Things I Learned in My First Week on Earth
Hey, folks. My name is Six. In case you don’t know, I very recently escaped from Hell. And I’m not talking about a metaphorical Hell here; I mean the actual, opposite of Heaven, Hell. How I ended up there is a long story of which I’ve been trying to get to the bottom for quite a long time–almost two centuries. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I’m here to talk about Earth.
In Hell, I was occasionally allowed to use the viewing portals, through which I could see selected parts of Earth. Seeing bits and pieces is nothing like the full experience. I’ve been here only a few days, but I’ve learned that, for the most part, Earth is pretty f**king awesome. Sure, the humans annoy me sometimes. They’re all over the place. I’m learning that some of them are bad and some of them are good. (The bad ones annoy me most. You’d think they’d know how to appreciate what they have!)
I’m rambling again. Okay, so here are the things I’ve learned:
1. Coffee is the best. Being an angel–a fallen one, but still an angel–I don’t need much sleep. I can go days without feeling tired, even though I certainly feel better if I get at least a few hours each night. Over the past week, I’ve hardly slept at all. There’s so much to see and so much to do. I want to see everything, do everything. I want to dance naked in the fountain at Centennial Olympic Park. (That didn’t go well, by the way, but I loved it while it lasted.) I want to eat all your magnificent foods. (It turns out, it is possible for an angel to make herself sick by overeating.) Anyway, if I’ve gone a few days without rest, there’s a Starbucks on every corner! And this coffee-stuff comes in a hundred different combinations. I don’t remember Heaven, but I bet there’s coffee there.
2. Humans aren’t so bad. I admit it: my first impression of humans was not a favorable one. Soon after showing up on Earth, I saw two men try to assault a girl. It was a bad first impression, and it gave me wrong idea about how things are here. But luckily, some humans are great. My roommate, Cara, is one of the good ones–even though she’s angry with me right now because of an awful incident with a dead guy in the living room. I’m thinking a gift card to Starbucks will not make up for it.
3. There are other forsaken beings here. Fallen angels, demons, monsters. They’re hiding in the sewers, in the clubs, and even in plain sight. I wonder if the Ruler of Hell is aware, or if he even cares. His people have escaped, and they can’t mean to stay in hiding for long. I fear what they will do when the time comes to make their presence known.
That’s it for now! I’m off to enjoy more of Earth.
About Alicia Wright Brewster
I’m a mild-mannered lady of average height and above average paranormal obsession. By day, I work in an office. At night, I’m an author, an electronics junkie, and a secret superhero. (Please don’t ask what my superpower is. That’s not very polite.) In my virtually non-existent free time, I love to read, watch movies, and eat food. I am particularly fond of the food-eating and make a point to perform this task at least three times per day, usually more.
After crawling her way out of Hell, Six is ready to cast aside her angel wings and all the responsibilities that come with them. But Earth is not as peaceful as she imagined it. Demons, dark angels, and other hell-beasties escaped before her, and they’re not as content as she is to live a quiet life on Earth.
A fellow angel who escaped Hell with her commits a series of soul-murders, destroying human souls so they can’t go to the afterlife. Although Six has conflicting feelings about humans, she goes after the other angel to keep their escape a secret from the one she fears most.