Then The Goddess of Love came out of the crowd and took The Stand. She looked like a little kid who shouldn’t be an expert on anything yet. She also was carrying a bow and had a quiver of arrows on her back, and I wondered how safe it was for her to play with toys like that.
“Goddess of Love,” The God of Judgment said, “how does Love work?”
“Um, there’s like different kindsa Love,” she said. “Like there’s the kind where you Love everybody no matter what. Like when a Reality Traveler Loves the whole World, and even tho it’s really hard they try to MeToo everyone so no Reality gets Destroyed.”
“No, not that kind. Tell us about the kind that’s just between two Realities.”
“Sometimes I shoot my arrows at Realities, and when it hits them it makes them fall in Love, and then they wanna be around each other all the time, and show each other what Love is, and then maybe get married and maybe even have babies. It can kinda wear off tho.”
“Do you ever shoot Gods?”
“Did you shoot The Goddess of Faith to make her fall in Love with a human?”
“Is there another kind of Love that doesn’t require you shooting anyone?”
“Yeah, True Love. That’s when you’re made of the same Universe stuff as someone else, and you can’t help being in Love with them, and it lasts forever.”
“Is it possible The Goddess of Faith is in True Love with The Bluebird as she insists?”
“I don’t think so,” she said. “It’s only ever happened between Gods and Gods or humans and humans, cuz we’re not made of the same Universe stuff. I mean we were here first and made them, ya know?”
“If it was True Love would there be a physical reaction in The Other World like the Goddess described?”
“Yeah, I’ve seen it before. A whole lotta energy-stuff builds up inside them and shoots out, and then they explode,and then they’re one thing instead of two. It’s really cool.”
“Do you have to be in The Pure Other World for it to happen?”
“I think it happens automatically there, but if you’re really SoulMates you should be able to do it anywhere if you really wanna.”
Then The God of Judgment looked over at us.
“I order you to form one thing instead of two before all of us right here in The UnderWorld,” he said.
“It’s Alright, Baby,” The Goddess of Faith put her hand on my shoulder.
But it only felt about as Alright as an invisible imaginary hand on me. Faith could sense it and started to panic.
“C’mon, Bluebird,” she said. “I think we can form BAB!!, but we probably just hafta take off our outer layers of protection.”
But I looked down at my outer layer, and I liked it cuz it was the only thing making me comfortable in this crazy Perception.
“No,” I told her.
And then she started to cry again, and I hadta look away.
“Let The Record show,” The God of Judgment said, “that The Defendents were unable to prove their True Love on command.”
“Liar, liar, liar!” the crowd chanted.
“Goddess of Love,” The God of Judgment said, “if the Defendants are not in True Love, and you didn’t shoot them into Love, then why would they show each other what Love is together in Valley Forge?”
“Um, I dunno,” The Goddess of Love said. “Maybe The Goddess of Faith just wanted to know what lust is.”
“And what is lust?”
“It’s when you don’t actually Love someone you just Love their body.”
“Pervert, pervert, pervert!” the crowd chanted.
“Hold on. We can’t judge her as a guilty pervert quite yet,” The God of Judgment said. “I still want to understand her better. Therefore, I call as my next Witness, The Goddess of Angels, Head of the Guardian Angel Corps and The Goddess of Faith’s supervisor.”