Jarryd Finely sighed as he walked through his front door into his dark house. Shedding his coat and thick boots, he moved to the kitchen. The clock on the microwave changed to 11:42pm as he pulled the fridge open. Jarryd finished the niggling amount of orange juice in the bottle, then tossed it in the recycling bin.
He grabbed the dish of leftovers his mother left for him. “Mmmmm. Meatloaf and green beans.” Jarryd walked down the short hall munching on the cold food. He tossed his bag on his bed, then undressed.
Wearing a towel, Jarryd shambled to the bathroom. He brushed his teeth while he waited for the shower to get hot.
As the water poured over him, Jarryd sighed again. “There has to be more to life than just work and sleep.” He let the soap and shampoo flow down the drain.
Toweling off, he moved back to his bedroom and put on an old pair of shorts.
Jarryd read a few news stories on his laptop. The most recent, that of Ajax and Thundra saving lives of school kids, got him thinking. “That is what I want to do. Save humanity and make the world a safe place.”
He shut down his browser and stood.
A noise from the outside of his window caught his attention. Jarryd bent a blind down and peered into the darkness.
His mouth fell open, and he leaned forward. His head crashed into the blinds and window.
Floundering for the pull cord, Jarryd got the blinds up on the third pull. Next he tugged the window open and breathed in the cold night air. His breath making a white plume as he blew it out.
“Jarryd Finely of Earth,” the glittery being said. The voice sounded like haunting wind chimes. It held out arms and nodded it’s head slowly. Wings from sprouted from the back of the creature. The long cloth covering the creature extended past where feet might have dangled. “I am Brynnian and I have been sent to grant your request.”
“My request,” Jarryd asked. He stuttered as his eyes looked up. The list of things Jarryd had ever asked for flashed behind his eyes and then stopped on his most recent. “You mean save humanity and make the world safe?”
“Precisely,” the angelic figure said with a smile and sparkly eyes.
“How’m I to do that? I am just a burger flipper.” Jarryd grimaced as heat traveled up his neck and landed on his face. “I barely passed high school and only go to community college part time.”
A seraphic smile flowed onto Brynnian’s face, “That is of little consequence. All that matters is that you discharge your duty to best of your abilities.”
Jarryd arched an eyebrow and a corner of his mouth tightened.
“I guess I could do that,” Jarryd said. “but I don’t have abilities. I ride a moped. Flying is right out and I imagine I’m gonna to have to fight and lift heavy things.”
A lilt of a chuckle escaped from Brynnian. “I am here to bring you those abilities.”
Brynnian’s arm floated towards Jarryd.
Jarryd opened his eyes and mouth, but he was held in place and unable to speak.
Brynnian’s finger fluttered down over Jarryd’s forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, and chin.
A tingle darted over Jarryd’s body and he gasped. Throwing his head up his arms splayed and tightened. His entire body screamed but only little whimpers escaped his mouth.
“It is done,” Brynnian said. “You are ready.”
Gasping for his wind, and feeling the cold wind, Jarryd asked, “Ready? What abilities do I have? Where do I go? What do I do? Who-”
“You get that answer in time,” Brynnian answered with his chiming voice and another smile on his face.
“You have been given the ability to save all humanity,” Brynnian said and flapped his wings.
“Wait!” Jarryd reached for the strange being. “What I am saving humanity from?”
Brynnian swept an arm to stop past a shoulder. Another slow nod and Brynnian vanished.
“Shit!” Jarryd dashed back to the bathroom. He wiped the remnants of the fog off the mirror. Looking at himself in the mirror he didn’t see anything different.
Just as he turned his head, Jarryd saw a black figure on his neck. It looked like a tattoo of two pointed spears crossed midway down their shafts.
“Oh, man,” Jarryd said running fingers over the mark. “I need to explain that to Mom. Hell, I need to explain it to everyone. Hell, I need to have it explained to me. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.”