"I... what?" Astra was sure she had lost it.
"You passed! You passed the test, Astra!"
"What? You mean this whole thing was a test?"
"Of course it was! A test of humility."
"Because humility is a virtue that..."
"No, no. I mean why did you test me?"
"Oh. Well, it's like I told you, Astra. Your case is rather interesting. We needed a way to settle the decision of what to do with you."
"And... what happens now?"
"Now? Now you enter Heaven!"
Astra couldn't contain her excitement. "Really? I can?"
"No... no re-evaluations? No purgatory?"
"No tricks at all."
Astra stood there, letting the good news sink in. Then she ran up to the old man, that horribly-bearded centuries-old old man, and kissed him very dearly.
With the echoing of an angelic chorus, the Pearly Gates opened to admit her in.
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