Angel Misery: Chapter Four

4 Score and what?!

The last month of the school year has come around and the Sequoia State Junior High has started their spirit week.

“Today we get to wear PJs to school!” Maria said, waking up.

“PJs? I’ve never heard that expression before. What does it stand for?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Hmm, Pah… pah…” Maria was trying to figure it out. “Oh it stands for Pajamas!”

“Pajamas? Like sleepwear? Why would school allow that?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Just something fun, it’s my first time ever doing it too! So let’s match today!” Maria suggested to Aiden. “But you don’t sleep, do you even have Pajamas?” Maria asked.

“What kind of question is that, I could just create them.” Aiden responded to Maria with a smirk. “The real question is out of the dozen of sleep attire you own, which one are you going to wear?” Aiden asked.

“It’s not dozens, I have like 5 max.” Maria quickly responded.

“I literally clean your room everyday. You have 16 Pairs of sleeping bottoms, 10 normal sized sleeping shirts and 6 oversized sleeping shirts. Putting it all together would give you 256 different outfits you could design.”

“So which one do you think I should wear?” Maria asked Aiden. “And remember, you have to match me, so unless you like pink you probably should get rid of half of the list!” Maria laughed.

“The Light Blue shirt, and Light blue pants with the white stripes will probably work best for the both of us.” Aiden suggested to Maria.

Maria looked at the choices and decided to go with it.

“Looks good to me!” Maria took the PJs and went into the bathroom to Brush her teeth to get ready for school.

Allison and Maria were downstairs eating some cereal.

“Maria, why haven’t you gotten ready for school yet?” Maria’s mom asked.

“Today’s the first day of Spirit Week which means we get to wear our PJs to school!” Maria said to her mom.

“Hmm, lucky.” Allison said, eating another spoonful of cereal.

“You’ll get to do it too next year when you are in the 7th grade.” Maria said to Allison.

“That’ll help me monitor you more too.” Allison said with a serious look.

“You’re still upset that you had to do my chores for the month. Come on, it’s no big deal.” Maria said with a quick laugh.

Aiden was in Maria’s room and changed his outfit to match Maria’s.

“I look…” Aiden looked at himself. “Strange.” Aiden thought to himself.

Both of them were at school.

“I can’t believe he is actually still friends with her, and on top of that they are now matching outfits, we aren’t even wearing uniforms!” Ashley said, looking at Aiden and Maria walking down the hall.

“Are you getting jealous?” Sarah asked Ashley.

“She has placed top in the finals, now scores above average in class room assignments, and has a tall friend whose a guy, this is nothing like how Junior High was supposed to be.” Vanessa said, also looking at the two.

“She has a speech at the end of the week, we could try to ruin that for her.” Sarah suggested.

“Yea we should, we should take her down from her pedestal. She’s not even trying to be our friend anymore. Not like we wanted her to be anyways.” Ashley said as the girls went the other direction.

Aiden and Maria were sitting at their lunch table when Silvia Reiners came and sat down at the table.

Maria looked at her confused.

“So I finally get to meet the top of the class, Angeal Heavens.” Silvia said, ignoring Maria’s presence.

“What are you doing sitting with us Silvia? Shouldn’t you be sitting with the other prep students?” Maria said with hostility towards Silvia.

“So Angeal. Rebecca, Joshua and I are organizing our speeches to compliment one another for our class speech at the end of this week. I was wondering if you’d like to organize with us?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“And why not me? I’m giving a speech too during the rally also!” Maria said to Silvia.

“I don’t know how you did it, but you are definitely not on our level, ah… what is your name again?” Silvia said to Maria.

“You know my name, Einstein. Especially since it was on top in the same place your name was!” Maria said to Silvia.

“You are so annoying.” Silvia said to Maria. Silvia then stood up from the table. “I will talk to you later Angeal when she isn’t around.” Silvia said before walking back to the prep students.

 “We sure told her.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I didn’t say anything.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“You aren’t going to plan your speech with them, are you?” Maria asked.

“Of course not, unless you are planning with them. I couldn’t care less about it.” Aiden said to Maria, refilling her soda.

“I think I know what I want to write my speech about!” Maria said as she then pulled out a piece of blank paper and started writing notes.

Aiden looked over to see what Maria was scribbling.

“Have the best speech that’ll make Silvia’s speech look like it was written by a kindergartener!” Maria wrote on the page and circled it several times.

“First step of a plan is to write it down!” Maria said to Aiden.

“And I suppose the second step is to wing it like you always do.” Aiden responded.

“No way Corporal, this is war, we need to plan the battle field. Scout for enemies and eliminate them until there is nothing left!” Maria responded to Aiden as if she was a General of a Military. “This is Operation Burst the Balloon!” Maria then laughed aloud, attracting the attention of everyone in the cafeteria.

“I’m a corporal? Since when?” Aiden thought to himself.

“Aiden, this is your queue to say ‘Aye Aye General’.” Maria looked down trying to get Aiden to say it.

“I’m not going to say that.” Aiden responded.

“Come on Aiden, don’t embarrass me.” Maria said, still standing on the table.

“You already had that filled.” Aiden responded.

Maria continued to look at Aiden until he felt guilty.

“Aye aye General.” Aiden said with a lack of enthusiasm.

Maria hopped off the table and the two of them left the cafeteria.

Silvia watched the two leave. “Was that just a declaration of war?” Silvia thought to herself.

“She’s weird, how’d she place so high on the finals again?” Joshua asked.

“I checked and it doesn’t seem like she cheated. It all seemed legitimate, despite her ‘expressive’ character.” Rebecca said to the prep students.

“I can’t believe that she knocked me off the top 5. I am ashamed.” Issac said with his head on the table being reminded of his one too many 95%’s on the finals.

“You’ll get back up there next year Issac. It’s not like a person like her could continue these high marks without burning herself out.” Silvia said. “But we don’t want Angeal to be legitimizing her position.”

“So what’s the plan?” Joshua asked.

“Step one: We separate the two from each other. And offer Maria some ‘power’, someone of her status would definitely take it at all cost, even if that means deserting her relatively new friend.” Silvia informed the group.

“Step two: Show Angeal how easily she is bought, leaving him to seek out a new friend group.” Silvia continued.

“And Step three: Offer him a place where he actually belongs. Then get rid of the ‘power’ that we gave Maria.” Silvia finished.

“What does she even like? Have any ‘power’ you could offer her?” Rebecca asked.

“We can just invite her to a sleepover, saying that we got off on the wrong foot. Then offer her to lead a performance during the pep rally, but to not invite Angeal to it.” Silvia said to Rebecca.

“How do you know if she will agree to that?” Rebecca asked.

“She’s an attention seeker, there is no way she wouldn’t want to be at the front leading the entire class, even if it means she has to take the position of the #1 student, which is her dear friend Angeal.” Silvia replied with a pretend sad face.

“Okay, I’ll follow along.” Rebecca said as the two continued to plan.

It was the last bell and Maria really needed to use the bathroom after drinking so much during lunch.

“May I go too.” Silvia asked. And the final bell teacher allowed her to leave.

Silvia waited for Maria to finish.

Maria was surprised to see Silvia just standing there.

“Oh, it’s you.” Maria said as she started washing her hands.

“I’m sorry Maria that we got off on the wrong foot.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Okay…” Maria said apprehensive.

“And to make up for it, how about we have a sleepover tomorrow night?” Silvia asked.

“A sleepover? On a tuesday? Maria asked suspiciously.

“Yes, I feel bad about not inviting you to plan with us, so Rebecca and I wanted to plan the rally with you over at my place.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Oh, really? This isn’t some sort of trick, because I can tell if it is.” Maria said to Silvia.

“It’s not a trick, honest. But it’s an all girls sleepover so no telling Angeal about it or he might get jealous.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Haha, Aiden? Get jealous? That is hilarious!” Maria laughed. “Sure, I’ll attend your ‘sleepover’, and I won’t tell ‘Angeal’ about it.” Maria winked and dried her hands off.

Maria continued to laugh as she returned to class.

Maria sat down next to Aiden.

“Hey Aiden, I just thought of a perfect plan!” Maria said, trying to whisper to him. “I think you should join them in the planning of the speeches. And on the day of the speech we will just switch their notes out. So you have to make sure it is complex, and very hard to remember.”

“You really want to embarrass them that badly?” Aiden asked.

“She’s trying to separate us, and no one comes between me and my best friend.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Sure, I’ll go along with it.” Aiden responded.

“On Wednesday they’ll probably come up to you saying that I betrayed your trust or something, and then that’s when you will act really hurt. So you will join their group and that’s when Operation Burst the Balloon will happen.” Maria said with a devilish smirk.

“You two talked about something in the bathroom?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Yeah, she invited me to her boring sleepover. I guess I can take one for the Team just to make her think her plan is working.” Maria said, acting as if she was making a great sacrifice.

The next day of school came.

“Today is Sports day!” Maria yelled out as she got up.

“Dress me up as a Basketball Player and you can be a Basketball!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Wow, why can’t we both just be Basketball players?” Aiden asked.

“Because then you’ll just look like everyone else who wears a Basketball uniform. We have to look like we put some thought into it.” Maria said to Aiden as she nodded her head.

“Did you though?” Aiden asked.

“I put more thought into it than I did in the Finals.” Maria laughed.

“You technically failed those.” Aiden responded.

“Details, details. Come on, create me a Basketball outfit!” Maria commanded Aiden.

Aiden created a Purple and Gold basketball Jersey and Shorts.

“Sweet, okay. I’m going to get ready!” Maria said, running into the bathroom.

Aiden then cleaned up the room.

Maria ran downstairs to eat breakfast.

“Oh where’d you get those?” Maria’s mom asked.

“I got them from a friend… oh yea. Mom, the number two student at school, invited me to a sleepover. Can I go? Her name is Silvia.” Maria said to her mom.

“Wow, I didn’t know you had such good friends. Is that why your grades have been improving so much? Sure you can go. Just give me her mom’s number so I know where you’ll be.” Maria’s mom said.

“Sweet!” Maria continued to eat.

“Yeah, but I bet that’s not the real reason your grades have been improving is it?” Allison said to Maria.

Maria stuck out her tongue.

Maria and Aiden arrived at school, Aiden was dressed as a basketball following Maria around.

“Look at them again, walking together as if they own the school.” Ashley said watching Maria and Aiden walk.

The girls were dressed as cheerleaders for ‘Sports Day’.

“I bet she was the one that made him look stupid.” Vanessa added.

“Let’s set up the paint cans right before Lunch, so that it falls on her while she eats.” Ashley said as the girls left the area.

Maria and Aiden traveled down to a food truck that served giant Burritos.

They returned with plenty of time to eat them. Aiden sat and watched Maria eat.

“Aiden, you are really missing out. This burrito is so good!” Maria said to Aiden with her mouth full.

“I’ll pass. The closest I will get to eating your food is fruit, the taste of dead carcasses and fat make me want to throw up.” Aiden responded.

Silvia came back over to their lunch table. She was dressed as a HorseBack Rider.

“Hey Maria, are you looking forward to that thing later tonight?” Silvia said, giving Maria a wink purposely trying to get Aiden to notice.

“Yeah, I told my mom about it and everything. We are going to have so much fun without so and so.” Maria said, pointing at Aiden.

“I’m glad we are on the same page, Maria.” Silvia gave a smile.

