The first thing I think of when I see the bright light is the song “Mr. Spaceman” by the Byrds. “Hey, Mr. Spaceman, won’t you please take me along? I won’t do anything wrong. Please, Mr. Spaceman, won’t you please take me along for a ride?”
The second thing I think is, “Run!”
These thoughts hit each other head on to cause me to stand staring at the approaching luminescence.
Approaching luminescence… Whatever it is is getting closer, coming toward me through the dark forest. It shouldn’t be able to make a straight line, not with all the trees in the way. I dart to the side, but the light turns to stay directly in front of me. That’s probably not good.
“Don’t run,” says a voice that sounds like it’s being projected from a million surround-sound speakers. “Stay. Please.”
The voice is both terrifying and serenely comforting.
I force myself to speak. “Who are you? What do you want?”
“I love you,” the voice replies. For some reason, the answer doesn’t frighten me.
“Who are you?” I ask again. The light has continued to grow closer and is now filling the entire clearing with blinding radiance.
“I am Iyrin, a watcher.”
A watcher? A watcher who glows with the force of a star. “An angel?”
“Some call me that.”
“Can I see you?”
The light dims until all I see is darkness. As my eyes adjust to this, a shape begins to form before me. It’s tall and human-shaped, save for the wings. I can’t tell what gender the being is, but it is the most breathtakingly beautiful individual I have ever beheld.
The being - the angel - draws near. Near enough that despite the dark, I can suddenly see his- her?- eyes. They’s a pale yellow, like buttercups, and are filled with adoration.
She - he? - reaches out and embraces me. And the world becomes nothing but light.