The Proposal (Part 8)
Kelly tried to absorb what she had just heard. Mr. Destiny had just told her that a library of secrets covering three thousand years lined the walls of the old abandoned subway, as far as she could see. It was more than she could get her mind wrapped around. But it was just the first of many wonders she would have to absorb before the day was over.
As they sat in the golf cart Mr, Destiny spoke: “First, I will tell you about the marble busts and art work on the left. I’ve said that every Barber Listener commissions a sculpture of his predecessor. As you can see, we are almost out of space. We will either have to put the busts closer together and put some of the art in the warehouse, or we will need to move soon.”
The first bust is of my predecessor, Marco Enzo. He was the last Barber Listener to live in Italy. The original location of the library was in Macedonia. From there it was moved to the catacombs that were beneath the Library at Alexandria in Egypt where it stayed for only about a thousand years. Most of that time, was after the fire. The only entrance to the library was beneath the home of The Barber Listener and the secret was kept for generations. Nobody knew of the existence of the Library of Secrets.
St. Pancras Square
During the Crusades it was moved for safe keeping to the catacombs near the crypt of St. Pancras in Italy and that is where it stayed for several centuries.
Marco Enzo moved it to London after world War II when there was a frenzy to find Nazi stolen art. It seemed natural to bring it here in St. Pancras Square. However, it has proven to be short sighted. Most of the art and collections are in crates in the warehouse and haven’t seen the light of day for a thousand, maybe two thousand years.”
Kelly was already feeling the sensation that she was drinking information from a fire hose.
As they started down the long corridor Kelly noticed that there were paintings on the walls in between the pedestals with the marble busts. There were stunning paintings of every size. As they drove by Mr. Fate took lead as tour guide: That painting is a Degas, that one is a Monet….” When they had driven about a hundred yards he said: “That is a Michaelangelo,”
Kelly put her hands up and said: “STOP!”
Mr Destiny got out of the cart and looked at Kelly with concern. When she finally spoke, she was crying. She said: “I’ve never seen that painting”.
Generous Gifts of Wealthy Warriors
As his feeble eyes looked into Kelly’s, Mr. Fate said. “Other than the three of us, neither has any other living person.” He went on: “That goes for all of these pieces of art… What you are feeling has been the same emotion of every Barber Listener since the beginning. All of these were the generous gifts of wealthy warriors, for the most part. Who were grateful to tell their secrets to God through a listener. They never asked for payment, but this is the result and so much more.
All Kelly could say was “This has to be the greatest collection of art in the world and nobody has seen it?.”
It was Mr. Destiny who answered: “That is the Paradox. There are rules Kelly….as you will see.”
They drove on and Mr. Destiny pointed out names of painters, some she knew and many she didn’t. Finally, they came to an end after she estimated they had passed over 200 busts. The paintings and books stopped too. The tunnel ended in darkness. Mr. Destiny turned on a light switch and again looked into a retinal scanner on the wall. A door opened. Mr. Destiny announced: This space was originally a maintenance area for the London Mail Train. It is directly under the Kings Cross Station.” With that he turned on a switch and lights began to come on in sequence from the front, near them, to the back.
What Kelly saw was breathtaking. There really was a magical world under King’s Cross Station.