John, as an actor, had always loved playing in historical movies. So, when he received this offer to star in a re-enactment of the French Revolution, he had agreed straight away.
His part was not a huge one, but it didn't really matter, to tell the truth. Just a small role as a revolutionary who ended up being beheaded. That was the part he actually looked forward to the most: the guillotine bit.
A mock but realistic-looking guillotine had been brought on set. The most terrifying thing about it was the blade: it looked so real, so sharp. Of course it wasn't: when lowered, it retracted. And there was various safety mechanisms as well to make sure it was perfectly safe to use.
And today was the big day: three people were going to be beheaded. John would be the third one. The first one went to the machine, the blade went down, and he walked away. The second person was a rather attractive lady, who also survived the 'beheading' as planned.
Then went John, the head down on the plank. He knew something was wrong when he heard the French technician's curse: 'Oh, merde!' Then, darkness.
The Seeker of Eternity