Angel Recruitment

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A fictional story about the possible beginning of Guardian-Angels. --- Sometimes a writer creates a story that takes on a will of its own, as to what the ending will be. This version, "Angel Recruitment," was not my first choice, but it is where the story seemed to want to go after I had finished the original story, entitled "Help Wanted". Hope you enjoy.

Submitted: December 27, 2016

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Submitted: December 27, 2016



One winter’s day a young man was walking along a dirt path that ran parallel to a river. The path meandered for a while and then it entered a forest.

Soon after the man entered the forest he came upon a pond, and as he drew near the pond he saw an angel sitting on a bolder near the water.

The man knelt near the water and took a drink, then remarked, "Oh that is good and so cool on my throat."

The angel said nothing.

The young man stretched, as if he was tired, and then sat down across from the angel.

After a while the man could not stand the silence any longer, so he stated, "My name is Conner. What's your name?"

"Shim," the angel replied.

"You are an angel, right?" Conner asked.

"I was a lesser-angel," Shim replied, "but now I am a fallen-angel because I messed up and I have been cast down to earth."

"Oh that doesn't sound so good," Conner remarked. "So how long before you can go back?"

Shim replied, "I can never go back, ever."

"Well that is a bit harsh. Don't you think?" Conner remarked with a complete look of disbelief on his face.

"I knew the rules," Shim countered.

Conner sat quietly for a while and then said, "Can't you make it up somehow, and maybe do some good deeds?"

Shim replied, "No, what is written is written and only God can change what is written.

We angels have a lesser place before God than humans, but we are held to a higher standard. That is just the way it is, I guess."

"I don't believe that," Conner abruptly stated.

Shim replied angrily. "Are you some kind of expert? You don't know the rules and you don't know the mind of God. Rules are rules and I'm sure God has a good reason for them. So that's that!" 

Conner replied, "So are you just going to sit around and do nothing forever? Earth isn't such a bad place if you look for the good and stay active.

Besides, if you do well for others it will make you feel better about yourself. After all, what is over is over, right? Feeling sorry for yourself won't make anything better."

"Really and how should I do that?" Shim asked.

"Well you could use a more positive outlook. You could try to put your time here on earth to good use, for your own sake," Conner replied.

Then Conner thought for a moment and asked, "Do you have any angel powers, you know, like magic stuff that you can do?"

Suddenly Shim disappeared and then reappeared, saying, "Other than flying and super human strength, invisibility is my only real asset."

"Well that's all you really need," Conner said. "You could become a Guardian Angel."

Shim looked puzzled and then asked, "What is a Guardian Angel? I've never heard of that classification."

Conner replied quickly, "They are angels few have ever seen, but humans say that they are responsible for a lot of good stuff happening. You could keep busy by helping people and keeping them safe."

"What, the whole human race?" Shim questioned with the most shocked look on his face.

Conner laughed and said, "No, not hardly. You'd have to start small at first, you know, until you get a feel for the task. You could start off with someone easy to watch after, maybe just one person at first."

"Maybe someone like you?" Shim asked with a smile on his face.

Conner laughed again and then replied, "No, I wasn't talking about me; although that might not be a bad idea considering all the mischief I get into.

No, I was talking about a child that lives in a town not far from here. I was on my way to that town when I saw you.

This poor kid has all sorts of problems. His Daddy died in an accident so he must work odd jobs every day, you know, to help make ends meet. His mother works too, but doesn't make much money for all her efforts. But money isn't what you would be helping him with

The Kid is really smart, but sometimes when children are that smart they are often distracted by their own thoughts. If someone isn't around to watch after them, well, they might just walk right off a cliff --- or something even worse.

In time, and as they get older, children like this tend to adjust and learn to navigate the world around them without additional help; but until then, they sure could use a Guardian Angel."

"I guess that I could give it a try, after all, I have plenty of time on my hands and it sounds challenging; I like as good challenge," Shim replied with a smile.

"Great!" Conner replied. "With your help this kid may actually survive adolescence."


So, on that very day Conner lead Shim, who turned himself invisible, of course, to the town. Conner pointed out the boy to Shim, and they talked at length about ways Shim might help the child.

When Conner left Shim, the invisible Angel was busy helping the boy to avoid falling into the town’s well, again.


After leaving Shim, Conner continued down the path and out of town.

When Conner was about two miles from the town, and had reached the top of a certain hill, he looked around as if to see if anyone was watching him. He mumbled some words and then angel-wings became visible on his back.

Just before taking flight Conner bowed his head and said, "Thank You God for Grace and second chances; --- AMEN.


D. Thurmond / JEF  ---  12-23-2016

© Copyright 2020 D. Thurmond, aka, JEF. All rights reserved.

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