Grace and Michael are soulmates, and Heaven is the only world they’ve known. While Grace and Michael play a game of tag, they discover an area prohibited by God. Piqued by their curiosity, Grace urges Michael to explore what’s out there, not realizing that the dark hole is a tunnel that leads to Earth. Michael is hesitant to probe further, but a slip in the ravine causes him to tumble and land on Earth. Grace can’t afford to lose Michael, so she follows him to Earth, hoping to bring him back to Heaven. Unbeknownst to Grace, on Earth, Michael is a married man with a three-year-old daughter and has lost all his memories of Heaven, including Grace. Despite the circumstances, Grace must bring Michael back during the full moon; otherwise, she is stuck on Earth forever.
They say Heaven bears no pain…no anger…no sadness. All you feel is peace…joy…and LOVE. I know…I’ve been there.
My long, ivory dress swayed as I zoomed through the wide evergreen meadow while Michael chased after me. Vibrant lilies, daisies, geraniums, poppies, and perennial flowers raised their necks to see where we were going.
“Catch me if you can.” I glanced back at him, my face beaming with a grin.
Behind me, Michael’s bronze skin glowed in his ashen Caftan. Every day was the same; we would play a game of tag around the meadow, knowing time didn’t exist. Michael always made me win.
Nevertheless, I amped up my speed to get to the other side. Upon reaching the maple tree where we first kissed, I wiped the beads of moisture cascading down my nape.
Giraffes, zebras, monkeys, elephants, tigers, peacocks, cockatiels, and other animals roamed freely around paradise.
A cool breeze swept my smooth golden hair which reached down to my waist. “Michael,” I called out to him, but all I heard were the birds chirping.
A red fox appeared from the bushes, tilted his head, and peered at me.
“Good morning, Mr. Fox, have you seen Michael?”
He scurried away to find food.
I closed my pale-blue eyes and listened to the hum of the wind while I twirled around. The strong aroma of jasmine, patchouli, and neroli entered my nostrils, matched with a faint whisper. “Grace.”
I opened my eyes, and my heart stopped when Michael presented me with a bunch of fresh flowers, his eyes slanted upward and deeply searching mine.
“Thank you.” I heaved a sigh. “I thought I lost you.”
“You can never lose me.” He planted a kiss on my lips, his tongue lingering in my mouth.
Everything stopped, and I felt oblivious to my surroundings. Michael leaves me breathless.
Michael snaked his arm around my waist as we traversed to the waterfall, then he carried me to a rock where we undressed. We held hands before immersing in the water. After counting to five, we rose above, allowing the cold temperature to linger in our skin while our bodies wrapped around each other.
“I love you, Grace.”
“I love you, Michael.”
Moments later, Michael and I, back on our feet, bounded up a hill that overlooked the deep, blue ocean. We found the perfect spot and perched ourselves on a rock, admiring the tide rising to envelop the endless stretch of sand.
With our legs dangling in the air, I asked Michael, “Do you ever wonder what’s beyond the ocean?”
He gestured his hands above. “I can’t imagine anything better than what we have. We hear the birds chirping daily, and the sun never fails to show up to bring a smile on my face.” He followed my gaze and squeezed my hand. “Loneliness doesn’t exist because I sleep in your arms with the shadow of the moon watching over us.”
We shared a moment of silence, then I rested my head against his chest, listening to the amplifying sound of his heartbeat. The symphony spelled love. With Michael, I am at peace, and he is my life, yet the mystery of the unknown seemed to pique my curiosity.
Faint classical music filled the air. Michael raised me up to face him. Our lips touched as he caressed my waist with one hand and the other clasping mine. Awakened by our senses, we waltzed together, feeling the energy and love connecting us.
As Michael pirouetted me around with our synchronized rhythm, we were transported to foliage, then a river, followed by a forest with the transformation of leaves from the purest green to raw amber unfolding in front of our eyes. Back at the river, we stared at our reflection embodying what we felt for each other―deep, supreme, undying love.
Moonlight crept in, announcing nightfall. I tied my lock of hair in a bow and lay down on the ground beside Michael. With our shoulders glued together, we watched the stars in the clear sky gazing back at us.
Getting lost in the moment with Michael was something I could never put into words. Every instance captured was priceless.
“Each day and night with you is a gift. I can never get tired of this.” Michael locked his fingers with mine.
We faced each other and bathed our lips in an elixir of devotion before the magic took place.
“I love you, forever, Michael.”
“I love you till eternity, Grace.”