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I dream of falling.

It's not a dream common to angels.  After all, we have a pair of wings--or two or three--and we can use them.  We float upon the air, dance among the stars, shape the clouds with our breath, and so on.  All that lovely wordplay to describe an indescribable.  A joy, a graceless power.  Flight.

Humans dream of it often, I am told.  It makes sense.  They have no wings save for what they create with their hands.  Airplanes, hang gliders, helicopters.  Kites.  They are obsessed with the sky, more so than the angels themselves, many of whom will fly three thousand miles rather than walk across the street.

And yet I dream of falling.

And in my dreams, I always start out as what I am--a bookish secretary pushed into a role never intended for him--and I always end as a human.

And the first thing I feel is falling.

Sometimes I jump off the edge of one of the Heavens.  Sometimes I am flying when my wings lock and I plummet uncontrolled.  Sometimes I start diving for no reason and can't seem to pull out.  I prefer it when I jump; at least then I am choosing to fall.

During the fall, I feel my other four wings burn beneath my skin, burning me in symbols I would know if I could but see them.  During the fall--if I have jumped--I instinctively extend my wings to try and catch air, but I always fail, for there is no air.

And then I feel those begin to burn.  I feel each filament of each feather snap to flame, and then I feel the fire eat its way up to my wing-arms.  I feel the skin there sizzle, and I feel the blood begin to boil.  My muscles burst from the superheated fluid within them, and I continue to plummet.  I scream.

Only when naught but my bones are left does the fire extinguish itself.  But by then, I am consumed by the pain, and I am still falling, the soil of Enoch rushing up to greet me.  I smack into the ground hard, more than hard enough that if it were not a dream, I would become only a bloody smear, and then an ashy smear.

But somehow, in the dream, I live.  And I scream louder, scream from the pain of my lost wings, and for the pain from my shattered skeleton.  No one comes for me, for apparently no one has seen me fall.  I continue to scream until my voice gives out, and then I scream silently, weeping from the effort.  And when I can no longer hold my head up, I fall a second time, collapsing into the dust.

And then my eyes open to my own safe room, my wings whole, if not particularly healthy, and I am in no physical pain.  And then I resume my life, pretending that I slept well and am as rested as I could get given my numerous onerous duties.

And I tell no one, not even the healers, that I dream of falling.
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Given 2011-11-28
To Dream of Falling by ~MoreaGaara ( Suggested by neurotype and Featured by wreckling )
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Rema-Alkhany Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
The torments of the soul that I read .. Thank you for this description successful.
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shaymind Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
nice! not much more to say, i think.
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Osterkaktus Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
God I love this
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:iconnothing2say1:
Nothing2Say1 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
:eyepopping:
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:iconanalillithbar:
analillithbar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:love:
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MaryEvans Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice! I love the emotional picture and mood as well as the vivid descriptions.
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Writer
Ooh wow - so intense! Congrats on a well-earned DD.
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconladyofgaerdon:
LadyofGaerdon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Sure. :)
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:iconsongbird264:
songbird264 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student Writer
wow i love this and i think your details really push your story past amazing
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Demonkitty66 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
wow, I love it!
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
:)
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:icondemonkitty66:
Demonkitty66 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
>w<
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:iconitalianinnazitrainin:
ItalianInNaziTrainin Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist
I love this. It is sweet. It also sound like a familiar character from Haibane Renmei.
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
I have never read any of this person's work.
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:iconitalianinnazitrainin:
ItalianInNaziTrainin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist
I know. It has a different thing in the end. It is still good! I LUV IT!!!! <3
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:iconbirdkiller:
Birdkiller Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Writer
Strange, I felt like I was floating through this piece rather than reading it. You are so direct, and I eny your ability.
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I'm glad you liked it. :)
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:icon3qu1nox:
3qu1nox Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you linked it, this is very very good. Unpleasant, intriguing, very good.
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
thanks. :huggle:
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DarkFlame-SN Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist
WOW.
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dragonwriter142 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
:wow: Definitely worthy of the Daily Deviation award! Wonderful storytelling and imagery!
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
:iconifeelfluffyplz:
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dragonwriter142 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
:icondeathhugplz:
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
death by hugs!
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dragonwriter142 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I can't tell if it's a good way to go or not...
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
I think it would depend on the sort of hug...
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dragonwriter142 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
I guess.... :shrug:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
^^ :heart:
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
My pleasure! :hug:
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
:huggle:
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
:huggle:
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fainting-goat Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love flash fiction. This is terrific imagery - very intense and vivid.
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
^^ :huggle:
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
"I prefer it when I jump; at least then I am choosing to fall." ;)
Intriguing stuff.
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
:)
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:iconjade-pandora:
jade-pandora Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
I submitted this to #Word-Smiths - thank you for accepting it, I'm glad you didn't mind. <3
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
I don't mind at all. <3
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:iconkiraxp:
KiraXP Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
You are amazing i mean your words with how you described the emotions and feelings. i could clearly see myself falling into the endless nightmare....
night mares are scary but they show what you are subconsciously worried about.
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
I really agree with that. But they don't really help if you either (a) can't face them or (b) don't talk about them.
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AxnAkshan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like even though the Angel experienced so much of pain in it's dream, boiling blood, shattering blood & all, it still dreams of falling. Love the passion in it. <3
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MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
:heart:
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neverforgethem14 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing :)
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Nice icon. xD
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Danyasaur Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Beautiful. An interesting thought.
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
thank you. ^^
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:iconamidarosa:
amidarosa Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
can I just make a fanart out of this??? I can't resist, imagery is powerful! Btw, what a coincidence, I'm reading the book of Enoch right now just before I opened this
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:iconmoreagaara:
MoreaGaara Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011
Yes please! Fanart is greatly encouraged!

I'll link to it when it's finished. :D
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TMCanada Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Writer
I love the descriptions you used. It pulls the reader in. I could feel myself falling, I can feel the burning throughout my body. Great work.
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