• The Oracle

The Flower Fairy

Beautiful Calgary

A beautiful spring day shines on the city of Calgary, Alberta. The green grass is starting to grow with little tiny flowers popping up between the stones of the sidewalk. Due to this warm weather, the children run joyfully in the street, people walk the sidewalks catching up on the latest gossip before going to work. It is a day like any other except what the latest gossip is.

In the Cobblestone Bakery & Café, three such gossips sit around with their tea and treats, chattering up a storm.

“Millie! Did you hear the latest in the Newsletter?” asks Deloris.

“No! What’s happening?” Millie replies as Mary leans in closer.

“The old flower shop has a new owner.” Says Deloris. “But no one knows who it is, no one has seen this new owner.”

“Do you think they have been here long?” Asks Mary, “That apartment above it desperately needs a touch up.”

Millie takes a bite out of her Nanaimo bar and says. “It’s a beautiful old store and could use some TLC.”

“TLC?” Deloris acts surprised. “Since when did you become abbreviation Bob?”

The ladies laugh and chatter on, but they can not figure out what is going on with the old flower store. Who could this mysterious person be?

Spring is here

The bell rings and in comes Father Jonas Grimsby. He is the local priest and the ladies can not help but shudder at his presence. He is such a fire and brimstone kind of preacher. Every time that people go into his church and listen to his sermon it’s like being in the front row of a gory horror film.

He orders an earl grey tea, turns to look at the three ladies, and lifts his eye brows as if expecting an invitation. They politely smile and lift their tea cups at him, hoping that he goes away. But he doesn’t. He sits at their table to join them.

“Good morning, ladies.” He says, “I haven’t seen you in the church for a while.”

“Well we have been busy but we pray every night.” Says Millie.

“Ah! But god demands us in his church every Sunday. If you don’t come you will be sent screaming…” He starts but Deloris interrupts.

“Sorry Father. As much as we’d love to hear your next sermon, we have a book club meeting.” She says standing up and grabs her coat. Millie and Mary follow her lead, grab their coats, and hurry out the door while bidding the Father adieu.

He looks at the door with a confused look on his face. What did this neighborhood have against God’s divine influence? He sips his tea and ponders this question. Do they not want to ascend into heaven? Into God’s righteous paradise? He didn’t understand this. He takes another sip of tea and swears he will get to the bottom of this.


Getting the Shop Together

She never went out. She is too busy trying to get her shop and apartment in order. There is always something that needs to be done. Ariel is always on top of things and she is right on schedule if not ahead of the game. Her shop is going to open next week, and it is going to be a big hit with the people. She can see it now. The flowers she will sell will bring happiness, turn dreams into reality and make a few miracles happen. But first she has to finish painting the walls.

Ariel ties her strawberry blonde hair back into a hair tie and continues to paint the shop walls in a bright green color. She plans on being done by the end of the day and it is going to be beautiful. Ariel had already placed her orders in for the flowers and looks forward to seeing them again.

Suddenly, little familiar lights surround her. She has seen these little lights since she was a little girl and considers these fairies her dear friends. It’s so good to see them again.

“Hello my friends.” Ariel says. “What do I owe the pleasure?”

“Home.” They say in their lovely ethereal voices. “Welcome.”

And just like that they vanish. They always seem to show up at pivotal points in her life. Ariel guesses this is one of those times. So she better get back to work.

She can not live without plants. She always has to be around them. That’s why she worked on her rooftop garden before she worked on the inside of her apartment. She never owned before but she felt its time to put down some roots. It seemed like she has been travelling forever. Now it is time for a change.

By the end of the day, she is so tired that she fell asleep right on the floor of the shop. This happens often but usually in her garden or her solarium that she fills with plants.


All Fairied up

By next week, the flower shop now known as “The Flower Fairy” is open for business. Ariel made special mocktails that contained sugared hibiscus, ginger, apple juice, and club soda. It will be a great hit to anyone who tries it. She is very confident of that. She also made sure she looked her best. He hair is down now with delicate waves showering past her shoulders. She wore a delicate blue strappy dress with sweet ruffles on the bottom and little silver flat sandals on her feet. She hopes she makes a good first impression with this outfit.

What will certainly make a great impression is the plants and flowers that she has everywhere. This whole place looks like a magical paradise where even the walls were covered with the most beautiful blooms. On the center table there are several different potted plants surrounding a tall tree-like centerpiece with suncatchers dangling from the branches. On the wall were shelves that didn’t just house potted plants but beautiful crystals, the flowers from the deep earth. The sound of running water fills the air from a beautiful little fountain in the corner. All the items, that Ariel will sell shall bring many great miracles, one way or another.

