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Your First Assignment

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Tine’s head was spinning. Was he really drunk enough to hallucinate a guardian angel? He chastised his own subconscious for dreaming up some guy to save him. He could have at least dreamed up a pretty girl. And he most certainly would not be the one falling- she would be falling. He did not need anyone’s help.

His stream of thought was interrupted by the stranger sticking his hands into his pants pockets. “Why-What are you doing?”

“I’m looking for your room keys. You’d never get it in the lock in this state.” The man pulled the keys out of his back pocket and wrapped an arm around Tine’s waist, guiding him to his room. The last thing he remembered was being plopped down on his bed and a blanket being pulled over him.

...

Tine blinked wearily at the sight sunlight filtering in through his window. “You’re awake,” he heard a voice say. Tine screamed and tumbled off the bed.

“Shit! Who are you? How’d you get in here?”

The man shook his head amusedly as Tine struggled to free himself from the blanket he was now entangled in. “My name’s Sarawat.”

Tine looked at him incredulously, waiting for him to provide any sort of explanation. “...And? Why are you in my room?”

“I told you last night. I’m your guardian angel.”

The events of last night slowly came back to him and his eyes went wide. “But… why? I’ve managed just fine on my own.”

“Why?” Sarawat sputtered, “You just nearly died last night!”

“Yeah, but I didn’t.”

“Because of me!”

“Whatever,” TIne grumbled. He rubbed his temples, trying to comprehend this batshit insane situation he had found himself in, then the questions started spilling out, “Wait, can anyone else see you? Are you gonna be around all the time? How am I supposed to explain you to-”

“Easy, easy, one question at a time. Yes, I’ll be around all the time but other people will only see me when I allow them to. As far as anyone else is concerned, I’m just your new friend.”

Tine let out a sigh of exasperation at his newfound predicament. “I can’t handle any more of this conversation on an empty stomach. Let’s go eat.”

...

Tine walked awkwardly down the street with his hands in his pockets with Sarawat beside him, matching his pace step-for-step. This did not suit his normally chic image, but he struggled to find anything not weird to stay. “So have you… been an angel long?”

Sarawat chuckled at the awkward phrasing, “No. I was human once, if that’s what your asking. When I died, I was chosen to become a guardian angel. You’re my first assignment.”

“Shit. Did dying hurt?” Tine asked without thinking. “Sorry, I shouldn’t have asked. Of course it hurt, and it’s none of my business.”

“It’s alright, Tine,” Sarawat answered earnestly. “To be honest, I don’t really remember my death. When you get to Heaven, pain, specific events, they just kind of fade away, like they’re not really important anymore.”

Tine was about to step out onto a street when Sarawat grabbed him and pulled him back. Not a second later, a car came speeding through a red light. “Holy shit. You just saved my-”

Tine was interrupted by a shrill voice from behind. “Tiiiiiiiiinnnnnnneeeee.”

“Oh god, hide me.” Tine attempted to hide behind Sarawat, but there was no fooling the menace in his life that was Green.

“Tine, I can see you.”

Busted, Tine though as he stepped out from behind a very confused Sarawat. “...Hi Green.”

“Tine, I’m so glad I found you. We should get breakfast together,” Green grabbed Tine’s wrist but Tine protested.

“I can’t Green, I’m having lunch with someone else.”

“Who, this guy? Who even is he?” Green pouted.

Suddenly, Tine had an idea. Tine grabbed Sarawat’s hand and announced, “He’s my boyfriend.”