Ashley, Vanessa and Sarah looked over at the table where Maria and Aiden sat as they walked into the cafeteria. They had just finished scrubbing the paint off of their hands.

“Wait, why is Silvia sitting with them!” Ashley asked.

“Look at the paint! It’s about to fall!” Vanessa said, pointing at it tilting slowly.

The girls watched as the paint slowly started to tilt further.

“Do you have any sort of snack you prefer? My Cook will definitely prepare it for you.” Silvia said with a smile.

A drop of paint hit the table and Aiden looked up and noticed it.

It began to fall and Aiden shielded it from hitting Maria. The paint drenched Silvia in Paint.

She was shocked and humiliated.

Maria had her mouth wide open at what just happened. Silvia was furious.

“Who did this!” Silvia yelled out. She looked angrily around at everyone watching. Everyone was silent.

“I said who did this to me!” Silvia continued to yell trying to see who was suspicious. “One of you had better fess up or else I will search for you till I collapse!” Silvia yelled.

Ashley, Vanessa and Sarah slowly backed away out of the cafeteria.

Silvia stormed off to clean the paint off of her body.

“That happened. Did you set that up Aiden? That wasn’t part of the plan.” Maria asked him.

“It’s similar to the kind of plan that you would think of. So very likely it’s just someone in our class. Probably the group of girls that you asked me to drop Dog Drool on the first day we were together.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Right, it was probably them. They must be so jealous!” Maria said, hugging the Basketball shaped Aiden.

Rebecca ran to the bathroom to help clean Silvia up.

The rest of the 7th and 8th Graders in the cafeteria then turned their attention away from what had happened.

The Custodian came by.

“Sorry ‘bout this, kids, but could you two move to another table? I have to clean this mess up before it dries.” The Custodian said.

“Sure thing.” Maria got up from the table. Maria and Aiden went off to the gardens.

Rebecca was helping Silvia get the paint out of her hair.

“Who would do this to me!” Silvia said in the mirror furious at her outfit being ruined.

“Probably one of the lower scoring students, they must have been jealous of how brightly you shined.” Rebecca said to Silvia.

“Once I get my hands on them they are dead!” Silvia said, squeezing a towel that was soaked with paint. “Maria is now a secondary objective. I now have to humiliate those who did this to me.”

Rebecca continued to wipe down Silvia.

“Seems like they were trying to get paint of Angeal and Maria if you think about it. It was probably just a coincidence that you were at their table when it happened.” Rebecca suggested.

“That is right, someone was trying to target Angeal. If that were the case then it would have to be one of those boys in the 7th Grade Football team.” Silvia said.

“They probably were targeting Maria more?” Rebecca added.

“Target her? Why? The only one that she harmed was the people at our table for knocking Issac off the top 5.” Silvia said. “Though, she has been hogging Angeal from the rest of us, so maybe the list is larger than I thought.” Silvia said quietly.

“It’s almost time for my sleepover at Silvia’s house. I heard she lived in a mansion.” Maria said to Aiden as the two entered their 5th Bell.

“A mansion, that’s just a large house. You also live in a pretty big house too.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Yes, but she lives in a real Mansion with at least like 3 Bathrooms, and a walk-in closet.” Maria said, trying to describe what she imagined.

“Are you going to be working on your speech while over at her house?” Aiden asked.

“Why are you saying it like you aren’t going to be there?” Maria asked Aiden.

“I just figured since you said you had to keep it secret from me that you didn’t want me there.” Aiden responded.

“You are to gather intelligence, Corporal, during the sleepover. Look through her backpack to see what she has been preparing. Get deep into their minds so that when you do join their little group you can seem like the perfect friend.” Maria said to Aiden as a General.

“So what is your mission during the sleepover.?” Aiden asked.

“I am just going to have fun, because that’s how I can keep it covert.” Maria said.

“So are we spies or soldiers?” Aiden asked.

Maria just laughed without answering.

The time of the sleepover came.

Maria was dropped off by her mom at Silvia’s Home’s Courtyard.

“Welcome Miss Maria. The other girls are watching a movie in the living room. Allow me to take you to them.” The Butler said as he ushered Maria into the house.

“Oh wow, fancy. Thank you!” Maria said to the Butler. Aiden followed behind them while invisible.

Silvia was laying on the couch still with an angry expression on her face. They were watching an animated movie about a fish looking for their son.

Rebecca noticed Maria.

“Oh hey Maria!” Rebecca said with a smile.

“Hey I’m here.” Maria said, waving her hands.

“Miss Silvia, your guest has arrived.” The Butler addressed Silvia.

“Thank you Charles, I know.” Silvia responded. “Can you bring us some more popcorn and soda? Also like a stack of paper.” Silvia asked.

“Right away.” The Butler said before departing.

“This is nice! Is this what you do everyday Silvia?” Maria asked.

“No, I am usually in the study doing some reading, but today is a special occasion.” Silvia said to Maria.

Maria then sat down on the couch. “So what do we want to do first? Are we going to play a game or are we going to go directly into planning for the rally?” Maria asked.

“First, we are going to figure out who dropped all that paint on me.” Silvia said to Maria.

“Oh, okay.” Maria said with confusion as to why it was Silvia’s problem.

“Do you know anyone who could be targeting you, Maria?” Rebecca asked.

“That could literally be anyone.” Maria responded.

Aiden was in the study looking for Silvia’s backpack.

“This is honestly way too much space for a family of Humans.” Aiden said, looking around.

The butler came into the study. Aiden watched him attentively.

The butler went into the desk and pulled out a pile of paper. And a pencil case full of Pens, erasers and mechanical pencils.

“Guess I’m in the right place then.” Aiden thought as he continued the search.

The Butler left the room.

Aiden went into the desk and found Silvia’s Homework organized into files. He looked through them.

“She scored Perfect on all of her finals except 1, which she got a 99%. No wonder she was #2.” Aiden thought looking through.

He pulled out the first draft of Silvia’s speech.

“This is pretty well written, she’s definitely put a lot of thought into her school duties.” Aiden continued to look through.

“So who do you think it was, Maria?” Rebecca asked attentively.

Maria wrote the names of everyone she thought would hold resentment against her.

“If I assume that you two weren’t in on it, then that should be everyone.” Maria said, handing the list to Silvia.

“I would not humiliate myself in some plan to attack you.” Silvia said, looking over the list. 

“I can quickly eliminate Rachel and Heather off the list because if they saw the paint falling they would have jumped and taken it for me.” Silvia said, looking through the list.

“A lot of the boys on the list probably would have done the same, especially if it meant them getting a leg over Angeal for being my hero.” Silvia continued.

“By the way Maria, how are you and Angeal such good friends? You two seem inseparable.” Rebecca asked.

“He’s my best friend, so it makes sense why we are always together. You and Silvia are always together too.” Maria responded.

“Yes, but how did it happen, you two seem so different. It’s a strange pairing to say the least. He’s attractive, tall and smart and you are… well you.” Rebecca said to Maria with zero tact.

“Ouch, okay.” Maria said in response.

Silvia had shortened the list to 20 Students.

“So out of these, who do you think is most likely the schemers?” Silvia asked Maria.

“Well Angeal said it’s probably these 3.” Maria said, pointing at Ashley’s, Vanessa’s and Sarah’s name.

“The Glamour trio? Really?” Rebecca asked.

“That does make sense, especially if Angeal thinks so.” Silvia said, looking at their names.

“Well that solves that. I guess it’s time for us to focus on the rally right?” Maria said.

“Sure, we can focus on the Rally.” Silvia smirked.

“So what did you have in mind?” Maria asked.

“Before we all give our separate speeches you could perform a talent of yours, like singing or dancing, to get the crowd prepared.” Silvia said to Maria.

“But then I will be the main topic of our presentation if I do that, that’s not really fair.” Maria responded.

“Don’t worry about it. Since you are #5 it’s most likely everyone will ignore your speech, so this gives you a chance to wow the other students.” Silvia said to Maria.

“I guess, but me working on a show, and trying to give a speech is a bit much.” Maria responded.

“You don’t need to worry about your speech, just focus on the show, we will cover your slack.” Silvia said with a small laugh.

“Ah, as if I would fall for your trap.” Maria thought to herself. “I am so used to people faking being friendly to me by now I am almost a master at it.” Maria continued to think.

Maria was laughing to herself forgetting to actually reply to Silvia.

“Yeah, since we got that out of the way, how about we listen to some music?” Rebecca suggested it to the girls.

“Oh sure! What kind!?” Maria asked.

Rebecca brought out her MP3 player and connected it to the room’s speakers.

She played an orchestra performance.

“What is this?” Maria said not excited about the musical choice at all.

“This is Pierre Monteux, such an amazing ear for Music.” Rebecca said as she let the sound flow being enveloped by the music.

Silvia also was enjoying the sounds.

“This is not what I was expecting when you said music. It sort of sounds like background video game music.” Maria said.

“You must have an uncultured ear if you can’t recognize the difference between a video game soundtrack and a legendary orchestra.” Rebecca said.

“I am inclined to agree.” Silvia added.

“How are we supposed to have pillow fights to this song?” Maria asked.

“A pillow fight? Like where you smack each other in the face?” Silvia asked.

“Yes, exactly like that.” Maria laughed as she picked up a pillow. She threw the pillow at Rebecca and Rebecca ducked in fear but was still hit.

She fell on the ground and picked up the pillow to throw it at Maria.

Maria moved out of the way and it hit Silvia’s chest.

“Oh! I’m sorry Silvia!” Rebecca tried to say. Silvia picked up the Pillow and threw it at Rebecca.

Maria then threw a Pillow at Silvia knocking her to the ground.

“Okay, you asked for it!” Silvia grabbed a pillow to hit Maria with.

Aiden had finished looking over the information he gathered about Silvia. The Sleepover continued until the girls wore themselves out and fell asleep in the Living room.

The next morning came and Silvia’s chauffeur brought them all to school.

“That was fun Silvia!” Maria said as she went off to meet with Aiden who was waiting for her at the front doors.

Silvia was upset.

“Mission failed.” Silvia said to Rebecca.

“I mean, it wasn’t a total failure. Maria probably will still mess up on her speech if she focuses on preparing that fake performance.” Rebecca said.

“That wasn’t the point, we were supposed to get Angeal to our side, we didn’t even get information to use against her.” Silvia said as the both of them walked out of the car. “Oh well, let’s focus on getting the Glamour Trio back for what they did to me yesterday.” Silvia said, disgruntled.

“So Aiden, did you get any important information?” Maria asked.

“Nothing that we didn’t pretty much know already. She doesn’t have much about her other than school.” Aiden said.

“Boo, that figures. But I guess that makes your job easy.” Maria said.

“Yes, so I will join their little group during lunch and prepare your plan.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Sounds good Corporal!” Maria said to Aiden as they went to their first bell.

The Teachers began handing out Summer Reading Assignment and Summer Packages to complete over Break.

“Homework over the Summer, they are killing us!” Maria said, slumped in her chair.

“You weren’t going to do them anyway.” Aiden said, reading over the packages.

“I know, but it’s the idea of it.” Maria said, flipping the package over on her desk.

“Do you want me to write your speech for you?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No, like I said. I am going to wing it.” Maria responded. “Compared to what the others will do, I don’t even have to have a good speech.”

