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SUZANNE CAREY
DTLAL Associate Member
Sr. Columnist

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PHOTO: SUZANNE CAREY

SUZANNE CAREY


REDEMPTION

Nestled at the base of a large pine tree, in a pile of fallen needles, Mia lay sleeping. Wrapped in her once white wings, now the color of a storm filled sky, she slept dreamlessly, peacefully, knowing that her beloved forest would keep her hidden and safe. She knew the spirits of the ancient trees, for she spent many a years living amongst them. She spoke their language and she learned the wisdom that they held, for they considered her one of their own. Mia was nature’s child and this was home.

At the edge of the forest was a small lake, with water that sparkled like tiny diamonds as the sun rose above the trees. Gliding across the water was a mother Loon, her babies riding comfortably on her back. The sound of her mournful cries as she called out to her life mate echoed through the silence, only to be joined by his answering call. The splash of a fish as it jumped through the water, hungrily eating an unsuspecting water spider, added to the music of the early morning.

Not ready to open her eyes just yet, Mia laid silently taking in nature's symphony, holding onto the feeling of peacefulness for just a little while longer. She knew she didn’t have much time as her pursuers crept ever closer, but she was so tired and didn’t want to leave the comfort of her bed. The feeling of a large pine cone being dropped on her from high above let her know it was time to get up.Opening her wings she shook the pine needles out of her feathers, stretching her arms and yawning loudly.

Retracting her wings into her back, she stretched her muscle to ease the slight discomfort. Heading toward the lake she found the tree she used for diving, and climbing up its rough bark. , Mia stood at the end of the thick branch that hung over the lake, and dove cleanly into the chilly water. Coming up for breath, she gasped at the shock of the cold, but continued to swim towards the middle of the lake. Once there, she found the flats and was able to walk the short distance to her favorite spot to sit. Looking around for anything unusual or out of place, she scanned the lake and the surrounding woods. Her vision was beyond perfect as was her hearing, but she used her ability to read the energy around her, and that is when she discovered she was out of time. For she had been found and only had seconds to escape.

Taking a very deep breath, she lay on her stomach and swam towards the bottom of the lake, holding on to the reeds so she could stay hidden at the bottom. Inching her way toward deeper water she knew she would need to take a breath soon, but not yet. Heading deeper into the depth of the water the temperature got steadily colder and her muscles began to move a little slower. Feeling the beginning of fear, she did her best to quiet her mind and to calm her racing heart. Mia knew she had to be very careful if she was to keep from getting caught, she had already pushed it to close as it was. Lungs beginning to burn with the need for air, she made her way up to the surface, only to be snatched out of the water with a breath taking suddenness. A warm hand covered her mouth, and a steely male voice whispered in her ear “Silence” Nodding her head slightly, she refrained from speaking as she felt herself trapped in warm, strong arms, flying rapidly over the water at a dizzying speed.

Closing her eyes, Mia felt the wind in her hair and knew she should be cold, but the heat her captor was putting out kept her surprisingly warm. She knew these woods like the back of her hand, so as long as they stayed in the forest, she knew where she was. Feeling safe for the moment, she closed her eyes and was instantly lulled into a deep sleep. Who was this creature?Came her final thought as she fell into the darkness.

The flickering light of a campfire pierced the darkness behind her eyes, and she slowly opened them to look around. Adjusting her vision do she could see beyond the firelight, she searched for her captor. Not seeing him, she slowly made a move to sit up only to be stopped by that steely male voice. “I wouldn’t if I were you”. Finding the general area the voice came from Mia replied “Well you are not me!” Swiftly jumping to a stand she got no further than I step when she was knocked off her feet. She lay on the ground trying to catch her breath. Struggling to sit up she found she couldn’t move, her sinewy, hard body was pressing down on top of her to keep her still.

“Could you please get off of me, you’re heavy.”
Rolling on his side he stood and extended his hand out to her so she could stand as well.Once on her feet she thought about running for a brief second, but the look in his eyes warned her that she wouldn't get to far. And those eyes, inhumanly beautiful. Actually now that she was able to look more carefully, everything about him was quite beautiful.Well over six feet tall he had big, broad shoulders, muscular arms, flat stomach with a sculpted six pack, and...oh my. Quickly looking up she took a moment to notice his thick black curly hair that hung carelessly past his shoulders, his nose was straight and just the perfect length, high cheekbones and a chiseled chin. And those lips, full and sensuous, wonderfully kissable.

