Fan Fiction by Callum
The thing that surprised him most about humans, was their willingness to sacrifice themselves for one another. An act that was at once so selfish and selfless. For Liam O'Connor this act was both. It was selfish because of the simple fact that he cared for the support unit. When he threw himself in front of the spear his thoughts were not of preserving the support unit's life but of not having to live in a world without him. It was the same with most humans, he noted. They would not sacrifice themselves for any random person, only ones that had brought them joy, only ones they had loved. If Liam had not cared for his support unit, if the support unit was a stranger, he would not launched himself in front of the spear. But Liam's act of courage was so much more than that. For he knew what most people didn't. Time and time again the alien had seen the look in people's eyes as they died, they desperately clung to the hope that their god would save them, that they would live out their lives with those they loved, that there was something more than the life they would leave behind. The alien couldn't blame them. All they had seen of this world was a portion of time through their perspective, they could never imagine that their perspective could end, they could never imagine a world where for them, there would be nothing. A darkness with no thoughts as the brain shut down until there was not even that, their consciousness ceased to exist. The final moments of their lives always ended in acceptance, they gave away the illusion that they had been a person. All their morals and values didn't matter, as soon all thoughts would stop. For Liam this was not the case, he knew there was no divine reward waiting for him, he knew there was no possibility of a god, that he would never meet the support unit again of he died, after what the alien had told him. This was his greatest act of selflessness. He would sacrifice his perspective of the world so that the support units could live on, knowing that for him life would simply end. The Alien remembered looking into his eyes as he died, he did not show the sudden acceptance he had seen humans show time and time again upon death, he had shown peace, through the carefree grin and the sparkle in his eyes. The alien had brought him back of course, he was far too important to be killed. These events would later be mistaken for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He watched him eating with his band of followers, he showed that carefree grin he had displayed many times as he talked to his wife. She was a dark skinned girl with almond eyes. She was too have a baby in the coming months, one they would name Rashim if it was a boy or Sal if it was a girl. Odd names for the time, but ones Liam had insisted upon. He looked across at his support unit and beckoned for him to come over. The alien could see in Liam's eyes that he would sacrifice himself for his wife or support unit again if given the chance. He was a peculiar character, this Liam O'connor the alien thought. He was born in a growth tube unlike most of them. He was not entirely human, but he was more human than anyone the alien had ever seen. The alien could imagine no one better to start the beginning of a new era for mankind.
ALEX: Now this I LOVE!!! Setting Liam up as the possible new Jesus! Beautifully written with the revelation held back to the last bit. Very. Nicely. Done.
Well done Callum.