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In The Arms Of An Angel
by Jeff Wood   
Rated "PG" by the Author.
Last edited: Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008

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Do the promises we make in life, carry over in death.

The present novel I am working on.


The theme of In The Arms Of An Angel is love, the love for a daughter that a father feels. How he must be there for her, to protect her, guide her, just to be there for the little girl he helped bring into this world.

The theme can be expressed as - the important thing in our lives is: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for those we love.

Story outline

The story is set in modern days and opens showing a young girl in a park after hours. Quiet and mysterious she stares into the depths of the viewer drawing them into the story.

John, the main character, is outside of his house, coffee in hand admiring his garden, getting ready for the day. Inside the house Michelle, his daughter slowly wakes from her nights sleep. Rising, she heads outside to be with her father. Together they talk about going to get some flowers from the local nursery to fill up a empty spot in the garden. Michelle wants to get red snapdragons, her mother’s favourite colour. As Michelle heads inside to get ready, John takes a moment and reflects on his wife’s death.

At the nursery Michelle finds her flowers and they leave. After John buckles his daughter in the car and puts the flowers in the trunk, he notices a young girl standing on the corner watching them.

He keeps an eye on her as they leave and shakes it off as he heads up the road. He laughs and talks with his daughter as they wait at an intersection, when the light turns green he heads out and is t-boned by a drunk driver.

Twisted, the vehicles settles in a heap of carnage, then the scene black out.

In the darkness we hear sirens, there are intermittent flashes of light and a blurred vision of a paramedic working frantically. This all from John’s point of view.

The doors to the hospital swing open and John and Michelle are wheeled right into tow separate trauma rooms. The waiting trauma teams get right to work, desperately trying to save the both of them.

John stands there watching the doctors and nurses work on his body, but there is nothing they can do. He turns to the glass window separating the two rooms and Michelle is out of her body screaming for her daddy not to leave her. He tries to get to her but only their hands can meet on opposite sides of the glass. He promises that he will not leave her, and Michelle is dragged away from him.

The doctors have stabilized Michelle and rush her out of there up to the operating room.

Tammy, the young girl from the corner at the Nursery touches john on the shoulder. Reassuring John, she tries to lead him away, but he looks at his daughter as the trauma team preps to move her. Another young woman stands above Michelle, gently stroking her face.

Grabbing John by the arm, Tammy continues to reassure John, trying to lead him out of the room, but John resists. He can’t leave, he made a promise. A promise he must keep. As Tammy leaves the room, he approaches his own body. Staring down the depth of his situation bears down on him. He reaches out putting his hands on his own flesh.

As he tries to understand his situation two orderlies enter the room. They take on the arduous task of cleaning up. As they get ready to move John’s body they chat about how terrible the whole situation is. The father killed, the daughter severely injured, all by a drunk driver.

John can only watch as they wheel him away. Not quite understanding he closes his eyes. His dead wife’s voice brings him back. Upon opening his eyes he cannot believe that she is there, he has missed her terribly.

She also tries to lead him away. But John is furious with God. He can’t understand why god would allow Michelle to be left alone in this world. Mary, his wife, leaves claiming that she will be back for him.

Michelle is transported to the operating room and john waits outside as time slowly tick by. Finally the doors open and Michelle is wheeled out past John. Only Michelle’s angel notices that John is present, smiling at him as they pass by.

In her hospital room, John strokes his daughter’s hair, watching over her. As he talks to his daughter he tells her that he will not leave her.

Michelle’s angel joins him and John voices that he wants her to go. She resists but an elderly man asks her to go. John recognizes him. It is his father.

His father calms him down, and the two men speak about the losses they both face or will face. As they talk, Sheila, John’s mother, is lead into the room by a nurse. The nurse reassures her that her granddaughter will make a full recovery.

As Sheila sits with Michelle, Dad is taken with her. He wants so bad to hold her once again, for her to hear his words. The nurse leads Sheila out of the room, Dad follows and John sits in silence beside his daughter.

In the morning Michelle awakens, in a start she calls out for her father, but he is unable to calm her. Michelle panics and Sheila quickly enters the room.

Gathering Michelle in her arms, Sheila cradles her telling her that her father is in heaven with her mother, but Michelle is adamant that she saw him downstairs. John can only play the bystander, listening to the words that bear heavy on his heart.

As he becomes week knee’d Michelle’s angel takes him out of the room into the corridor where she tries to persuade him to leave.

