Isabella Marie Swan is an unextraordinary, if not neurotypical, high school student in Forks, Washington. Her senior year is unextraordinary, if not purely uneventful, for the first few months. Many strange events entirely fail to occur.
Accordingly, when a van driven by a panicking teenager screams out of nowhere across an icy school parking lot towards Bella, the laws of physics apply in full force. The pain is horrific, but brief.
There are processes that occur after an event like this. On Earth, Charlie Swan is summoned to a scene on which there is no need to dwell. Death is pronounced. Family is notified. Friends are told. Teachers remove Bella from their class rolls. Jessica cries.
Not at all on Earth, an entirely different process is derailed by the fact that the memories and beliefs of a certain soul cannot be analyzed.
This is rare, but not unprecedented. Scans of many other souls from the same continuum are substituted to generate an proxy estimator for use in further routing.
『Analyzing... no consensus expectations for disposition of souls.』
『Focusing on souls from similar cultural backgrounds. Analyzing... no consensus.』
『Clustering attitudes. Analyzing predictive factors. Weighting for specificity of belief to circumstances...』
In Bella Swan's continuum, many people her age have positive attitudes towards one particular scenario for who gets disposition of the soul, when a high school student dies after being struck by a motor vehicle.
When Bella opens her eyes again, she's sitting on a wide tatami mat floating within an endless blue sky, before a table set with two cups of steaming tea, across from a grandfatherly old man wearing a white kimono.