“Oh, I thought I was dead.”
“That can be arranged.”
“Who are you?” I lift my head up. It’s Vexus. “Can you really kill me? Can you really send me to heaven?”
I sigh. “What do you want now?”
“You have to join the cluster. Now!”
“No. I won’t.”
She glares. “You have no choice.” Her cold voice tells me,”If you do not join the cluster, I will make you a human! And my personal slave.”
“Vexus,” I say,”For over fifty years I’ve been wishing I was a human. I’ve asked the most powerful scientists out there to bend the laws of nature for me. Now you’re telling me that you can figure out the last digit in pi? Can you count to infinity? Can you stop time? Can you walk on water? Any of those would be easier than making me a human.”
“You doubt me?” All of a sudden, she isn’t Vexus anymore. Just a bright light shining in my eyes.
I’m squinting. “Who are you?”
“I am the most powerful force in the universe. I know everything and am capable of doing anything.”
“Am I dead?”
“Do you want to be?”
“I don’t think so.”
“Then you aren’t. Death is just mind over matter. If you believe you are dead, then you’re dead.”
“Have you come for me?”
“Jenny Wakeman, I’m going to make one wish come true for you.”
“Me? Why me?”
“Do you know how long you’ve been waititng at the cluster?”
“Yes, plus the ten years you waited so long ago, that’s thirty. Thirty years of your life you sacrificed for all mortal humans. I have never seen this before, ever.”
“I get one wish?”
“I know what it is though. I’ve known it for so long.” Deep breath, Jenny. Say it. “I wish I was a mortal human girl!”
A bolt of lightning before my eyes. A flash of red and then purple then blue. I hear laughs and screams and cries. I’m falling. Falling so quickly into a never ending spiral. I scream and open my eyes. I’m sitting here. Where am I? I think this is my room in Tuck’s house. But…it seems different.
I blink. That’s strange, why did I do that? I’m gasping, quickly I inhale. Inhale? Did I just breathe? But I don’t have lungs…
I have to grab the mirror. Did it really happen? Am I really…one quick glance. Yes! I am human! I’m a human girl with lungs and eyes and a heart and everything!
“Ahhh!” I scream. I’m so excited! All the things I could never do before!
Hands. Skin. Blood. Breathe, Jenny. Don’t get too excited. I’m grabbing the side of the bed for support now. I can’t fall over and bruise myself already.
“What is it Jenny? I heard screaming.” Tuck says. But it’s not Tuck…it’s Tuck from fifty years ago. I get to relive the past fifty years, too!
“Tuck! I’m human!”
“Yeah, I know.”
“You know? I’ve only known for a few minutes!”
“What are you doing, sweetie?”
“Sweetie? Why are you calling me that?”
“Is the blonde getting to you today, Jenny?”
“Look at your ring finger.”
A diamond ring. “We’re married?”
“And you call me forgetful for not remembering your birthday. We’re engaged. Honestly Jenny, what is wrong with you?”
“Relax, the wedding isn’t for another six months.” He leaves.
Right then I notice the one difference in the room: a queen size bed.
Oh my! Jenny Jenny Jenny…I didn’t want to do that. Why did you make me have to write that?