Chapter 15

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Chapter 15

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And he saw a vision of armor. The armor was not his own skin; it was stronger
than plasteel. Nothing penetrated his armor -- not knife or poison or sand, not
the dust of the desert or its desiccating heat. In his right hand he carried the
power to make the Coriolis storm, to shake the earth and erode it into nothing.
His eyes were fixed upon the Golden Path and in his left hand he carried the
scepter of absolute mastery. And beyond the Golden Path, his eyes looked into
eternity which he knew to be the food of his soul and of his everlasting flesh.

-Heighia, My Brother's Dream from The Book of Ghanima

Jessica is interviewing Leto on her second day back in her quarters at sietch Tabr. Leto says it would be better if he never became emperor, not because he's looked into the future, but because he and Ghani need time to come to grips with what they are. Jessica makes the mistake of calling him a child and he reminds her that he is millions of years old. He assures her that he's not fallen into Paul's trap and tried to see the future, he prays for a universe of suprises. It disturbs her to think that Paul and her duke still live on in him. Leto warns Jessica that Alia is planning to abduct her. He asks her to use her heart when judging whether he and Ghani are abomination. He also warns her that the Corrino's might attack them while all the Atreides are gathered on one planet. He tells her that the whole imperium suspects that Jessica has come on behalf of the Bene Gesserit to breed the twins. He reveals the Bene Gesserit plans to her as though he had eavsdropped on her conversations. He tells her he has a tough choice, to live and die for his people or one in which he'll live thousands of years. This really disturbs her. She say she's noticed that Alia has stopped aging but Leto says he's not talking about the Bene Gesserit anti-aging trick but something far beyond that. As she fingers the Gom Jabbar in her robe, Jessica insists he explain. First, he tells her she must understand time. There is no difference between a million years and a heartbeat and the entire universe and all of it's time is within him. Nonsense she says. He knew she wouldn't understand. Leto thinks The Preacher may be Paul. Back on the subject of Alia, Leto confirms that she's stopped aging and blames Jessica for abandoning her and she has no right to judge her. When she starts to respond, he uses Voice on her and tells her to shut up. He appologizes but then realizes that Leto has been playing her like an instrument through the whole interview. He tells her she musst allow herself to be abducted, she will soon be teaching a very interesting student.
They were destroyed because they lied pretentiously. Have no fear that my wrath
will fall upon you because of your innocent mistakes.

~Leto II, God Emperor
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