Art and the philosophy of life

Morning Star…6

“We’ve been walking for hours,” said Zip.  “You’ve helped so many people.  I think you’re rather nice.”

“Thank you, but it’s only been thirty minutes,” said Lucifer, bowing slightly.  “How’s the pretzel?”

“Excellent.  Don’t you want mustard on yours?”

“No, I like it plain.”

“To each his own,” she said.  “Can you tell me what my life is going to be like?”

Lucifer looked at her.  “I can.  But I won’t.”

“Why not?”

“If I tell you, you’ll change the decisions you make and then your life will be different than it’s supposed to be.  It will be more like Plan “B”, than your original path.”

“I get that,” said Zip, nodding.  “But if something bad’s going to happen, I want you to tell me because I don’t want anything bad to happen.”

“Bad things happen all the time, I’m afraid,” said Lucifer, softly.

“Maybe, but you can change that, right?”

“Where can I buy flowers for your mother?”

“Why do you want to buy flowers for my mother?”

“I’m going to be a guest in your home.  Guests bring gifts.”

“She likes daisies and carnations.”

“Perfect,” said Lucifer.

“I have to warn you,” said Zip, pushing the last of her pretzel into her mouth, “mflmy…”

“Excuse me?”

“Sorry, I know you’re not supposed to talk with your mouth full.  I always thought it was because it looked gross but I think it has more to do with the fact that no one can understand what you’re saying.  Anyway, I was saying that my family is a little weird.”

“In what way?”

Zip sighed and shook her head.  “We all love each other and no one is divorced. We never fight, or get mad at each other.  I don’t want to run away, I don’t do drugs and we all love our cat.”

“That seems like a good kind of weird, don’t you think?”

“I guess,” mumbled Zip.  “My mom’s name is Rainbow and my dad’s name is Bob.”

“And the cat?”

“Tulip, but I don’t think she likes it.  I think she wants to be called Cat.  I mean she never comes when we call her Tulip, but she runs over to us if we call her Cat, so it just makes sense that she likes to be called Cat.”

“Stand over there for a moment,” said Lucifer, nodding toward the corner.  “Go now, then close your eyes and think happy thoughts.”


“Just do it.”

Zip stood by the wall, put her hands over her eyes and peeked through her fingers. Lucifer walked up to a handsome blonde man, about six feet tall and started talking.  The man became angry and raised his hand to hit Lucifer.  Lucifer snapped his fingers and the man disappeared.

“You can look now,” he said, standing next to her.

“How’d you make him disappear.”

“How did you see through closed eyes?”

“Oh, come on.  You had to know I would look,” said Zip, staring at him.  “What if you needed help?  I work for you, remember?”

“He was one of the bad angels.  He damaged a lot of people today.  I asked him to leave willingly but he refused.  So I gave him a free ride back to where he came from.”

“Can you teach me to make someone disappear.?”

“I cannot,” said Lucifer.

“Where did he come from?”

“I won’t tell you.”

“Do you spell Morningstar as one word or two?”

“Two.  Why do you ask?”

“No reason,” said Zip.  “Actually, I’m glad you spell it with two words because there’s food with that name.”

“I didn’t know that.”

“So, it’s better the way you do it.”

“It is indeed.”

“We better get going,” said Zip.”It’s almost time for the party and we still have to get the flowers.”







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