“Fair enough, although I’m sure I want to be in heaven”, said Freda
“But you’ve never been to hell so how would you possibly know?” And with that Freda found herself on a seemingly endless escalator descending to Hell.
Eventually she arrived and the HR manager found herself stepping onto a beach of fine white sand, with deep blue water lapping at her feet and a bar with gorgeous waiter serving refreshing cocktails. Just beyond that she could see a luxury hotel and friendly faces welcoming her, many of them people she knew from her life as an HR Manager. They sat around, reminisced, laughed, swam and then as the bright golden sun disappeared below the horizon they all went into the hotel for an amazing meal.
She even met Satan who was also very friendly and not at all like the evil devil she had been led to believe he was. The evening was fabulous with more drink, jokes and dancing.
Freda had a wonderful time in hell but all too quickly her visit came to an end and she was whisked onto the escalator to sample heaven. Everybody smiled and waved good-bye as she disappeared into the clouds.
The escalator went up for what seemed like an age but eventually she arrived at heaven where St Peter was once again there to greet her.
“OK, so now it’s time to spend 24 hours in Heaven” he said. Freda took her place amongst the clouds. Everyone was sitting around, chatting quietly, playing lutes and harps, and Freda joined in. People were pleasant but it was nothing like as much fun as hell.
In fact the 24 hours seemed interminable but eventually it all came to an end and St. Peter came see her. “So,” he said, “you’ve experienced heaven and hell – where would you like to spend the rest of eternity?”
Without hesitating Freda replied, “Hell – no question. I can’t believe I’m saying this because before I arrived I would have stayed in heaven without even visiting hell, but now that I’ve seen it I know that’s much more my kind of place. Heaven is fine, but I think I’m better suited to spending the rest of eternity in hell.”
St. Peter nodded and escorted her back to the escalator which swept her back down, eventually, to hell. But when she arrived it was very different. Freda found herself standing in a hot, dry, putrid smelling wilderness. For as far as she could see all around was detritus, organic waste, and the stench of death. All her friends, old and new were dressed in filthy rags and were picking up scraps of rancid food to eat. Satan came up to her again and welcomed her.