My name is Matthew, but you’ll call me Matt. After all, after you read my…our (Emily’s sitting beside me rolling her eyes) story, you’ll know a great deal about me. I’m a warrior angel. No, that’s not like those fictional guys out there like Superman (although, he’s cool). I was actually trained to fight an enemy, or Emily. I defend and protect and, unfortunately, I rid your lives of evil souls, but it’s not glamorous by any means. I’ve met warriors before, though. There was one man who actually took care of his family working a gazillion jobs, and made sure to be on the bleachers at his oldest son’s baseball game every Saturday. No, I’m not trying to sound like a bad commercial, I actually did meet warriors like this down there and thought they were way cooler than I was. But if I had to be something else, I would be a vet. I spend almost all my down time either training with Gabe in the ‘pit,’ or on a field with a man named Frank. There, I’m constantly surrounded by animals, and I think they have way more interesting souls than we do. I seriously love the panthers, jaguars - all the big cats, actually. Not only are they warriors, but we get along.
I’m Emily, and I really do try not to roll my eyes, but we’re together a lot. I spend most of my time in our library. I love to read (not to suck up to you guys, of course). I actually got to meet a real librarian up here who suffered a harsh demise doing what she loved. Her name was Hypatia, but she doesn’t talk about the horrific thing that happened to her in Egypt a long time ago. What she does talk about is the Royal Library of Alexandria. It sounds amazing. The walls were lined with shelves that had millions of small squares cut out in them that held scrolls. Famous scrolls; everything from politics to law to the stars. She makes it sound so amazing. So if I wasn’t an angel; if I wasn’t made to walk beside Matt and try to figure out what we’re going to do down there the next time around, I would be a librarian. One of my teachers says that it’s impossible, seeing as that Matt and I are attached and he couldn’t stay quiet if anyone’s life depended on it.
When you head into our stories and see these places for yourselves, I hope our ultimate choice makes sense to you. Maybe we should’ve been a vet and a librarian, but it’s too late to think about that now. ‘Next time’ is here…