The other students were walking around wearing their favourite colours for ‘Colour Day’ of Spirit Week.

“Sucks we are missing this!” Maria said right as the 3rd Bell ended and they were heading to lunch.

“Did you want to change clothes?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Yes, I want to wear Green.” Maria said to Aiden as he created a simple shirt and pair of pants for her to switch into. “You also have to wear Green.” Maria pointed at Aiden.

“Sure, I’ll wear a Green Robe.” Aiden responded.

“No, a Green T-shirt and Pants. We have to match all the way!” Maria said to Aiden.

“But yesterday I was a basketball and you were a basketball player.” Aiden reminded Maria.

“Because that was funny. Today we have to match to seem like a unit Corporal.” Maria said. “Oh actually can you make us camouflage?” Maria asked.

“Camouflage is not a colour.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You know what I mean, like military colours that are dark green and stuff.” Maria added.

Aiden then changed the clothes to be Military Camouflage.

At LunchTime Aiden went to the Prep Students table.

“I heard that you all wanted me to plan a speech with you following the same themes.” Aiden said as he went to the table.

“Oh Angeal? We didn’t expect you to come so soon.” Silvia was surprised that Aiden came to them.

He looked over at Maria, and she gave him a thumbs up. Aiden then looked back at the Prep students.

“Found out that Maria was keeping me out of the loop of you guy’s sleepover, and there’s no telling how much more she is hiding. So I am preemptively looking for another social circle.” Aiden said to the group.

“That’s a smart move, she was just going to end up holding you back man.” Joshua said to Aiden.

“Yeah, if it weren’t for you she probably wouldn’t have even placed in the Top 50 haha.” Issac said laughing.

“So where are we planning to organize our speeches?” Aiden asked.

“We all can meet up in the school library.” Silvia suggested it to Rebecca and Joshua.

They nodded their heads.

“That’s fine for me.” Aiden responded. 

“So Angeal, where’d you used to go before you came here?” Joshua asked Aiden.

“I’ve actually always been at this school, it’s just I had to learn and receive all my assignments at home because of the risk of hospitalization.” Aiden told the group.

“Are you sick?” Silvia asked.

“No, I just grew tall early. Apparently it put me at risk, so I couldn’t risk going to school in-person.” Aiden told them.

“Yea, you are way taller than the rest of us. But when I hit puberty I bet I’ll be as tall as you.” Joshua said to Aiden.

“You wish, you’re going to stay your height your entire life!” Issac said joking with Joshua.

“This is boring.” Aiden thought to himself.

Maria and Aiden continued to be with each other during classes. But when school ended he had to depart her and head up to the library.

“They are all meeting in the library for coordination, so I will see you back at home soon.” Aiden said to Maria.

“No problem. Good Luck in Battle Soldier!” Maria said to Aiden as she went to go to her mom’s car.

In the Library.

“I am thinking we could start it off like the Gettysburg address, you know I can say something like ‘4 Score and 7 years ago some of our grandparents were born’… and I can keep going from there.” Joshua suggested.

“If you can make it work then I say go for it. Since you are the first one out of us that will be speaking first.” Silvia said to Joshua. “What do you think, Angeal?” Silvia asked.

“I think he should begin it by quoting a lesser known passage, maybe one by Alexander the Great, seeing that we are the Top students in the school and the Gettysburg address is a rather common way to begin a speech, especially for middle school.” Aiden said to the group.

“Alexander the Great? What would that sound like?” Joshua asked.

“Well it could go like: ‘I observe, students, that when we the Top 5 students lead our class to greater heights, that you become burned out and can no longer follow.’ then you can continue from there.” Aiden suggested.

“No wonder you were able to get one up on me Angeal.” Silvia is impressed with Aiden’s ability to pull a quote that is rarely heard.

Aiden helped Rebecca, Joshua and Silvia prepare their speeches. Each of them were motivating and flowed one into the other. Starting with Joshua, followed by Rebecca then to Silvia’s ending with himself.

“These are solid speeches.” Joshua said, looking at the package of notes in his hand.

“Just make sure you keep those notes on hand during the day of the speech. It’s crucial that you iterate the themes correctly.” Aiden said to Joshua as he was leaving.

Aiden too was preparing to leave. Silvia then stopped him.

“Hey Angeal, do you have a minute?” Silvia asked Aiden.

“Not really, I ought to go back home.” Aiden said as he continued to move forward.

“It’s just for a second.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“Sure, make it quick.” Aiden said to Silvia.

“Can you tutor me, like you tutor Maria? I want to learn what you know.” Silvia requested from Aiden.

“I probably could not tutor you the way I tutor Maria, those are completely different methods.” Aiden said as he continued to walk out of the library.

“Playing hard to get, I see. Maria must still have you around her finger then.” Silvia smiled with fire in her eyes.

Silvia then left the library with Rebecca.

Thursday passed with no major faults happening.

They all met up at the library again with Aiden adding more for them to incorporate in their speeches.

“Okay, tomorrow is the big day. Keep making note cards so that you can reference them during the rally tomorrow.” Aiden said to the group.

“This is going to be legendary.” Joshua said as he left quickly to return home.

Aiden also left the library.

“Are you not going to stop him?” Rebecca asked.

“No, when trying to catch a fish, sometimes you have to loosen the line.” Silvia said watching Aiden leave.

Aiden returned to Maria’s house. She was again playing Video Games.

Aiden tapped on her shoulder.

Maria quickly got up and returned to her room. Allison saw how quickly Maria’s attention changed and how she immediately went into her room.

“Interesting.” Allison thought to herself.

“Just one more day of school left! It’s Rep the School Wear Day tomorrow!” Maria said excitedly.

“Yes, it’s also the day of the Rally, do you have even a tiny bit of it prepared?” Aiden asked.

“Yeah, look.” Maria said, handing Aiden a notebook.

“Good Morning Student, I am Maria Li, and I placed higher than all of you not down here with me! Now worship me!” The notebook read.

“Well, at least it won’t be hard for you to remember.” Aiden remarked, handing Maria back the notebook.

“Yeah, it’ll definitely put all of them in their place.” Maria said, laughing. “So how is my plan going?” Maria asked Aiden.

“They have their speeches and when they step up to the podium I will change out their note cards.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Excellent! This is what they get for looking down at me so much.” Maria said with a devilish smile. “Let’s go to ‘Inside Outside’ to celebrate!” Maria said, pointing out her door.

She then ran downstairs to go outside.

“I’m going outside to the park for a quick second Mom!” Maria yelled out as she exited the door.

Allison watched Maria from the window and Maria ran behind a tree and the leaves suddenly scattered.

The day of the Rally had come.

Aiden and Maria were wearing the most popping of the school wear. Maria had Aiden wear the school’s mascot on his head which was an Eagle.

The students were sitting on the bleachers as the School’s band were playing their anthem.

The Football Team, Soccer Team, Track Team, Swim Team and Baseball Team all were lined up on the field. In the front was the podium with the 7th grade Teachers, the 8th grade teachers, the principal and the school Mascot.

The Principal gave his speech first welcoming the students to the final day of school. Congratulating them on making it through another year of Junior High and congratulating the 8th Graders into High School.

“Now I will hand this ceremony to the Students. These are the 7th Graders who placed in the top 5 on the Finals.” The Principal said as he sat down. He looked at Aiden and gave him a thumbs up.

Maria stepped up to the Podium. She adjusted the mic and cleared her throat.

The prep students started to smile. “She’s about to start singing.” They thought.

Maria opened her mouth and just started laughing.

The people behind her were surprised and the students in the bleachers were confused.

“Look at you all gazing upon my excellence! I, Maria Li have bested you all in both Intellectual and Physical Prowess! Now worship me and be-” Maria was saying before the principal stood up and removed her from the podium.

“Okay Miss Li that’s enough.” The Principal said, sitting her back down.

Joshua then stepped up to the Podium. He looked at his notes, then placed them on the podium. He cleared his throat and started speaking.

Aiden then changed the notes as Joshua was looking up at the other students.

“And this is why we…” Joshua looked down at his notes. “Why do we? Eat salmon from our… wait this isn’t right.” Joshua was scrabbling through his notes trying to find where he was.

“Ah, sorry classmates.” Joshua said, getting more nervous.

“What’s wrong?” Rebecca tried to mouth to Joshua but he was too flustered.

“Ah… four scores and 7 years ago…” Joshua started saying.

“Oh this is embarrassing.”  Maria said, preventing herself from laughing aloud.

“And that’s why, we must be strong…” Joshua said before returning back to his seat with Rebecca shaking her head passing him.

“With strength comes duty! And the duty we have to you as the Leading students of our class is to provide an example and…” Rebecca looked down at her cards and they’ve also changed.

“Oh no, that’s not correct…” She thought to herself. She paused and looked up at everyone staring at her.

She didn’t say anything. The entire student body just stared at her. It was so quiet that you could hear someone breaking wind.

Rebecca then left the podium without saying another word. She lowered her head in shame.

Silvia then stepped up to the podium. “The future is not written, so we must forge forward with all of our might to carve a future worth living.” Silvia looked down at her notes.

She gave a small smirk. And continued with her speech unfazed.

“What? Why isn’t she messing up?” Maria thought to herself.

“She must have memorized the entire thing. She doesn’t need the notecards.” Aiden said to Maria.

“She memorized your entire speech in one night?!” Maria asked Aiden.

“Guess she did.” Aiden watched Silvia continue her speech till the end.

Aiden then stepped up to give the ending.

“So we come together to ask ourselves, are we going to, upon our lead move forward into the future, or are we upon our doubters going to remain where we are! We will never quit, we will never fail. Congratulations Students we made it.” Aiden ended the speech strong as he sat back down.

The students in the bleachers cheered and stomped on the bleacher’s aluminum floors. 

“Settle down.” The Principal said, stepping back up to the podium. “It started out rough but in the end Silvia and Angeal really stuck the landing.” The Principal then continued on to introduce the 8th Graders.

Joshua had his face covered with his hands and Rebecca was still stunned and embarrassed she didn’t move an inch in her chair.

The Band played one more time and the students were released to start Summer Vacation.

“You did good out there Angeal, I look forward to seeing you next year. And whenever your parents want to talk with me again I would be glad to invite them.” The Principal said to Aiden.

“I’ll let them know when the time comes.” Aiden responded.

“Amazing as always Silvia, I look forward to seeing you next year too.” The Principal said to Silvia.

“I plan on being back on this stage to give the 8th Grade congratulations speech too. Next time I’ll be the final presenter.” Silvia said to the Principal.

“Always striving for the top, that’s excellent.” the principal said before going to Rebecca.

“Everyone messes up sometimes, don’t let it bring you down Rebecca.” The Principal said to her. She was still sitting perfectly still.

“There’s always next time Joshua.” The Principal patted Joshua’s shoulder as he was still as red as a tomato.

“Despite the odds you still manage to get up here. I am impressed, Miss Li. Maybe Angeal was the right motivator you needed. Though your speech left a lot to be desired.” The Principal said.

“Haha, wait till next year’s, I am going to give an even more powerful speech!” Maria said to the Principal.

“Can’t wait.” the Principal said getting off of the platform.

“Well I’ll see you next year Angeal.” Silvia said to Aiden.

“You will, but it’s not like you two are going to be friends.” Maria said, grabbing Aiden’s arm. “I know that you were trying to set me up to not have a speech prepared. Seems like your teammates messed up even worse.”