As she leaves John, he watches as an elderly gentleman walks past him. They exchange a glance and Tammy is suddenly there. She explains to him what they are there for and that she is his aunt who came back to bring him forward.

Together they wander outside into the park and Tammy explains things to him, why they are there, the true pleasures of what life truly gives.

Sitting in the hospital church, John looks for comfort in the guise of God. As he sits silently in the pew his mother sits down beside him asking God to look after her men. Feeling the pain his mother is in enrages John. He speaks out to God letting him know exactly how he feels. A priest comes forward and kneels in front of the crucifix saying a prayer. The priest then tries to give an answer to John’s questions.

Back in his daughter’s hospital room, John sits watching her as she is bathed in the moonlight. He closes his eyes and is transported to a beach. The beach where he and his wife would go, the beach were Michelle was conceived, where he took his daughter after his wife died.

Together on the beach with his wife they reminisce about those times and that place. Mary still trying to get John to leave with him.

She disappears and we come back on John sleeping beside his daughter, Mary standing above them, watching.

John watches as Michelle gets her bandages changed, Sheila comes in reassuring Michelle that everything will be okay. John and his father listen to the account of them. The inner struggle within all emerging. The wait, the loneliness, the helpless feelings that fill them each and every day.

As the inner struggle grows within John, Mary comes back pushing john to go with her. As the anger rises in him, Tammy joins them and together they push John until he blows in anger, lashing out at all three of them.

As Michelle gets ready to be discharged from the hospital, John goes back to the hospital church. As he sits the preist enters taking a seat in the pews beside John. He goes to lengths to explain that John will have to cross over. That his family is only looking out for him. That if he stays too long, he will get trapped, unable to move on, becoming more and more angry. Stuck in purgatory.

With the words of the priest heavy in his heart John saunters up the hospital corridor. A young girl, skipping, waves at John as she goes past him. John watches then takes off after her. He chases her down the corridor, round a few corners, out across the entrance and waiting room, then outside of the hospital.

John watches as she heads right over to a young couple, jumping right into her father’s arms. As John watches his father joins him. John apologizes for his harsh words last night, and his father leads him back into the hospital.

Back in his home, John wanders around soaking up every inch of the place. Looking over the photographs, the art work Michelle made for him. Reminiscing until Michelle enters the house.

Seeing that the emotions inside of her are tearing Michelle apart, he follows Michelle as she goes outside heading over to the garden the two of them so lovingly nourished. He can only listen as Michelle breaks down apologizing for getting her father killed. Sheila watches from the window.

Later than night, John is sitting beside a sleeping Michelle. Mary joins him, and as John lies down she cuddles up next to him.

He awakens to the sound of children laughing. Heading out of the house he sees Michelle playing with a couple of her friends. Tammy is there also, watching, she smiles as John approaches her. John asks her to stay with Michelle as he goes for a walk.

John wanders down through the park, past to the river and the beach, the weight of his decisions weighing heavy on him. Alone he thinks as the day passes by.

Later that night as Sheila tucks Michelle in for the night, Michelle asks if they could go visit her father tomorrow. As Sheila leaves John sits down and tell Michelle the story of when he first laid his eyes on her. The day she was born. That pink ball with big blue eyes. He apologizes for not going to be there for her.

Leaving the room, he goes to his mother who is looking through a photo album and he comes to a realization that even though we die, we live on in our loved ones.

He steps outside staring up at the night sky. As a shooting star streams across the sky he makes a silent wish.

A vehicle makes its way through a cemetery. Michelle exits carrying a single red rose. She places it on her daddy’s grave. Alone she looks down and gathers the strength to talk to him. John and Mary join her as she tells her father how much she misses him and that she will be okay, and that she will never forget him.

Saddened, Michelle walks away. John can only watch and he turns to Mary. Mary in turn takes him by the arm, leading him to a group of people.

They all turn and walk with John and one by one they fade off in the distance.

Back on John’s grave, the single red rose flutters in the gentle breeze.



Tragically taken from his young daughter, John does not want to cross over. Making a promise to Michelle that he will look out for her, he remains by her side.

But being nothing more that an observer, can John handle his new reality. He can only watch as his daughter suffers the loss of him. Saddened, confused and outraged with God, he has to find a way to deal with all the emotions deep inside of him as they boil over.

Despite his family coming to bring him over, he resists. He will not leave his daughter alone to face the world. He made a promise, and nothing of either world will change his mind.



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