The Star Bookstore…25…Final Chapter
Pizza was delivered to the back door. After all, one can not live on brownies and apple slices alone.
“There must be at least five hundred angels out there,” said Carl, grabbing a slice. “And no police are showing up”
“Well, why would they show up,” said Constance. I’m sure people don’t even see them. People see what they want to see, and while that’s a lot of angels in one place, people will detour to other streets and ignore the truth, just like they always do. Fear, inspires blindness at times. They think it’s easier to ignore the truth, rather than deal with it and that’s why nothing ever changes.”
Carl sighed, and nodded.
“What are the angels doing?” asked Star.
“Nothing. Unless you call standing still and staring at the shop, doing something.”
Everyone sat down and ate, and tried to figure out why no one standing on the earth was upside down, or sideways. Since no conclusion was forthcoming, the question was tabled for further discussion at a later date. However, one thing was resolved. Up, down, and sideways, do not exist. That just made the original question harder to answer, because everything was round and there was no floor, or ceiling, in the sky.
“Eclairs?” said Lily, putting the box on the table.
Everyone groaned with desire.
Star gave Midnight three more cans of cat food, and extra treats. Then, when everyone was full and happy, she said, “Constance. Are you ready?”
“As I’ll ever be,” she said, standing up.
“You look a lot younger,” said Mary.
“Well,” said Constance. “I use make up, and other appliances, to age myself. I also stoop over and use a cane. If I don’t, people start to notice that I’m not aging. Then I have to move, again.”
“I didn’t think about that,” said Mary, staring at her.
“Why would you?” asked Constance. “I liked it here, and wanted to stay a little longer.”
“Let’s get the show on the road,” said Star.
Constance brushed the crumbs from her shirt and nodded.
They walked to the door and Star stepped outside. Someone threw a big rock at her. She caught it and hurled it back. The angel she hit, fell to the ground and didn’t get up.
“Anyone else want to play catch?” she asked? When no one stepped up, she began again. “I have a great surprise for you today.”
The mob grumbled.
“Someone you haven’t seen in a LONG time, would like to speak to your. Her name is Constance, but it used to be Angel. She’s your sister.”
Constance stepped out of the shop, onto the landing. There was a huge, and very loud, GASP.
Star leaned over and said, “I think they remember you.”
“Brothers,” she said. “I’ve been gone a long time,” she said. “Living in the world all these years…without you. I’m happy to see you again.”
Some of the angels waved at her.
“I tried to tell you we had to leave” she said softly. “But you wouldn’t listen.”
They all nodded.
“Even after all these many years, I look at your faces and remember.”
Lilith ran up the stairs and hugged Constance. “Hey. I was in the neighborhood, Thought I’d stop by but you weren’t home. I looked around and.found you here, talking to…them. You’re getting all mushy and, gag me with a spoon, but lighten up. Hey,” said Lilith, standing seven feet tall and waving her arms at the angels. “You were screwed by your makers. They scrambled your brains. The only one who got away was your sister, well, and me, of course. Anyway, she’s pretty cool. She wanted to save you, but there was no way. There were too many of them and they were powerful beyond belief, I mean space travelers and all that,” she said, blowing a pink bubble, then snapping it back into her mouth. We were all made for someone else’s purpose and, honestly, what can suck more than that?”
The angels didn’t move.
“So here’s the thing,” continued Lilith, who suddenly paused and looked at Star. “You do know you’re a Starling, don’t you? I mean it’s you NAME after all.”
“I’m a what?” said Star
“Okay,” said Lilith, turning back to the crowd. “This Star person, who seems as dumb as a brick, doesn’t even realize who she is. Yeah, I know, her name should be a dead give away, but what can I say? Not a very bright Star,” she laughed. “Oh, come on. That was FUNNY,” she shouted. “I can see you still haven’t developed a sense of humor. Anyway, your sister doesn’t want you to kill anyone. If you do, the Star person will wipe all of us out, once and for all, and THAT INCLUDES YOUR SISTER. DO YOU WANT TO KILL YOUR SISTER?”
By now the angels were massively confused and restless. Constance put her hand on Lilith’s arm and smiled. “I love you Lil, you know I do. I love you’re passion and zest for life, but back off. I got this.”
Lilith cracked up and was giggling so hard that when she sat down, she put a hairline crack in the cement stair. Constance smiled and stepped forward.
“Brothers. I like it here. I think you do too. I don’t know if you can be reprogrammed, but I think we should to try to overcome what was done to us. If you continue on your path of violence and destruction, I will be forced to side with Star. I will ask her to kill us, for the safety of everyone else. War must stop. Violence must end.”
An angel stepped forward and climbed the stairs. “It’s good to see you sister.”
“You as well,” said Constance. “It’s been a long time.”
“Yes,” he said. “A very long time. Did you see the dinosaurs?”
She nodded. “I did. They were beautiful.”
“The first people?”
“Yes,” she said. “They were beautiful, as well.”
“We used to have feelings for each other once,” he said.
“They took that away from us.”
“We should try and get that back.”
“I’ll help you,” she said. “So will my friends.”
The cat was sitting on Lilith’s lap, getting pets. “How happily ever is this gonna get?”
“No idea. But they have to do it their own way,” said Lilith. “It’s their thing, not ours.”
“What was Adam like?” asked the cat.
“There was no Adam, but I knew a guy named Chuck. He was okay but too small. I’m a tall kind of girl, I always wanted to crush him with my hands.”
“Were there cats?”
“Huge cats,” she said, smiling. “You kind of look like them.”
“Okay, let’s wrap this whole thing up,” sighed Star. “What’s it gonna be? Am I smiting everyone, or are we going to just party for awhile?”
The angel let go of Constance’s hand and moved toward Star. “We would never hurt our sister. Not for anything. There will be no war.”
“Thank you,” said Star.
“May I ask a question?”
“Are there any brownies left?”
The hive mind is a funny thing. Once a decision has been made, the change hits everyone at the same time. So, angels everywhere understood that their sister was back and the fighting was over.
The angels are still among us, so are their alien masters, who are in government and positions of power, across the globe. I think it’s time we break the code and wake up. Unless, of course, working for them until we die is our life’s goal. The enslavement of people doesn’t make sense. It’s all about violence, the violence they create and allow. Fear and violence, rule the planet. Maybe we should stop playing that game, stop letting our children be sent to wars we don’t even understand. Maybe we should demand that violence against us end. Maybe, maybe, maybe. But I think the fact is, is that almost everyone will detour down a different street and pretend they don’t see what’s going on one street over. That has never worked, and it never will, but people who are afraid, are very good at pretending.
Thank you for reading this story. I really appreciate it, so do all the characters.