“You really plan on fighting this war against me Maria?” Silvia said to Maria.

“It already started, you don’t even know you lost the first battle.” Maria said, laughing at Maria.

“Hmph.” Silvia gave a small laugh then left.

“Summer just now started, let’s go someplace fun!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Sure, where do you have in mind?” Aiden asked.

“The largest amusement park in the country!” Maria said.

7th Grade ended without a hitch. The Student’s signed each other’s yearbooks and shirts and Maria and Aiden began their Summer extravaganza. 

Angel Misery- Chapter Two

Sign up for School Aiden!

Maria’s alarm clock rang but she was ignoring it.

“What is the reason for this if she’s just going to ignore it?” Aiden thought to himself watching Maria remain asleep.

“Aiden, can you turn that off for me? I’m so sleepy.” Maria said to Aiden.

“What’s the point of having it, why’d you set it?” Aiden asked as he turned it off.

“I set it up so that I could get ready for school…” Maria said drifting back to sleep.

“School? Isn’t that kind of important?” Aiden said to Maria.

“Maria get your butt up, Spring Break is over!” Maria’s mom yelled up stairs.

Maria then sat up from her bed. “Oh yeah, that’s why.” Maria said extremely drowsy.

Maria gave a loud yawn.

“Aiden, can you make me not sleepy or something…” Maria asked Aiden.

They have been together for a few days now and now had a decent level of comfortability with one another.

Aiden sent energy through her body waking her up.

“Ah! Now that’s better, time for me to brush my teeth!” Maria said, rushing into the bathroom right before Allison could get in.

While Maria brushed her teeth Aiden would go through and straighten up her room.

“Organization is definitely not her strong suit.” Aiden thought to himself.

He then saw her backpack in the back of the room, it being completely empty.

“Don’t you usually need to bring stuff to school?” Aiden thought to himself, bringing out the backpack.

Aiden continued to clean up the room.

Maria then barged into the room.

“All done Aiden!” Maria said as she came in and shut the door.

I have to hurry and get my uniform on. Maria said as she dug through her closet making a mess of the room again.

“Can you try to be a little cleaner, I just got done organizing your stuff from when you woke up.” Aiden said, picking up the clothes.

“You wouldn’t have to do it so often if you weren’t always trying to clean.” Maria said to Aiden.

“You know what they say, cleanliness is next to divinliness.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I’m already next to a divine being literally, so I don’t see any point to it.” Maria said as she found her uniform. “There you are!” Maria called out as she then began to change from her uniform. Aiden turned around.

“What is school usually like?” Aiden asked Maria as she was getting dressed.

“It’s mostly boring, with adults just talking all day until we can go back home.” Maria said.

“Is that really it? There’s no learning involved?” Aiden asked.

“I mean sure, there’s supposed to be learning, but I never actually understand half the time. Check in the back of my sock dresser, you will see all my report cards.” Maria said, putting on her skirt.

Aiden pulled the report cards out the back.

“What do all these D’s mean?” Aiden asked.

“That means I am passing.” Maria said jokingly.

“Guess that is a good thing.” Aiden said, putting the report cards back in their place.

“So are you going to be going to school too Aiden?” Maria asked.

“I will be sitting in class invisible with you, if that’s what you mean.” Aiden responded.

“No, that is not what I mean, I don’t want to sit alone during lunch time looking like I am talking to myself. You need to find a way to go to school with me.” Maria said, grabbing Aiden’s hand to have him turn around.

“Okay then I will figure out how I can get enrolled into school. But I am going to have to leave your side for a bit.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Sure, as long as you are there with me in school then having you gone for a few hours is no big deal.” Maria said to Aiden as she walked downstairs.

“Wow, in a few short days her willingness to allow me to leave has drastically improved.” Aiden thought to himself.

As Maria and Allison were being driven to school Aiden opened a route to the Heavenly Realm.

In the Heavenly Realm

Aiden walked to the Mission’s Square. And found the Info Master Coeus.

“Hello Coeus.” Aiden said to the Attendant.

“Well if it isn’t Aiden. You don’t come here often, is there something you are looking for?” Coeus asked Aiden.

“I’m currently on Earth right now for the long haul and need to know how I could attend school there.” Aiden said to Coeus.

“Okay, that’s not too hard. Let me see what I got for you.” Coeus went into the scrolls and placed his hands into the pages.

Aiden watched as Coeus did his work.

“So it’s at Sequoia State Junior High right?” Coeus asked.

“I’m not sure.” Aiden responded.

“That was a rhetorical question, of course I know. I am the Keeper of Godly Knowledge afterall.” Coeus said as he handed Aiden the page.

“We have a student by the name of Angeal Heavens enrolled in the school already, you can take on that mantle.” Coeus said to Aiden.

“Is that all? I don’t have to do anything else, just show up as Angeal?” Aiden asked.

“Well you will also need to have your parents say that you will be attending in person classes again since Angeal was excused for having a medical condition.” Coeus stood Aiden.

“Parents, okay. I’ll get one of the other Heavenly Beings to be parents for me, that shouldn’t be too hard. And what is this medical condition?” Aiden asked.

“That you grew really tall really quickly.” Coeus said.

“Well I guess that will help me explain why I am taller than everyone else.” Aiden said. “Thanks for the knowledge Coeus.”

“Is there anything else I can do for you Aiden?” Coeus asked, handing Aiden the documents he needed.

“No, I am good, I just have to look for some parents.” Aiden said as he then walked off.

Aiden walked through the Heavenly Realm and found Hera.

“Hello Hera, I am glad I stumbled across you.” Aiden said, approaching her.

“Oh Aiden, what brings you to my side of the Heavenly Realm, did you finally start feeling attraction to one of these beautiful goddesses around?” Hera asked Aiden.

“No, it’s not that. However, I do have a request.” Aiden said to Hera.

“A request? Well now isn’t this rare. What would someone of your status need from me? All I am is a matchmaker and punisher of infidelity.” Hera said to Aiden showing her powerful Golden Chains.

“I would like it if you could pose as my mother, I am trying to attend a school on Earth. Or you could send down one of your Fairies to pose as my mother, I would just prefer not to act as my own mother.” Aiden requested.

“This is entertaining. How could I pass up an opportunity to go to Earth?” Hera then laughed. “After all, the last time I was there I was trying to kill an individual I shall not name.” 

“Hopefully you don’t try to do that this time.”Aiden said to Hera.

“Don’t worry about it Aiden, I won’t jeopardize your mission.” Hera said to Aiden.

“Okay, then I’ll call you up when I find someone to be my Father.” Aiden said to Hera as he went off to look for a Father.

Aiden found Horus looking bored watching the cloud move across the sky.

“Are you busy Horus?” Aiden asked Horus.

“No, I am just dying of boredom.” Horus said to Aiden.

“You can’t die, so that’s not true.” Aiden said to Horus.

“It’s just an expression. So what brings you around these parts Aiden. Aren’t you higher beings busy ruling the Universe or something?” Horus said to Aiden.

“Not quite. I was just wondering if you could pose as my Father for today?” Aiden asked Horus.

“Your Father? If I am doing that I could be your grandfather too.” Horus said jokingly to Aiden.

“Sure, I guess. But it’s just for me to go to school. Like I said to Hera I don’t really want to pose as my own parents.” Aiden said to Horus.

“I was able to, someone of your power should be able to do it easily.” Horus said to Aiden showing his muscles.

“Like I said, I don’t really want to.” Aiden responded.

“Okay, I’ll do that for you. I am bored anyways.” Horus said as Aiden went to grab Hera.

Horus’ eyes then opened wide. “Wait, did he say Hera!”

At the School

Horus, Hera and Aiden all are sitting in the Principal’s office.

“So Angeal is returning to classes today?” The Principal asked.

“Yes he is, we are no longer worried about his health.” Horus said then Hera kicked his leg as the Principal gave him a confused look.

“What I mean by that is that, we aren’t worried about him becoming hospitalized any longer due to his growth. He has stopped growing for the meantime.” Horus corrected himself.

“I see, well Angeal does seem to be a rather tall child.” The Principal said, looking at Aiden.

“Isn’t he, he is such a strong and handsome boy, unlike the bastard child Herakles.” Hera said with some discontent in her voice.

Aiden looked over at Hera with confusion.

“Right. Well if you two don’t mind, may I ask Angeal some questions about his confidence in his education while he was away?” The Principal asked.

“Ask away, and make sure you ask him tough questions, my boy can handle it!” Horus said to the Principal.

“So Angeal do you feel comfortable around other students, you know they may mess with you for your height, and since it’s near the end of the school year you’ll stand out like a sore thumb.” The Principal said to Aiden.

“Like a sore thumb, what kind of school are you running here?” Hera asked the Principal.

“It’s just an expression hun, what the Principal is saying is that Angeal here is going to be the center of attention, as he should be.” Horus said.

“Yes, I am okay with that.” Aiden responded.

“Is there something I can do to ease your transition to in person learning, afterall your marks on the standardized tests are perfect, so I would hate it if this transition caused those to fall.” The Principal said to Aiden.

“Well I have a friend that goes to this school, her name is Maria Li, if you don’t mind could I be placed in the same classes as her?” Aiden said to the Principal.

The Principal then looked in his system.

“Are you sure her name is Maria Li? This student doesn’t seem to match your intellectual accomplishments, she’s not in the honours classes.” The Principal said.

“That’s okay.” Aiden said to the Principal.

“Our son has an amazing friendship with that girl, if anything he would be able to bring up her grades.” Hera said to the Principal.

“Yea, no need to worry. My son would never allow his test scores to fall. He is amazing in everything he does!” Horus said to the Principal.

“I am glad to see one of our students having such supportive parents.” The Principal said to both Hera and Horus.

“Okay, you are now enrolled in in person classes. They are currently on 3rd Bell. Get a hall slip from the front desk and you can either head there now or at the start of 4th Bell.” The Principal said to Aiden.

“Thank You sir.” Aiden said to the Principal as he got up. Hera and Horus also got up.

“It was nice meeting you two! I look forward to the next meeting!” The Principal said as the three left the room. “Wow, they were like gods, I don’t know how I held up so well.” The principal thought as he relaxed his body.

Aiden picked up the slip.

“Thank you two for posing as my parents, looks like I’m successfully enrolled in in-person classes.” Aiden said to the two.

“I would have preferred if you got me a different husband, but I guess Horus wasn’t the worst choice you could have made. Two for the Price of one.” Hera said to Aiden.

“Thanks I guess?” Horus said to Hera as they both walked into the pathway to the Heavenly Realm.

“If you need anything else Aiden I am alway free, this was a relief from my boredom.” Horus said to Aiden.

“If it comes to that then sure.” Aiden said to the two before they vanished.

Aiden then walked through the halls looking for the class Maria was located in.

Aiden became invisible looking for the rooms.

“These classes look boring just like Maria said.” Aiden thought to himself.

He eventually found the one that Maria was located in. She was off drawing in her notebook not paying attention to the teacher at all.

“Well at least she is present I guess.” Aiden thought as he then went to the front door of the room and knocked on it.

“Oh that must be the new student.” The Teacher said.

Ms.Swartz opened the door and saw Aiden standing there in the school uniform.

“Wow, you are tall.” Ms.Swartz said, looking up at Aiden.

“I get that a lot.” Aiden responded.

