Assignment; May 1954


   The Director looked out her window and saw young souls laughing as he swung higher and higher on the monkey bars before releasing his grip and landing at their feet.

   Ring! Ring! 

   “This is D. May I help you?”

   “Have you reviewed the file,” 

   “Yes, and I’m looking at him right now!”

   D took off her glasses, put them on the desk, messaged him, and watched through the window as he marched through the playground like a soldier. He entered her office, and she motioned to the chair facing her desk. The Director looked briefly through a file and then handed it to him.


   "I received this dossier from High Command. Parents have gone astray, and your earthly assignment is to bring clarity and re-route the flow of generations.”

   “And how will this happen?” he asked.

   The Director closed the file and leaned back in her chair.

   “Something will happen which will motivate parents to become better people.”

   “Is this my only quest, D?”

   “No, In the middle of your struggles, you will have to define who you are and achieve your purpose.”


   James looked intently at the file, which read:

   "What do you think, James?

   “Seriously? Generational healing? I prefer another quest.”

   “Sorry, High Command has specifically assigned this mission to you." 

   “Not interested. May I go now?"

   “It’s a hero’s position, James.”

   “A hero’s gig is not what it appears to be D. Statistics reflect most heroes fail like businesses in the first five years. It’s been a wonderful visit.” Let’s do it again sometime."

   “Very well. I’ll inform High Command of your refusal."

   He closed his eyes and sighed. “What soul gifts do I have to take with me?”

   “Page Two,” D said.

   James flipped the page which read:

   “Nastiness?” he asked.

   “Yes, and if your parents fail, evil will try to destroy you, so be aware and listen to your soul’s voice.”

   The clock chimed the first note of twelve, and The Director whispered.

   "There is one more detail, James. You get the girl you want.”

   “Really? Please tell High Command that this position is an honor, and I will be interviewing numerous females.”

   "Hurry, you need to be born now. The High Command will always be with you."

   And from the window, she watched James say goodbye to the youngest souls and enter The Circle of Life.