I chose the Archangel Raphael as the story's protagonist due to this passage from Enoch 1 where he is declared to be:

“one of the four presences set over all the diseases and all the wounds of the children of men”

Quite the burden, even for a divine being. A burden that I imagined would eventu...


Growing up with a stammer was terrible.

It was an invisible malady whose grip on my psyche felt akin to the debilitating effects of sleep deprivation. The facial contortions and drawing of blood as my teeth forced themselves to hold my intractable tongue in place didn’t even amount to the worst...