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Again several weeks went past, Gwiazda did not count them, and nothing happened. ‚Typical‘, she thought ‚all this secrecy for nothing at all.‘
One night when she came home, Holger was sitting in her living room, smiling gladly at her. Instead of a greeting she started to scold him: „What do you think you are doing, always intruding into my flat? How the hell do you all get in here?“
Holger looked at her befuddled and managed to say: „I thought you knew!“
”No, I don’t know anything, nothing whatsoever. I am all the time being fobbed off with gibberish, and now it’s enough! I don’t even know whom you are working for, and what you had to do with the attack on the young man!“
Holger was deeply hurt, she could clearly see that. „How can you think something like that about me! I saved the young man! And now I am here to save you and to initiate phase Exitus!“
”Phase Exitus? What on earth is that supposed to be?“ asked Gwiazda, ”are we planning to emigrate to a new, prettier world?” The latter question had a rather sarcastic undertone.
”You could say it like that”, answered Holger, ”by the way, here is your gas mask. Latest by midnight tomorrow you will to have it put on, otherwise you will fall asleep and never wake up again.”
Gwiazda stared at him with her mouth open. ”What are you saying? Are you planning to murder all of mankind? Are you completely crazy?”
”Starlet, there is no other way left anymore. The Mammon-disease has progressed too much; the majority of people are either his followers or completely indifferent. Only the Walkers, their supporters and families will be saved and start a new mankind at a safe place.”
Gwiazda did not trust her ears. ”You megalomaniac, self-righteous … ” words failed her. ”I will not put the mask on! And I will inform all secret services of the world. They will put a stop to your games!” She was shouting by now.
”Us?” asked Holger with a smirk on his face, ”you and your family are deeply involved in everything. Don’t play the saint her! When we go down, you will go with us!“
Gwiazda was speechless. She had expected much, but nothing this radical. „What about all the children. You can’t just kill them all! Their parents‘ deeds or indifference is not their fault“, she reasoned.
”Gwiazda, I also find it terrible, but there is no other way out anymore, believe me! Mankind has to start anew. And better with us than with the servants of Mammon, because they are about to destroy the entire planet.”
”I don’t know”, said Gwiazda, ”to me it doesn’t seem right to play God. If the entire planet dies, then a new beginning can be made as well, but then nobody of us has passed judgement on others.”
”That’s not true, Gwiazda, Mammon’s servants have already started to ‚cull‘ – as they are calling it – mankind according to their own criteria. Our action can, therefore, even be considered as self defense.“
”But so many innocent will die”, cried Gwiazda desperately.
”Nobody is innocent“, replied Holger, „and now you have to decide what you want to do. If you really want to raise alarm, I will have to drug you until tomorrow night. Please don’t make that necessary! Of course you can decide for yourself, whether you wish to put on the mask or not, but I hope that you will do it! We need you!”
Gwiazda was scared stiff. She did not even get the idea to ask him why they needed her. Holger looked at her inquiringly. She nodded, and Holger left the apartment. Gwiazda dumped down on her sofa. She felt dizzy. The gas mask lay on the floor like an accusation. What was she supposed to do? Should she inform on the Walkers and be punished together with them? Should she simply refrain from putting on the mask? In both cases she would never know, how the Walkers imagined a new mankind, and how they planned to achieve that. That was cynical thinking. The end justifies the means? That had never been her motto. She wondered if it was true what Holger had said about the ‚culling‘. She would not be able to verify all the statements he had made until tomorrow midnight. How could she have been so naïve?
(To be continued)