“Class, say hello to Mr. Angeal Heavens. He will be part of our class for the rest of the year starting today.” Ms.Swartz said.

“Nice to meet you all.” Aiden said to the class. Maria was not paying attention; she was in her own world.

“Now if you may choose a seat Angeal.” Ms.Swartz said to Aiden.

Aiden then walked over to the desks.

“Wow, he looks pretty cool.” A student said as Aiden walked by him.

“Wonder what he does for fun.” Another said, whispering.

Aiden sat down next to Maria.

“Why’d he sit next to her?” Another classmate said. “I feel bad for him.”

“Okay, let’s get back to our lesson.” Ms.Swartz said as she continued with her lesson for the last few minutes of class.

Aiden looked over at Maria. “Is she really not going to notice I am here?” Aiden thought to himself.

Maria continued to draw in her notebook. She was drawing a dragon that was shooting fire balls at a group of Heros.

Aiden then turned his focus to the lesson at hand.

Some time passed and it was near the end of the period.

“Okay, I want you to do the Assignment Section of Lesson 15 in your Books for homework. I will be collecting your pages at the beginning of class tomorrow. Show your work.” Ms.Swartz said as the bell rang.

Maria grabbed her empty back then went to the door.

Aiden then walked behind her and tapped on her shoulder.

Maria looked back at if someone just insulted her.

She then looked up and saw it was Aiden.

“Oh Aiden! You’re actually a student! When did you get here!?” Maria asked Aiden.

“I got into class like 15 minutes ago.” Aiden responded.

“Why didn’t you say anything?” Maria said.

“You seemed so engrossed with what you were doing, so I figured I would leave you alone.” Aiden responded.

“Engrossed? What does that mean?” Maria asked Aiden.

“It means taking all of your attention I guess in this context.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Oh, so you were watching me draw, did you like it!?” Maria asked.

“It wasn’t bad.” Aiden said.

“The new guy is talking to that weird girl, we should warn him.” One of the boys whispered to each other as they were walking through the halls.

“Nah, I think it would be funny if he starts hating her.” His friend said.

“They are so annoying, I bet they are just jealous of my team beating theirs in the gym.” Maria said.

“What happens in the gym?” Aiden asked.

“It’s the class where we get to play games.” Maria responded.

“That doesn’t sound like learning.” Aiden said as he and Maria walked to their next class.

“I guess it’s to teach us good health stuff. But we are kids, so we don’t have to worry about getting fat. And especially for you, you’re a heavenly being, can you guys even get fat?” Maria asked Aiden.

“There are some fat Heavenly Beings, but it’s not due to gluttony, they just like to look that way.” Aiden said to Maria.

The students filled the halls of the school trying to make their way to the next class. Aiden stood over them.

Maria was being squeezed between all the backpacks.

“Aiden, can you do something about this?” Maria asked, trying to make room for herself.

“Is it always like this?” Aiden asked.

“Yes, everyone just crowds at the end of class.” Maria said, pushing past other students. “Lift me up onto your neck!” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden lifted Maria up and placed her on his shoulders.

“This is way better!” Maria said.

“Don’t do that.” A Security said to Aiden. Aiden turned around to look at him.

“Don’t do what! Is there a rule against carrying other students?” Maria said to the Security.

“It’s dangerous, you could fall and bust your head open.” The Security said.

“No need to worry about that, Aiden would never let me fall.” Maria said with a smile.

“Put her down or else I am going to give you both detention.” The Security said.

“Detention? Your school locks people up?” Aiden asked Maria.

“No detention is just a place after school where you sit around and fall asleep.” Maria responded.

“That doesn’t sound so bad.” Aiden responded.

“My mom would be furious if I ended up in detention, so you can put me down.” Maria said to Aiden as he brought her back to the ground.

“Now you hurry and get to class, and don’t do that again.” The Security said to Aiden.

“I understand.” Aiden responded as he and Maria continued to push their way through the crowd.

Eventually Maria and Aiden made it to their next class.

“Come on Aiden, sit next to me.” Maria said, bringing Aiden to the back of the class.

They both then sat down and Maria brought back out her notebook and handed Aiden a page.

“There now I can see how well you can draw.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Is this an art class?” Aiden asked.

“No, it’s English.” Maria responded.

“Do you just draw in every class?” Aiden asked.

“I pay attention sometimes, I just want to see what you draw like.” Maria said.

“Okay, what do you want me to draw?” Aiden asked Maria as he created a pen to draw with.

“Woah.” Maria was amazed by Aiden creating a pen.

“Wow, are you amazed? You’ve seen me create even larger stuff.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Yea, but all of that stuff was natural, a pen is made by a company. I didn’t know that you could do that.” Maria said.

“I can create anything.” Aiden said to Maria. “Now what is it you’d like me to draw?” Aiden asked.

“Can you draw a dragon?” Maria asked.

“What kind of Dragon?” Aiden asked.

“Have you ever seen a real Dragon?” Maria asked.

“There are no real Dragons like the picture that you drew, but there are real creatures that have the word ‘Dragon’ in their name.” Aiden responded to Maria.

The late bell then rang and class started.

“Good Morning, I hope you all read ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’ over Spring Break.” The Teacher asked.

“Crap, I completely forgot about that!” Maria said to Aiden.

The English teacher looked over at Maria and saw Aiden.

“Oh, you are already here Mr. Heavens.” The English Teacher said.

“I am Ms.Ruth, your English Teacher for the rest of the Semester. Would you mind introducing yourself to the class?” Ms.Ruth asked Aiden.

Aiden then stood up.

“Good Morning class, my name is Angeal Heavens.” Aiden said and then just stood there.

“Do you have any favourite books, or hobbies?” Ms.Ruth asked Aiden.

“My favourite books? Hmm I suppose that would have to be the Scrolls of the Heavenly Bodies written by Apollo. He has quite the way with words.” Aiden said in response.

“I’ve never heard of that book. It would be a joy if you could bring that in.” Ms.Ruth said to Aiden.

“I’ll ask him if he could hand me a copy.” Aiden responded.

“Oh you know the Author personally?” Ms.Ruth asked.

“Yes, he works alongside my ‘Mother’.” Aiden said.

“Aiden you don’t have to keep going.” Maria said to Aiden trying to pull him down to his seat.

“That is interesting. Yes please do that I would be interested to read it.” Ms.Ruth said to Aiden. “You can take a seat now.” 

Aiden then sat back down.

“What was all of that about, you could have said a simple book like…” Maria was trying to think of a name for a book. “Well, anything else.” 

“Was there a problem. She asked me a question and I answered it.” Aiden responded.

“Yes, now you could have given the entire class a new reading assignment!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Ms.Ruth wouldn’t do that. I’ll just bring her a copy and that;’’ be the end of that.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Sure.” Maria said, sitting against the back of her chair.

Ms.Ruth then went around handing out a pop quiz on the reading.

She placed the paper on Maria’s desk.

“Whaa?! A pop quiz?” Maria said.

“Did you do the reading, Mr.Heavens?” Ms.Ruth asked Aiden.

“It’s okay, I’ll do fine.” Aiden responded.

Ms.Ruth then placed the test on Aiden’s desk.

Maria laid her head on top of the desk with dread.

“Okay, you all have 15 minutes to finish the desk. Bring it up to my desk when you are done.” Ms.Ruth said as she then sat down and started to read another book.

The entire class flipped over the quiz and began answering the questions.

“Question 1, ‘Who is chosen to play the lion in the craftsmen’s play?’” Maria read. “I have no idea…” Maria slammed her head on the quiz then looked over at Aiden seeing him answering the questions.

“‘What part of her appearance does Hermia believe Helena has exploited to win Lysander’s love?’ well that obviously her height.” Aiden thought to himself as he answered the questions.

“Hey Aiden, are you just guessing?” Maria whispered to Aiden.

“No, I read the book.” Aiden responded.

“When did you do that, you were with me all Spring Break.” Maria whispered.

“I read it when Ms.Ruth said she hoped we did the reading over Spring Break.” Aiden responded. And then he finished the quiz.

“Hey let me see your answers.” Maria said, trying to look over.

“That doesn’t seem to be allowed. This is to test your knowledge.” Aiden responded.

“Come on, you’re my best friend, you can’t just let me fail.” Maria said, trying to look at Aiden’s quiz.

Aiden duplicated a copy of his quiz and made it appear on Maria’s desk. Then he got up and handed in his quiz.

“Thanks buddy.” Maria said, whispering loudly to Aiden as he walked up.

Maria then copied the answers.

“Wow Mr.Heavens, you are the first one to hand up the test. Do you enjoy the book?” Ms.Ruth asked Aiden.

“I found the abilities that the Fairies used to create the romantic drama in the book to be the most entertaining part of the novel. I would have preferred a more in depth analysis of the Amazon Culture but with the vast array of characters and motivations I understood that going too deeply into their histories would have taken away from the stories main themes and the comedic tones associated with them.” Aiden responded.

“Most students would simply chalk up this book as another of Shakespeare’s plays and find it a bother to read. I am glad that you actually took the time to analyse how you felt about the book.” Ms.Ruth said to Aiden.

“Reading is the physical manifestation of the thoughts of the Author, allowing us the readers to peer into the thoughts of someone that has long passed, it’s almost like a time machine.” Aiden said to the Teacher.

 “I am even more interested in this book that you were talking about at the start of class Mr.Heavens. It must be quite the read if you called it your favourite.” Ms.Ruth responded.

“I’ll bring it in tomorrow.” Aiden responded.

“What is it that your mother does? That causes her to interact with authors?” Ms.Ruth asked Aiden.

“She ensures the health of children and punishes those that cause issues in relationships.” Aiden said to Ms.Ruth.

“So she is a social worker?” Ms.Ruth asked Aiden.

“No, she is a goddess.” Aiden responded.

“Aww, so cute that you think of your mom as a goddess.” Ms.Ruth responded. “Okay take your seat Mr.Heavens.”

Aiden then walked back to his seat.

“Thanks for distracting her Aiden.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I wasn’t distracting her, she was just talking.” Aiden responded.

Maria continued to copy the answers. When the teacher looked up to check the students each time her gaze almost saw Maria cheating her attention was pulled over to Aiden who was sitting at his desk drawing the picture Maria asked for.

The other students started bringing up their quizzes.

Aiden looked over at Maria.

He noticed that she had finished copying but wasn’t bringing up the quiz.

After the amount of students who were bringing up the quizzes had decreased Maria then got up to turn hers in. She then came back and sat down.

“Why’d you wait so long to turn your quiz in?” Aiden asked her.

“Because it would be weird if I turned it in early. It would be obvious that I cheated.” Maria said.

“You must be experienced in this cheating technique then.” Aiden responded.

“Don’t put it like that, you make me sound like a bad student.” Maria said laughing.

Eventually the normal class had started and Maria and Aiden continued to draw throughout the class.

Maria then grabbed Aiden’s paper.

“Incredible! How are you so good at drawing! It looks like a real dragon!” Maria said, looking at Aiden’s art.

“How can it look like a real dragon if real dragons don’t exist?” Aiden said to Maria.

“You know what I mean, it looks like a real image. Like someone took a black and white picture.” Maria responded.

Maria handed Aiden another piece of blank paper.

“Here, now draw me!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Sure, I can do that.” Aiden said as he began to draw Maria.

