisible Woman: “We have this absolute guarantee Ryan; we shall all see Him face-to-face. But with the trillions of people in the multiverses, I’ll also enjoy seeing Him in each one of them. Yet I know it’ll be fulfilling to see Him as He is in His glory.”
Ryan: “I wanted to see Him personally and should be disappointed, but it isn’t the case. Hearing cartoon heroes talking about Him was the least of my expectations yet greater than what I imagined. It’s true His ways are unsearchable. He goes ahead of us and marvels us beyond our comprehension. The unprecedented in Him is a good thing to man, for I wanted to see Him, but I’ve seen superheroes instead and they know Him.

‘Now I’m patient until the moment to see Him comes. And there’s so much to do on Earth. I commit myself to being a hero and to making Earth the best place in the world. A word of encouragement, Son Goku you said, can make us heroes. The one who speaks and the one who receives what is spoken are all heroes. Your answers just produced that in me. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you my superheroes.”
Charles Xavier: “Listen carefully children and adults. This secret is revealed only to those willing to know the Agape and who they are in Him. The Agape is the one who is pleased to make a man His equal. He is and we exist for His good pleasure. He gave us the privilege to share in His life in order to enjoy us. This is His motivation for creating all things: His good pleasure. His good pleasure stems from His love. So we’re confident about everything that pleases Him - it is good towards us.

‘The greatest thing a man has is life and this life is the gift of the Agape. Out of Love, the Agape created us and He didn’t treat us as pawns for that wasn’t the purpose of Him creating man. Such a thing never crossed His mind for love doesn’t do that. Of all the things He made, man is the most beautiful. It isn’t surprising since the Agape honoured us to the extent of giving us His own image. This is because He created us to contain Him. We’re the visible expression of the one whose nature is invisible.

‘Like expectant parents preparing the coming of their baby with lots of purchasing and furnishing, likewise He created the universe with all its resources for His sons so that we may be fully equipped with everything for life when we manifest. When man appeared in the world, the Agape fathered us, thereby transferring His very nature to us. It has always been a question of relationship from the beginning. The Agape revealed us in this world to be in relationship with Him. This relationship between Father and Son is the meaning, purpose, answer and reason for man.

‘And He did all these things out of His good pleasure. Now He enjoys us and is pleased with us. We’re the beneficiaries of His life and like Him, we live to enjoy Him, to enjoy one another and everything in creation. Life is enjoyable and not a burden. If a man experiences it otherwise, he must acquire the knowledge of who the Agape is and who he is in Him and agree with His faith to produce whatever he desires so as to enjoy every single day of his life like the Agape enjoys His.”

Then the spirit of Nootra seized its captain and being caught in a trance, he opened his mouth and started blessing the people with Grace.

Captain Nootra: “For this purpose He created man: to share Himself with us. In eternity, the Agape enjoys this Father-Son relationship, and it is so beautiful that love shares it with others. He creates man and births us by incorporating us into the Son so that we may share this same relationship He shares with Himself as Father and Son. Life found its essence in the Father-Son relationship, which is satisfaction, beauty and happiness; and love incorporates as many people as there are into what He is living. I know the human aspect of this as a child greatly loved by my parents.

‘Yet the love with which He loves us as sons transcends the human comprehension of the notion. This is the source of fatherhood and sonship. What is love? Love is what the Father and Son are living with each other. Here is where we originate, here the foundation of creation. He loved us into existence and included us in His relationship. The dream of the Agape now realized is man sharing the love and life that is in the communion of the Father and the Son. Through our union with Him, we are by grace what He is by nature. Our part is to do nothing except to know ourselves as Son of the Father.”

Piccolo finally gave his testimony after these divine utterances.
Piccolo: “What I learned in all my travels through galaxies and dimensions is this absolute truth: the Agape is good. I’ve met people who thought otherwise yet what people may think can’t change truth. The Agape is love - this is His essence. Love is impossible with only one individual for love manifests by sharing with someone. The Agape is love because He eternally lives by sharing Himself with Himself as Father and Son. Love and evil are mutually exclusive for no evil comes out of love. This is how the Agape is good. The one thing that grieves His heart is when people doubt His sincerity even after He has shown how much He loved them.