The little bell above her door rings and in come her first customers. A mother with three young children. Two older boys and a little girl. Not one of them is older than 10 years old. The mother while still beautiful showed exhaustion in her eyes and frumpiness in her clothes. Ariel could tell that this woman desperately needed a break.

“Come in everybody,” She says sweetly, “Come on in and take a look around.”

As soon as the sigh came out of the mother’s mouth, Ariel offers her a chair and a mocktail. As the mom sits down and puts her daughter down, she turns to the glass and asks, “Is there booze in this?”

“No.” Ariel shakes her head.

Welcome to the Flower Fairy

“Damn!” She whispers as she takes a first sip. Despite the lack of alcohol the drink is delicious. A smile forms on her tired face.

After taking care of the mother, Ariel walks over to the children and checks out what they are looking at. The younger boy is looking at a big crystal star that sparkles different colors with the sun shining on it.

“You have a very good eye there, Mister…” Ariel trails off and the little boy pipes up “Alan!”

“Alan.” Ariel says, correcting herself. “You know I caught that star when it fell out of the night sky.”

All three children look at her with curiosity in their eyes. “Really?” Asks Alan, his eyes wide with wonder.

“Is it true?” Says the little girl excitedly.

“No Rosie.” The oldest boy says but secretly hopes that it is true.

“It is.” Ariel says. “It was so beautiful. It suddenly moved from the night sky, then it fell into my yard, so I scooped it up and made that star a promise.”

All three children look at her with awe. “I promised it that I would find it a good home.”

“I want it!” Shouts Mikey as he tries to snatch it from his brother.

“I found it first! It’s mine!” Alan shouts back.

“Come on now children.” Ariel claps her hands and the children look to her. “That is clearly meant for Alan but there are treasures in here that are meant for you.”

The older brother and little Rosie take off like two little shots to find these other treasures. Alan smiles up at Ariel and admires the crystal star. Suddenly, Rosie catches the sight of something amazing.

Fairy Figurine

“Mikey, Alan, Mommy! I found something.” She yells as her eyes focus on a beautiful fairy figurine wearing a purple dress, sitting down on a tree stump, and surrounded by purple roses.

The two boys and their mother walk over to her and look at the figurine she found. “Oh, my Rosie. That is beautiful.”

Mikey looks at it very closely and notices something shocking. “Hey! She looks like you.”

“Does she?” Ariel asks slyly smiling at the children.

“Yeah.” Rosie agrees enthusiastically. “She has your hair and eyes.”

“That doesn’t mean that it’s her you guys.” Says the mother but the children look to Ariel. She looks at them, smiles, and winks. They quietly giggle in return. As they run to the counter, Mikey finds a long pointed ombre gray crystal. Ariel notices this as she returns behind her counter.

“I see you found yourself something magical.” Ariel says to him. “That is a smoky quartz. It keeps away all the bad things.”

“Really? Will it get rid of my sister?”

Ariel couldn’t help but shake her head and laugh. “No Sweetie. I mean it makes anything scary like anger, fear, and monsters go away.”

Mikey nods his head and puts it up on the counter for his mom to buy. She chuckles and says to Ariel, “Thanks for everything. My kids are going to want to come here everyday now.”

“Well that’s good but what about you?” Ariel asks.

“With this brood? How can I not?” She says and holds out her hand to shake Ariel’s. “I’m Delilah.”


“It’s my pleasure Delilah. My name is Ariel.” Ariel says returning the handshake and notices that the mother’s skin and eyes look a little brighter. “You do a lot for your children but is there

something here that you would like too?”

Delilah laughs and shakes her head. “I don’t know. Can anything here make me look like a movie star?”

Ariel chuckles with Delilah. “Well not exactly but I think I have something here that might inspire you.”

With that, Ariel pulls up a beautiful fuchsia orchid. It puzzles Delilah at first but seeing that amazing flower she suddenly feels the need to purchase it. Not just buy it but buy it from this woman.

“Orchids bring on a wealth of beauty, luxury and some good goddess energy.” Ariel says. “And it’s only $15.00.”

“Sold!” Delilah says smiling.

“That’s not all.” She says as she bends down and picks up a box. “Because you bought four items today, you get a free gift.”

