“Hello brother,” I say to the giant rainbow serpent. Its coils shimmer and glisten in every colour conceivable as it moved into a tight ball and brought its monstrous head down to my level.
“IT HAS BEEN TOO LONG GAIYA”
“Where am I?”
“DREAM TIME.” It said “BUT YOU CAN’T STAY.”
I go to speak but my body and brain are filled with strange yet familiar sounds. I remember being killed, speared to death by the Butcher Bird Brothers. I remember my first bike. I remember them taking my bones to form the dingo. I remember my parents arguing over money. I remember killing Elgin who sent me after the Brothers. I feel sick as it all washes over me like I’m caught in a snowstorm of thoughts and emotions.
“YOU CHOSE TO GO BACK TO EARTH.”
“What are you talking about?” I scream trying to hold my head together.
“WHEN THE OTHERS ROUNDED UP THE GODS THEY GAVE THEM A CHOICE,” hissed the serpent at a volume like a jet taking off. “YOU EITHER FADE AWAY OR YOU CAN RETURN AS AN AVATAR. WE ALL HAD THE CHOICE.”
“Didn’t you create the universe?” I yell. “You vomited up Arnhem Land. You bring the rains! The floods!”
The giant reptile smiles “I AM ALL THINGS, KNOWN BY MANY NAMES. I AM OLDER THAN THE STONES. MY SCALES MADE THE STARS.”
“I don’t understand!” I scream pounding, clawing at the red sand beneath my feet.
“YOU RETURNED TO THE LANDS OF YOUR BIRTH,” the serpent said “YOU HAVE AWAKENED YOUR GODSELF.”
My dad kisses my forehead as the medicine man takes my kidneys. My mother burns pictures to keep us warm as the tribe hacks me to pieces. Two sets of memories merging, smashing into one. I don’t what is real. The rainbow serpent, my brother…I don’t have a brother…he is…can’t think straight…it watches with its cold unblinking eyes.
“TIME TO WAKE GAIYA. A NEW JOURNEY BEGINS” My brother the rainbow serpent explodes in a burst of colours across the sky leaving me coughing, crying, wheezing in the dirt. I look up to see the rainbow before it faded into the black starry sky.
“WHAT IS GOING ON?!" I scream as I bolt upright in bed. The monitors go crazy as they beep and squeal. I try to free and untangle myself when a woman in white rushes into the room.
“It’s okay,” she eases as she grabs my shoulders, forcibly laying me back down. “You’re in the hospital. You’re safe. CAN I GET SOME HELP IN HERE!”
To be continued...