The hall was filled with light. Not so much by nature, but because of those assembled in it. Specifically, because of the one at the center of it. He shines brighter than the sun, and all creatures in the room reflect his light. The brightness with which they shine, however, depended on their ascendancy. On this basis, one can separate the Guardians and the Wards. They are almost the same except that Guardians shine brighter. They have been and will always be in the Realm or home. The latter, on the other hand, apart from their dimmer light, are sent out on missions and if they are not careful, are in danger of being lost.

Over great excitement, Mik-ha-el, the brightest Guardian, spoke:

“Wards, you’re summoned for the Mission – conquer the World. Be faithful. The way home is imprinted at your core. Be Home when your time is done. Realm’s blessings be upon you.”

At that, light pulsated in multicolored brilliance and enveloped each one.

Jared detached himself from the assembly.

“I’m nervous,” he confided to Ari-el, his Guardian.

“I’ll always be with you, though not in the way we are here. Call me anytime you need me.” Ari-el assured him. “Remember, in your new form, you won’t be intimidating at all. On the contrary….”

“Be ready now.” Mik-ha-el’s voice rang. “Your new home is waiting.”

“Go. In my place, you’ll have a mother – she’s almost always right. Obey her!” Ari-el counseled Jared.

A great hush fell on the assembly as the Wards were transported to darkness. Amid wailing and great pain, they landed in their new world.

Jared blinked and saw light. He felt something he never knew before.

Hunger? I’m so new at this. What do I do? He opened his mouth to speak.

“Oooohh! What a strong set of lungs you have. My baby.” The new mother said while she reached out to receive her crying newborn.


This piece is my almost 333 word response to Trifecta: Week Thirty challenge for this week – to write a 33-333 word response to the word NEW, i.e., 3: having been in a relationship or condition but a short time <new to the job> <a new wife>

Thank you for reading and your comments, if any. 🙂

Best regards,


18 thoughts on “THE MUSTERING

  1. Imelda, wow….I don’t know if I can even find the words. I’m impressed with the way your mind works to create your stories. This was beautiful and peaceful.

  2. This is such a unique story idea. I like the vagueness of what they are preparing for, and then the clarity of the moment the newborn is introduced to a new life.

  3. Thanks for linking up this week. I love the creativity you’ve shown us here. What a lovely end to a lovely piece. Hope to see you back soon.

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