Delilah studies the box to find that it is a cute little Zen garden kit. She gets the sand, a rock that says peace, the box, a little plastic tree and a tiny rake. By the look of it on the box it would be a beautiful thing to have in her home.

Ariel begins to explain. “This is a zen garden. By arranging the garden and raking the sand, you will bring inner peace to yourself.”

“Well hey. Since it’s free, and I could use any kind of peace, I’ll give it a try.” She acknowledges.

Although Delilah doesn’t know it, Ariel knows that she and her children are going to be very happy with their purchases. Her eyes sparkle when they depart with smiles and waves. Quickly, her next customers come in.


The grand opening was a great success. Ariel sits with her cup of ginger turmeric tea and goes over the days sales. As she looks at the numbers, she remembers each customer but the ones that stand out the most other than Delilah and her children are the three elderly ladies that came in.

Gerber Daisies

They all purchased different plants. A lady named Deloris bought a little pot of roses when Ariel told her they bring on beauty and love. Deloris blushed and giggled with delight with Ariel’s explanation. Mille eagerly bought the Gerber Daisies up to her and could not wait for her explanation of them. That’s when Ariel tells her that Gerber daisies are for health and wealth. With her knee surgery coming up, Millie thought that she could use that. When the last lady Mary brings up the African Violets, Ariel tells her that they attract home protection and boost her energy. It wasn’t what she was expecting to hear but she was intrigued by that none-the-less. All these ladies were fascinated and spent at least an hour in her shop looking around.

Back in the present with her tea in her hand, Ariel chuckles at their invitation to join them the next day for breakfast at the Cobblestone Bakery and Café. They don’t know if they will be there for sure since they all have some health issues but Ariel, being the dessert addict that she is plans on going there anyway. She sets down her tea and closes her books for the night.


7:00 AM and the bakery is open for business. Angelica, the ever-determined owner and head

baker wanted to get all the desserts and pastries out pronto. Everything has to be perfect and presentable.

She hears the bell above her door ring and there stood a delicately lovely lady with strawberry blonde hair, dressed in a purple dress and a matching poncho. Angelica studies this woman, she seems to sparkle and shine with the sun beaming down at her.

When the mystery woman steps forward, she speaks, “Hello. Do I sit anywhere or...”

“Oh yes go ahead.” Angelica says with a smile and grabs some menus. “Are you new around here?”

Very Flower Fairy

“Yes. I just moved here. My name is Ariel” She says as she walks over to shake Angelica’s hand.

“Angelica. Nice to meet you.” She returns the handshake and gestures Ariel to sit. “Please sit. Would you like some coffee?”

“Oh no thank you.” Ariel says as she gracefully takes her seat and smooths out her dress. “I am a tea drinker.”

“We have the best teas in the city.” Angelica claims smiling.

“Do you have Jasmine Green Tea? It’s been my favorite since China.” She says.

As Angelica makes the tea she looks at Ariel with interest. “You were in China?”

“Yes, a long time ago.” She replies as Angelica serves her the tea. “I’ll also have your chocolate dream cake.”

Angelica brings her the cake almost immediately until a ring of the bells above the door has Angelica go back behind the counter to help her next customer. While Ariel is tasting the best chocolate dream cake of her life, she can see that Angelica has a true gift with dessert. She looks around and sees that the place needs to reflect the desserts.

“Hey Angelica.” She says as the last customer of the rush leaves. “I was wondering if you wanted some flowers to spruce the place up a bit.”

Angelica smiles and shakes her head. “That would be nice but I don’t have enough in my budget for flowers.”

“I’d love to help.” Ariel says smiling.

“What? Why?” She asks looking up from putting her cookies on a tray.

“Because I can tell you have a wonderful gift with your desserts and I am pretty sure I am going to be here every single day to enjoy them. I will start by making some sweet little bouquets for your tables and brighten things up a bit. Maybe even attract some more customers.”

“I can’t afford that.” Angela says but the temptation in her voice tells Ariel that she is already in.

“I’ll sweeten the deal if you pardon the pun. A dessert for each bouquet and we’ll call it even.” Ariel smiles.

“What? Really?” Angelica smiles at her but shoots her a doubtful look at the same time. “No catch?”

“None. Just dessert.”

Angelica chuckles and nods her head. She has never had a deal this good or this easy. And there is something about this woman that she just knows that she can take her word for it.

