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Faith, Merry and Joy - a Short Story

Timothy is a writer and artist who enjoys writing poetry, stories and articles. Timothy earned his BS in psychology from Albright College

This story is a continuation of a short story "Faith, Merry and Joy" I wrote in an earlier article Faith Based Flash Fiction Vol 1.

There is and old adage which says “it is far easier to give up on something then to work hard and push your way on through.” Most stories begin with a beginning. This story starts with a sad ending and moves on from there with the help on three angels, Faith, Merry and Joy

The story picks up in the coffee shop where the three angers are discussing a previous nights misadventures. Here in the coffee shop they will get their next assignment from Gabriel. What the mission is you will have to read and discover.

The three angels left the coffee shop and headed up the street. Leaning on a lamppost at the corner was a familiar face. The Angel Gabrie the bosses go between. They all wondered what they had done this time. Gabriel smiled. Now they knew they were in trouble.

“Good morning ladies,” He said. “I hope you all are doing well.

Joy stepped forward. “Good morning Gabriel. What did we do this time?”

Gabriel laughed. “What makes you think you’re in trouble?”

Joy lowered her head. “Well there was the incident I had last night.”

Gabriel looked at her. “Yes, that was unfortunate but since you acted in the best interest of the human you were assigned to we will overlook it for now.”

Joy lifted her head and smiled. She ran and gave Gabriel a big hug. He gently pushed her away. Faith and Merry laughed.

“Okay,” said Gabriel. “Now that we have that out of the way I need to give you your assignments.”

“Assignments,” Faith said a little too loudly. “Does this mean we are not going to be working together? We’re a team after all.”

“Gabriel looked at her. An amused smile on his face. “What, no, no. We have no intention of separating you three, believe me.” He looked at them. “You three have a unique ability to touch these humans more than most. Give it there are some bumps and bruises along the way but still you’ve helped all whom you’ve come in contact.”

“Thank you…” Faith, Merry and Joy said all at the same time.

“No thanks to me is necessary but you might want to pass one to the Big Boss when you can. Now, where was I? Oh yes, your assignments. Three prayers have filtered down to my desk and though they are separate they are intertwined. To answer one is to answer all.” He handed out the three pieces of paper. “Okay ladies I will be on my way

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They watched him go. Merry looked at the other two angels. “Ok, who’d you get?”

Faith scolded her. “You know we are not to each other but to go about our witness independently.”

“You spoil all the fun.” Quipped Joy.

“Hush you two.” Faith said. “Now let’s be on our way.”

The three broke apart and headed off to find their human assignments. Unknown to them. Their assignment was one in the same. Each paper had the same message which went something like this.

Jen is dating Lee but spends more time with her best friend Dale. So Lee has a hard time with it even though his alone time with Jen is good. In the end after 3 years of this he decides to leave Jen. She is heartbroken

Each Angel had a different person in this love triangle to take care.

Joy looked at her card. The name on the paper after the story was Jen Felder. The assignment was to help her heal, pretty open ended. “Heal her heart physically, which was out of her control. Only God could do that. So it must a love thing.” She giggled. She loved love stories. .She skipped off to find Jen

Merry scanned the card in her hand. She read the story and read the name on the bottom. It said Lee Brumwold. The assignment was to help him see the truth. “See the truth,” She thought. “What truth?” She shook her head and headed off to find Lee Brumwold.

Faith read the story on her card. The name on her card was Dale Heard. Her assignment was to help Dale understand. “Understand what?” Her brow furrowed. Oh well she’d figure it out.

They all set off on their separate ways. Joy was the first to find her assignment at a local coffee shop, sitting on her phone drinking a coffee. She walked in and ordered her favorite drink, a Caramel Macchiato with extra whipped cream. She took a sip. The whipped cream tickled her nose. She giggled. “Focus,” She told herself. She walked over to where Jen sat and took the chair across from her.

Jen looked up at her and smiled.

“Do I know you?”

Joy smiled back. “No.”

Jen looked at all the empty tables around her. Then she looked back at Joy.

“I need to clarify something.” Joy said. “You don’t know me but I know of you.”

“Of me,” Jen ruffled her brow. “What do you mean?”

“Well isn’t Lee your boyfriend?”

Jen looked at the woman. She had a certain air about her. Jen felt like she could tell her anything. So she did. She told her the whole story. Joy sat and listened as she tried to formulate a plan in her mind. She understood the message on the card. She needed to put Jen and Lee back together with the help of Merry.

Merry set off in search of this Lee guy. She was in a quandary. How was she to help him see the truth when she had know idea what truth he understood. She shook her head. This was going to be interesting. Merry said a prayer. Blinked out and then back in, in front of a bank building. She entered the lobby, looked around until she found what she was looking for. In the corner of the building sat a desk with a rather attractive blond chap sitting at the desk.

She walked over and stood there. Lee looked up.

“Can I help you?” He said.

Merry looked at him and smiled. No time to be subtle.

“Lee Bruwold?”

He looked down then back up. “Yes, the name tag says so. Do you need help with a loan?”

“No, but I’m here to help you.”

Lee looked at her. There was something about this woman. She almost seemed otherworldly.

“So, miss…”

“Merry, the name is Merry. Just Merry. Oh yeah not Mary but Merry like in Merry Christmas.

