CHAPTER 2 MIRACLE OR MIRAGE?
I regained control of my body as I put her in my bathtub.
I just dumped her there, a mess that used to be a human. My bathtub turned from porcelain white to horror movie red in seconds. The image would remain in my brain until the day I died. The terrifying smell of blood and gore quickly filled my tiny bathroom, it reached my brain and the nausea came strikingly fast. I gagged. Like a claw clenching my insides, the reek wrapped itself around me and strangled me. I felt dizzy. I had just taken the victim of a car crash and brought her home, only to die in my bathtub. I couldn't understand why, all I could see was the blood that had stained everything, all I could hear were my own whimpers and all I could smell was death. My head hurt. Feeling like my sides were about to split I sat on my toilet lid, hugging myself tight. The fear, the shock, the horror they all choked me. I almost hyperventilated. Yet I still couldn't stop looking at her.
I knew I had to do something. When I had asked for a spark of inspiration, this hadn't been what I had had in mind!
"I... I sh-should..." I said, my voice quivering. My whole body trembled.
She was looking at me with grateful eyes.
It made no sense. In that mess of porcelain and red and gore she was tranquil. Her pale blue eyes were so beautiful and calm, like a glacier that stretched on forever, vast like the sky on a cloudless day. Looking into her eyes I felt a little easier, the nausea loosened its grip a little allowing space for confusion. I wasn't sure was I feeling any better realizing that she was at peace, I was the one writhing in agony. It seemed as if I had been the one hurt in the accident and she was trying to comfort me. She huffed, clearly her broken body was affecting her aura of serenity but she was far from screaming in pain, or what I would imagine someone having been run over would do.
"I must... call 911", I said, unable to comprehend the paradox that she was. With a shaking hand I took my phone from my pocket.
"No..." She said in a hoarse voice, trying to pull herself up. Her beautiful white hair was stained red and had glued to her broken body like tiny snakes slithering around her.
I stared at her, one voice in my head screaming to call 911 and another one telling me to calm down. I was at a loss of which one to obey. The pounding was getting worse, I rubbed my forehead hoping it would help but it didn't. Maybe she was one of those fundamental Christians who denied medical help and believed in the healing power of prayer? She had bad luck, I was all out of prayers. Calming down wasn't going to help. Her death was only going to be prolonged and more painful if I didn't make the call. Even then I wasn't sure if anyone could help her anymore, she could've already been beyond medical help, her wounds were extremely serious.
Ignoring her strange calm aura I reached for my smartphone and with trembling hands pressed the numbers 911. Before I could press dial she had squirmed to the edge of the tub and reached her bloody hand to take a firm grip of my wrist. I grimaced, dropping my phone. Her grip was incredibly strong, unnatural. I couldn't believe a person injured so badly could muster such strength. She frightened me.
"I'll... heal by myself." She said slowly, her eyes aflame.
I nodded slowly, biting my lower lip from the pain in my wrist. It was going the leave a bruise. She stared at me with narrowed eyes. That face covered in blood, on her cheek a gaping hole that showed her teeth. I wanted to scream or throw up, I didn't know which. I couldn't do both at the same time. As suddenly as she had grabbed my wrist, she let go and slumped into the bathtub, her body making a squeaking sound against the porcelain.
"It'll be over... soon." She huffed.
"That's what I'm afraid of!" I stood up, clenching my fists. My head spun and I had to lean against the wall to stay on my feet. They felt wobbly. I wiped cold sweat from my forehead to my shirt, only smearing her blood on my face. Feeling the cold secretion on my face sent my fear gauge through the roof and I yanked my shirt off, wailing: "You're mad! I'm mad! This is mad!"
"It isn't mad..." She looked at me with those eyes full of tranquillity.
She lifted a finger to her lips, kissed it and trailed it up her leg. It began to glow. The bone sticking out of her shin suddeny cracked back into place. Silvery silky skin wrapped itself around her leg and a trail of shining diamonds embedded in her leg from the foot to the hip came visible.
My eyes widened. Impossible. Maybe this was all a delirium.
