In the Beginning
When an angel falls, it is not a quiet affair. The speed causes a sonic boom. The screams are too loud for humans to hear. But it does cause all the dogs for miles around to howl to the heavens. The last thing heard is the crash (or sometimes explosion) as the angel hits the ground. This answers the age old question of 'if a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?' Yes. Of course it does. Because you do not need to be in the forest to hear the tree fall. Not if it is hit by an angel.
After the angel has fallen, it takes time to gather its strength. The wings, for instance, need time to repair and heal themselves. If an angel wants to have any impact on earth, it must find a vessel. Otherwise, it will fade away into nothingness.
At least, that's what they say...
Have you ever wondered about fairies? Properly, I mean. Where did they come from? If they're real.
Well, here's an explanation. You've heard of angels, haven't you? And of the fallen angels, the ones that ended up in Hell. Became worse than demons. The Devil himself was one.
A little known fact is that some angels simply became stranded. No reason, they just got stuck on Earth.
Over time they lost their holiness, but it didn't go completely. It just changed. Such holy beings could not exist on Earth so long. Their holy aura changed to the magic fae folk are famous for. But their wings remained, although not powerful enough to return their bearers to their home; Heaven.
So, the angels got stuck. And they adapted. They became creatures of myth and legend.
Fae, as is well known, are creatures of mischief and mayhem. Why, then, are they this way? Especially if they were angels.
Your answer... Well, do you remember when I mentioned that the angels lost their holiness? That is the reason. When the angels lost their heavenly powers, they became detached from Heaven itself. From its ways and traditions. They did not, like their Hell-bound brethren, turn completely from Heaven's ways, though. You must have heard that fairies cannot lie.
But some things that the fae are famous for are... questionable. For instance, the tradition of stealing away babies from their parents. Or inviting humans to their revels, feeding them their food; which forces the humans to stay with them for eternity.
The thing that is emphasised often, is that fairies are not of this world. Now that we understand how this is true, we come to the real reason of many of the fae's ways. They want to be loved. They need to be loved. In Heaven, love is unconditional. On Earth... not so much. Humans are fickle and flighty in their fancies. One day they may wish to dance with the fae from dawn 'til dusk, the next they wish for nothing more than to be back loving their ordinary lives: eating pizza, walking the dog, doing nothing. Pretending that it never happened. This is why fairies feed humans their food; if nothing else they can force them to stay. But humans are fragile creatures compared to fairies, and it has to be a special kind of human to be able to withstand all of the fae's revelries.
This is where the term Changeling is used. The children that the fae steal away in the night; though, the part about replacing the stolen children with one of their own is a myth.
No doubt you've heard the stories of children disappearing, and there being only a few drops of blood left behind. Of course, this is often taken to mean that something unspeakable has happened to the child. Not so.
To completely claim the child as one of their own, the fae must feed is a few drops of their blood.
So, now you know the answers. You know what is truly behind all of this. Just remember, whenever you feel eyes on you in a lonely corridor; when you hear footsteps but there's no one around; remember. The fae are real. They're very real. And they want you to come with them.
Do you ever get that feeling? The one like you're being watched. Sometimes it's late at night when the only light in your room is a phone that you should have turned off hours ago. Then, in that corner of the room, you'll feel a pair of eyes, watching you. Most of the time you'll ignore it, shrug it off and put it down to whatever you were watching earlier.
Sometimes, though, you'll get up, using your phone as a torch, and flash it in the corner, just out of curiosity. Obviously. And, obviously, there won't be anything there. You'll laugh at yourself, get back into bed and message your friends about it.
Or, you'll be alone, walking down the street; through the park; whatever. But, you'll feel something watching you. So, you glance over your shoulder, maybe even turn around, but there won't be anything there. Even if there are people around; no one's looking at you. Not even showing the slightest bit of interest.
But it gets worse, sometimes, doesn't it? You'll be somewhere crowded, and suddenly you'll get that feeling. And you'll look around, like always. But this time it's harder; you don't know where to look. What are you even looking for? There are too many options; too many eyes. You'll hurry out, leave, get to the edge of the crowd. But they're still watching you, aren't they?
Those eyes are burning holes in your back; they're stripping away your skin; until there's nothing left and you're bare to them. Weak. Defenceless.
Nothing ever happens though. You just feel the eyes, watching every move you make.
Except... Do you ever wonder about those people that disappear without a trace? Apart from, that is, a few drops of blood.
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