Chocolate Dream Cake and Jasmine Green Tea

“Deal.” Angelica says and puts out her hand to shake Ariel’s. Ariel gives her business card to Angelica and leaves just passing the lawyer that walks in. Even with all his brooding, moody splendor, Angelica can’t keep the smile forming on her face as she puts Ariel’s card in her pocket. He orders his typical strong black coffee in his usual grumpy tone and Angelica flashes him a big grin.

“Wow!” He says in a rather suspicious tone. “You’re in a good mood.”

“Something amazing happened that’s all.” She says.

“You want to tell me about it?”


She probably would have told him, but Miles Tanner has a nasty habit of seeing the worst in every situation. He’s very kind but a bit of a downer. If you win the lottery, Miles will be the first to remind you of the taxes. Angelica goes into the kitchen to get more desserts as Miles raises his eyebrows and leaves. It’s best to just leave this alone. After all, if she is in any trouble, he has no trouble bailing her out.

That’s what Miles does. Gets people out of trouble. He doesn’t mind that, it is good to have a purpose in helping people. He keeps the city safe in his way.

While he walks towards his law office, he gets his morning paper from the stand. Miles looks towards Mister Abernathy who gives him a smile and a wave. He returns the wave and goes on his way.

Inside his office, his secretary Delilah acknowledges him with a wave and goes back to talking on the phone with one of his clients. When she hangs up the phone, she follows him into his office.

“Good morning boss. You’ve got a 10:00 and a 2:00 today. You have the files that you need on your desk.” Delilah says.

“Thank you, Delilah.” He says as he sits with his coffee, sets his paper aside and looks at the first file. Before he focuses on it, something catches his eye on Delilah’s desk. It is a bright fuchsia moth orchid. He got up out of his desk and walks towards hers.

“Delilah, where did you get that?” He asks.

“Oh I bought it at the new store called the Flower Fairy.” She says smiling at it. “Is it disturbing you?”

“No not at all. It’s just a surprise.” He says as he looks at it one last time before going back into his office.

Office Kitchen

Miles remembers the last time he has seen a flower like that. His mother was always fond of orchids, which is why he had them for her funeral. That flower on his secretary’s desk reminded him of her. For now, he had to put that out of his mind and concentrate on his 10:00 AM appointment.


She is so happy to be home and loaded with groceries. Ariel rushes up to her apartment and quickly puts everything away. Her fruits and vegetables are in the crisper, her milk, butter, yogurt, eggs and muffins all on the top shelf of the fridge. Bringing over her step stool she opens her cupboard and puts away her granola, spices, nuts, chocolate and popcorn. Everything is as it should be. She grabs her deli salad, heads back to the store, turns her closed sign around to open and waits on any fresh customers while eating her lunch.

The bell above her door rings and in walks a priest with dark greying hair and a beard. She gives him the best smile she could while her mouth is full and stands up. She straightens out her dress and sneakily slips her shoes back on.

“Good day father.” She says quickly swallowing the salad and steps toward him to shake his hand.

“Forgive me for intruding on you.” He says smiling and shaking her hand in return.

“It’s no intrusion.” Ariel says, eager to show him around. “Is there anything you are looking for today? I have some lovely flowers that would be perfect for the church.” She walks towards the white lilies and points to them. “These for example give purity, serenity and innocence. They also remind us that modesty is the best policy.”

“They are very lovely.” Looking at him, Ariel could tell that he is not convinced so she tries another approach.

“Or if you prefer something brighter, maybe a little simpler, nothing says welcome spring like lily-of-the-valley or tulips.” Ariel explains, “They will strengthen everyone’s hearts, remind us of the beauty we see all around us, and the strength of a pure heart. I don’t have some in store yet, but I will by Friday.”

“Oh no miss. That is not why I am here.” Father Jonas explains. “I am here to introduce myself and see what you are about.”

“Oh. I’m sorry Father I do tend to jump ahead.” She turns to face him and says, “I’m Ariel O’Connell. Owner and proprietor of this beautiful place.”


“A pleasure, my dear.” Father Jonas says bowing his head and keeping his hands together as if he was afraid she would touch him again. “My name is Father Jonas Grimby. My church is about two blocks away and I would like to invite you to worship with me and my flock on Sunday.”

“Thank you, I don’t attend church.” Ariel says, “But I am always at your service Father and if you need a florist to brighten things up. I am your flower girl.”

With a little giggle she gives him, he finds himself disliking her a little more, but he decides not to give up. “Well you will see that if you want to do well here miss, you should be coming to my church, ready to worship, and thinking about the soul of this community.”

