Liam awoke, lying face down on the ground in a place he did not know. Raising his head, he looked around and saw trees, grass, benches and a river. Why he was here, he also didn't know. All he knew, was that moments before, he was in Heaven, living a peaceful afterlife.
Liam sat up and looked down at his hands. They looked like normal flesh. Though, they had a soft, wispy outline, which told him that he was still a soul with no host body. He needed to find one, and fast.
The lore goes, if a soul is beyond Heaven's Gates, then they need a vessel. A host body. If they don't have one after 24 hours, they fade out of existence. Many believe that you are sent to Hell.
"Dammit." Liam cursed softly as he stood. "How am I going to find a vessel if I've got no idea where I am?"
Looking around once again, he saw an opening in the trees. A path! He took his chances and quickly walked towards it.
Following it all the way, he eventually came to a park. A very populated park. Children were running around everywhere and playing on the equipment, with parents watching and laughing.
"Perfect!" Liam cheered quietly. "Now, I must pick a host. If I remember right, the body must be of similar age and height as me. Easy." Picking out a body, he started to move towards his target.
The boy had dark brown hair and turquoise eyes. He was in a school uniform, black pants, white top and a blazer. He was sitting alone and listening to music. The world around him barely existed.
Liam walked up and sat down next to the boy. He would've taken the body by force, but it is required to any being from Heaven must have permission to take control of a vessel. He gave the boy a tap on the shoulder.
"Hey, my name's Liam. What's yours?" He asked when the boy looked at him in surprise.
"M-My name is Nathan. Nathan Gallagher." The boy said. "Can... Can I help you?"
"You can, but whether you want to is a different matter." Liam nodded. "You see, I'm what you would call a 'lost soul'. Cast out of Heaven by the armies of Lucifer after they killed the big man upstairs. The lore goes that if I don't find a vessel in 24 hours, I'll be sent to Hell. I'm wondering if you'd like to be my vessel?"
Nathan stared the Liam and then started to laugh. Liam rolled his eyes.
"You are quite the story teller, Liam." Nathan sighed happily. "Maybe you should consider writing a book if you haven't already."
"Let me demonstrate something to you that may change your mind." Liam sighed. He reached his hand out to Nathan and placed his hand on his shoulder, only it never planted there, it went straight through.
"Allow me to repeat. My name is Liam Stevens. I'm 18 years old and I died in a fire almost 8 years ago in California."
"What the fuck?" Nathan whispered. "Y-You were telling the truth?"
"If it makes you feel better, I can help you with your little friend situation." Liam offered, cutting Nathan off. "Of course, I can only help you if you accept to be my vessel." Nathan's eyes told Liam he was considering the offer.
"All I have to do is say 'yes'?"
"But, what will happen to me?"
"You'll be alive and well, so long as your body receives no fatal wounds. You'll be able to talk and think freely, and if you want, I can even let you take control of the body every now and again." Liam was now standing up, waiting for Nathan's response.
"Yes." Nathan nodded. Liam watched as he stood up and reached out his hand. Nathan reached for it.
"Thank you, Nathan." Liam smiled. "You'll black out for a second, but don't panic." Nathan nodded, and Liam entered.
So, that's chapter one complete. Tell me what you think, and if you enjoyed it, I also have a story on Wattpad that I implore you to check out. (My username is Zyrus Vallien, in case you're interested.)
But yeah, Testamentum Novum, everybody. I hope you enjoyed the first chapter. I've personally got no idea where this story is heading, but I hope it turns out to be good!
I hope to see you all again in the next chapter! Later!