She inhaled deeply, crossing her hands on her chest and closed her eyes. The glow from her leg spread to her whole body. That white, almost transparent skin covered her cheek, hiding the gruesome grin. On her forehead a trail of diamonds began to shine, the red color exuded from her hair and it began to shimmer. Out of her head grew two blue lotus buds above her left ear. Bones snapped back into their places, muscles found their places and blood vessels meandered across them. Like a film going backwards she reversed her wounds. The red that had stained my bathroom trickled back into her body, leaving my bathtub as if nothing had happened. No mess, no blood, no injuries. Once all else was in place, glasslike skin slid over her, leaving her body clean and glowing. Those diamonds trailed across all her limbs, from thumbs to shoulders and feet to hips. What had been a pulp became her body.
In this world that I had lost all faith in, a miracle had happened before my eyes. I was rendered immobile and speechless by the wonder I had witnessed.
"Do you believe me now?" She asked as she got up, from nowhere a dress as light as air was woven around her from the finest of materials, directly from two silkworm cocoons. They circled her at an amazing pace, whirling and whizzing, creating a dress of extraordinary beauty. It flowed down from one shoulder and draped around her waist, then settled all the way down to her ankles, leaving a long slit for the right leg. It shimmered in all the colors of the spectrum like fish scales in the sun. Strings of light secured it around her waist. She was tall, much taller than me and her limbs, they were so thin and long, delicate like a sculpture's.
"W-what are... what are you!?" I fell on my butt on the bathroom floor. "Impossible!"
Inside my head a merry-go-round rode a roller coaster. It hurt. I was mad. I had to be. Sometime during my way home I had snapped for good, I had lost all my marbles and joined the cuckoo club. There was no other explanation for the mirage in my bathroom.
She grabbed my chin and lifted my head to look at her, her icy eyes were full of kindness. Her lashes were white like icicles, the pupils almost white with a pale blue edges. Her skin was like finest porcelain, emotionless but impeccably smooth and almost transparent. On her forehead a band of diamonds shone like a corona made of stars, her white hair flowed down her shoulders all the way to her waist like a waterfall. Two lotus flowers above her left ear opened to large bloom, azure blue. Her face was beautifully androgynous, high cheekbones that protruded a little and a strong but narrow jawline. Like an angel warrior from a mural. Incredible, I gasped for air. I had thought film stars were beautiful, but their beauty was shallow compared to the entity in front of me who was beyond exquisite, beyond graceful, beyond angelic. Divine. I was at a loss for words. She was the single most magnificent sight I had ever witnessed.
"I am Caelestys, a god/dess of light and healing." She looked at me intensely, not even looking into my eyes but beyond them, deeper inside. I could see a smile in her eyes even when there was none on her lips. Her long slender fingers let go of my chin.
Since all god/desss are genderless (or can take any gender at any time), I will use 'e (for he or she) 's (for his/hers) 'self (for himself/herself) h' (for him/her in object case).
"But... but your body! Your cheek! Your shin! A bone! And the blood! And your hand! Twisted!" I only spat out words, I couldn't speak properly. Too much had happened for me to comprehend. My mind was bursting out of its seams, expanding to a whole new level and as a result the pounding in my head was killing me.
"Yes, I healed myself." 'E said softly. Even h' voice was unreal, soft like the ringing of a thousand tiny bells.
"But....but....but...but...but..." I muttered, unable to control the flow of words.
'E watched me patiently as I babbled on like a broken record on a loop. My mind was in a twist and couldn't figure out how to return to normal. I grimaced because the headache was getting worse.
"I want to thank you for saving me." 'E said calmly, brushing h' hair off h' face. "I want to give you the gift of healing."
'E pressed h' lips on mine.
For a moment I felt like a stream of purest light passed through my body. At the same time an intense pain and a delirious happiness, a suppressive sadness and an overwhelming pleasure. The whole scale of being a human. Added to that a divine existence that wrapped itself around my every cell and renewed me, took my body and disintegrated it to reintegrate it into a better, purer being. For a fleeting second I was an existence of pure energy. What a rush! Free from the chains of mortality, able to be everywhere in the world at the exact same moment without really existing anywhere at all. I was all-powerful and all-knowing. I was filled with a sensation that ravished my whole existence.
Although at that time unaware of it, I had been the first in hundreds of years to be privileged to become a chosen one, the favorite of a god/dess.
As soon as h' lips left mine the sensation disappeared and I was back in my tiny bathroom, sitting on the floor. The headache was gone, but my mind and my body had had enough. Too much had happened to me in one day. Unable to bear so much excitement and fear and horror and divinity, I finally gave up. Everything went black as I let myself be embraced by the sweet oblivion of unconsciousness.
TO BE CONTINUED...