Most people were frighten. They didn’t know what it was, how it got there, or who put it there. All they knew was that it wasn’t there when they went to bed that night, but it was there when they woke up the next morning. And that it was huge.
Was it good? Was it evil? No one seemed to have a definitive answer. Some feared that it was an avenging angel sent to Earth by God to make humanity pay for its sins and evil ways. Some agreed that the angel was sent by God, but that its purpose was to guard over and protect the people.
Many took the sudden appearance of the angel as marking the beginning of the End Times and that the angel was going to escort the devout believers, both living and dead, in their ascension into heaven and deliver them unto Jesus Christ at the Second Coming. These people were rejoicing.
There were those who ascribed the giant as some sort of manifestation due to a form of mass hallucinations, possibly engineered by agents of a foreign nation in order to bring about a panic and to cause our society to crumble. Still others claimed that the giant angel was an extraterrestrial being sent to enslave the human race.
Days went by and the giant angel, as if made of stone, did not move. The authorities had no answers and the people continued to speculate over what it was and what it meant. But regardless of what they believed the angel to be, they all seemed to agree that life as they knew it was would never be the same.
The only difference was that some looked upon the angel as hopeful, a harbinger of a new, better existence, and to them it was a good thing. They believed the angel was something to be worshipped. And some looked at it as a foreshadowing of a new dark age filled with doom and gloom, which was a bad thing, and that the only course of action was to destroy the thing.
As was typical of human beings, the divide between the factions grew wider and precipitated bitter fighting. After a while, though people got used to the giant angel standing over them. And life eventually started to return to “a new normal,” nearly as it was before the angel mysteriously appeared. Yet the rivalries persisted and even intensified.
And from an immeasurable distance, two entities, one thought to represent good and one thought to represent evil, gazed upon what had happened since they introduced the angel to their playground. One said to the other, “I told you that everything would change.” The other replied, “But the reality is that nothing has changed.”
And they were both right.
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Image credit: Kellepics @ Pixabay.