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Rated: E · Short Story · Romance/Love · #2183161
A post Valentine's Day interview with the cherub.
Cupid’s Conundrum

Kathleen McNamara

“Good morning. I’m Evie Mahone to see Mr. Eros.”

“Have you come to register a complaint too, Ms. Mahone? I warn you,
I am not in a very pleasant mood right now. I have to get ready for a meeting with the board.”

“No, I’m here to conduct an interview for Bed of Roses magazine. Your boss did not inform you?”

“Perhaps, but I have been a bit busy in the field these past two weeks. I haven’t checked in with the office much.”

“The god of Love has his own staff?”

“Well, I can’t keep track of all the lonely hearts requests on my own, you know. Even a god needs some help every now and then. That’s off the record, by the way.”

“You let humans work for you? I wasn’t aware we had any expertise in the true love department.”

“My staff is a mix of human and divine. Meetings can get a bit testy on occasion. Humans can get so caught up in the flash and cash. The reps from the divine are more focused on the long-term aspects. Gets interesting, believe me.”

“Flash and cash?”

“Looks and money. You know, smoking hot bodies and money to burn, that sort of thing.”

“That’s pretty cynical coming from a cherub, don’t you think?”

“I’ve been at this a long time, Ms. Mahone. When you have seen what I have, it is not hard to be cynical.”

“I suppose I have to agree with you. We humans can be a bit difficult when it comes to relationships.”

“Difficult is not a word I would have used. But the higher ups frown on using derogatory human terms. Even if the sentiment is correct.”

“So, if you are as jaded as you say, why keep at this job?”

“Because, when the matches work it is a wonderful thing to see. Yeah, there are lots of hits and misses. Our biggest challenge is getting you humans to look closer at those around you and recognize what is right in front of your faces on a daily basis. That’s why I am in such a grumpy mood right now. After all these years, I still can’t figure you guys out.”

“So this is our fault?”

“Not entirely. The higher ups thought that granting the gift of free will to humanity was a good thing to do. Just makes our jobs a bit more challenging, is all.”

“I see.”

“So we will keep on with our plotting and planning and hope our messages get through.”

“It has been a pleasure to meet you Ms. Mahone, but I must leave for the meeting. By the way, you might want to consider giving that young man who sits at the desk across the aisle from you a chance. “

465 words

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