“Oh, but I already am thinking about the spirit of this beautiful city.” She says as she walks behind her counter. “I have three consultations already and my arrangements will make tremendous differences. I have every faith that what I’m doing here will bring good things to all. There is a lot of magic in plants. Don’t you agree Father?”

Jonas frowns at her and suddenly knows what he is dealing with. The talks of magic, meaning of plants, and not going to church. This creature before him is a witch. A hellion that was sent by the devil to bewitch his parishioners away from the church. It looks like he has found the source of his vanishing followers.

He silently turns around and leaves her shop before this Jezebel bewitches him.

“Come again Father.” She says smiling but has a slight sickening feeling in her gut.

She lets that go as soon as she sees a young woman with tears in her eyes. Ariel gently walks towards her and asks. “Are you alright miss?”

“Camille and no. I just put my dog down.” She admits. “He was all I got.”

“Oh I’m so sorry. I think I might have what you need.” She says smiling and leads the woman to the refrigerator, “This arrangement has freesias which are perfect for healing depression, carnations to heal the heart and sprigs of lavender to help relax you and lift you back to where you need to be.”

piles of flowers

“It is so beautiful.” Camille says and then asks, “How much is it?”

“$20.” Ariel says, “Satisfaction guaranteed.”

“I’ll take it.”

Ariel gladly wraps up the flowers for Camille and rings up her sale. The tear stains that were on the young woman’s face start to fade. Ariel sees that she is already looking better just because she bought these flowers. It is only a matter of time before she heals completely.


Over the course of the next few days, things really pick up for Ariel. Delilah brings her younger sister, Amelie in who is about to be married, in the store. Roses were always a hit with brides, but Amelie wanted something a little more unique. That is when Ariel tells her about Cherry blossoms. These flowers bring romance, divine love, and kindness. When Ariel explains this, Amelie had to have both them and the roses together. It would be tricky to make it work but Ariel is always up for a challenge.

Sitting at her table, Ariel looks through her ledgers and sips on her camomile tea to unwind. The day was busy enough to turn a profit and being the optimistic nymph that she is, Ariel knows, that business will only get better. She looks over to the small centerpiece example that she had shown Angelica earlier that day. The pink Gerber daisy shines its beautiful face at her, while two little white peonies look to the ground. This little bouquet shows just how gorgeous but simple everything is in the cafe. Angelica’s cafe going to be another magical place to be in town. She could see everything now.

Ariel's Work in Progress

Things are coming together so beautifully like baby’s breath being added to a complicated arrangement. She can’t wait to see what happens next.


It seems like Ariel’s magic is spreading quickly to those who have come to visit her. Miles has noticed that Delilah is glowing and during the weekend, she had a makeover. He could not help but notice how much more serene she is. Delilah told Miles that her husband approved this transformation. There is something about the orchid. It seemed to switch something on in their marriage. There is nothing wrong with their marriage (they thought) but something felt missing and now they have found their spark and made it shine again.

Their kids are getting out more too. Alan has taken an interest in astronomy, so much so that he joined the astronomy club in his school. Every night, he goes outside to look at the stars with his star that he got at “The Flower Fairy.” He is also making noises that he wants a telescope for his birthday. The other son Mikey is running around all over the place, and “fighting monsters” in the backyard with his new smoky quartz. All he used to do was play his race-car video game but now he is running around, getting in better shape, and is a lot more confident in school. Then there is little Rosie. She takes her fairy figurine almost everywhere and comes up with new adventures for the little statue. She draws pictures and writes stories about it. The girl’s imagination is soaring.

Delilah also told him how the three elderly ladies also found things are changing for the better. Because they bought flowers from Ariel they have remembered how much they love gardening. That’s what she tells him anyway. After buying all kinds of seeds they decided to make their own little gardens. Although they still gossip, they now add a friendly garden competition to their daily tea time.

Even after all Delilah has told him, Miles notices how none of these changes hadn’t come close to those of Angelica’s Bakery/Café. She has little flower arrangements on each table and a few pictures up on the walls. It isn’t much but the place seems a lot brighter.

Everywhere Miles goes, he hears about all those wonderful things that has been happening to people in the neighborhood and all because of this one woman. So, he is decides to find out more about this woman. That’s why he is outside the door of the “Flower Fairy.” Ariel steps outside and brings a fold out sign.

“Hi! How are you?” She says to him in a friendly voice. He gets confused. She talks to him like she has known him forever.

“I’m good.” He says in a reserved manner. “I’m here because…”

“Please come inside.” She interrupts, “You’ll find what you are looking for, including a fresh cup of tea I’m brewing.”

