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The Guardians of Insculpo

By Sarah-Jayne Collins All Rights Reserved ©

Action / Fantasy

The war of the skies

We, as Guardians of the Insculpo, have been fighting for peace since the beginning of time. We have seen destruction, jubilation, evolution and so much more incredible and scary things that are beyond explanation-all at the hands of the human race. We chose your planet because whilst you have the ability to create amazing things, to cure diseases that should be fatal and survive worldwide diseases such as the black plague, small pox and come out stronger on the other end but your inability to control your emotions prevents you from truly excelling.

We are not aliens; we do not travel in spaceships, we aren't little green men and we aren't here to harm you or take over your planet like your television and films suggest but we do live in the sky, amongst the air currents. Drifting high above the clouds, just out of view of you all, simply watching the world. We are happy to remain together, for thousands of years if necessary, before we inhabit our chosen hosts.

You must understand that we do not possess you; our inhabitance is not to make you act against your will or do anything you wouldn't normally do. We live inside you, alongside your brain and act as your subconscious. Your thoughts are generally your own and most of the time we sit in comfortable silence whilst you live your life but we interject when your letting your emotions cloud your judgement. When the war broke out between the Sumerians and the Elamites in 2700B.C we watched things escalate quickly, causing casualties in the thousands, but gave you the benefit of the doubt. Maybe things had simply spiraled out of control. As years went on and more wars were waged, we realised that this wasn't going to end, that mankind would continue to suffer at the hands of each other unless we made you hesitate for a second and stop being a slave to your emotions.

We do not reside in just anyone and we do not, or at least we didn't, choose to take residence in your brain easily. The majority of you will live full, happy and healthy lives without ever needing us to intervene. You’re the calm ones; those that collect your thoughts, think logically in arguments and are happy to go about your business and accept their responsibilities. We only interject when we see people in need. We help those who are unhappy or are so lost that even the little voice in their heads are telling them that this is as good as it gets. We work by becoming the voice inside your head and changing the negative thoughts into positives. We aren't lying to you, everything we tell you is the truth, we just shine a light on the good that you can’t see. By focusing on the good and not letting the bad overwhelm you, encouraging you to chase those dreams which you think are out of your reach we help create world leaders, revolutionary thinkers and people that have the determination to change the world.

Our efforts worked for years and peace reigned in unprecedented fashion. Bad things such as death, decay and disease still cast a shadow over our work and made people sad but, the most amazing thing happened, instead of turning against each other like you would before, you all turned to each other for strength and support. The world joined together and started creating the fantastic things you are famous for. Unfortunately, as it is within every society, there is a bad entity to balance the amount of good. This has been the way the world has worked throughout history, it is even written in religious literature, that there must be a balance. As a race, we were not exempt, and are as divided as you.

The Ira lives deep beneath the sea floor; in the darkest, deepest, hottest, most oxygen deprived corner where no diver or explorer can reach. They were once Guardians of the Insculpo, like us, but there beliefs were different. They believed that, instead of allowing humans to make their own decisions, that we should consume you to make you behave. To stop you feeling the emotions that, frankly, make you human. We gave them numerous opportunities to see things our way, to show them why we lived how we did no matter the difficulty but it didn't work. After our tireless efforts failed, we threatened them with eviction if they did anything that could be deemed controlling or harmful to humans. Some of them reluctantly turned to our way of thinking but a lot of them voted for eviction, preferring to be banished into the air and become floating particles, than to allow people to have freedom of expression. United in their anger, the Ira created their own community and remained dormant, hidden where they can’t be found. We knew that they were around, the actions of the few would notify us but we could never find out where they were. If I'm being truly honest, we couldn't have done anything if we did know where they were – we are normally a peaceful group, choosing to talk over fight. The Ira would inhabit a host like us and fill their head with paranoid, angry and hurtful thoughts until they would finally snap in an act of violence. We watched helplessly as people who would normally be quiet and happy, acted in unforgivable ways, which would change the lives for all those around them forever.

We have thought the Ira for years, our love of the human race spurring us on when we were tired, not letting us stop. We tried to remain out of sight, to not let humans become embroiled in our war, but occasionally there would be anomalies in the sky that could not be explained. Strange cloud formations, lights stream through an otherwise grey sky or a strange weather formation. Luckily you all assumed it was simply global warming instead of  a battle and, while you were all fighting to save the world, you soon forgot about it.

We are still fighting the Ira; we are aware that it is an unwinnable war and that we will probably be fighting for the rest of existence but it is a price we are willing to pay. Unfortunately, we are now facing the prospect of losing. The balance of good vs evil is leaning the wrong way, the Ira is winning. Your world which had experienced a century of peace is now seeing the rise of violent and destructive outbursts; random shootings at schools, universities and cinemas, bombs in overly populated communities where casualties are maximised and acts of terrorism that are to horrendous for us to contemplate. There is an extreme solution, something we swore that we would never do, but honestly we are desperate. We promised that we would never expose ourselves to the leader of the Guardians as they believe that they are human and we could never let them know that this was not the case, that it was not them in their mind, but if we don’t then we won’t survive.

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