The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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The Five People You Meet In Heaven begins with a maintenance man and war veteran named Eddie who works at a place called Ruby Pier. He's doing the usual rounds which consist of checking the rides, when suddenly, he hears screaming, thus turning his attention to a ride where the carts were tilted and the people were hanging on so as not to fall. In urgency, he alerts his co-worker, Dominguez to fetch him a ladder. The cart's cable snapped, causing them to fall at a direct spot where a little girl who he had seen earlier was standing. He lunges himself forward, feeling her hand in his, then dies. We are then taken back to a past occurrence and oddly enough, ends up being the day Eddie was born. His father was in the hospital waiting room with the other men,nervously smoking, anticipating the arrival of his son which he then experiences as the nurse leads him to the nursery. Continuing after the accident, Eddie is now on his way to Heaven with the persistent wonder if that girl had in fact survived or why he does not feel any pain. Former physical and emotional pains are no longer a burden to him. Eddie now finds himself at an unfamiliar, more liberating Ruby Pier. The surroundings look drastically different, and he is now capable of walking, leading him to the conclusion that he is at Ruby Pier 75 years prior to the one he worked at. Understanding very little of his situation, and why heaven would be a place he wasn't very fond of, he meets a man in a circus tent with blue skin whom he killed. As a child, Eddie ran into the street to fetch his baseball when the Blue Man slammed on the brakes, swerved, and collided with a truck. This was all explained to Eddie to let him know that everyone is essentially connected and that he will come across four more people who have affected his life or vice versa. This Ruby Pier was the Blue Man's heaven, and that it was so because he found solace in being a part of the circus where he fit in as opposed to life with his father. Feeling awful for being the cause of his death, Eddie is engulfed with guilt but understands that there is a balance to life and death and that because the Blue Man perished, he was allowed to live. The Blue Man states he is finished with his first step and then proceeds to walk off as his skin alters from blue to a caramel color. Another memory is shown that takes us back to Eddie's seventeenth birthday where his family finds out that he has fallen for a girl named...

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