Guardian Angel

He leaned forward and swiped at the water's surface, then rubbed the cold liquid over is burning, teary eyes. He repeated this until he couldn't tell if his face and eyes were moist from his unstoppable, streaming tears or the cool waters of the river that he rested by. He finally stopped, after feeling a few drops of rain from the heavily gathering clouds above.

"How lovely," he whispered to himself, "It seems even the Earth weeps for me."

The rain began to pick-up, and splattered the ground around him. He sighed and stood to his feet, pausing a while to observe his rippled reflection in the rushing water of the river. And then, he saw her. Her smiling face, flowing hair, brilliant eyes- right there in the water. He blinked. She was gone.

His mind seemed fogged with images and memories of her, as he left the river's edge and trudged along the muddy path to the main road. He saw her laughing, teaching him how to play "Slap-Jack" and "Old Maid", singing softly to herself as she cleaned, cooking dinners, trying to learn how to do a hand-stand, and crying to herself late at night when she thought she was alone. He loved her. He would miss her. But, he knew what he had to do.

"I will never let you fall, even if saving you sends me to Heaven." he thought aloud.

He finally reached the old bus stop, after tromping half a mile down the main road. He plopped himself into the rusting bench and waited the bus's arrival. He spent the next ten minutes prepping himself for whatever lay ahead. He knew, it was the only way. Ten more minutes of excruciating anxiety passed before the bus arrived and came to a screeching halt to let him on.

He got off at St. Mary's Hospital. Breathing and sweating heavily, he entered the hospital lobby. The woman at the reception desk asked if he needed assistance, he ignored her. He knew where to go. He took the elevator to floor number four, got off and shakily ambled down several hallways before stopping at a large brown door labeled: ROOM 453. He hesitated.

"Even if saving you sends me to Heaven." He reminded himself, and then entered the room.

It was a beautifully bright, white room, daintily decorated in standard hospital seats, tacky paintings hung on the wall, a mounted television, and a small table scattered with magazines. But none of this mattered, all he saw was her, gently tucked into the wretched steal hospital bed, plugged with tubes and wires that hooked to various machines and monitors that stood at either side of the bed.

She looked worn, faded, though he could still see her stunning beauty in her now thinning face. She was sleeping, it looked painful. He pulled-up a chair and sat close to the bed's side. After watching her sleep for a minute or two, he gently leaned forward and kissed the girl on the cheek. She softly groaned and fluttered her perfect eyes open.

"Did you sleep well?" he warmly asked her.

"Do I ever?" she answered groggily with a playful smile.

He laughed, "You know, you should be taking your medicine for that. The doctor did say it would help you sleep better."

"Ew. The pills are huge and they smell funny. I don't trust them. Besides, I'm fine, really."

"You keep telling me that, but I don't think you believe it yourself."

"Hey. Did you visit me to lecture me about my medication, or to maybe- I don't know -spend some time with me before-"

"No!"

"... I know. I heard them talking- the doctors. My time is up. It's okay, I'm fine-"

"No!... You are not dying." he stared intently at her.

"You don't have to lie to me. I accept it, why can't you?"

"Because, I won't let you die. I'll be there for you through it all-"

She sighed and then smiled at him, "I told you, it's okay. Don't worry. I won't leave you, even if I am sent to Heaven. I am always here, to stand by your side and keep you company just like you have been doing for me. I'm here."

"But... you don't understand. You are not the one to be going to Heaven... I am"

Her eyes grew wide, she knew what he meant to do, "No! You mustn't! Please I can't live without you, I can't be alone again! Don't do this to me, please! Stay with me! Don't-"

"Why don't you get it?! I can't let you die, you have too much life! You are not ready! Even if saving you sends me to heaven, you will live!!" And with that he passionately, yet carefully and gently so as to not cause anymore pain to her frail body, kissed her on the mouth, tears breaking through his eyes and splashing onto her pale cheeks.

"I'll Fall for you." He said to her. Then, he stood, spread his pure-white wings that shone in the stunning rays of streaming sunlight that broke through the dreary clots of clouds, and smiled down at her one last time.

FIN.

Commentation: This story is based around the song "Your Guardian Angel" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Most of the conversation between the girl and the Angel are direct lyrics from the song. And, the repeated sentence "Even if saving you sends me to Heaven." is a lyric that is repeated several times in the song. It is basically a reminder to the Angel, that he constantly repeats to himself, to never forget that he will save the girl at all costs.

Also, since the boy is a Guardian Angel, to save the girl's life and cure her of her illness he must give up his guardianship of her and return to Heaven. The girl knows what he is and knows what will happen, and desperately wants him to stay with her, she doesn't want to live alone. However, the last line the Angel says, "I'll Fall for you.", is basically him telling her that he loves her so much that he will Fall from Heaven, give up his wings, and become mortal just to be with her.