“What is this place?” Brian asked the woman who had escorted him here.
“This is the gate,” she responded.
“Yeah,” Brian said, “I can see that it’s a gate. But why are we here?”
“I’m trying to show you The Way,” she answered.
“The way?” Brian asked. “The way to where?”
“The way forward,” she said.
“I don’t understand,” Brian said. “Just take me back home.”
“Brian,” she said. “You can’t go back from here. You can only go forward, and this is The Way forward. Now do you understand?”
Brian looked around and then looked at his escort. “Am I dead? I’m dead, right?” he asked. “And this gate. Is this the gate to hell? Or maybe heaven’s gate?”
“I’m sorry, Brian, I thought you knew.”
“How did I die!”
“That doesn’t matter, Brian,” she said. “What does matter is that you move forward and I’m going to show you the way.” The gates suddenly swung open. “Follow that path to the end and you will reach your destination.”
“And what is my destination?” Brian asked.
She pointed beyond the gates. “You’ll know when you arrive, Brian, but you must keep moving forward.” And when Brian turned around to face her, he was alone.
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Keith Hardy @ Unsplash.