‘The advice I give you children is to trust His love. This is the anchor, the guarantee, the assurance you have in this world and forever. The love that motivated Him to make us His sons is the one thing steadfast and eternal. If you trust that He loves you no matter what you or the universe may think, say, do or not do, then you’ll see all things as they really are. You’ll know He has unconditionally and irrevocably received you, and He is pleased with you because you are in Him and He is in you and you belong to Him for He knows you as the Son and loves you with the love with which He loves Himself.”

Thursday, July 13, 2017

THE ANSWER TO RYAN'S QUEST III

Everyone left what they were doing, turned towards him, and paid attention to what was raised. Citizens and superheroes came closer to hear what was about to be said on the subject, certain to be enlightened in the process. Son Goku began to testify.
Son Goku: “The Agape gave me the heart and strength to fight for the good cause. He vested these powers in me when He brought me to this world and I’m using them for the good of His people.”

Noah: “This is beautiful; Son Goku talks about the Agape!”
Samba: “If anyone is inquisitive and sincere, they’ll know Him and His power. He created the universe and its multiverses. His presence, beauty and goodness are visible in His works.”
Vegeta: “When I was still ignorant, I sought to gain His power but His omnipotence can only be experienced when a man comes to know Him.”

Alan: “On Earth He walked and Nootra knows Him. Won-der-ful!”
Bulma: “This is because He’s wonderful Alan. If any man gets to know Him, there’s no other result except the love for Him. The problem is, not everybody knows Him as He is.”
Archangel: “I once thought He was imposing His will on me until I understood our trust in Him is the key. Once we take Him at His word, believing that He means what He says when He says He loves us, we become free. I came to the conclusion that pride, which is persisting in what we sincerely hold as true instead of trusting His love, is the root of the evil in the world.”
Mr. Fantastic: “Man is here to accomplish the design of the Agape. His design is that we do what we love. He knows what we love and assigns us just that. A man finds fulfilment when he does what he was born to do. Every man should first determine what he has been called to do. I can testify that the very thing a man enjoys doing is his work.”

Zach: “Mr. Piccolo, you’ve been to countless places. Have you come across Him somewhere?”
Piccolo: “No need to look for Him far away; I find Him each day in my meditations. Who do you think I’m communing with all the time? I meant His Spirit when I told you about the spirit. He upgrades my mind continually; that’s how my powers increase and I fight to eradicate evil from the world.”
Ryan: “Hey people, maybe you didn’t get me right. I was talking of meeting Him in person. This is the most important thing to me. To see Him is my dream.”

Shishi: “Son, may I ask why you want to see Him?”
Ryan: “I want to ask Him to save everybody. I don’t understand why He allows people to suffer when He’s almighty. There’s evil in the world; hatred, wickedness, wars, disasters. These things leave millions on their knees. There are third world countries, inequalities among people, famines, racism, tribalism, restrictions, sickness, suffering, disillusionment in the lives of many.

‘The rich and powerful trample on people and the group of the poor and needy persist. Oppressors and money-grabbers devour little ones. There’s an evil system ensuring that everything answers to money, which the majority don’t have. How can some paper notes determine the welfare of a man? It’s supposed to be at the service of the people, not people at its mercy. I hate that system for it denigrates man by creating a society where man loses his value to things.

‘Now He’s almighty. He can remove every wickedness from the heart of man. He can eradicate evil in the blink of an eye. He can restore the people and the land by the power of His Word. He can overthrow any evil system and bring a world where people’s dreams aren’t shattered because of some paper or whatsoever. I want to know why He allows so much suffering when He has all the powers to end it.”
Vegeta: “This is the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard. I knew I was wasting my time listening to children. Are you too foolish to understand the existence of things?”

Alan: “But these are the most sensitive questions people ask on Earth.”
Tenshinhan: “Then Earth may have misunderstood the message.”
Chaozu: “Oh, oh, oh, oh. How could that be? The message was supposed to be clearly presented to everybody.”
Noah: “Please, tell us what it is that we don’t know.”

J’onn J’onzz: “The Agape is the embodiment of wisdom. I came to have profound reverence for Him when I understood His way. He made us as Himself by giving us the power and freedom to build our world the way we want it. We’re not only His creation, we’re equally His collaborators. I don’t know of anyone who gives so much honour to his people like He does.”

