Rooster has been overcome by a sense of impending doom. With the closure of his shop, the incessant assault on the barrier and the creatures coming through the breaches, Rooster has been a bit of a nervous wreck.
Cleo predicted tragedy during Rooster’s palm reading.
Rooster asks, “What do you see?”
Cleo is clearly flustered. She said, “I don’t think – it’s not important! I mean, why are you asking? It’s fine! We’re all going to die, right?”
“What did you – no, Cleo, what did you see in my palm?” Rooster insisted. “You gotta tell me. I’ve gotta know if I’m gonna make it out alive.”
“I don’t know.”
“What do you mean you don’t know?”
“I don’t know if you’re gonna make it out.”
“Wait, like, immediately?” Rooster panicked. “Wait, no, what do you mean?”
“Something’s coming. I’m afraid that…” Cleo hesitated. “Tragedy may befall you very soon. There’s an event that’s going to happen. It’s… I’m sorry, I can’t tell you anything else. I don’t know know about it. But please beware. Please be careful. Something’s gonna happen.”
“To me?” He pauses for a moment and says, “Thank you Miss Cleo. I think – I think you, uh, I think I need a drink. I think, you know what, it’s dark. Maybe I need to stay put. Yes. I think that’s the best course of action. I need to stay safe.”
“Oh, dear,” Cleo said. “Please don’t worry. I can’t see the scope of how large it’s going to be. I can’t… just be careful. Watch yourself.”
Rooster had a panic attack near the tavern.
When Zhodi tried to soothe Rooster with the singing bowls, Rooster responded, “Nope, my untimely death seems to be the only thing preoccupying my mind.”
Zhodi counseled, “It is the moment that we latch onto that and give it power over us that it will start to affect you in a negative manner, my friend.”
“Or, hot take, maybe if I keep thinking about it I will be prepared against it happening,” replied Rooster.
“But the amount of pain you will go through by holding onto this will be immense”
“Yes, but I”ll be alive”
After several moments of coaching Rooster through the panic attack, Zhodi clapped loudly near Rooster’s face.
Rooster demanded, “Did you just slap me?”
Zhodi asked, “Are you dead?”
“I don’t know!”
“Why are you not dead?” Zhodi demanded.
“I don’t know. The prophecy hasn’t come true yet.”
“How do you know if it’s a prophecy?”
“how do you know it’s not a prophecy?”
Zhodi countered, “How do you not know it was just something for you to change your life?”
“I think I’ve done a bang up job of changing my life already!”
“That you have my friend. So why would this prophecy matter?”
“How do I know–” Rooster dissolved into tears. “I don’t want to die.”
Cleo tried to calm him but Rooster wouldn’t listen.
A while later, Cleo wandered over. I asked her to speak to Rooster, since he was still panicking.
She interrupted, “Rooster! That – that you were going to die. You know that, right?”
“It didn’t mean I wasn’t not going to die,” Rooster countered.
“Yes! See! You said it yourself!”
“No I didn’t! I’m saying, palm reading is not an exact art at all. All I can see is that something is going to happen that’s gonna change you quite a bit. It’s not even necessarily for the worst. I just know that is’ going to be a very hard thing that happens.”
“But you said tragedy!”
“It will be. But tragedy is only in the moment. Things get better.”
“I’ve read enough Shakespeare to know that tragedies mean death.”
Cleo protested, “Not always, Not always!”
“You ain’t read much Shakespeare.”
Zhodi interrupted, “Tragedies aren’t inherently good or inherently bad. Tragedy is what we make of it.”
“Yes!” Cleo agreed, “You have to know – maybe I’m wrong. I’m not often wrong but -”
“She’s not often wrong, did you hear that?”
“No, that’s not what I mean, I’m just saying i’ts not exact–”
“I’m gonna do what Zhodi said. He said to internalize it, ‘dont’ die, don’t die, don’t die, don’t die.’ Yes, I’ve got to protect myself.”
“You’re not–” Cleo threw her hands in the air and walked toward the tavern. “I’m sorry, I tried.”
Zhodi had a word of caution for Rooster.
As Rooster stood up to walk away, Zhodi called after him, “I will make this very simple for you Rooster. You can continue thru your life trying not to die and letting that take over everything but your journey will be very, very, very, very tough!”
Ben staged Greasy’s death to make Rooster feel better.
According to the Ever More Adventuress, “Ben, hoping to set him at ease stages Greasy’s ‘death’ and then ‘healing’ as the said disaster. While Rooster sees through it, the charade upset him enough to snap him out of his panic.”Recommend0 recommendations Published in