Paradise High

Vote by January 19, 2014!

Paradise75x99In episode 8, readers voted it was Ricky Dee, his childhood pal and demon.

Episode 9

Sometimes the worst thing that CAN happen is exactly what DOES happen, and this was about as bad as it could get.

“Your boyfriend is RICKY DEE??” Mike asked, pissed. “What about the ‘only date students of Paradise High’ rule?”

“I don’t know,” Shelly admitted, “there’s just something about him I can’t resist.”

Of course there is, thought Mike. It’s called ‘Demon lust.’ It’s why ALL human females are attracted to ‘bad boys.’ When are they EVER gonna figure that out??

“Come on, Mike,” said Ricky Dee, “I work for the Prince of Darkness. How did you NOT see this coming?”

Ricky swooped his arm around Shelly’s waist, pulled her in for a quick peck on the lips, and exited toward the classrooms.

Well… that’s that. Mike thought. All is lost. May as well get on with it!

Back home, Mike was used to getting his way (it was Heaven, after all.) The thought that he was losing out only fueled his jealousy and anger.

Mike was so mad he didn’t need the wrath of God to bring on Armageddon — his own wrath would be enough.

Michael stormed to the top of the highest building at Paradise High, climbed to the roof, raised up his arms, and began to summon the rage of the ages and the fury of nature.

Mike was in rare form. He intuitively knew how to blow up the planet. That had always been his mission; finally he was getting to it!

Dark clouds blew in from the West. The waves of the Pacific swelled (which was totally rad for the surfers). The Earth quaked. Seagulls took flight. The shops on Rodeo closed early. This was it! Today. A good day to die!

But before the full brunt of unholy hell rained down, Michael began to think… and remember.

He remembered the beautiful light that emanated, first from Shelly… then her mom. Then others. He wasn’t sure what it meant, but for some reason he felt a pain in his heart.

This pain made him stop his destructive actions, and caused him to desire something that WASN’T in his self-interest. He actually felt that he wanted to spare the humans.

What?

Even though Mike was losing Shelly to his best friend, (and, yes, he was sad) for some reason, Michael did NOT feel vindictive. For some reason, he just wanted what was best.   

“SO, YOU FINALLY GET IT,” said God with that ‘I’m going to teach you a lesson’ tone in His voice.

“What’s going on?” asked Mike. “I can’t go through with it. What’s wrong with me?”

“THE QUESTION IS, WHAT’S ‘RIGHT’ WITH YOU?” God said, smiling. 
“YOU USED TO BE SELFISH AND ARROGANT. YOU NEVER SAW THE VALUE IN OTHERS. NEVER SAW THEIR LIGHT.”

“What is that light?” Mike asked.

“THAT LIGHT IS ME, LIVING IN EVERYONE. AND EVERYTHING. YOU’RE NOT BETTER THAN ANY LIVING CREATURE. BUT YOU COULDN’T SEE THAT.

SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY TO LEARN IS THROUGH PAIN. THE POINT OF WAR IS TO LEARN THE FUTILITY OF IT. THE POINT OF HEARTBREAK IS TO LEARN TO LOVE… IN SPITE.

I NEVER WANTED YOU TO DESTROY THE EVIL IN THE WORLD… I WANTED YOU TO DESTROY THE EVIL INSIDE YOURSELF. NOW YOU HAVE. WELL DONE, MICHAEL. TIME TO COME HOME.”

Michael lowered his arms. The Earth and sea calmed. The clouds parted, warm sunlight glowed down on all of Paradise. The school, that is.

For the first time, Michel could see it. There really was light emanating from everyone and everything. It had always been there. But now, Michael could see it.

“So all the rants against reality TV — that was just a ruse?”

“NOT AT ALL,” said God. “I HATE REALITY TV. BUT THE POINT OF BAD TV IS TO TEACH US TO TURN OFF ELECTRONIC DEVICES! THERE’S A GREAT BIG WORLD OUT THERE, AND IT’S ALWAYS ON. GO OUT INTO IT, AND LIVE!”

Wow. Everything was starting to make sense. Michael was feeling better about the whole situation… but there was one last request he had. What’s Michael’s question for God? Please return to the top of the page to vote on what happens next!

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