NARROW IS THE WAY
Even in heaven, angels rebel. And they like company.
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Galadriel and Ithiel were saved souls. Always together, they went about their duties and obeyed the heavenly host without hesitation. Until an angel came to them.
“Come close.” he told them, smiling, “I will tell you a story you forgot.”
Galadriel was curious and stayed to listen, but Ithiel went on her way.
“All the members of a tribe died in a war and found themselves in darkness. Godless, twisted things with sharp claws and sucking mouths began to rip them apart and feed on them as they wandered in panic for a timeless time, until only a priest, a thief and his child were left. Drenched in the blood of their devoured relatives, they fled from a monster made of teeth till they saw a light, coming from an entrance. The priest hurried in…” The angel suddenly clapped and Galadriel jumped “….and was crushed…slowly, as the walls squeezed him till he burst!
“The thief had no choice. To save his daughter, he entered first and howled in pain as she tried to crawl past underneath his twisting body. The last thing he saw was his blood splashing into the mouth of his screaming child as the fanged monster grabbed her foot.
“He awoke in heaven, for he had gone through the narrow way and his sacrifice saved him. And he forgot all earthly things.”
The angel smiled, “You are that man, Galadriel.”
Then, Galadriel remembered. His soul was troubled, and he tore his robes, “Heaven is unfair. I, a thief passed and my innocent child did not?!” and he left, weeping.
And the angel smiled to himself, for he had not told Galadriel that the child had survived and become Ithiel, his closest companion.
“One more seed planted. One more soldier for my army.” Lucifer chuckled.