Green Lantern: “The Agape has done everything for the good of all; He left nothing undone. Man is responsible for the good and the evil in the world. If there’s oppression and misery, we’re the cause and we’re also the ones to solve these problems.”
Tarzan: “The dignity of a man resides in his free will. The Agape granted us the honour to be His equals and for that to be, He had to give us free will. Our free will is the evidence that He respects us and treats us as equals. Sadly, some have used their free will to bring chaos to the world.”

Batman: “The Agape’s trust in us makes man priceless in the cosmos. Though some have missed the mark like Tarzan said, many more have proven themselves by choosing the good and rejecting the evil. This happens when a man’s integrity prevails over the numerous possibilities his free will offers him. It’s like Alan told me yesterday; a man becomes totally free when he does the right thing from his own heart without being forced to do so.
‘The Agape Himself has free will. It would be insulting to have us like Him and deprive us of free will. He’s the Almighty because of His free will, He chooses the good instead of the evil. As in our case, the evil isn’t hidden from Him. But He uses His free will to choose the good though being under no constraints. This makes Him just beyond all controversy. And we who’re like Him, we use our free will to choose the good, thus expressing our true nature. Isn’t that so Wolverine?”

Wolverine: “Allow me to have it my own way bats. I’ve always wanted to say this but you bobs were too incredulous to pay attention. Now that the kid has raised the issue, you’d better be attentive for this is the only time you’ll hear it from me.
‘Man was born to do good; evil is an alien nature. It’s like love. Every man wants to be loved and would lie if he said the contrary. Our nature, which is His nature, is love and love produces good. That’s how He made us: to love and to do good; to be loved and to be done good. If a man experiences these things, I can assure you he has found happiness.

‘We have free will and we use it to do what our nature tells us: we do good. To do good is to serve people instead of harming them. You see kid; the reason why the Agape gave us the power to build our world ourselves is that we’re able to do what is good. Our doing good originates from our love. It’s impossible for love to produce anything other than good. He is love, we are love; He does good, we do good. As He is, so are we; what He has, that’s our inheritance.

‘Our mission is to be the perfect man the Agape foreknew. Such a man takes pleasure in serving others, like the Agape does. Service is giving to people what they want. The Agape is pleased to serve us and He serves us by giving us all we want. And everything we will ever want, He, in His omniscience, has placed in us. We’re in this world to bring forth the good things that are in us and make ourselves and everybody happy.”

Batman: “That’s profound. I never knew someone like you could come out with something this deep; without the usual roughness, I mean.”
Jean Grey: “Wolverine’s heart is pure though he feigns the contrary, just like yours Batman. But Logan, I thought you were gone for a long time.”

Wolverine: “All I know Red is that if I wasn’t here, this little one would miss the chance of receiving something to chew the rest of his life.”
Cyclops: “Ryan, it’s intolerable that people suffer. We all want to see the eradication of evil and the overthrow of any system restricting man from attaining happiness. Yet in order not to despair before this manifestation, always keep in mind that humanity as a whole has already triumphed over every suffering, pain or obstacle. Only then will you be able to appreciate every moment of your life.”

Superman: “Cyclops means you won’t save anybody by depressing and lamenting the suffering in the world. It’s sad mankind in totality isn’t fully enjoying what the Agape did for her. But you’re not to contribute to the suffering by wailing. Yet by being cheerful, you will have the strength to overcome all adversities. When you don’t let things get you down, that’s when you become a hero. Remember, a hero doesn’t have the luxury of being dejected. That would put him in the category of those to be saved. A hero sees all things as already good and considers that what he’s doing is making this good experienced by all.”

Thursday, July 6, 2017

THE ANSWER TO RYAN'S QUEST II

Son Goku and Zach continued on their way, leaving Piccolo and Charles Xavier behind. It was another atmosphere elsewhere. Noah was having a good time clinging to Vegeta. When Denver saw Noah and Vegeta together, he hesitated to approach her. But as he kept looking at them, he realized Noah was really happy to be with the unsociable Saiyan. Denver took heart and walked up to them. He carried both Vegeta and Noah and licked them incessantly. Then he threw them up several times and caught them again. That game amused Vegeta a lot.
Vegeta (laughing): “I thought you didn’t like me Denver.”

