Like you say, amanfromMars . . .when Virtual Reality kicked in with ITs Singular Clarity and Honest Deposition
Exactly, amanfromMars. From the moment Steve moved his first piece, we were flanked on both sides of the board. I couldn’t say who was there with us, but there were many people all crowded around us.
Almost babbling . . . all ancient tongues, it seemed.
The din ebbed a little after a few minutes, then a song drifted in.
Steve looked at me and I looked at him.
“Life is AIDReam and one virtually plays IT for Realisation, is not only a fiction based on a collecting of facts and stores of artefacts, it the ultimate fact upon which everything known about Life and LOVE is known and is ITs Universal Core Source with Viable HyperRadioProActive Imagination Base.”
One may think this is fiction, amanfromMars, but the voices began again. This time there was one voice a little louder than the rest.
“I am Lug,” was what we heard. “Go back to Tara. Enda Kenny means nothing. You need to position yourselves just North of The Mound Of The Hostages, at 7 feet, and point the AirCar towards Lia Fáil.”
Then, as quickly as it began, it ended.
Now I’ll tell you the really strange thing that happened: I was in the AirCar at the same time I was in Steve’s basement! No-one seemed to care that I am here and there at the same time! Very weird. We immediately went back to Tara and did as Lug said.
I pointed beyond the Chess Set at Steve’s 200 odd vinyl records and chuckled.
“I know,” Steve said. “Klaus Nomi . . . you forgot his name, but never forgot his face. I pulled it out for you. I bought all sorts of music back then . . . all stacked, not gone. Your move.”
“And it’s Epstein’s move . . . PayPal sample buttons for Tony Morgan,” I said. “Oh, and how exactly do we play this game?”
Steve explained that his first move, had he gone to the edge of the board, would have had him commit suicide with that piece, as it would have been flanked on both sides by my pieces. So that was a no-no. You can move horizontally and vertically, but not diagonally. You can shoot across the board if it is clear, but only the King can use the centre square and corners . . . his aim is to reach a corner and win, but the King can only move one square at a time, and loses if he is flanked on 2 sides.
“What about those 4 pieces off to the side?” I asked.
He just said: “Am I a compassionate King?”
As I wound down for the night, I googled Lug. We are going way, way back in time now, I said to myself as I drifted off . . .