by Penny Write
A story about a woman encounter an Angel during the Christmas season.
| It was the Christmas week and Alicia wasn't even ready for the
holiday's. She hadn't even started yet it was all her fault, if only she had
started earlier. This wouldn't be happening to her now she wouldn't be in
in panic mode. Which she so didn't want to be in now, she didn't even have
a tree, no presents, nothing. This was going to take a Christmas miracle
for her, because that was exactly what she needed.
How had the time gone so fast? The questions went unanswered and
all she wanted to do was weep. There wasn't any consoling her, well she
just had to suck it up and go shopping. Which was the first thing on her
Christmas list. Alicia was going to text her friend Alana and see if she was
in the mood to go with her.
This was a crucial time where friends stuck together, because that was
what they did. When her cell binged Alicia pounced on it right away, hoping
the answer would be what she was looking for. When she read the text it
was a no she was going solo. It annoyed her but then it was a Saturday
and Alana was busy with her family.
Well she could handle this she told herself, it was going to be easy,
but when she got to the mall was so packed. All Alicia wanted to do was
get out, but she would prevail. Then she saw an old lady sitting by herself
at a table. It looked like the woman was sad she didn't like to see anyone
that way. Especially around the holiday's it looked like the lady could use
Alicia needed a break her feet where soar she had already been to a
couple places. She didn't know how some people did it, shopped and
shopped, never getting annoyed, but loving every minute of it. Which is
what it seemed like she was doing. So far she was in a jovial mood, the
bus ride to the mall had been uneventful.
Already she had found a couple of gifts that had thrilled her, she knew
that Alana would love them. It was probably a good thing she didn't come
along, because this way she would surprise her. Alicia was famished after
all the walking she did. It was as if the lady sensed her presence, because
she turned around.
There was something in her eyes that Alicia couldn't seem to extract
herself away from. The lady was familiar like she had seen her somewhere
before. Alicia felt like she had known her and wanted to sit down, to chat
with her. There was a friendly aura about her that she was drawn to, she
sat across from the lady.
Where Alicia took out a bottle of water she needed a drink, being
thirsty too. The lady watched her, smiling, her eyes glittering like blue
sapphire gems. There was also a warmth about the lady, Alicia felt like
she could sit with her forever. It was bizarre because she never did
something so spontaneous like this before.
''Hi, I am Alicia, and you are looking sad, you okay?" Alicia took a
sip of her bottled water. It was better to bring her own not that she was
cheap, she felt more satisfied. Already she had felt better, being able to
get a couple of gifts. There was a tree she had seen in the window and
that was on her agenda next.
''I should be asking you that.'' The woman spoke softly, it was as if
a breeze would blow by her. Alicia wondered if she looked that stressed
''I am fine.'' Alicia took a gulp this time, she was parched, as the lady
sat there watching her.
''It looks like your doing some shopping, the mall can be hectic this
time of year.'' The woman didn't even blink an eyelash, it was eerie but
instead of being afraid. Alicia felt mesmerized she was drawn to this
''Yes it can, and your name would be?" Alicia would feel better if
she was on a first name basis.
''My name is Angel.'' It was all she said elaborating nothing more,
it seemed to be appropriate for the season.
''Okay Angel, you sure are a mystery.'' Alicia hadn't meant to blurt
it out, but she did. It looked like the lady was ready to burst into tears,
but then her eyes remained dry. Alicia felt like the woman had a world
of troubles on her shoulders.
''Yes I suppose I am, and I know that you are having your own
troubles.'' Angel went on to tell her all about her troubles she didn't
even know her. It was some what disconcerting, that this stranger
should know so much about her.
''I just needed to take a break, its all done now.'' Alicia got up and
was ready to leave. The lady went and put her hand on her arm, and
her eyes spoke volumes she wanted her to stay.
''Stay.'' She voiced the one word that Alicia had seen her, compelled
her, if that was her request then so be it. Where she had the time to sit
for a bit longer, to linger, to listen. If that was so what the lady Angel desired
she would be there for her.
The lady had bought both of them a tea and the time seemed to take
off like a rocket. Where she listened to the ladies woes and at the of
it an hour later. The lady seemed to brighten even more, all she needed
was someone to listen to her. Where she had an open ear to open up
Then the tables turned and the lady listened to her another hour went
by, but both of them felt enlightened and elated. When Alicia looked at the
time she shot up like a shooting star,
''I must get going, the time slipped away on me. I better leave, thanks
so much for the tea and conversation.'' When Alicia got up she had never
felt so light like she had angel wings on her shoulder's. She didn't get much
done, but in essence Alicia, thought she got a lot done.
''You be off dear, I feel so much lighter with our talk.'' Alicia had turned
to thank her one more time. When she did the lady was gone it was such
an eerie feeling
"Where did she go?" Alicia wondered out loud, she wanted to go look
for her. Then lo and behold she saw her friend Alana walking towards her,
they hugged each other.
''Did you see that woman? She was just hear.'' Alana looked at her,
she took her by the arm and they where off.
Then later on back at her place, Alicia still wondered about the woman,
since then she hadn't been so stressed. There was a knock at the door and
a guy stood there holding a tree. It was the first of many incidents, but all
in all Alicia had gotten everything done two days before Christmas.
When she sat around the Christmas tree with her hot cocoa and her
friend Alana, she thought of the strange woman with the sapphire striking
blue eyes. She truly was an Angel in disguise because since the time she
saw her everything went and worked out for the better. She looked at the
Angel on top of the tree and knew that she had been visited by a winged
being and truly had been blessed.