Thank you for visiting WOTI, Liz. “Heaven,” a fantasy short story, is Elizabeth Fountain’s contribution to Shared Whispers. Elizabeth left a demanding job as a university administrator in Seattle to move to the small town of Ellensburg, Washington, and pursue her dream of writing novels. Her first book, An Alien’s Guide to World Domination, was released by BURST Books in 2013; and You, Jane, her second novel, will be published in 2014. On her breaks from writing, Liz teaches university courses, spends time with family and friends, and takes long walks in the diabolical Kittitas Valley wind. Her quirky and humorous view of humanity is well suited to tales of aliens and angels, love and death, friendship and dogs. Check out the blurb and excerpt of “Heaven:”
Not all angels are found in Heaven. Jane is recently divorced, riddled with guilt and fear, but something in her is still stubbornly alive. Her angel, Michael, is ready and willing to bring it out in her. Michael was a Watcher, one of God’s sentinels. But God refused to listen to any of his warnings, so he left his post to take the action he believed the world of humans needs. Michael hides on Earth, falling in love with Jane, and proving that fallen angels make terrific lovers.
But God finds them, and wants Michael back. Now Jane and Michael must stand up for their love and their own choices, even when the alternative is between Heaven and Hell, and the Lord of Lords Himself forces their hand.
EXCERPT OF HEAVEN:
“I’m a Watcher,” Michael began, “or that’s what the old legends called us. We worked for God as sentinels; we looked out. We waited. We waited to raise alarms if we saw anything worth alarming Her Holy of Holies about.
“Well, I did. I saw a lot, a very great deal that alarmed me, as I Watched the world of human beings, and all they were doing to tear one another apart. And Her Holy of Holies ignored all my warnings.”
He sighed and gathered Jane closer. “Then I saw Woman. Woman, who had no idea how beautiful, how strong, how magnificent she really was. Why? Because miss Holy of Holies wanted this truth kept from Woman. Oh, she wasn’t gender biased. She didn’t really want Man to know his own power, either. She is, as they say in the Old Testament, a jealous god. They forget she is also envious. And a little petty, if you ask me. Woman deserved better.”
“What did you do?”
“I tried to tell Her Holy of Holies, you need to wake Woman, to help her really see, feel, be herself. If you do, she’ll be your best ally. Your greatest friend, as you try to spread love and eradicate evil. Her Holy of Holies said sure, I’ll get right on that. And it went into the giant round file in the sky, along with all my other Memos of Warning.
“So I said, essentially, not out loud, of course, to Her Holy of Holies, but in my head and heart, I said F*** This. And I left Heaven to go wake up Woman.”
“You mean you’re a fallen angel.” Jane couldn’t help but smile.
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