“Oh, I’m more of a coffee man.” He says.

“Wait until you try this tea.” She says and walks inside. Challenged and intrigued, he follows.


Tea and Cookies

They are sitting in the corner sipping the tea and nibbling on little shortbread cookies at a little white bistro table. Ariel and Miles have been chatting and laughing together. Miles could not remember ever having this good of a time with someone.

“You know. I have never liked tea.” Miles says smiling at Ariel. “I do like this.”

“It’s a very special blend of chicory, beet root, and dandelion.” Ariel says smiling at him.

“Well thank you for the tea but I should be getting back to the office.” He says as he picks up his jacket and slips it on. “Also thank you for the orchid in my office. It really brightens it up.”

“I’m glad.” She says standing up and helping him straighten his jacket. She brushes his shoulders and straightens his tie. “Please come again. I always have fabulous office arrangements.”

Miles smiles at her and just stares at her for a moment. Questions fill his head. What is he supposed to do? Kiss her on the cheek? What he wanted to do is take her in his arms and lose himself in that feminine floral scent of hers.

Instead he says to her, “Thank you for the tea. I didn’t know I could like one. Have a good day.”

“You too.” She cheerfully holds out her delicate little hand to him for a handshake. He lightly shakes her hand before he walks out her door.

She stares at him as he leaves and could not deny that she felt something when they touched hands. Like a pleasant little jolt of electricity. She is going to see him again. She knows this and looks forward to it.


Miles sits in his office trying to concentrate on his deposition but finds his mind wandering towards Ariel. How beautiful she looks when she smiles. How perfect she is being surrounded by all those flowers. He could just imagine her sitting at her till perfecting a beautiful bouquet. One thing he knows for sure is that he will have to go back and get some flowers from her. It would be a good way to ask her out to dinner.

A buzz on his phone interrupts his thoughts. He presses the button and says, “Yes Delilah?”

“Father Jonas Grimby is here to see you. He says it’s urgent.” She says on the intercom.

Miles sighs, “Alright. Send him in.”

Miles is reluctant to let that man in. Father Grimby is nothing but full of complaints and misery. Sadly, he can’t turn him away because as a lawyer he promised to help and serve his community as such. Seeing that solemn man stride toward the chair opposite of him to sit down makes Miles wish that he taken the day off.

“What can I do for you Father?” Miles says seriously but politely.

“It’s that flower woman.” He says as he sits in the chair.

“Ariel O’Connell, you mean?”

“Yes. I have reason to believe that she is a danger to our society.”

“How?” Miles shakes his head and rests it on his fingers. “Why?”

The priest says. “Well for months, the people in my church are acting extremely different.”

“What do you mean different?” Miles asks.

“They smile for no reason, go into dreamy trances every time they see these flower arrangements, and they seem less focused on what they should be doing with themselves.” The priest rants. “An example of this is the teenaged Lisa Turner. She started singing out one of the hymns in a dramatic pitch and sways to the music in a way that does not match the music of the church. That flower woman has something to do this because I saw the girl wear a tulip on her jacket that matches the one I saw in her store.” Jonas pauses as he sees Mile’s disbelief in his face and complains again. “This is only going to get worse with her in town.”

“It sounds to me like these people are just happy.” Miles says with an arched eyebrow.

“It’s unnatural!” He screams but takes a breath and quickly calms down. “She is doing something to them through those plants of hers! She’s a witch!”

“People like flowers and she is good at what she does.” Miles says to him calmly, “That doesn’t make her a witch. And even if she is a witch, she is free to do and worship as she pleases just as you and the rest of the world.”

“Even if it sends the world into hell! They are supposed to be modest and grateful for what they have.”

“People are supposed to be free to be who they want to be, and happiness is not the worst thing to be.” Miles says firmly, “Nor is it illegal.”

“False hope and excessive happiness are going to lead them to their doom!”

“Or it saves them!” Miles says finally having enough of the zealot. “Why don’t you try some excessive happiness?”

The priest looks at him in shock and disbelief. No one has dared to speak to him like that.

Miles gets his emotions back in check and says. “Now Father. I have real work to do, so if you can see yourself out. And the next time you want to pass judgement on someone, why don’t you try to get to know them instead.”

Father Grimby stands up, angrier than ever. Now he knows what he must do and if this blind agnostic lawyer can’t see what needs to be done then he must do it himself. In a chilling rage, he walks to the door and turns to face Miles one more time.