“Open up your vocabulary books to  today’s word list.” Ms.Ruth said as the class continued on until it was lunch time.

Aiden and Maria left the classroom heading towards the cafeteria.

“Where are we going now?” Aiden asked Maria.

“It’s time to eat lunch!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Are you planning to grab lunch at school?” Aiden noticed that Maria wasn’t carrying a bag of food with her.

“Nope.” Maria said as she jumped in front of Aiden. “How about you take me somewhere to grab lunch, then we can eat it at school.” Maria said.

“Take you somewhere? Any place you have in mind? Somewhere is a rather vague term.” Aiden said to Maria.

“How about you take me to ‘Regards’ to get a Philly Cheese Steak!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Okay, where’s that?” Aiden asked her.

“It’s in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania obviously.” Maria said to Aiden.

“How is that obvious?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Come on, I know you can do it, we will be there and back before anyone notices.” Maria said to Aiden.

“You do know that Philadelphia is all the way on the other side of the country. Flying at a safe travel speed for you will still take us about an hour to get there. The next bell is in 40 Minutes.” Aiden said.

“An hour, we can’t fly any faster?” Maria said, saddened.

“I can fly faster, but for you, your skin would come right off at that speed.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Okay.” Maria said with a sad tone.

Aiden looked down at her being sad. “Fine.” Aiden created a glass ball for Maria. “Hope in there and I’ll drag you along. I will accelerate slowly but eventually we will be traveling many times the speed of sound. We should be able to get there and back in 30 minutes.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Incredible! I knew you would come up with something!” Maria said, running towards the ball.

“Did you though?” Aiden said as he then lifted it into the air and they took off towards the restaurant.

In the cafeteria the table that Maria usually sits alone at remained empty. The other students looked at it.

“Did that girl finally decide to stop coming to lunch? We must have made her feel pretty bad about ditching her at the playground.” Ashley said, looking at the table.

“Are you feeling bad about it?” Vanessa asked Ashley.

“No, I’m just guessing. I would never feel bad for that tomboy.” Ashley said as she ate her salad.

Maria and Aiden both came into the cafeteria and sat at the table. Maria was talking to him with a huge smile on her face.

“Speak of the devil right?” Sarah said.

“Who’s that guy she’s with, he can’t be a student right?” Ashley said.

“I heard some other students talk about a new student who came today, that must be the guy.” Sarah said to the two.

“Why is he friends with her? He must not know what kind of girl she is.” Ashley said.

“I’m sure he would stop being friends with her once she starts digging around in dirt, or work herself sweaty, there’s no need for us to ruin her temporary friendship.” Vanessa said.

“Yeah you’re right, she can ruin it herself.” Ashley said as they all continued to eat.

Maria was eating dropping pieces of food on the wrapping the cheesesteak came in.

“This is so good Aiden, you should try it.” Maria said, trying to get Aiden to take a bite.

“I would prefer not to.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria looked at the cheesesteak. “Is it because I bit it?” Maria asked with her mouth full.

“No, that’s not it. I just don’t eat food.” Aiden responded.

“Oh yea, I guess every time it was meal time you just sat upstairs in my room.” Maria said. “So how do you even stay alive?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Since I am a Heavenly Being I can’t die, so having to maintain living is not something I need to do.” Aiden responded.

“But you could eat if you wanted to.” Maria asked.

“Sure, I could eat if I wanted to, but I don’t want to.” Aiden responded.

“Come on, it’s delicious!” Maria said, trying to bring the cheesesteak to his mouth.

“See look, she’s already about to ruin it.” Vanessa said, as they looked at Maria.

Aiden then took a bite from it.

“They seem pretty close though…” Ashley thought to herself.

“So what did you think!?” Maria asked Aiden.

“It makes me want to vomit.” Aiden responded as he vaporized it from his body.

“Your tastebuds must be busted.” Maria said to Aiden as she continued eating. “Crap we forgot to get drinks!” Maria said, noticing she had nothing to wash down the steak with.

“What do you want?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Just some Orange Soda.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden then got up to grab a soda from the vending machines. Then he sat right back down next to Maria.

Maria looked at Aiden with confusion.

“Why didn’t you just create it?” Maria asked.

“Because everyone in this cafeteria is looking at us.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria then looked around and saw the many eyes of the room. She then gave them a big smile. The other students then turned back around to mind their own business.

“I super don’t care about what they think anymore.” Maria said as she then gulped down a large portion of the soda.

“I’m glad to see that.” Aiden said to Maria.

The rest of the school day continued on. Aiden introduced himself to the other classmates as they went through History Class after lunch, followed by Psychology and Algebra.

The Last bell rang.

“Finally Monday is over, we can finally go back home!” Maria said.

“That was it?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Was that it?! That was almost torture, luckily you were there to keep me distracted because if you were I could have died!” Maria said, walking into the pickup area.

“So we are just heading back home? The other students seem like they are going to more classes.” Aiden said to Maria.

“That’s because they are like in clubs, sports and junk.” Maria responded.

“Why aren’t you in any?” Aiden asked.

“My grades are too low. And besides, I don’t want to be in a club anyways.” Maria responded. “I’ll meet you back at my house then? Unless you want to hover over the car.”

“I’ll go to the Heavenly Realm to get that book for Ms.Ruth.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You’re actually getting the book, I thought you made it up just to get the question over with.” Maria said.

“No, it’s a real book, and since I said I’ll give it to her then I better get to that.” Aiden said as he was about to walk through the gateway.

“Can I go to the Heavenly Realm?” Maria asked.

“Someday maybe? But not now.” Aiden said.

“Then someday I will go!” Maria said with a smile. She then ran off to go to her mom’s car.

“Why did I say that?” Aiden thought to himself.

Aiden walked around in the Heavenly Realm and looked for Apollo in the District of Hellen.

“How’d school go Aiden?” Hera asked him.

“It went fine, it was quite easy to say the least.” Aiden responded to Hera. “Is Apollo close by? I want to ask if I could allow a Human to read his book.” Aiden said to Hera.

“Already sharing the knowledge of the gods to the Humans, this is definitely a new regime in the heavenly realm. He should be in the garden shooting apples or something.” Hera said to Aiden.

“Thank you.” Aiden said to Hera. He then went in that direction.

“He found Apollo sitting under a tree reciting poetry.

“Apollo.” Aiden said standing in front of him.

“Aiden, the son of the Almighty, what do I owe the honour?” Apollo said to Aiden.

“May I allow a book of yours to be read by a mortal woman?” Aiden asked Apollo.

“A mortal woman? Are you trying to woo her with the arts of the gods Aiden? I didn’t know that you were that kind of fellow.” Apollo responded to Aiden.

“It’s your Scrolls on the Heavenly Bodies. I said it was one of my favourite books and offered to let her read it. It’s for a teacher of mine.” Aiden said to Apollo.

“One of your favourites? You compliment me with that statement. Of course you can allow this mortal to read my writings. But beware, she may not be the same after reading such a heavenly script.” Apollo said, handing Aiden a signed copy. “This one is for your personal collection Aiden. You can lend it to her.”

“Thank you Apollo. I will now be out of your way.” Aiden said as he opened a gateway back to Earth.

“Such Power those beings have. To be able to freely travel to and fro between Realms.” Apollo said as he continued to recite.

Aiden emerged at the home of Maria.

“Now go and start on your homework ladies before you even think about going outside!” Maria’s mom said to both Allison and Maria.

Aiden was standing in Maria’s room back in his usual attire.

Maria bursted into her room. “Ha, I knew you would already be here!” Maria said, pointing at Aiden.

“It was not a hard thing to surmise.” Aiden responded.

“Stop using words I don’t know.” Maria said, kicking off her clothes.

“So are we going to get started with our homework like your mom asked?” Aiden asked Maria.

“I’ll just say I did it at school, then we can go have some fun outside.” Maria said, putting on her outdoor outfit.

“I think you should at least try to do a bit of it before going outside, the principal said that you were nearly failing.” Aiden said to Maria.

“But I’m not failing, so it’s all good.” Maria responded.

“Do you want me to do it for you?” Aiden asked Maria.

Maria was nearly out of her room’s door. She then stopped.

“Ah, sheesh. Okay I’ll do a little of my homework.” Maria said as she opened up her backpack and pulled out the Physics Homework.

She laid on the carpet and Aiden sat next to her pulling out his homework too.

Maria got to the first question and had no clue of the answer.

“Okay, I tried. Let’s go outside.” Maria said as she got up and went out the door.

“Well at least she attempted.” Aiden thought as he followed Maria outside.

Angel Misery: Chapter One

One Wish to change everything.

Maria (12, Lonely, Friendly) sits on a bench at a Playground. She was waiting to see if the group of girls who were usually there at around this time would show up again. Maria looked around to see if they had shown up every so often.

“They are usually here by now, where are they this time?” Maria thought to herself.

The other girls approached and they spotted Maria sitting at the Playground.

“Ah, it’s that girl from school.” Ashley said as all of them hid behind the bush as to not be seen.

“Oh the tomboy?” Vanessa asked.

“Yes, the tomboy. She’s like super annoying.” Ashley said to the other two.

“You talked to her before?” Sarah asked.

“No, but look at her, doesn’t she look annoying?” Ashley said.

“Let’s just play somewhere else, like at the arcade.” Vanessa said.

“That’ll probably be the next place she would try to go, how about to the mall.” Ashley said.

“Did you get permission from your mom? We should probably tell her.” Sarah asked.

“Yea, let’s do that.” Ashley said as the girls ran off.

Maria then heard the girls running away.

“Aw, I guess they didn’t want to hang out with me…” Maria thought to herself feeling a bit sad. “Oh well, no reason to waste being at the playground.” Maria said as she hopped up and began to use the monkey bars.

(In the Heavenly Realm)

Aiden (Unknown Age, Heavenly Being, Obedient, Reactive) walks above a bright white room in the Heavenly realm. 

“Off to another mission, Aiden?” Micheal says to him.

“I am, I have been summoned by the almighty for an important task.” Aiden responded.

“All tasks from the almighty are important, we just don’t know in what ways.” Micheal said as he continued on.

Aiden stepped to the foot of the throne.

The figure sitting on the throne was a giant of a being whose face looked like that of the cosmos.

“Welcome Aiden, I see that you are well.” The Almighty said to Aiden.

“I am thanks to your eternal grace and incomprehensible power.” Aiden responded.

The Almighty then created a scroll for Aiden.

“Deliver this to the Priest of York, the one who has sealed the Demon Zebal.” The Almighty said, sending it to Aiden.

“I humbly accept this mission.” Aiden said as he received the scroll. 

“This will be the start of a new adventure for you Aiden. Handle it well.” The Almighty said, creating a realm for Aiden to walk through.

Aiden departed and was transported to Earth.

“Okay, the Priest of York is located there.” Aiden then took off in that direction full speed.

The scroll that was attached to Aiden’s belt began to slip slowly until it fell off and began to fall towards the ground.

Maria was playing on the playground when suddenly the scroll which had fallen from Aiden’s belt hit her head and knocked her off the playground and onto the ground.

“Geez, what was that?” Maria said, rubbing her head.

Maria then climbed back up and saw it was a scroll which seemed to have been woven from gold.

Maria looked up at the sky. “Where did this come from? Did it fall out of a plane?” Maria thought.

