"But I didn't do anything!" cried the angel.
"So, it was immaculate then," said Michael, Archangel of War.
"Um," she said, biting her lip.
"Your conception, I mean," he continued, narrowing his eyes.
"Um," she said again, more quietly.
"As far as I know," Michael grumbled, "there's only been one of those - and there are still questions about it which Gabriel has yet to answer."
"I know it looks bad," the angel said, rubbing her human vessel's swollen abdomen. "I just got carried away. And he was so sweet."
The Archangel shook his head. "You know it's not allowed."
"I know," she whispered.
"The baby will continue grow as long as you inhabit this incarnation of your corporeal vessel," he continued. "If you ascend to the Heavens, your vessel will merely recreate itself complete with growing child upon your return. You should not have lost control of your vessel's functions. You should not have allowed such an attachment to develop."
"But . . . but I'm going to have a baby," she said.
"Here," he said, handing over a brilliant crystal, overflowing with his pure celestial Essence. "This crystal needs to be delivered to one of our tethers in Seattle. If you can make the trip without attracting attention, tell the caretaker of the tether that I will allow him to house and protect you through the duration of your pregnancy. The child will be raised in the tether by its caretaker. After the birth, you are never to visit Seattle again." She breathed in deeply, feeling the Essence suffuse her body with a wonderful glow.
"Thank you," she murmured, touching her belly. "And . . . and my child thanks you."
Michael pressed his hand upon hers, feeling the Forces which were gathering inside of her to form a new soul, then looked away.
"You know," he said without meeting her eyes, "Your child - the boy - will not be a celestial."
The angel nodded. "But he'll be simply divine," she said wistfully. Michael walked off, briefly allowing himself to smile with satisfaction.
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