I got up first thing in the morning, and El Puma was already gone cuz Adult jobs make you get up before first thing. He left a goodbye note saying I could stay as long as I needed, but he didn’t know I had the most important Travels of the whole Great Trip ahead. It was also the Travels that made me the most nervous cuz of all the New Realities. I took my time and showered and put on my Wedding Uniform — dress shoes, dress socks, khaki pants, belt, white dress shirt, blue tweed jacket. If I was several feet taller I would’ve looked just like The Professor.
When I got outside, NewYorkCity looked much different. The sky was Bluebird blue, and there were suddenly little sparkles in the concrete. There were relatively few other Realities around. The nocturnal CityRats had crawled back underground, and Wings was still parked right where I left it and unharmed with the sun bouncing off its windows.
“Hmm,” I thought, “Maybe this is a new day and everything will be alright.”
Then I thought about The Goddess of Faith and kinduv expected her to be in the car already, but she wasn’t.
“Where are you, Faith?” I said to the skies as I drove out of The World’s hugest buildings.
Still she wasn’t there, and I figured I’d just hafta summon her the regular way. I looked down at my Wedding Uniform and tried to figure out what parts were most and least necessary. The tweed jacket was number one, and I figured I probably wouldn’t have to go that far to summon the Angel. The pants and shirt also seemed pretty important, and the belt had to be there to hold the pants up. My dad’s shoes tho, they were nice and completed the Uniform well, but I could also see how no one might notice shoes at all, and, besides, my tennis shoes would be way more comfortable. So at the next stop I took the shoes off and threw them out into the fast moving traffic of the most challenging Roads in America.
“Gods,” I said, “This is Traveler Bluebird and I need my Angel Baby.”
Just then a giant flock of city pigeons came flying at the car. Hundreds of wings were hitting Wings, and their bird goo got on us. After a furious moment of wiping the windshield I looked over, and The Goddess of Faith was getting in and wearing a fancy gold dress from modern human times.
“Thank Goddess, you’re here,” I said. “I could really use some IAB! I was not good at Reality Travel last night. I had too much Traveler Pride and then the MeNotzies got me and El Puma in the end. And today is going to be even harder cuz of all the New Realities.”
“It’s Alright, Bluebird,” she said. “It’s all just learning, and you had a really great MeToo with the Moth.”
She was lacking her usual Goddess umph tho, and when she reached over she only gave me a little It’s Alright, Baby pat on the back. It was only about the same Alrightness as an aspirin. Her eyes were looking down, and her mouth was pretty frowny.
“Oh no,” I said, “you’re sad.”
“I didn’t know Goddesses could get sad.”
“That was a bad thing?”
“No, it’s the opposite of that. I want to kiss you too much now. I want to make you feel Alright too much. I like your fears and doubts too much, and I like your MeToo victories too much. What if kissing you is way more than just kissing you. What if it’s Love?”
“Oh my Goddess! That would be amazing.”
“I know, but remember I told you there’re Rules? Well, they’re really serious.”
“You mean like not intervening?”
“Exactly. I’m only supposta be there to encourage you during moments of Little Doubt and other Boobytraps, and I could get kicked out of The Angel Corps for helping you as much as I have. But even more important than that, it’s forbidden for any God to be in Love with any human.”
“I don’t understand. Wouldn’t the Gods want to help Reality Travelers as much as possible? If we had Angel-Traveler Kissing SuperTeams, we could MeToo the entire World, and all The MeNotzies would just shrivel up and turn to dust.”
“Reality Travel is like a movie to The Gods. It’s supposta be hard for the human or else it’s not entertaining when they succeed. And they think if a God is in Love with a human, then there’s no way the God isn’t going to get involved and make it too easy.”
“What would happen if we got caught?”
“We could both be Eliminated from Existence.”
“Now, you see why I’m so sad. I think I might not be able to be your Guardian Angel at all anymore.”
Then some instinct took over me, and I reached over to her, put my arms around her, and held her.
“It’s Alright, Angel,” I said.
And then I looked at her face, and she was smiling.
“Oh Bluebird,” she said. “I just got the most wonderful feeling. Like everything is going to be Alright, and I don’t even care if I do get Eliminated.”
“You just got an It’s Alright, Baby?!” I said.
“I think so!”
“I thought you just felt like that all the time since it’s what you’re made out of.”
“No, I only really felt it now when you gave it to me!”
“Wow, and it actually felt just as good to give it to you as it feels to receive!”
“Now, you know how I feel!”
Then we looked into each other’s eyes, and we just couldn’t help it. Our bodies got closer and our faces and lips just moved on their own and kissed.
“Oh no,” I said. “We’re breaking The Rules again.”
“I know,” she said.
But we kept kissing and couldn’t stop.
“What if there are Gods watching?” I kissed.
“They may be,” she kissed. “We should find a safe place where they can’t find us.”
“We could go to my AngelNest. It’s private, and they’d never suspect we’d go there, but we’d still have to be very careful.”
“Is that in the Other World?”