K is for Kindness

On a cold day in October, people walk past Rockefeller Center bundled in scarves and coats. One young man wears only a thin sweater and jeans, hands in his pockets, his emotions bright as buttons. He is looking for answers, Lesha can tell. Lesha tells him she’s an angel, and he shrugs. They sit on […]

D is for Death

Lesha, New York City’s newest angel, received her first solo assignment with a nervous flutter in her almost-human heart. It would be her job to corral a newly-deceased soul from earth to the afterlife. From what other angels had told her, the passage could be easy, but it could also be very tricky. The soul […]

C is for Calling

Lesha listens to Team Leader Alera’s rousing speech, but she cannot stop thinking about Paul, the musician she met on the street. Yes, theirs was a sacred calling, and yes she was honored, et cetera. But what about Paul and his music? They’re standing in a dirt-encrusted, mostly-empty alley near Times Square. Street sounds echo […]

B is for Beggars

According to the mission brief, Team Leader Alera would be waiting at the corner of 3rd and Broadway, but first Lesha had to make herself presentable. She had to look human. Lesha knew exactly what she wanted to look like: red-haired with olive-toned skin, tall but not too tall. She would wear standard attire for […]

A is for Apple

“You can do anything you want, but please don’t do that.” Lesha stood with her hand on the doorway, her mother’s parting, pleading advice echoing in her ears. The last minute assignment had come without warning. New York City, United States, Earth, May 3rd 2021. A new angel was needed to help with a broken, […]