She then attempted to try and open it, but the seal used on it was made from a medal that had hardened along the crease. 

“Come on, open up!” Maria tried to open it harder.

Aiden continued to fly through the air. 

“Wait, I don’t see the location of the Priest of York anymore.” Aiden thought to himself.

He then reached for the scroll, but he felt nothing there. Aiden then quickly stopped.

“Wait! What happened!? Where’s the scroll!?” Aiden scrambled to look for it.

“Where did I drop it!? This is bad!” Aiden thought to himself. “Now I am going to be late with the delivery, then the Almighty is going to punish me and…” Aiden was thinking when he suddenly spotted the shine from the scroll reflecting the sun.

“There it is!” Aiden then quickly flew to the location.

Maria continued to pull on the seal. “Come on you dumb scroll, open up!” Maria thought as she continued to pull.

Aiden then appeared in front of Maria.

“Could you please not do that.” Aiden asked Maria.

Maria noticed Aiden standing tall above her. She stood silently looking at him. Her mouth had opened up slightly with amazement.

“Wow.” Maria thought.

“Ah, excuse me, did you hear what I asked?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Wait, what?” Maria responded.

“Could you please hand me that item in your hand?” Aiden asked.

“No way, I found it fair and square, plus it hit me pretty hard on my head. It still hurts.” Maria responded.

“Please can I have it, I will grant you anything you wish if you give it back to me. Also I apologize for letting it hit your head.” Aiden said as he gestured his hand over Maria’s head and healed her.

“I can wish for anything?” Maria asked.

“Yes, any one wish.” Aiden said. “Good things she’s only Human, what’s the worst she could wish for.” Aiden thought to himself.

“Hmm, if I could have anything what would it be?” Maria said quietly to herself.

“Can you please hand me the scroll first then I will return to you to grant your wish.” Aiden asked.

“How do I know you just won’t leave and not grant me a wish?” Maria asked.

“You have my word as a heavenly being.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I guess.” Maria said as she handed the scroll back to Aiden. “You better not be lying to me, or else I will tell the gods.” Maria said.

“Sure, you can do that.” Aiden said as he took off into the sky and went directly to hand the scroll to the Priest of York.

Maria sat on the playground trying to think of her wish.

“Any wish. I guess I could wish for a cell phone? Or I could wish for a Game Console.” Maria thought to herself.

Maria then hopped over to the swings.

“Maybe I should wish to have bugs in those girls’ food for ditching me today.” Maria continued. “Nah, that would be a wasted wish, I could do that to myself.”

Maria then looked around at the playground and felt utterly alone.

“That Heavenly Being Guy sure did create some entertainment, now without him here it feels even more lonely.” Maria thought to herself.

Maria then had an excited smile on her face.

“I think I know what I want to wish for.” Maria said.

With the Priest of York

“Thank you Aiden, it is always a pleasure to be of service to the Almighty.” The Priest said.

“It was no problem. Your long life has made you wise among all humans.” Aiden responded. “Now I shall return to the Heavenly Realm.” Aiden said before flying off.

Aiden then began to fly to the Heavens.

“Wait, almost forgot, I need to grant that little girl a wish.” Aiden stopped and then headed back towards Maria.

Maria was still on the swings when Aiden returned.

“You actually did come back! That was fast!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Of course I would, I said that you could have a wish, and now I am here to grant it.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Okay, I got the perfect wish, are you ready?” Maria said to Aiden.

“I have never not been ready.” Aiden said preparing to create anything Maria wished.

“I wish for you to be my Best Friend.” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden was confused. “Wait, what?” He asked.

“I said I wished for you to be my Best Friend? Is that not possible?” Maria asked.

“I mean, wouldn’t you prefer me to make you into a billionaire, or create a mountain of chocolate or whatever Humans like?” Aiden said to Maria.

“I’ve never had a real best friend… plus you said that you would grant me anything. If you don’t then you are lying to me.” Maria said, nearly disappointed.

“Yes, I can grant that to you, but I am just asking if you could reconsider.” Aiden said.

“Nope, that’s my wish. I wish for you to be my best friend. That’s it.” Maria said with her arms crossed.

“Sure, I am now your best friend. But I need to return to the Heavenly Realm to report on my mission, so I can’t hang out with you quite yet.” Aiden said to Maria.

“That’s okay, I already know that you will return. Best Friends can depend on each other after all.” Maria smiled.

Aiden hesitantly smiled back. He then flew off to the Heavenly Realm.

He returned to the room of the Heavenly Throne. “I have returned.” Aiden said to the Almighty.

“Amazing work Aiden, I am very pleased.” the Almighty said.

“I am honoured that you are pleased with my success.” Aiden responded.

“Seems that you have also made a new best friend while down on Earth. I am quite pleased with that too.” the Almighty laughed.

“But I am of service to you my Lord, surely I can not slack on my duties up here to fulfill the friendship down there.” Aiden said to the Almighty.

“No need to worry Aiden.” the Almighty said.

Aiden let out a sigh of relief.

“I will not assign any more tasks to you. Enjoy your friendship with the Human.” the Almighty said.

“Wait what?” Aiden was shocked. “No please, I want to be of service-” Aiden was saying before he was transported back to Earth.

“Great…” Aiden thought to himself. He then went to fly back down to Maria.

Aiden saw her playing in some dirt. He stepped up behind her.

“I’m back, little girl.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria turned around. “Hey Best Friend!” Maria said, hugging Aiden’s legs.

She then stopped.

“It’s going to be awkward calling you Best Friend. What is your name?” Maria asked.

“It’s Aiden.” Aiden responded.

“Well Aiden, I am Maria!” Maria said with a big smile. “So where do you live?” Maria asked.

“I live in Heav-” He then stopped. “I live with you now I guess.” Aiden said.

“Oh you live with me, do I need to make room for you on the floor in my room?” Maria asked.

“There’s no need, I don’t sleep.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“Come on, don’t look so down. We are best friends after all.” Maria said still with her smile.

“So how old are you?” Maria gestured for Aiden to push her on the swings.

“Interesting question, I’m not actually sure. I was created 23 Complete Cycles ago, but I’ve been to the past, and to the future, and the time that I experience is different from yours… so I’m not all that sure.” Aiden said to Maria.

“So 23 Complete Cycles, what is that in years?” Maria asked.

“It doesn’t convert like that.”Aiden responded quickly to Maria.

“But if it did, how many years would that be?” Maria asked again.

“Persistent aren’t you?” Aiden said to Maria. “Well if we must convert it, if I never traveled through time and space, and if the way I experienced time was the exact same as yours I would say that I am…” Aiden was calculating.

Maria waited for his answer.

“That would make me a little under 12 Years old.” Aiden said.

“12 Years old! Really! But you look way older than that, you look like my teacher’s age!” Maria said.

“No, I look appropriate for my age.” Aiden responded.

“You are the same age as me and we don’t look close to the same age!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Well then you just look extremely young, like a baby.” Aiden responded back to Maria.

Maria then laughed. Aiden looked at her confused.

“Why are you laughing?” Aiden asked.

“This is the first time where an insult actually felt fun. I’ve never had someone I could jest with.” Maria said with a smile.

“I suppose.” Aiden responded to Maria.

“Come on, let’s go to the park!” Maria said as she hopped off the swing and Aiden was still behind it. “Hurry up!” Maria called out.

Aiden then transported next to Maria.

“Cool, can you do that to me?” Maria asked.

“I would prefer not to.” Aiden said to Maria.

“It’s all good, besides, I’m sure you don’t even know where the park is. So I’ll lead the way.” Maria said as she carried Aiden’s hand.

They both were now at an intersection. They were waiting at a crosswalk. A small child walked up to them.

“Wow, you are really really tall!” The little kid said, staring up at Aiden.

“Hey! Don’t you get any bright ideas, he is my best friend not yours!” Maria said to the little kid.

“He wasn’t trying to be my friend, he was only making an observation.” Aiden said to Maria.

The walk light showed and they began crossing.

The driver in the truck had become distracted and continued to plow through the crosswalk. The Vehicle was about to hit Aiden and Maria.

Aiden quickly traveled and moved Maria out of the way of the truck. The Truck continued to barrel on through.

Aiden held Maria in his arms watching the vehicle continue.

“He needs to pay attention to the road, if I wasn’t here that could have ended badly for you.” Aiden said.

Maria had an enormous smile on her face. “That was so cool!” Maria said in Aiden’s arms. She then tried to get back on the ground. “Let’s do that again!” Maria said.

Aiden kept a hold of her. “Let’s not do it again, too many instances like that could start taking a toll on your body.” Aiden said. “Plus you shouldn’t be in the street if you don’t have to.”

“Come on, it’s not that bad, just one more time. I want to feel like a daredevil!” Maria said to Aiden.

“I thought you were going to show me to the park.” Aiden said.

“Oh yea, that is what we were doing.” Maria said, hopping out of Aiden’s arms. “Okay, to the park we go!” Maria said, leading the way.

Maria and Aiden walked to the park and saw a bunch of dogs walking around. Maria then ran off to pet on.

“Could I please pet your dog!” Maria asked a lady who was walking her Golden Retriever.

“Sure, go for it, he doesn’t bite.” The Lady said.

Maria then pet the dog as Aiden approached behind her. The dog then began to wag his tail even faster.

“Oh, it looks like Sully really likes you.” The lady said to Aiden.

“Is that right?” Aiden said, looking down at the dog.

“You can pet him if you’d like too.” The lady said to Aiden.

“I’m fine thankyou.” Aiden responded.

Sally then went over to try and jump on Aiden.

“Woah, he’s excited.” The Lady said, trying to control her dog.

The other dogs in the area also tried to go over to where Aiden was.

“Wow, you’re like a dog magnet.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I think this is because of you, why wouldn’t a best friend want their other best friend to get more joy from petting dogs.” Aiden said.

“So is this like automatic because you want me to enjoy myself more?” Maria asked Aiden.

“It’s not on purpose.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Aw! You really are the best best friend there is.” Maria said to Aiden as some of the dogs got off of their leash and came storming at Maria and Aiden.

The crowd of dog owners were trying to control their pets.

Maria was swarmed underneath being licked by dogs and feeling their furriness.

Eventually Maria had her fill and the dog owners were able to control their pets.

“That was so fun! Except now I’m covered in dog drool.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I don’t see how any part of that was fun.” Aiden responded.

“You just need to embrace that it was happening then you would start enjoying yourself. Come on, I wanted to show you the main reason I wanted to come to the park.” Maria said, grabbing Aiden’s hand.

Maria brought Aiden to a giant fountain that was surrounded by a 50 square meter artificial pond.

Maria then stepped into the pond.

“What are you doing?” Aiden asked her.

“Don’t worry, I see other kids do this all the time with their friends.” Maria said, fully stepping in. “Come on Aiden, join me here.” Maria said.

“I’d prefer it if I didn’t.” Aiden responded.

“Come on Aiden, don’t have me be all by myself in here. It feels sad when you are playing by yourself…” Maria said to Aiden.

Aiden rolled his head. “Sure, if it’ll make you feel less lonely.” Aiden then floated up and placed himself into the pond.

“Are you happy now?” Aiden asked.

Maria then splashed water on Aiden. Aiden just let the water phase through him.

“Hey, that’s not fair.” Maria said, pointing at Aiden.

“You are actually intending on hitting me with water?” Aiden asked.