Son Goten, Trunks and their mothers, Shishi and Bulma, marvelled at the completely changed mood of Vegeta.
Goten: “Wow! It’s the first time I see your dad laugh this much. I’m certain he enjoys the fun though he does everything to hide it.”
Trunks: “Noah did well to push him. She’s doing him more good than he wants to admit.”
Bulma: “Give me the camcorder Shishi. I must immortalize this moment.”
Shishi: “Where are Goku and Gohan? They’ve escaped from my vigilance once again. Goku is a real case but I haven’t taken any photos of my Gohan yet. Goten, go and get your brother.”
Goten: “Sorry mom but he’s left. He asked me to tell you and dad that he went to Seth Island to continue his picnic with Krilin, Yamcha and Puar.”

Shishi was furious on hearing that and she scolded Goten for not telling her when she could still prevent it. Meanwhile, Denver’s companions came there and they were surprised to see their dinosaur playing with the Saiyan.
Mario: “What’s Denver doing with Vegeta? He’s going to harm him.”
Wally: “Vegeta, if you try anything on Denver, you’ll answer for it to these fists.”
Flash: “Relax dudes; Vegeta means no harm to Denver. See how they’re getting along?”
The children watched and effectively, Vegeta was being friendly towards Denver and Noah.
Jeremy: “It’s true they appear to be having fun.”
Shades: “How’s that possible? Vegeta is an anti-hero. He never plays with kids. In fact, he never deals kindly with anybody.”
Spider-Man: “Maybe he’s changed; who knows? Strange things happened during the battle. Can you believe Autobots and Decepticons fought as one? Having seen Omega Supreme smiling at the Constructicons, I’m opened to anything.”
More heroes came to join in the Green Dino’s party.
Human Torch: “Somebody wants to add to their numbers? Sorry, it wasn’t a question. I’ll force myself in. Don’t need anybody’s permission anyway.”
Jeremy: “Are you sure Vegeta won’t hurt us?”
Flash: “No way. The guy is totally on cloud nine. Let’s join them.”
Spider-Man: “Trunks, Goten, come in.”
Rain: “Dad, dad, can I join them? Say yes, say yes, say yes.”
Hawkeye: “Yes, you can; but promise me you’ll do nothing bad. If anyone complains about you, I won’t take you to any more football matches. Got me?”

Spider-Man, Human Torch, The Flash and Rain joined Denver, Noah and Vegeta in the free juggling bash the green dinosaur was offering. After hesitating for a while, Mario, Wally, Jeremy and Shades added to their numbers, as well as Trunks and Goten. As the group increased, so did the fun. Bulma and Shishi filmed all that with their camcorders. Rahan later arrived and Noah left the group and ran to his arms. Vegeta was finally relieved yet before he sneaked out of the party, Denver caught him and licked him affectionately.

News of the duel of Son Goku and Zach soon reached the crowd and many gathered to watch the exchange. Far from being overawed by the Saiyan, Zach launched the offensive. He attacked Goku with his most powerful shot and struck his chest with his palms. This first blow floored the hero. Son Goku got up the next moment and transformed into Super Saiyan and the two exchanged endless blows. Zach bent down and stretched out his legs to hit Son Goku but this one jumped and avoided the tackle. On raising his head, Zach saw Goku coming down with a punch for him. But he withdrew his fist and didn’t hit the boy.

Zach got to his wings at that moment and from the sky, he set up a remarkable technique. He exhaled energy-filled air from his body to his hands and mixed it with energy from the outside surrounding. The whole was an invisible energy ball. During this time, Goku was firing tiny energy waves at the Earthling from the ground. Zach evaded them, and when the Saiyan seemed distracted, he shot the invisible orb. The energy ball hit Goku head-on but it wasn’t powerful enough to ground him.
Zach had drained most of his energy by this time, but Goku used Instant Movement and appeared behind him in a flash. He neutralized his hands and threatened him with an energy wave, forcing Zach to surrender. Though he lost to the Saiyan, Zach’s dream was fulfilled when he fought the strongest man in the world. The two landed on the ground and nodded to each other to mark the end of their confrontation. The onlookers clapped for the show and encouraged the young fighter.
Dende: “Zach, I know only a few who can resist Son Goku like that.”
Mr. Fantastic: “That was pretty cool kid. You’ll knock him out in a few years.”
Zach: “Do you really mean it Sir?”
Invisible Woman: “You’re more resourceful than some superheroes. Guess what; we’re recruiting. Maybe you can enlist for the Fantastic Five.”

