Art and the philosophy of life

Morning Star…


You’re Lucifer?”

“Ya got a problem with that?”

“Not really, I just thought you’d be taller.”

Lucifer sighed.  “I get that a lot.”

“Can you make yourself taller, like the guy on the tv program?”

“I can, but keep in mind that the guy playing me, is an actor.”

“I get that, but why do you choose to look like this?”

“What’s wrong with the way I look?”

“You look like a gangster from the 30’s.  One who lived in Chicago, ya know?”

“Good times,” said Lucifer.

“For you maybe.”

“It wasn’t all bad.  Speakeasy’s, girls, great music and people knew how to have fun.”

“Why are you here?”

“Where do you think I should be?”

“I don’t know,” she said.  “You’re kind of a supernatural being.”


“Yes.  I want you to know that I think you got a bad rap.  I think you are one of the good guys.”

“Thank you.  It’s always hard to go against authority figures.  They don’t like to be questioned, even if they ARE wrong.”

“I know exactly what you mean.”

“I’m here to protect you guys from the army of angels who would eat you alive, and I mean that literally.”


“You’re welcome.”

“Do you have an army?”

“Don’t need one.”

“Wow, that’s pretty cool.”

“If the angles come for you, there are others who would fight with me, but we don’t get together unless there’s trouble.”

“That’s a good way to do things.”

“It works for us,” said Lucifer.  “And who are you?”

“My name is Zip,” she said.  “But if you mean philosophically, I have no idea.  None of us know who, or what, we are.”

“Ah.  That’s a problem for you, isn’t it?”

“I don’t care anymore.”

“Why not?”

“There’s no answer, so why bother thinking about it.  Whatever we are, or why ever we’re here, I won’t give anyone the satisfaction of thinking about it.”

“You’re a smart cookie .”

“OMG you sound like Al Capone.”

Lucifer laughed.  “I’m just having fun,  Sorry, I like the films from that period.”

“Well, you sound dated.”

“I’ll do better.  I promise.”

“Are you the Morning Star?”

“I am.”

“I think humans are just ride alongs.  You know, whatever spark we are we just take over bodies that are part of the landscape, and use them for our own purposes.”

“That’s exactly what happens.”

“Is there a hell?”


“Where is it?”

“It’s right here.”

“You mean earth?”


“But what about all the stories about torture and rivers of blood.”

“Oh, sweet innocent one,” said Lucifer, smiling.  “No one could possibly torture humans more than humans torture themselves.  I’m here to try to help them, but they refuse to listen.  They kill each other, themselves, waste their lives feeling guilty, set up rules and laws that can’t possibly be followed, they do the most terrible things to themselves.  They often live lives of hopelessness and misery.  No one could torture them more than that.”

“I never though about it like that.”

“I try to make them see that things can be different and they can be happy, but they refuse to see anything positive.”


“I know, right?”

“I know people like that.”

“I’d be shocked if you didn’t know people like that.”

“I thought we were just crazy.”

“No, you’re being played by forces out of your control.  I’m trying to stop that from continuing.”



“What about god?”

“There is no god.  There are just things who like to play with lifeforms, that’s all.”

“Can I kill them?”

“Uh, not really.”

“Why not?”

“They are powerful, at least over this planet and the things that live on it.”

“I need a job.  Are you hiring?”

“Excuse me?”

“I can type, do research, talk to people, write papers.”

“I…don’t know, exactly,” he muttered.  “I’ve never actually worked with anyone before.”

“I can do lots of things and maybe I can help.”

Lucifer controlled the laughter bubbling up in his throat.  “Okay.  We’ll try it for awhile and see how things go.”

“Do you have an office?”


“I have a computer, so no problem, it’s a laptop.”

“I see.”

“Do you have a girlfriend?”

“Why do you want to know?”

“I don’t want her to feel threatened.”

Lucifer did laugh then, loud and hard.  “It won’t be a problem.”

“Just sayin’.”

“Thank you. That was very thoughtful.”

“Well, let’s get started,” said Zip.

“Follow me.”





Comments on: "Morning Star…" (4)

  1. This is going to be fun 🙂

  2. Oboy, a new serial! 😀

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