“Are you done?” Turning beet red Mia abruptly looked away, embarrassed beyond words. “Well perhaps if you had clothes on I wouldn’t stare.” With a thought he was dressed in tight black jeans that molded his rounded behind like a glove, a flowing white shirt and a black leather vest.

“Better?”
He was just as irresistible dressed as he was naked.” Yes, Thank you.”
Looking down she too was suddenly dressed in flowing white pants with an elastic waist and a matching long sleeve top. 
Nicely done she thought.
Needing to change her wayward thoughts, Mia put on her best business face and asked “Who are you and what is it that you want from me?”
“My name is Gregorio” Walking around her in a full circle, his eyes feeling like a physical touch as he examined her from all sides. Coming full circle, he once again stood before her. “Redemption”

“I have no need to redeem myself!” Mia replied in a voice filled with hurt and rage. “I was dropped here on this God forsaken planet, ripped from my home, left to die. But I survived!” Breathing heavy she continued “ I was left with no memory of who I was or what my purpose was to be, yet with every trial that was thrown at me, I rose above it, or struggled through it, and at times I even walked away. But I always remained true to who I was. As a matter of fact I

became better, stronger, a greater version of who I started out as.” Gregorio just stood before her, a slight smile played across his lips. Taking a breath to continue her tirade, Mia stopped as the truth of what she was saying suddenly dawned on her, as she looked up into his eyes.

Placing both hands on her shoulders he held her gaze with his “Yes dearest one, you did all that and more. Not only did you survive, but through your struggles, your hardships, your being stretched past your self imposed limits, you grew into who you were always meant to be. Through the pain of growth, you still remained true to your higher self, sharing love and kindness to all those you encountered along the way. You gave to those who had nothing, when you had less than nothing yourself. You fought for those who couldn’t fight for themselves, and left a feeling of peace and love in the souls that you touched. We are so very proud of you dear child.”

A pure white energy began to emanate from Gregorio, a light so bright Mia had to close her eyes. Moments later she found herself high above the forest, hovering in the huge clouds. Looking behind her she could see her wings, full, white, and more beautiful than ever, and she looked up at The powerful Angel in confusion .

“Hows is it I came to be here on this planet?” Mia asked “Why do I have no memory of my origins?”
Taking a moment to weigh his words carefully, he turned to face her, speaking gently. “ As a new Angel you learned well and grew quickly, being granted more responsibility. But as your power grew, so did your willfulness. You began to lose connection with the light inside you and turned your back on our creator.” Gauging Mia’s emotions by the look in her eyes he continued. “We knew you were worth saving, but you needed to find your way back as the rest of the souls on this planet living a life as humans. So we stripped you of your memories and your power, and set you on your path.”

Mia turned her eyes away from Gregorio, feeling to much shame to even look at him, yet still had so many questions that needed answering.
“How is it that I was allowed to discover I had wings?”
“We left you with tools that you could use to help you along your way, but it was up to you to find them and to use them wisely. And because she chose the path of light and love, we allowed you to keep them.”

Turning Mia to face him, he gently cupped her chin and lifts her face so that she once again was looking into his eyes.
“My child” he spoke “You have proven your goodness and have redeemed yourself. You have been granted the gift of free will and access to all your memories and the powers bestowed upon you as an Angel. Now you may choose as to whether you come home or continue on this planet living as a human. What be your wish?”

Taking a brief moment to think about it, Mia replied “May I stay on this Earth, living as a human, but still retain my powers of an Angel?”

Gregorio gifted her with a bright and beautiful smile, and with a touch of his finger on the center of her forward,sent her back to earth.
“As you wish” came his voice inside her head. “Know that we are only a thought away should you need us”

Looking up at the sky, Mia tucked in her wings, and with a brief wave disappeared into forest, filled with the excitement as what was to come, and who she was going to be.

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PHOTO CREDIT: SUZANNE CAREY

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