Can you imagine?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

The angel Elijah cannot understand what is to be human, normally it wouldn't matter, but he finds he needs to understand. It is all he can think about, what would it be like to be human?

Can you imagine? They’d ask me. No, I can’t and I never will. I was born an angel. I don’t know what it is to be human. I know the science of it, veins arteries, skin, DNA, but I have never experienced it myself.

So I don’t answer. Instead I go back to watching the humans as they all rush about their lives, rarely taking time to step back and realise that if they did everything would slow down and become far less stressful.

But some of them were more like angels than I realised a human could be. They were kind, helpful and loving. They stood by their friends and fought for their defence even if the battle was already lost. They had faith, and they had hope and love.

They also had futures. Something angels didn’t have. We are eternally in existence but we do not have the same definition of ‘future’ as humans. For them the future meant ageing and getting older, achieving a career, having a family and inevitably dying. That was ‘future’ for them.

For us the future was the same as our existence now. We would watch and wait until a time when we were needed arose.

“Elijah, are you still watching them? You do nothing else these days.”

I looked away from the pool of water where the human world was depicted. My brother, Michael approached with graceful strides.

“Why do you spend your time by the pool, instead of with your brothers?”

I glanced at the calm, motionless water and felt-what humans would call-a smile, twitch on my lips but it was gone a second later.

“They’re flawed and emotional,” I stated, knowing it hardly counted as an explanation.

Michael stayed silent, although confusion and buried agreement shone in his eyes.

“And yet I see why the father loves them so. I see so many possibilities for each of them and when they do not take them it saddens me. They have so much potential and some of them waste it. They make bad choices and good ones and each lead them to a new destiny that was never written for them. And I wish, I wish I knew what it was like.”

Something undiscernible flashed through Michael’s eyes and he stared past me, at the pool, in thought.

“You wish to be human,” it was a statement not a question.

I shook my head at his assumption. “I do not wish to be human, I wish to have the memories of being a human, to experience it for a day but I don’t want a lifetime. I don’t believe we angels are meant to even try to have a lifetime as one. We wouldn’t be able to cope, it is not our purpose, but if I was among them for just a day maybe I’d be able to understand. What I want to understand I do not know?”

But being human is more than I could imagine…because I never was one.


Submitted: March 27, 2011

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Again, love it as much as the first! Great job, see you tomorrow at school.

Sun, March 27th, 2011 2:14am


Thanks, you too.

Sat, March 26th, 2011 7:51pm


That was a super-cool story.
With this I will have to tell you to KMU on ur work or else I will have to slash ur throat from behind LOL
Obviosly I was just kidding ^_^ about the throat thing.
I was serious on the KMU *tongue out*

Sun, June 5th, 2011 8:49am



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