There weren’t always dragons in the Valley, but I got too tempted and too reckless. A broken heart could do that.
Have you ever fallen so fast and so hard that your wings felt like they were going to catch fire before ripping off? No? Well neither have I until way into the future, and I knew it was going to happen. But the cause of such could be altered at any moment in the present time. Who knows why I might be falling. Maybe I jumped off a building, or got pushed off this said building. Or maybe I fell in love and then that person pushed me off a building. I should really stay away from buildings.
Anyways, you might ask how I know I'll die falling, and it's funny but I actually know when it'll happen. See, I'm one of those rebellious angels in training that are a lot of trouble to the Ministry so they stuck me in the most annoying department that they could find; The Time Department. Now you might be thinking to yourself that that's not such a bad place, I'll never be late anywhere! It's awful. Regardless of the billions of ticking clocks everywhere driving one insane, I also have to deal with Father Time; and his god awful humor.
"Alees! What animal makes the best time? Oh c'mon, you're going to love this one! Ready? Ready? A WATCHDOG!" Father Time knew how to let time pass as slowly as possible. So while he doubled over in laughter, I just rolled my eyes as usual and tried to get on with fixing a specific clock that I was working On.
"Very funny Father, now can you get on with the whole daylight savings thing? I'm really not in the mood to have to stay after hours and catch half the world up again." I said with a heavy sigh.
It was real bad last year. Father kept saying we have enough time and we won't fall behind schedule, but sometimes he just gets so sidetracked peaking into the Medieval times. He loves those jousts.
Although working in the Time Department has it's perks, illegal perks but still a plus. Each person on Earth has their own clock and one can usually sneakily dip into a clock and look into that person's life. It's pretty cool to be honest, but one has to be careful not to fall in completely or you get locked in, or out? And definitely do not drop anything in there, it’s almost impossible to get something out. I'm still trying to figure out how to explain it to my angel roommate.
Anyhow, like I mentioned a bit earlier, dipping into these clocks is illegal. As Angels we should not be messing with any human's life directly as it can really mess everything up. Besides messing with that human life, an Angel can even be stripped of their wings and pretty much sent to the Underworld; then you're really screwed. But it's so tempting, especially with all these alive ticking worlds all around you 24/7. Only Father Time can really peak into these worlds, cause he's ya know, Father Time.
So I guess I just don't understand why they put me here, don't they know I'm clumsy and am going to want to peek? If it's some sort of test, they should know there's a 50/50 chance here. I'm just impulsive, what can I say? That's what happens when you take six days off to go hiking in unauthorized mountains in search of dragon eggs and neglect all of one's duties and responsibilities. Now I'm stuck in this chaotic ticking madness for the next couple months. It's not like I did anything that bad, but the Ministry already has a pretty thick file on me. Maybe they're trying to bore me into being a civil and proper Angel. If so, good luck! Because I can only push off my temptations for adventure for so long before I snap. And in this case, grab a clock and do the illegal thing like always.
I gave it about a month of Father Time's bad time puns and was ready to throw myself over the tallest building, or dive into the nearest clock. I hope the side effects won't be too brutal. See you on the other side!
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