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I’d been in the queue for days. Something about a technical hitch with the soul detection monitor at the main desk. They were having to process people manually.

When I got to the front I saw a large man dressed in a long, flowing white robe, holding an enormous leather-bound ledger.

When my turn came two guards told me to step forward.

The man looked at me, then at the ledger. I saw his fingers scroll down the page and stop.

Without looking up he said, “Stairs to the left.”

As I descended the stairs the heat hit me.

Mike Jackson

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