It appears that Emma is about to be ‘recalled’ to heaven but has completed none of the tasks she had set herself for this life time. They must be completed before she is recalled and time is running out. Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done.
There’s a lot to do and a very short time to do it in. Gregory is determined that it will all be completed by hook or by crook. But where does that leave free will and what about Jack who has been chosen to be Emma’s love interest? How will this impact him? Jack and Emma have no idea what is going on, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.
Jack and Duncan were still standing in one of the aisles discussing the problem.
‘Well, it’s simple, isn’t it,’ Duncan said. ‘Just phone her and say you made a mistake with the book and picked up the wrong one by mistake and you would be embarrassed if she thought you had intended to suggest she read it and then…’.
Jack interrupted. ‘Oh, I’ve already got the book back from her this morning…’
‘Well,’ Duncan jumped in. ‘If you’ve already seen her and sorted this out, what’s the problem?’
‘Oh, I haven’t seen her,’ said Jack.
‘So how did you get the book back?’ asked a very puzzled Duncan.
‘I went round very early this morning and found the front door open. I knocked but couldn’t get any reply and then the door swung open and I saw the book and I just picked it up and left.’
In the telling of his early morning mission it suddenly dawned on Jack just how weirdly he had behaved. It also dawned on Duncan, who couldn’t really believe his ears.
‘You broke into the house of a woman you don’t know and stole a book?’
Duncan was amazed and his voice had begun to get louder and louder. People in the shop looked around at this last outburst and Jack shushed him and bustled him into the office at the back of the shop to try and explain.
‘I didn’t break in – the door was ajar and anyway the book was mine in the first place,’ he said, trying lamely to justify his actions.
‘How do you think she is going to feel when you tell her that you were prowling around her house in the early hours retrieving your lost property?’ asked Duncan. ‘She’ll think you are some sort of bonkers stalker and you’ll have a restraining order slapped on you not to come within 100 meters of her.’
‘Don’t be silly, I wasn’t prowling around I only took two or three steps over the threshold and grabbed the book and it wasn’t in the early hours – well not that early anyway.’
Jack came to a rather lame halt as he thought about Duncan’s reaction. If Duncan thought it was so out of order, he was right that Emma might well feel the same way.
‘I’d better phone her and explain everything,’ he groaned.
‘ You’d better have a good story,’ said Duncan as he left the office to go back to help in the shop.
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