As humanity embraced the scientific revolution sparked by the crew of the Stellar Voyager, new challenges and opportunities emerged. The knowledge gained from the encounter with the ancient civilization that had harnessed the power of black holes opened new horizons for exploration and discovery.
Dr. Jonathan Grayson, Dr. Elizabeth Hartfield, and Dr. David Michaels continued to lead the way, sharing their insights and wisdom with the world. They also embarked on new missions, venturing into other realms of the cosmos, seeking to learn more about the universe and its mysteries.
One of these missions took them to a distant galaxy, where they detected a strange anomaly—a wormhole that connected two points in space and time. They decided to investigate, hoping to find clues about the origin and nature of this phenomenon.
They boarded their spaceship, the Stellar Voyager II, a newer and more advanced version of their original vessel. They equipped it with the latest technology and innovations, including a device that allowed them to communicate with the ethereal beings of pure energy they had met on their previous journey.
They also invited some of their colleagues and friends to join them on their adventure, forming a diverse and talented team. Among them were Dr. Sophia Lee, a renowned biologist, and geneticist; Dr. Alexander Jones, a brilliant mathematician, and cryptographer; and Dr. Maria Gonzalez, a seasoned journalist and historian.
They set off, their curiosity and enthusiasm driving them forward. They reached the wormhole, a swirling vortex of light and energy that beckoned them to enter. They activated their device, hoping to contact their ethereal allies for guidance.
They were greeted by a familiar voice, filled with warmth and wisdom. It was one of the enlightened entities they had befriended in their previous journey, who had introduced himself as Enki.
Enki: (telepathically) Greetings, friends. We are glad to hear from you again. We have been watching your progress with admiration and joy.
Dr. Grayson: (telepathically) Enki, it’s good to hear your voice again. We are grateful for your help and friendship. We have come across a wormhole that intrigues us greatly. Do you know anything about it?
Enki: (telepathically) Indeed, we do. This wormhole is one of many that exist throughout the universe. They are portals that connect different places and times, allowing travel across vast distances and epochs.
Dr. Hartfield: (telepathically) Fascinating! How do they work? What causes them?
Enki: (telepathically) They are the result of fluctuations in the fabric of spacetime, caused by various factors such as gravity, energy, or quantum phenomena. They are unstable and unpredictable, opening and closing at random intervals.
Dr. Michaels: (telepathically) So they are natural phenomena? Not artificial creations?
Enki: (telepathically) Some are natural, some are artificial. Some are benign, and some are dangerous.
Dr. Lee: (telepathically) What do you mean by hidden?
Enki: (telepathically) Some wormholes are concealed from detection by powerful forces that seek to control or manipulate them for their purposes.
Dr. Jones: (telepathically) What kind of forces? Who are they?
Enki: (telepathically) They are dark entities, enemies of balance and harmony. They seek to exploit the power of wormholes to alter or erase events from the timeline, creating paradoxes that could endanger the very fabric of reality.
Dr. Gonzalez: (telepathically) That sounds terrifying! How can we stop them?
Enki: (telepathically) You must be careful, friends. The wormhole you have found is one of the hidden ones. It leads to a critical point in history—a point where a choice was made that shaped the course of your civilization.
Dr. Grayson: (telepathically) What choice? What point in history?
Enki: (telepathically) The choice was made by one of your ancestors—Gilgamesh.
The crew gasped in astonishment as they heard the name of Gilgamesh—the legendary king of Uruk, who they considered one of the first heroes in human history.
Enki: (telepathically) Gilgamesh was a man of great power and ambition, who sought to achieve immortality and glory through his deeds. He embarked on many quests and adventures, facing dangers and wonders.
One of his most famous quests was his search for the secret of eternal life—a secret that Utnapishtim guarded.
Utnapishtim was one of the few survivors of a great flood that had wiped out most of humanity—a flood that had been sent by the gods as a punishment for their wickedness.
Gods had granted immortality to Utnapishtim as a reward for his piety and obedience. He lived in a remote and hidden place, where he guarded the secret of eternal life.
Gilgamesh sought to find Utnapishtim and learn his secret, hoping to escape death and become a god.
He faced many trials and tribulations on his journey but also gained a loyal friend and companion—Enkidu.
Enkidu was a wild man, who had been created by the gods as a rival for Gilgamesh. He was strong but also gentle and kind. He taught Gilgamesh the value of friendship and compassion and helped him overcome his flaws and fears.
Together, they reached Utnapishtim’s dwelling, where they face a choice that would determine their fate and the fate of their civilization.
Dr. Hartfield: (telepathically) What was the choice?
Enki: (telepathically) The choice was whether to accept or reject Utnapishtim’s offer.
Dr. Michaels: (telepathically) What was his offer?
Enki: (telepathically) he offered to reveal the secret of eternal life—to share with them the knowledge and power that he possessed.
Dr. Lee: (telepathically) And what did they choose?
Enki: (telepathically) They chose wisely. They chose to reject Utnapishtim’s offer.
Dr. Jones: (telepathically) Why did they reject it?
Enki: (telepathically) They rejected it because they realized that eternal life was not a blessing but a curse—that it would rob them of their humanity and purpose.
They realized that death was not something to be feared but something to be embraced—it gave meaning and value to their lives.
They realized that immortality was not something to be attained but something to be bestowed—it was a gift from the gods, not a right of mortals.
They realized that glory was not something to be sought but something to be earned—it was the result of their actions, not their ambitions.
They realized that they were not gods but humans—that they had limitations and responsibilities, as well as potential and possibilities.
They realized they had everything they needed within themselves—that they had each other, and that their friendship was more precious than any treasure or power.
They realized that they had made the right choice—the choice that would shape the course of their civilization for generations to come.
Dr. Gonzalez: (telepathically) That’s an amazing story! How do you know all this?
Enki: (telepathically) We know this because we were there. We witnessed their choice. We guided them along their journey. We are the gods of Mesopotamia.
To be continued…