The nocturnal winds moaned and produced mystical effects on the spirits hovering above the ravine. A man named Rubina sat on a rock and thought he saw his ghost above the ravine. He moved in closer for a look.
He tried to link his uncanny vision to see his spirit in the 5th dimension, also known as the world of supernatural perceptions and mystical foresight, when a premonition of his death came to him, but quickly it was out of sight and out of mind.
Rubina did not yet know the limits of perceiving the 5th dimension, a special sense he unknowingly had been cursed with since birth. His perceptions of the 5th dimension continually changed countenance and caused him to see things normal people couldn't see. Also, for some reason unknown he had multiple physical lives and simply would not die. So his tortured existence continued.
Then out of the damp ravine rose one of Rubina's spirits and it laced into his senses. It was when he had died as a baby. His parents did not want him as a child believing he was a freak so they threw him into the river and he drowned. He walked down to the stream in the ravine and as soon as he picked up the baby it turned to water.
Then out of thin air appeared a ghoul of his spirit with grotesque features and a morbid pale complexion. Rubina walked down into the ravine to follow it. It was here where he could see multiple spirits of his past lives hovering over the water. He continued to follow his grotesque spirit into the bush by the ravine, which instantly gave him flashbacks to the past. He watched his spirit of when he was a vagabond walking the creek trail, hopelessly dragging himself along. He scavenged the ravine for anything to eat and fell asleep in a ditch under some shrubs. Moments later a hoodlum came out of the bush and stabbed him to death in his sleep and stole his shoes. He walked towards his body and it smelled of an awful decaying stench, another corpse of his past life. He scarcely touched the corpse when it turned to dust.
Then another spirit of himself appeared over the water, but it looked like a gremlin. Rubina watched as another boy about age nine repeatedly dunked his gremlin head under water. He choked and gasped for air. He swam out to save himself, but by the time he got there he had drowned. He went to touch his corpse and it turned to water.
Rubina had seen himself die three times in the past but yet he was physically still alive. He began to have hallucinations of seeing his spirit behind a rock and then behind a tree, but every time he thought he was near it, it was gone. Was this just in his head? He became tired and wanted to sleep but was worried that if he fell asleep the devil may snatch him into the infernal regions. His head began to swell and his neck veins stuck out like pulsating ropes as the curse of the 5th dimension took hold. When would he die for good? How many lives would he have? When and how could he end this miserable existence?
Rubina then heard the moans of two other corpses calling his name. "Why is this happening to me?" he wondered. He tried to ignore the moans and find his way out of the ravine but he became disoriented. His thoughts wandered randomly as he tried to trace his life's steps back to where he had realized he had made this radical transformation into the 5th dimension. Or was he just born with it? He opened and slammed doors shut in his mind as he could not find the answer. He knew that when he became terrified it magnified his powers as he became hypersensitive to every light and noise.
Rubina then saw his corpse hanging from a tree where he had killed himself long ago, but he still lived on. He walked up to the corpse and pulled on the rope and the body vaporized.
The sun had nearly set and night had fallen. He sensed his last corpse around him but he could not find it. Then as he walked something grabbed onto his ankle and pulled him down to the earth. It was his grave with his hand sticking out, the fingers moving in a gesture for help. He reached down to pull himself out of the grave and his corpse's hand turned to ash.
They say the rarer the visits to the dead, the more welcome they are when you arrive. Rubina hoped visiting the orbs of dead spirits in the night would reveal the meaning of everything to him. Then finally under the twilight of obscurity he passed away that night for the final time. His heart stopped. Apparently God forgot to wind it. Physically he was gone but his spirit still remained. Hovering in eternity over the ravine he talked to his one and only imaginary friend. They both trembled in fear at the thought of their spirits dying too. "Till the end of existence," he thought. But he didn't want to continue in the afterlife as merely a floating gas. His imaginary friend looked at him and said goodbye. Rubina then touched his imaginary friend and then himself and their spirits vaporized from the supernatural world.
But just when he thought his spirit was dead it re-emerged with his five other dead spirits in purgatory, the place where sinners go to expiate their sins and to be purified before they go to heaven. In the case of Rubina, the man with 5th dimensional perceptions, his souls would be judged by God in purgatory and none of his spirits would go directly to heaven.
God appeared, but only his head in a side profile and spoke, "Good heavens, a man with six spirits in purgatory. Tell me your sins and be honest with me because the more honest, the better your chance of being purified and going to heaven. Remember lying is a sin."
The soul of Rubina as a baby who had been drowned by his parents spoke, "I was thrown into the river and drowned by my parents. I have no sins."
His second spirit who had been stabbed in his sleep said, "I murdered three men."
The third spirit who had been drowned by a friend said, "I beat people up and tortured animals."
Then his spirit who hanged himself said, "I committed the ultimate sin of suicide."
The fifth spirit that was buried alive said, "I used to dig up bodies and steal jewelry off the corpses."
Finally, Rubina's last soul said, "I have no sins."
Then God started to laugh and turned his head slowly to the other side. It was the Devil. He continued to laugh. "You fools. You are not in purgatory for heaven but in purgatory for hell. The worse the sins, the worse the punishment. You shouldn't have been so honest. Now as for your punishments. For the baby you will be floating in lava for eternity for being born evil. For the youth that drowned you will push a rock up a never ending mountain for being sadistic. For the vagabond you will be branded with white hot irons for eternity for being a coward. For the spirit who dug up bodies and stole jewelry you will be buried alive in hot mud until the end of time. And finally you, Rubina, the pure spirit, the innocent perfect one, who wonders why he is here, thinking you should be going straight to heaven. You can put this leash around your neck."
"That's all, just wear a leash?" Said Rubina.
"Yes, innocent one, all you have to do is wear that leash, so you can be my bitch and teacher's pet."
Then the Devil's hysterical laugh thundered through the canyons of hell.