Kat dropped me off at my car, we hugged, looked at each other awkwardly, and then she went to catsit.
When I was back in Wings I wanted to say, “Thank Gods I’m back in Alone Reality!” but actually The Goddess of Faith was sitting there in the front seat waiting for me. She was wearing her angel tunic but with a modern human jean jacket over it. She started rubbing my shoulders as soon I got in and we drove off.
“It’s Alright, Baby,” she said. “I saw everything that just happened. I thought you were going to get mauled by The HateKat, but you survived!”
The IAB worked its way in good like thousands of tiny LoveKats into each shoulder cell and helped me put it behind and focus on the next Reality.
“I know,” I said. “I almost forgot that I care at all about Reality Travel. This time I’ll have to put my Grounding Device sticker right on my clothes.”
“That’s a good idea.”
“Hey, wait a second, Faith. I just realized you just came on your own!”
“I know. I’m breaking The Rules, but I just had to tell you about something!”
“You found The Crow?!”
“No, but I did see the Goddess of Music was watching you in the last Reality. She was highly invested and was ready to throw a lightning bolt when Kat MeNotted “I’m Like a Bird.”
“Just like the Angels, The Gods of Things aren’t supposta intervene too directly in The Travels. But you never know, Music is kinduva rebel.”
“I understand. I’m one of her best singers, and she needs me to succeed.”
“Yes, is there anything you need help succeeding with right now?”
“I think I’m actually alright. I’m going to El Puma Reality, and we’re gonna join forces to become an unstoppable Traveler Team just like we were at Artsy Lawless.”
“Yay! I can’t wait to watch.”
“I might not even need any more IAB! before I go.”
“Not even just a little? Cuz I like giving it to you.”
Then she snuck in a little kiss on my cheek and the side of my face suddenly felt no inadequacy.
“Thanks,” I said.
“Hey,” she said, “can I kiss you again?”
“I mean… can I kiss you on the lips this time?”
“I don’t know how it is for Gods, but when humans kiss each other on the lips it means something.”
“I know. It means the same thing when Gods kiss that way.”
Then at the next traffic stop The Goddess put her face very close to mine. I looked right into her sparkly gold eyes. They were like no human eyes could be. They were intense but comfortable at the same time, and they got closer and closer until our noses touched and then our cheeks and then our lips. Our mouths just knew to open at the same time, and then our tongues touched and it was by far the biggest dose of IAB! yet. We only stopped when the car behind us honked cuz the light had changed.
“I’m not even taking that honk personally,” I said. “I feel like The King of all ten million NewYorkCity Realities!”
I looked over and Faith was blushing and had a big smile.
“I didn’t know it would feel that good,” she said to herself.
“Have you kissed a lot of Reality Travelers?” I asked.
“No! Never. It’s way against The Rules.”
“Why did you then?”
“I don’t know. I just really wanted to. I couldn’t help it.”
“Do you want to again?”
“Yes, even more than the first time.”
Then at the next light we kissed again, and it was even better. I wanted it to keep lasting even if it made every other car get in a traffic jam forever, but this time The Goddess pulled away, and she wasn’t smiling anymore.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“I just realized that the Goddess of Music could be watching and who knows what other Gods,” she said. “They could tell someone at The Guardian Angel Corps, and I’d get in huge trouble.”
“I’ve gotta go before it gets too suspicious.”
“Just one more tho?”
“Alright, I can’t resist.”
Then we quickly kissed again as she sprouted her wings, and I reached back and felt them, and she made a little happy noise, and my hands were covered in It’s Alright, Baby wingfeathers.
“Alright,” she pulled away and said.
“Alright,” I said.
Then she smiled and opened the door and jumped out and flew high into the sky and thru the moon.