TALES OF WONDER CHAPTER 1
SERAPH I M
THE FALL OF THE ANGELS
I am the traveler of time and space and have borne witness to many things. Men call me Seraphim, a name given to me by my Creator I have much to tell, tales that are destined to tantalize the intellect and pique even the most still of all curiosities.
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As time passed, I grew weary of watching others bask in the glow of eternal bliss while I was stuck keeping watch over the gate. I could see the others playing and laughing with an exuberance that I had not yet felt since my conception and had begun to wonder whether or not I would ever be invited to partake in the games of the angels. The others, however, did not seem to take notice to me and I felt as if I were all alone with only the vast emptiness of the universe as my companion.
A being called Zendar changed my previously uneventful existence. At the time of my birth he was traveling throughout the vast regions of space, charting territories for the Creator to build a race of humans. When he approached the gate I knew not who he was, but his very essence was so majestic and awesome that my consciousness fled for the moment so that my senses could comprehend the manner of creature that now stood before me. Light shined from every part of him. His eyes were like pools of light and his face was a harmonious spectrum of colors. His hair was gold and his garments were of a silky fabric that was as beautiful as it was indestructible. The aspect of his appearance by which I was most impressed was the crafting of his body, for it did not seem to contain a single flaw. Even the very energy he possessed enveloped my mind and I could not help but be distracted from the task at hand. As I continued to gaze upon this prince of the light, a feeling of awe and admiration rushed through the core of my soul, for I had never witnessed such a perfect balance between power and beauty at such close range, neither before nor since. When he spoke, his voice seemed to be a blend of the most beautiful harmonies ever uttered throughout the universe. He asked politely for passage into the kingdom after he told' me about his mission. I feigned reluctance to allow him to pass, not because I doubted his credibility, but because I desired to be in his company.
"I cannot let thee pass, sir, until I have received the signal," I told him. A signal would appear to me in the form of a crimson star, which indicated that one was allowed to enter.
"Very well, then. I'll wait." He responded in a tone that was as calm as his presence was awesome. As I awaited the signal, I waited for him to say something, so I could find. out more about him. He said nothing. Shortly thereafter I received the signal, but I did not tell him, hoping that the uneasiness of the silence between us might persuade him to speak to me as something other than a gatekeeper. As more time passed he began to question me.
"Have you not received the signal needed to grant me passage?"
"N‑not y‑yet. Please forgive this rude delay, kind sir. I'm sure that it will not be much longer." He knew I was lying, but did not seem angered. Instead, he started to talk to me.
"What is your name, child?" he asked.
"Ah, Seraphim. I see. You are the Creator's newest conception. I have heard much about you. lt is said that your loyalty to the Creator is unparalleled to that of any other's in the kingdom."
"You mean you actually know of me and have heard these things about me?" I responded, feeling a sense of honor having received this news.
"My child, there is very little in this universe that escapes my realm of perception, and only a fool would fail to recognize such loyalty, for who else would continue to block these gates from one who has already been granted permission to enter?" And with those words a feeling of shock and embarrassment came over me.
"Forgive me , sir, it was just that, well I, uh..."
"It's all right," he interrupted with a gentle, hearty laugh, touching my shoulder. " I know that this job can be rather lonely and tedious at times. It's only natural that you would desire some company."
"Please accept my humble apology."
"No need to apologize. In fact, I'm glad that we had the opportunity to talk. I will speak with you again later." He returned shortly thereafter and invited me to join him on one of his travels, and an angel named Malachi volunteered to keep watch during my absence. Malachi did not mind at all and seemed willing to do anything Zendar asked of him. During our journey I was exposed to the myriad wonders of the universe. We traveled across galaxies and I beheld, first hand, the many star systems each one contained. I discovered that many of these systems contained huge land masses called planets on which other life forms existed. I observed these phenomena with the amazement of a child and was overcome with awe and wonder during my exposure to the Supreme Being's creations.
Our journeys together became more frequent as time progressed. On each travel a new mystery was
revealed to me and each one filled me with more awe than did the previous one. Something else also happened as Zendar and I accompanied one another. A bond started to form between us. He had this protective nature towards me which did not seem overbearing. Instead, it was rather comforting and filled me with a sense of security, thereby reaffirming my notion that all was right with the universe.