It was at that moment, after the duel of Zach and Son Goku, when all of them were together, that Ryan, putting aside every sense of complex, posed his question in the hearing of all. He knew that was the golden opportunity to get an answer to his long quest.
Ryan: “Hey Nootra, citizens and superheroes, there’s something I need to know. Can any one of you tell me where I can find the Agape?”
Everyone left what they were doing, turned towards him, and paid attention to what was raised. Citizens and superheroes came closer to hear what was about to be said on the subject, certain to be enlightened in the process. Son Goku began to testify.
Son Goku: “The Agape gave me the heart and strength to fight for the good cause. He vested these powers in me when He brought me to this world and I’m using them for the good of His people.”
Noah: “This is beautiful; Son Goku talks about the Agape!”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

THE ANSWER TO RYAN'S QUEST

It was a happy holiday in Nootra. The people were celebrating their victory over the forces of evil that threatened their world. Festivities were going on all around the city. The main celebration was at Goku’s place, a small village in eastern Nootra. Citizens came there in their numbers and all were thrilled at that wonderful occasion of spending the day with their heroes.

Son Goku didn’t forget his promise to Zach. He took him aside and they sneaked out of the sight of everyone to get to a lonely place for their duel. On the way, they came across Piccolo who had retreated to a quieter zone for his meditation. He was floating cross-legged in the air under a tree by the stream. Son Goku lingered there a little to pester him.

Son Goku: “Still asleep Piccolo?”
Piccolo: “Asleep? I’m not like you who spend your time on contemptible activities when you’re not fighting. It’s obvious I’m meditating.”
Son Goku: “How do you do that - idling all day long and focusing under this racket?”
Piccolo: “If you keep the silence within, the din without won’t reach you.”
Zach: “Excuse me Mr. Piccolo; do you know Earth?”
Piccolo: “There’re few things in this world I don’t know.”
Son Goku: “Trust Piccolo on that Zach; he’s a master of knowledge. He receives revelation of invisible realities through his constant meditations.”

Piccolo: “There’s a world beyond the natural. If you allow your spirit to gain control of your mind, you’ll see truths the senses can’t perceive. And as your mind grows in the spirit, you’ll come to the knowledge of space, time, matter and the invisible. Planet Earth is in the Galaxy of the Chosen of Dimension 1T234, one of the biggest systems of galaxies there is. It’s the ground the feet of the Agape trod when He made Himself visible. Its people are the chosen, not because of their deeds, but because of the good pleasure of the Agape who chose them even before He formed the worlds.”

Zach: “But we don’t know Nootra on Earth. Our technologies are highly advanced and our governments have launched countless missions to seek life in the universe; but we’ve never detected your presence.”
Piccolo: “Science without faith is vain, faith without justice is useless and justice without love is evil. What were the real intentions of your governments? How can they come to us when they haven’t helped their own people? It’s a pity that with all these advancements you mentioned, your world hasn’t yet attained the basic stage every human planetary society should be: food, drink, shelter, justice and freedom for all humanity.”

Professor Charles Xavier was standing not far away. He heard them and their discussion interested him. He drew near and put in his contribution.
Charles Xavier: “Before talking of meeting other forms of life in the universe, make sure you meet everyone’s needs back at home. That’s the only way to make contact with the worlds.”
Son Goku: “Earth is the chosen and I’m sure your riches in human and natural terms are inestimable. Zach, I entrust you with the mission of making your planet the best place for its entire people.”
Zach: “It’s not going to be easy but I’ll do my best.”
Charles Xavier: “Your best can never be enough child. Goku’s best couldn’t save the galaxy. Never forget the most important gift the Agape has given us - people. The Agape intervenes in the affairs of man through men and women who come our way.”
Piccolo: “An impressive energy runs in your veins young one. Train and meditate daily and you’ll become stronger. Meditation will make you see the essence of life and be fully convinced of it. Then you’ll know your mission and the purpose of your existence. After pinpointing what you’re called to do specifically, you’ll be able to ally your strength with the good cause and win the fight, which in every case is to make the world a good place for each human, beginning with yourself.”

Son Goku: “Let’s leave Piccolo and Charles to their talk; they’ll never stop if we stay here. We have a duel at hand. So Zach, are you ready?”
Zach: “All my life Sir.”