On the other hand, would you and I exist yet live different lives where decisions and outcomes vary from what happens here in our world? All those shoulda, coulda, and woulda types of wishes become the new reality, along with a different list of regrets.
Do parallel or alternate universes exist?
I've read conflicting definitions of parallel/alternate realities. Some sources lump the two together as a hypothetical self-contained plane of existence in a different space and time, co-existing with one's own.
However, multi-verse advocates separate the two as different entities. "A parallel universe would be a completely separate universe, possibly containing similar characters or facts, but definitively a separate entity. An alternative universe would likely take place in the same universe, but with altered facts."
While writing House on Bo-Kay Lane, my muse decided to experiment with the multi-universe theory and included an older version of Gerald into the story.
For those unfamiliar with the original Wee People story, Gerald and Vernon are teenagers who accidentally fall into the world of the Wee People and must survive some perilous situations before being allowed to return to their own world.
The adventures continue in the second book when a couple of Wee People far-seers, Alyson and Shelia, stick their noses where they don't belong and wind up in an abandoned house in Gerald and Vernon's neighborhood. The far-seers' mode of transportation is a mirror that turns out to be a gateway to Gerald and Vernon's dimension and a significant artifact from the Wee People's past. Of course, my muse added an additional mystery within the depths of the mirror—the image of a stranger.
After the first chapter, I had no idea where the story was headed. Someone else (my muse) was in charge and writing it. She told my fingers what to type, keeping me in the dark until I was granted the privilege of reading the material. And that's the truth!
When the time came to identify the stranger, I was totally taken by surprise. It's difficult to express the shock I experienced when my muse ended chapter seven with this: Gerald faced the questioning faces and simply stated, "I am the man in the mirror."
I stared at the monitor with my mouth hanging open, thinking, where in the world do I go from here? Naturally, at that point, my muse vanished, leaving me to wait until the following day to find the answer.
That's when the parallel universe plot twist came into play. Amazingly, she picked up the storyline, blended Gerald II's alternate existence in with the rest of the characters, and made sense out of my confusion.
Of course, the twists, turns, adventure, mystery, and surprises continued until the end of the book. I was pretty dazed by that time, but I have to admit, my muse wrote a pretty good tale. If you haven't read it yet, please do and let me know what you think.
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