( ..being before & after the Cricketers from ‘..Beyond the Boundary…’ enter the Gardenworld
whilst the envelope from ‘..An hour Beyond Midnight…’ is still sealed… )
A Paradox Revisited:
Probationary Angels, stripped of their golden feathers,
have been exiled to a quiet corner of the Gardenworld that has been left to grow fallow.
Amongst the unkempt corn & wild grasses they discover a lost cricket ball that is lodged next to a
slightly open wicket-gate in a part of the boundary wall that has become overgrown with hawthorn, ivy & clematis.
Enlisting the aid of a number of birds they unearth clues that suggest some Garden Mannekins are in fact a nomadic
band of Cricketers who have slipped into the sanctuary under the extra cover of early morning autumn mists.
With the use of gifts donated by the Angels in the nine levels of an Improbable Tree, the Night Watchman is
busy constructing the objects that appear in the Gardenworld. The Philosopher has planted thoughts by leaving notes
at various stopping off places. Tethered to the Chain of Circumstance he is trapped inside the boundary & can only
move about with the aid of his lantern. Every once in a while he glimpses signs of disturbance in the Garden & posts
notes to the Outside World detailing his observations in the hopes that others might discover their source. A number
of Mannekins, not wanting their Gardenworld to be discovered, hide in the mailbox & by removing postage stamps
halt the collection of the mail. Upon seeing this some birds use their long tails as letter openers & disperse the words
they find there. However,because the birds are unable to read they constantly leave these seeds in the wrong places.
The Opponent, meanwhile, has recognized the Night Watchman for who he was in an earlier life -a Knight from the
Chess Game & a power source in the Gardenworld. Time, itself, is cutting a way out of the case which holds it by
using a diamond to scratch through the glass as it revolves around the Kingpin, not realizing that when this
barrier is breached an Assassin will be free to slip into the Garden & murder the (K)Night Watch Man with
a cricket bat conveniently left in the undergrowth when the Cricketers were searching for their ball.
The Philosopher’s paradox: ..if the clock works the murder will take place, If it doesn’t work
the (K)Night Watchman will not know when it is the correct time to act…
The Visitor of this part of the narrative is the Murderer returning to the scene of the crime with a desire to
confess his sins & do penance. After being in the World he has recognized the folly of his actions
&, whilst he cannot put back the clock he is able to ‘look back at an old clock’, so to speak, by pointing
out the error of his ways so that others might not repeat them.
Fountain waters attempt to wash away the Penitent’s sins (which are stones in his pocket that weigh down his
progress) but are evaporated by the heat generated by all the energy produced in creating the constructs.
Once in the atmosphere, these sins become part of the rain cycle which at times nourishes the Gardenworld
& at times seemingly erodes its foundations…