celestial chess

Heaven. Friday morning. 

Angel number 4501 is summoned to His Presence, or HP, as he likes to be called.

“I have an important job for you, 4501. There’s a music festival tomorrow in Everyman’s Park.” 

HP’s magnificent voice rolls out, setting clouds, cherubim and seraphim a-tremble. A few feathers shiver and fall off 4501’s wings.

“I was very upset at the amount of sin that went on at the last one – drugs, blasphemy and …” HP lowers his voice and the Heavens still. “… you know, s-e-x that went on.”

4501’s heart leapt in anticipation.

The celestial voice rumbled on. “It will be your mission to point out the error of their ways to these young people, put their feet on a new and better path.”

(OK. So it’s Mission Impossible, but I’m going to a music festival.) 

“Of course, HP. An honour to be chosen. In what guise shall I descend?”

(A rock star? A Hell’s Angel? Oh please, not a groupie.)

“You will temporarily take over the body of an ice cream salesman called Kevin.”

HP taps his foot and watches through the one way mirror in the sky as 4501 plummets to earth, his heavenly raiment already changing to jeans and a Nirvana tee-shirt.

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Hell. Friday afternoon.

His Satanic Highness kneels on the backs of two recently arrived politicians, his backside bare and pulsating with inner evil. A ring of hellfire encircles them, holding back a legion of imps and fiends with singed hair and blistered skin.

“Kiss my arse!” roars HSH. “A day back on earth for whoever braves the flames and kisses my royal arse.”

None are brave enough to risk self imolation until Black Bart steps forward. Seven feet tall, once a grave robber and now an upper level demon, he’s been a thorn in HSH’s side ever since he fell into an open grave and drowned in the seepage.

One almighty leap and he’s through the hellfire, skin smouldering and bubbling, smoke seeping from all his orifices.

Bending at the knee, he kisses the putrefying buttocks before him. 

Beelzebub, as he likes to be called when dealing with the Damned, rears up and points upwards, searing a hole through the charcoal-blackened vaults. 

“Go, Lulu, enjoy your day.”

Black Bart only has time to say, “Lulu? What the f–” before he vanishes in a swirl of silk and Chanel No 5. 

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Everyman’s Park.

His Presence watches the materialisation of the ravishing young woman, her modesty barely covered in wisps of green silk.

“You’ve outdone yourself this week, Lucifer.” He prefers the old names to all this high-falutin’ Royal Highness stuff.

The Devil laughs. “Kevin the ice cream seller won’t stand a chance. Shall I make the first move?”

The two deities settle down to their Saturday afternoon game of Celestial Chess. 

Lulu basks under the hot sun and a thought pops into her mind.

(I’d kill for an ice cream.)