His hand moved almost automatically to shake the arrangement of bones.
“Hello!” said the skeleton in a buttery baritone. George observed him carefully; he was wearing a brown tweed coat with beige pants and a fedora.
He flinched at the unexpected warmth of the bones.
“Hi sir, how are you?” George said.
“How can I help you son?” said the skeleton.
“Could you tell me the way back to the human world?”
“Son, you can’t go back once you die.”
“But I’m not dead, I came here by mistake, it was my evil twin brother’s turn to die but by mistake, the death angel took me. How do I go back to my body? I have a family; they must be waiting for me.”
“ You have to go find the death angel and tell him that he’s made a mistake and return to your body before it’s too late.” said the skeleton in a rushed tone.
“But how do I find him, how do I know where to look for him, he could be anywhere?”
“Trust your instincts, you’ll know where and how to find him. He’s always around. You just have to look for him in the right place.”
George went ahead in search of the death angel; he kept walking for miles and miles but couldn’t find him. He was starting to get dismayed but then he came across another skeleton.
“You are running out of time, you must hurry.” The skeleton said.
“Could you please help me, I can’t seem to find him, I’ve looked everywhere.” George requested the skeleton.
“This is your quest; you only have to find him. But if you ask me I’d just wait for him, he will come to you on his own.” advised the skeleton.
George decided to wait there with the skeleton and made light conversation to pass the time.
The death angel appeared after some time. George jumped up and eagerly said “there has been a huge mistake. You took me by mistake; it was my brother’s time to die not mine.”
“How do you know it was his turn and not yours? Nobody knows when they will die, then how can you say that it was his turn?” asked the death angel.
“Because I was the one who wanted him dead, he has made mine and my family’s life a living hell. I wanted him to suffer and die a painful death. I laid a trap for him but I got trapped into it myself.” said George.
“God has punished you because you wanted to kill a human being, and not just any human, your own brother. God has given him life and only God can take his life when it’s his time, not before and not after his specified time on this earth. I am His humble servant. I only do what I am told to do. I can’t help you. You are doomed for Hell and you will stay here forever.” the death angel explained.
George didn’t have any choice but to accept his fate and bear the consequences of his actions.