“Well Miss Merry with no name. What can you help me with?”

“Well I’ve heard you’re missing your girlfriend...Jen I think her name was.”

“Wait!” Lea jumped up from his desk.”How do you know about my girlfriend?”

“Well I can’t really tell you. Let’s just say a word came down from above.”

Faith looked at her card again. Dale Polton. “Where was he, where was he.” She bowed her head and sought direction from God. She lifted her and looked around. There on a bench in the park sat a man with dark hair. Faith walked over and sat down on the bench next to him. He lifted his head from the book he was reading and looked at Faith. He smiled at her. She smiled back.

“Dale Polton?”

He tilted his head. “Do I know you know you from somewhere?”

She shrugged. “No.”

“Well then, how do you know my name?”

She smiled, “It’s on my card.” She held up the card. “See.”

“I’m confused.”

“Don’t worry, all will be revealed when you come with me.”

“Why should I.”

Faith’s brow wrinkled. “Just come with me.”

Dale hesitated but there was something about this woman that eased his worries. He followed the woman to the bus stop. The 12th Avenue bus came. They boarded the bus. The woman paid for the both of them. They rode the bus for about 20 minutes. At 12th and Marion Streets they got off the bus.

“Now what?” Dale asked.

“You’ll see.” Faith replied. “Come.” Faith started up Marion Street until they came to the Outside Inn. Faith entered the restaurant and looked around. She spotted a familiar face in the corner.

“Hey Fred,”

Fred the Angel looked up. “Hello Faith, haven’t seen you in a while.”

“No, we’ve been over in Cleveland and Philly. It’s good to see you Gred. Have you seen Merry around?”

Fred looked around. “No.”

The doorbell chimed. They all looked up. In walked Merry and Lee. Dale and Lee locked eyes

“What is he doing here,” Spat Dale.

“Me, what are you doing here. You got the girl. Are you here to gloat?”

Merry looked at them. Now let’s all have a seat. They sat at a table. A woman came and took their orders and left.

Dale looked at Lee across the table. “For your information. I didn’t get the girl. She stopped being my friend the moment you broke up with her.”

Lee laughed. “Serves you right. It is your fault I left her. You monopolized your friendship with her in order to take her away from me.”

Dale looked down at the floor. “I’ll admit I liked her more than she liked me but she loved you. No matter how much time I spent with her she still liked YOU.”

Lee looked at Dale. He was stunned by his confession. Still it didn’t change the fact that Jen chose Dale over him. She chose to hang with him more.

“It is all well in good Dale but…”

Faith looked at them both.”Tish, tish.”She said.”Lee you still love Jen...am I right?”

“Well...umm...yes. But…”

“No buts.” Chimed in Merry. “Well then...we have to reunite you with her.”

“How?” Lee looked down to the floor. He looked a little pale.”She will never talk to me again.”

Merry and Faith smiled. They said in unison. “With man nothing is possible, with God nothing is impossible. In fact all you have to do is ask.”

Lee looked at the two of them. I’ve been asking but He has not heard my prayers.”

“Me too.” Said Dale.

“Wait,”Dale looked at Lee. “You believe in God?”

“Yes, my whole life. But he hasn’t answered my prayers yet.”

“Don’t be so sure of that.” Said Merry and Faith.

Just then the door chimed again. In walked Joy. She saw the other two angels and their guests amd walked over towards them. She stepped aside and there stood Jen. She looked at the two men seated at the table. She looked at Joy.

“You set me up.”

“No,” Joy said. “I’m merely answering a request.”

“A request?”

Joy looked at them all. “Yes, you have all made your requests known to God. Those requests are now being answered.”

“Joy are you sure you’re supposed to be doing this?” Merry chimed in.

“Yes, remember Gabriel always told us to do what it takes.”

Dale, Jen and Lee looked at the three women. Faith, Merry and Joy stood there smiling. Faith stepped forward.

“Now here’s how it all goes. “Jen you still love Lee?” Asked Joy.

“Yes, but…”

“No buts, said Merry. “Do you love him?”

She looked over at Lee.”Yes

“Lee do you still love Jen?” Said Faith.

“Of course. He said. “Always will..”

“Good,” Faith Merry and Joy all chimed in.”

“Now,” Said Faith. “You should talk and make up. Life is too short to lose true love.”

Lee reached out and took Jen’s hand.

“Now Dale,” Said Joy. “It is up to Jen to keep you as a friend. If I was her I would think hard about it. Thankfully however forgiveness is something God is in the business of and he seeks to instill that virtue in all. So...if Jen does forgive you then you must remember there will be boundaries.”

“Boundaries?”

Faith looked at Jen, Dale and Lee. “There are boundaries in every relationship. When you’re a friend, you’re a friend. No crossing the friend zone when your friend is dating. Now to those who are serious about each other. Always talk to each other. The lack of conversation among you humans is the problem to all your...well problems. Well my friends and I are going to leave you to your own devices to work all this out. But be warned we will be back to check on you.” Having said her piece Faith and the other two angels turned to leave.”

“Wait,” said Jen. “Who are you? I mean you come into,our lives and now you’re leaving.”

Merry turned around. “We are messengers sent for a purpose then when our time is done...we move on. It is time to move on.”

© 2020 Timothy Whitt