Excerpt from my short story Melvin Gee's Short Trip to Hell, for the April A-Z Challenge.
I will post excerpts from various writings daily.
Halfway up the mountain, Melvin finally asked his question about the trail. "That path down there healed up after you walked through it. You were like following some line I couldn't see, and someone erased it behind you. Why is that?"
"Oh, that," said the angel. She looked down at Melvin from her higher perch on the staircase, then back up to the gate. "We have a path that leads to the gate. If you don't follow it, you fall off, and, well, you don't come back. But don't worry, little fella, I know the way. I've done this for an eternity."
The angel resumed climbing and said under her breath, "Ten eternities."
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Eric W. Trant is a published author of several short stories and the novel Out of the Great Black Nothing. He is currently represented by Debrin Case at Open Heart Publishing. See more of Eric's work here: Publications