The Angels

When Eve dies, she becomes an angel. She begins to lead the life, or actually death, that any normal angel would. But is being an angel all fun? Doesn't everything have a downside?


4. The Burial

Eve and Oliver spent another hour racing each other before it was time to view her burial. Panting slightly, Eve closed her eyes as she felt the cool air whipping past.

"I think it's best if you keep your eyes open and watch where you're going!" shouted Oliver over the howling of the wind.

Eve rolled her eyes at him and gazed to the ground. She could already see the church, complete with people, steeple and everything else.

Suddenly Oliver stopped and beckoned to her. Eve approached him with raised eyebrows. "What?"

"I just need to explain all the details. They can't see us, so you don't have to worry about that."

Eve rolled her eyes again. "I think I know that, otherwise my mother would have died of shock yesterday and I'd be doing this with her too."

Oliver raised his hands as if in surrender and explained: "You need to hear about the procedure too. First of all, we need to wait until you've been lowered into the ground. After that, you need to fly down to your coffin and touch it. With your whole hand. And do it quick, or you'll be buried along with your body."

Eve's impatience had been replaced with uncertainty, but she nodded firmly.

They landed a couple of metres away from the coffin and watched the priest close it. Eve's family was standing next to it, tears streaming down their faces.

Slowly, Eve walked to the pit and waited, her eyes never leaving her family. Somehow, she was relieved. At least she didn't have to feel the same pain. But it was with a heavy heart that she tore her gaze away, to watch herself be lowered into the ground.

The priest cleared his throat and began talking solemnly. Eve glanced at Oliver, saw him nod, and jumped into the pit. She landed lightly on the top of the coffin and placed her palm on it. Removing it, she saw that it glowed unusually where she had touched it.

Suddenly the priest's loud voice interrupted her thoughts.

"Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust."

They had started to throw the first handfuls of soil into the hole.

Panicking, Eve jumped as hard as she could and got out in time to see the rest of the soil get shovelled in.

She landed next to Oliver again and gave a relieved sigh. "That was close."

"Yes it was. Now come on, we need to get back home." he frowned.

Together they took off and disappeared in the clouds.

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