Engaging Black Hole - Chapter 3

The crew of the Stellar Voyager II was stunned by Enki’s revelation. They could not believe that they were talking to one of the ancient gods of Mesopotamia—the gods who had influenced and shaped the history and culture of one of the oldest civilizations on Earth.

They had many questions and doubts, but they also felt a sense of awe and wonder. They wondered what other secrets and mysteries the wormhole hid and what other surprises awaited them.

They decided to enter the wormhole, following Enki’s guidance. They trusted him, as he had proven to be a friend and ally in their previous journey. They also felt an intense curiosity and desire to learn more about Gilgamesh and his choice, which had defined their civilization.

They prepared their spaceship, checking their systems and equipment. They also activated their device, keeping in touch with Enki and his fellow gods.

Enki: (telepathically) Are you ready, friends?

Dr. Grayson: (telepathically) Yes, we are ready. We are about to enter the wormhole.

Enki: (telepathically) Good luck, friends. We will be with you all the way.

Dr. Hartfield: (telepathically) Thank you, Enki. We appreciate your support and guidance.

Dr. Michaels: (telepathically) Enki, can you tell us more about Gilgamesh and his choice? What was the secret of eternal life that Utnapishtim offered him?

Enki: (telepathically) The secret of eternal life was a plant that grew at the bottom of the sea. Utnapishtim told Gilgamesh that if he ate the plant, he would become immortal like him.

Dr. Lee: (telepathically) A plant? That sounds simple enough. Why did Gilgamesh reject it?

Enki: (telepathically) Gilgamesh rejected it because he realized it was not worth it—a trap.

Dr. Jones: (telepathically) A trap? How so?

Enki: (telepathically) The plant was not a gift from the gods but a curse. It was a test—a test of Gilgamesh’s wisdom and character.

Dr. Gonzalez: (telepathically) A test? What do you mean?

Enki: (telepathically) Someone poisoned the plant—it would not grant eternal life, but eternal suffering. It would make Gilgamesh immortal but also miserable. It would make him lose his mind, memory, identity, and humanity.

Dr. Grayson: (telepathically) That isn’t very good! How did Gilgamesh know that?

Enki: (telepathically) He knew that because he listened to his heart—to his intuition and conscience. He also listened to his friend—to Enkidu’s advice and counsel.

Dr. Hartfield: (telepathically) What did Enkidu say?

Enki: (telepathically) Enkidu said that immortality was not for mortals but a divine prerogative and responsibility. He noted that mortals should live in harmony with nature and fate, accept their mortality, and make the best of their lives.

He said immortality was not a source of happiness or fulfillment—a burden and a curse. He expressed joy and satisfaction from love and friendship—from sharing one’s life with others.

He said that Gilgamesh had already achieved immortality—not through eating a plant, but through living a heroic life—a life that would be remembered and celebrated by future generations.

He said that Gilgamesh had already found eternal life—not in himself, but in others—in those who loved and honored him.

He said that Gilgamesh had already become a god—not by eating a plant, but by being human—by being compassionate and generous, brave and humble, and wise and noble.

He said that Gilgamesh had made the right choice—the choice that would make him immortal in spirit, not in body—the option that would make him immortal in history, not in time.

Dr. Michaels: (telepathically) That’s beautiful! Enkidu was indeed a wise and loyal friend.

Enki: (telepathically) Yes, he was. He was also more than a friend—he was a brother—a brother to Gilgamesh.

Dr. Lee: (telepathically) A brother? How so?

Enki: (telepathically) He was a brother because he shared his blood with Gilgamesh and his DNA.

Dr. Jones: (telepathically) His DNA? What do you mean?

Enki: (telepathically) I mean that Enkidu was not a natural human—he was a hybrid human. He was a product of genetic engineering—a creation of the gods.

Dr. Gonzalez: (telepathically) A creation of the gods? You mean you?

Enki: (telepathically) Yes, me. I created Enkidu. I used my DNA to create him. I made him in my image and likeness. I made him as a gift for Gilgamesh—a gift of friendship and brotherhood.

Dr. Grayson: (telepathically) You created Enkidu? Why? How?

Enki: (telepathically) I created Enkidu because I loved Gilgamesh—I loved him as a son. I wanted to help him grow and mature—to help him overcome his arrogance and selfishness.

I created Enkidu using advanced biotechnology—using the same technology I used to create humanity.

Dr. Hartfield: (telepathically) You created humanity? What do you mean?

Enki: (telepathically) I mean that humanity is not a natural species but a hybrid species. It is a product of genetic engineering—a creation of the gods.

Dr. Michaels: (telepathically) A creation of the gods? You mean you?

Enki: (telepathically) Yes, me. I created humanity. I used my DNA to create them. I made them in my image and likeness. I made them as a gift for the Earth—a gift of intelligence and creativity.

The crew was speechless as they heard Enki’s words. They could not believe what they were hearing. They felt a mix of emotions—shock, disbelief, confusion, curiosity, fear, awe.

They wondered if Enki was telling the truth—if he was the creator of humanity and Enkidu. They asked his motives and intentions—if he was a friend and ally or had a hidden agenda.

They wondered what other secrets and mysteries he hid—if he was a god or something else.

They wondered what their choice would be—if they would follow Enki’s guidance or question his authority.

They wondered what their fate would be—if they would return safely to their time and place or if they would lose in another dimension.

They entered the wormhole, hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. They entered the wormhole, ready to face the unknown and to make their choice.

To be continued…

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