My friend Jennifer over at Momma Made It Look Easy wrote the beginnings of a story last week. She asked me if I wanted to bounce back and forth with it, on a weekly basis. I, of course, loved the idea because I think it’s fun to write stories with a partner and I happen to ADORE Jennifer! Plus, it’s always exciting to see where it will go! So, this week, it’s my turn! Go read hers first though, so you know what’s going on!
“Allow me to introduce myself, I’m Gabe.” He walked closer to her, hand extended, taking long, determined strides which she kept backing up from, not allowing the space to close between them.
“Listen, ah, Gabe? I don’t know you, I don’t know how you know my name but, I’m really in a bit of a hurry so, if you’ll excuse me…” Dee reached into her purse in search of her keys. “Dang, where are they?” She crouched on the ground and felt her way around her bag in the semi-darkness, her keys remaining elusive.
“Looking for these?” Her keys, dancing in the light reflecting from the flickering neon sign of the diner, dangled in Gabes large hands.
“How did..Wha?” She knew the rules on staring, she had been taught them at a very young age but, Dee couldn’t help it, it was all she could do. Along with allowing her jaw to drop, another little thing her parents taught her not to do. Her mom would always say something like, “Shut that mouth of yours before bugs fly in.” Even picturing a swarm of bees flying into her mouth wasn’t enough to spring her jaw closed.
“Dee, as much as I would love to play this little game with you, we don’t have time. You need to come with me, I’ll explain everything on our way.”
Gabe yawned and inspected his fingernails. He was tired. Tired of mortals, tired of explaining and convincing. And, quite frankly, tired of their ignorance. His normal approach, when collecting these agents he was assigned to, would be to slowly break them in. He didn’t have time for that now. Slow wasn’t going to work, not with all the turmoil happening.
“OK, I’m going to make this brief and to the point. Dee, my name is Gabriel. You may have heard of me, I’m one of those angels that a lot of folk have a hard time believing in. I’m actually here from the future and I really, really need you to come with me.”
Dee snorted and bent over in hysterical laughter, her long hair bobbing on the cement. She couldn’t help herself. This guy, as handsome as he was, was quite obviously delusional.
“I’ll wait until you compose yourself. You’re reaction is something I’ve come to expect. Sadly, belief is the hardest part for you mortals. You all talk your blind faith and belief yet, when we stand before you, neither of those come into play.” Gabe sighed and humanly rolled his eyes. “Look at me, Dee.” He knew that he was going to have to do drastic, time was of the essence, he had to get Dee to come with him before it was too late. “Look. At. Me.”
Gabes voice boomed in command, startling Dee into sobriety. Catching her breath, she wiped her tears of laughter and looked up at where Gabe had been standing, only, the man in wing-tipped shoes and expensive suit no longer stood before her.
What she saw, right before she fainted, was the most beautiful sight she had ever laid her eyes upon.