Hope you’re having a good week – and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my US readers – piccies of yummy food have been flooding my social media all day so I’m already feeling a wee bit jealous sat here at work 😉 Since we don’t have Thanksgiving here I hope you’ll forgive me for skipping ahead to Christmas – and today I’m sharing a teaser from my upcoming Christmassy story. It hasn’t been fully edited yet – so do excuse any mistakes. I should have a cover and release date for you next week – but for now, I really hope you enjoy!
“Jeremiah, you have been summoned before the Council of Archangels to answer for your recent actions.”
Jeremiah stood straight and tall in front of them. He was not going to beg for mercy or plead for his life. He was aware that he had… slipped. Where he had once loved his work, lived for it, been willing to believe in anyone or anything, then centuries of watching the selfishness and greed of humans had left him bitter, cynical even. These were no kind of emotions for an angel. The council would be well within their rights to end his existence, there was a part of him that would almost welcome it. The emptiness and peace of eternal oblivion, there was an appeal to that.
He eyed up the solemn line of archangels. All tall, blond, well-built, ethereally beautiful, pure yet stern. He knew them all, had been friends with some of them once. It seemed a long time ago. When you lived forever then time started to lose all meaning.
Their leader stepped forward. Rafael looked at him solemnly.
“We have discussed the matter and reached a decision.”
Jeremiah held his breath. This was it. They were going to pronounce sentence, end him. There was little mercy for one of his kind, there couldn’t be with the powers they possessed.
“We have assigned you a job. A task, the outcome of which will decide your ultimate fate.”
Jeremiah blinked at the taller angel in surprise. A task? After the way his recent tasks had gone this was the last thing he’d been expecting.
“Why would you give me another task?” He asked them in complete bewilderment.
“This task has come from above, we have it on the highest authority that it is meant for you and you alone.”
Instant denial shot through him. He didn’t want the responsibility any more, he didn’t want any of it.
“I think there must be some mistake.”
Rafael smiled at him. “You know as well as the rest of us, there are no mistakes. This task is for you, and the council has agreed that we will suspend our judgement on your previous actions pending the outcome of it. The matter has been decided.”
Resignation sagged through him. Fine, let them give him some new task. It would only end up going the same way as the others. Then they would judge him and he could finally be done with it all.
“What is this task?”
Take care x