”Hello? ” A tender, genderless voice called out.

Mike slowly opened his eyes, rising from unconsciousness. As soon as he opened them, hed rather have left them closed.

”Where ” he was was nowhere to be seen. All he could see were distant stars, nebulae of all colors and spectrums and the void that was observed from afar. It looked like one of those paintings or wallpapers of the universe.

Rising up, the memories were finally processed by Mikes brain and he realized that literally 1 second ago he was being brutally crushed by a flaming log to save his beloved… Okay, the speech got weird, but you get the point!

”Okay, lets start again: hello! ” The genderless voice spoke again, which seemed to come from Mikes back.

Turning to look, Mike had to cover his eyes as he noticed a light and ethereal, almost sacred figure, ”looking ” at him.

”Hello? ” He replied unconsciously. But after he had done that, he touched his throat and started making other sounds. ”Aah! Ooo! Yeah yeah, ra ra, croc cric puchi! I can talk!! ”

Yes, unsurprisingly, I think, Mike was dumb until very recently.

”Liked the surprise? Okay, sit down and lets talk! ” The ethereal figure snapped its fingers, and the sound seemed to echo across the universe before a table manifested out of nowhere, along with two chairs on either side and a contract with a quill and inkwell beside it.

Still a little unsure of what was going on, Mikes mind reset a few times before he accepted things as they were. It seemed like everything would have a long explanation, so why not sit down?

”Pleasure, I am God, or what do you know by that name. Well, at least in your religion. ” The voice introduced itself, and it changed its appearance to an old sage quickly before it turned back to the figure of light. That light didn seem to hurt Mikes eyes, but it still bothered him.

”Nice to meet you, Im Mike! And thanks for the gift. ” Mike sat up and nodded slightly, reverting to old habits and incorporating new ones.

”You seem to process things pretty fast, don you? Well, lets see your file, which I already know by heart, but I have to read it to add some color to this story! ” The figure materialized a file with what appeared to be Mikes full name and age, as well as A LOT of other information. There were so many that it seemed to tell his whole life story.

Upon seeing the unbelievable scene, and again looking around, Mike more or less began to understand things, but there was little information. The two hypotheses that popped into his mind were that he was going crazy, or else he died for real and ended up here with God.

Both made him a little sad, but the last one made him a little more hopeful. He wasn sad for himself, but simply because he made a big step and decision before he died the next minute.

”Your life could have been said as the common good. Childhood suffering, spanked and got up again, spanked and got up again, became handsome but resigned to falling in love with his oldest best friend, no sins apart from the occasional street fights you got into for her. You saved a few last-minute lives, which gives you great karma… Then you died! ” The figure continued reading calmly, even placing both feet on the table and settling into the comfortable chair.

Mike remained silent and observant, but he also relaxed a little in his chair when he heard that he actually saved the kids. You never know, maybe everything exploded and killed everyone who was there!

”And thats not all the karma you have, is it? A silent rising genius, literally the Da Vinci, using his computing talent to make so much money he could reach a new number. At the moment of your death, a code would activate thanks to an AI of its own, sending all that money to charity, without embezzlement and any attempt would end everything. Boy, you
e the man! ”

”I tried. ” Mike spoke without false modesty, but he really meant it. It was very difficult to go through everything and he did it out of the goodness of his heart. Despite having really suffered, his mind didn seem to be able to go to the dark side of the force. Always being a neutral Good, but doing everything for a cause he felt was his own.

”Well, lets calculate your karma and… ”

Bang! Firework!

~~~Karma: 12345678998536371638497391838….~~~

”Damn, worse than Pi… ” The figure commented after whistling a little.

Meanwhile, looking at the scoreboard that manifested out of nowhere into the void, Mikes jaw dropped to hit the table, comically.

”H-how?… ” He asked, still in disbelief. Its okay that he helped some people, but thats already phenomenal.

”I could transfer the information to your brain, but it seems there are still a few words missing for the chap- cof! You need to get things right! ” The figure spoke a little and then began its explanation.

”Among the many variables to calculate karma, the three main ones would be: 1st the action itself, 2nd the ability to do it and 3rd the willingness to do it. ”

”The first one is quite simple, if you killed, negative karma, if you saved, positive karma. Nothing too illogical about it, but thats where the variables come in. ”

”The second of course is about your ability and potency, more or less translated to Might. If a person who can save a trillion people only occasionally saves one, the amount of karma gained from doing so is abysmal. But if a weak and crippled person gives his life to save countless lives, the value of karma is overwhelmingly great, like yours. Consider it a roleplaying game where a level 100 character killing a level 1 slime is a waste of time and negligible. ”

”Last, but not least, is the will to do. Why did you do that? Because you had the will or to show yourself to society? Were you internally disgusted by touching a homeless man, but showed a smile in the photo? This is all considered and counts a lot. Many may wonder why its important, but at the same time karma is very widespread in your world, right? ”

”Right. ” Mike nodded.

”This can be used for your next life, telling how it can be. If you didn want to save a person, but you did, it didn do any good. It didn give you positives or negatives, it just left you on the same level. So if you want to do something good, do something you like and feel good about, don force yourself to be like other digital heroes. ”

”So all this leads us to you wanting me to live my life with a lot of karma? ” Mike more or less got it.

”Yes and no. ”

”… Ookay!… ”

”These dramatic pauses are always fun! Moving on! ” The figure flashed an invisible smile and continued.

”Lets just say Im already bored, so I want to sign a contract with you and send you to another universe with supreme powers for you to enjoy as you wish. Of course, that comes at the price of a great adventure for my own entertainment, without taking yours away! ” The figure clapped its hands together, as if somehow anxious.

”Well… Let me get this straight. Thanks for that… ” Mike pointed to the large number of Karma ”… Did you offer to give me a contract and send me on one of those book adventures? How can I entertain you like this? ”

”Correction, entertain US. You will also have a lot of fun with it. And as for how you
e going to entertain me, imagine yourself watching television and thats it, theres your answer! ”

”But you are God, why can you make that happen instantly? ” Mike asked confused.

”What would be the fun then? If you could watch a fast-paced show, would you be able to enjoy it? Look, its pretty boring to do anything when your existence is supreme and the Universe is already well regulated. In other universes, other Gods might get into trouble and enjoy it, but not me! This is the harsh reality of a genius! ” God placed a hand on his forehead and sprawled on the chair in a dramatic motion.

”Okay, okay! But what about my previous life? Can you do something? It would be quite a suffering to keep remembering things that mark and that I can see again. ”

”Are you talking about your girlfriend? Its okay, you can forget about it once you sign the contract. ” The figure shivered a little, almost containing its excitement at the possible image of having fun again since its existence.

Without thinking too much, Mike signed the contract. He obviously read it and was in agreement with the conditions, both his obligations and Gods. Basically, one would no longer interfere with the other, but all powers would be Mikes. It was even a little unfair to God, as any kind of resource or energy he needed would be provided by Him.

As soon as he signed, Mike disappeared from that space, going on an inter-universal journey.

The moment he was gone, the God sighed and wiped away a bead of sweat that ran from his forehead. He looked at the large number of Karma above his head and spoke in an almost shocked voice:

”That bastard almost replaced me! ”

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