“Yes, it’s supposed to be fun.” Maria said to Aiden.

“How is that fun?” Aiden asked.

“It just is, everyone else laughs when they do it with their friends, so I wanted to do it too.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Are you trying to make up for lost time Maria?” Aiden asked her.

“No, I’m just playing.” Maria said.

Maria then stopped trying to splash Aiden and stepped out of the pond.

She then started walking off on her own.

Aiden watched as she left. “What does she want?” Aiden thought eventually stepping out to follow Maria.

Maria continued to walk with her head down as Aiden continued to follow her.

“Where are we going now?” Aiden asked, but Maria didn’t answer.

“I guess walking like this is better than just having to talk the whole time.” Aiden thought to himself.

Aiden continued to follow Maria.

“Why are you still following me?” Maria said to Aiden.

“Because I’m your best friend right?” Aiden responded.

“Are you though? You don’t seem to be enjoying your time with me at all.” Marian said to Aiden. “You can just go wherever you are from, it’s obvious you don’t want to be with me.” Maria said, continuing on her own.

Aiden stood there watching her go.

He turned around and opened a route to the heavenly realm. And stepped inside.

Maria looked back and watched Aiden step in. “You are such a liar.” She thought to herself as she went back to the playground.

Aiden was walking around up in the Heavenly Realm.

“Hey Aiden, why the sad face!” Raphael asked Aiden.

Aiden walked side by side with Raphael. “I don’t know, I was with this human girl who wanted me to be her best friend, but all the stuff she was doing was just dull. Anyway she told me to just return and here I am. I thought being free would make me feel better but now I just feel guilty.” Aiden said to Raphael.

“A human’s best friend? That is a strange deal, how’d you end up in that situation?” Raphael laughed.

“I’m not going to tell you, it’s way too embarrassing.” Aiden responded.

“Come on, you can’t say something like that and not tell.” Raphael said to Aiden.

“Okay, I sort of dropped a scroll and she retrieved it, and to get it back I said I would grant her anything.” Aiden said to Raphael. 

“And she pulled a fast one on you and asked for you to be her best friend right?” Raphael laughed.

“Yeah that’s right.” Aiden responded.

“She must have like zero friends then, who’d want to be best friends with a complete stranger, let alone someone of a different species.” Raphael jokes.

“So you think she made that wish only because she was lonely?” Aiden asked Raphael.

“That or she wanted to torture you, but since she allowed you to return home, i think it’s the former.” Raphael said to Aiden. “But anyways she let you go, so there’s no reason to even think about it anymore.”

“I suppose so.” Aiden responded.

“But that doesn’t seem to have satisfied you right?” Raphael asked.

“No it doesn’t, I can’t stop thinking about it.” Aiden responded.

“Okay, let’s go over what happened then, I’ll work through it with you my old friend.” Raphael said to Aiden. “What’s the first thing you all did?”

“First I pushed her on the swing and we got to know a little about each other.” Aiden said.

“Okay, and the second.” Raphael said.

“Then we went to the park, along the way she almost died but I saved her.” Aiden responded.

“Neat, okay, anything else?” Raphael asked.

“Then we went to the park where a bunch of dogs tackled us, probably because of my Heavenly nature.” Aiden said. “Then we went to a pnd and she started throwing water at me and said that it was supposed to be fun.” Aiden finished.

“Guessing that none of those were your ideas right?” Raphael said.

“Not a single one.” Aiden responded.

“See there is your problem, you didn’t interact with her like a friend, nor did you suggest anything like a friend would. Looks like you were being a terrible friend in general, let alone a best one.” Raphael said to Aiden.

“I never wanted to be her best friend.” Aiden responded.

“You were the one who granted the wish. I’m just saying, if you tell someone that you’d give them anything you should follow through. It’s just the right thing to do.” Raphael said to Aiden. “But who am I, I’m just a Warrior, you are the one who actually gets to interact with Humans.” Raphael said to Aiden.

“So you think that I should go back down there?” Aiden asked Raphael.

“I’m not saying you should do anything. You do whatever you have to do. I just know seeing you with a sad face is a downer.” Raphael gestured for Aiden to put a smile on his face.

Raphael then left, leaving Aiden alone.

Maria returned to the playground and saw that Ashley, Sarah and Venessa were there.

“Oh they are back!” Maria thought to herself as she started jogging towards the girls.

“Hey guys! I was waiting for you all to come earlier!” Maria said with a smile.

“Gross you smell like dog spit.” Ashley said to Maria.

“Right, when I went to the park a bunch of dogs jumped on me and-…” Maria then paused a bit. “Jumped on me and licked all over me.” Maria said with a fake laugh.

“Sounds like fun.” Sarah said sarcastically.

“It was fun! We should all go there and pet the dogs!” Maria suggested.

“Oh yea? We should, how about we race there.” Vanessa said.

“Really?” Maria asked.

“Yes really.” Vanessa responded. “I will even call it.”

“Okay.” Maria said as she went to the sidewalk. The other girl sooned followed after.

“Ready.” Vanessa said as all the girls lined up.

“On your marks, get set!” Vanessa said and Maria was ready to sprint full speed.

“Go!” Vanessa yelled out and Maria then ran forward.

“Haha, looks like I am going to beat you all there!” Maria said as she continued to run.

She eventually started to get tired and looked behind her.

She saw that the other girls had run the other way leaving Maria to race by herself leaving her alone.

Maria stopped running and her face was extremely sad. “Oh well… maybe they were busy.” Maria thought to herself.

Maria then walked up to a hill and began to cry to herself. She covered her face so that no one could see her.

Maria then heard the grass move next to her as it sounded like someone was taking a seat next to her.

“Is this seat taken?” Aiden asked Maria.

“Yes, it’s reserved for a real friend.” Maria said with tears in her eyes.

Aiden then sat down on the spot.

Aiden then looked out from on top of the hill.

Maria looked at Aiden then looked out from the top of the hill too.

They both sat there silently. Aiden then exhaled.

“I’m sorry for being such a bad friend to you earlier. I know that I was supposed to be your best friend just because of a wish…” Aiden then paused. “But how about I actually be your real friend.” Aiden said to Maria.

“You really mean it?” Maria asked Aiden.

“Well as long as you treat me like a friend I don’t see why not.” Aiden said to Maria.

“I wished for you to be my best friend so you aren’t going to get out of that, but being my real friend is also good too.” Maria said looking back at Aiden.

“So do you forgive me for not treating you as a friend?” Aiden said.

“Eh, I’m not sure. How you made me feel earlier really did make me feel terrible, then those other girls acted like they wanted to be my friend too, so it’s going to take a lot for me to forgive you.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I understand.” Aiden responded.

Maria then looked at Aiden. “But there is something you could do that’ll make me forgive you even faster.” Maria said to Aiden.

“What is it?” Aiden asked.

Maria pointed at the air.

Aiden and Maria were high above the city in the air with Maria flying on his back.

“Wow! We are so high up! Is this what it’s like to be a bird!” Maria yelled out.

“Be careful up there.” Aiden said to Maria.

Maria then stood up on Aiden’s back. “I wonder how it feels to skydive.” Maria said as she jumped off Aiden’s back.

Aiden then quickly flew down to catch her.

“What are you doing, you could have died!” Aiden said to Maria as he brought her back into the air.

“You wouldn’t let your best friend die now would you?” Maria said to Aiden.

“So guess that means you’ve forgiven me?” Aiden asked.

“Yes, I’ve forgiven you. This is the most fun I’ve ever had.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Great. Well that feels good.” Aiden said as he continued to carry Maria through the air.

Some time passed.

“Guess it’s time for us to go home!” Maria said to Aiden.

“Okay, where’s that?” Aiden asked her.

Maria looked down at the city.

“I can’t really tell from up here, let’s go lower.” Maria asked and Aiden brought her down to about 100 Meters.

“Oh there’s the park! We can land there and I will know the way back.” Maria said, pointing Aiden in the right direction.

Aiden and Maria landed next to the park and began walking back from there.

Maria walked in front of Aiden as he watched her back.

As they approached home Maria saw Ashley, Vanessa and Sarah.

“Oh look Aiden, there are the girls who pretended to be my friend.” Maria said to Aiden.

“Okay.” Aiden responded looking at the girls, while Maria was hiding a little.

“Can you create a ball of stinky dog drool above their head and have it drop on them?” Maria asked.

“That’s rather mean isn’t it?” Aiden asked.

“An enemy of mine is an enemy of your best friend.” Maria said.

“Sure, I can do that.” Aiden responded as he created a ball of dog drool over the girls’ heads and dropped it on them.

Maria then gave a devilish smile. “Haha, revenge is sweet!” Maria said.

“Ew gross what is this?!” Ashley said feeling the dog drool on her face.

“It stinks, this isn’t water!” Sarah said.

“It’s spit!” Ashley said feeling how sticky it was.

“Ah! I got some in my mouth!” Vanessa said as they started crying.

“Come on Aiden, let’s get back to my house!” Maria said, grabbing Aiden’s hand.

Aiden looked back at the girls. “What did I get myself into?” Aiden thought to himself. He then looked at Maria. “Well as long as she is happy, I guess it’s okay.” Aiden continued to think. “Plus they all feel gross together, not alone.”

They approached the front door.

“I don’t think I should walk through the front door while visible.” Aiden said as he turned invisible.

“Wait, I can’t see you. Aiden?” Maria asked.

“I’m still next to you. Just take us to your room and I’ll reappear.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Okay, as long as you don;t use your powers to leave me.” Maria said to Aiden.

Maria held firm to Aiden’s hand and knocked on the door.

Maria’s sister answered the door.

“You’re finally back, you must have had fun because you are back much later than usual.” Maria’s sister said letting Maria walk through.

“Gross, you stink.” Maria’s sister said to her.

“Allison, don’t be mean.” Maria’s mom said to Maria’s sister.

“Hurry and take a bath sweetie, dinner is almost ready.” Maria’s mom said to Maria.

“Okay Mom, I’ll be quick!” Maria responded.

Allison looked at Maria’s hand and saw that she was holding something.

“Are you pretending to hold your invisible friend’s hand?” Allison asked Maria.

“I don’t have an invisible friend.” Maria said.

“Then what are you doing with your hand?” Allison asked.

“Oh this haha, it’s nothing.” Maria said as she began to climb the stairs more quickly to head into the shower.

Maria then quickly closed the door to her room.

“Okay that was close wasn’t it Adien?” Maria asked him.

Aiden then reappeared.

“Not really, even if she tried to grab my hand she would have just passed through.” Aiden responded.

“You sit in here, I am going to take a quick shower, then we can go downstairs to eat.” Maria said to Aiden.

“I don’t eat, so there’s no reason for me to go.” Aiden said to Maria.

“Well then just stand behind me then as I eat.” Maria said to Aiden as she went out and shut her door.

“Well I guess this is life now. This must be the new adventure the almighty was talking about.” Aiden thought to himself.

“Ah, the water is cold! Allison, did you use all the hot water!” Maria yelled downstairs.

“Sure did, you should have come back earlier!” Allison yelled back upstairs.

“Aiden, can you please make the water hot!” Maria asked.

Aiden then made the water in the boiler hot.

“What is Aiden? Your invisible friend?” Allison called up.

“It’s nothing!” Maria yelled back down.

Aiden nodded his head, having resolved the guilty feeling in his chest.