The Sun's Glimmering Reflection
"I am going to fold the sun before their very eyes. Soon, I will be God to all on this island.”
"The falcon on it came to life. It jumped off of the coin and stormed skyward letting out an eerie chant."
“Hold on to this for it will keep you safe. It is made up of Rumla, the same matter you see all around us,”
"The golden sand glowed with sparkles that looked like millions of tiny light bulbs."
"Darien had always thought it was a curse cast on the men of Shams."
"The ground began to quake and the Rumla surrounding them started to whirl faster than a rotor on a helicopter."
"Dubai had arrived."
“One thing I now believe with all conviction is that life, both here on the island and on the other side, is a mirror reflection of God Himself."
"But in an office that stretched an entire floor in one of the sky-preaching towers, the life of one twenty-six-year-old was about to come crashing down."
"He looked right at himself and took in even deeper breaths. Darien realized that he was finally home."
“One of us is going to the afterlife, and one of us is going to stay behind,”
"The inscriptions were revealed to you in the Quran, Bible & Torah. For you to avoid a destruction similar to the one in Sodom & Gomorrah."
"All this time he had been chasing the wrong dream."
"The sun would soon wake everybody up."
"...was write on the blackboard, the day you are born is the day you start dying."
"Darien looked up momentarily at the magnificent sun above. She was shining right through his skin and into his very soul."
"Cynics from God's green earth wanted to see the thorns that grew on the cosmopolitan rose that grew in the desert."
"The Golden Ratio, an infinite irrational number derived from something known as the Fibonacci sequence."
"People of all colors, ethnicities, creed and social statuses came bearing money, knowledge or experience in order to build their legacies in the new kingdom, sprouting out of the desert."
"There was a range of deciduous trees, each glowing with effervescent light from the humidity given off. He was walking on flowering plants and shrubs so soft that he felt like he was walking on air."
"Was he a leftist or conservative? Was he an activist or a pacifist? He was Lenin in a Lamborghini. He was Gandhi with a gun"
"Remember it's the sun's heat and radiance that gives the desert dunes their glow."