This is Merric. Merric is an angel incarnate. He grew up living a mundane life in suburbia with a normal everyday family. No one, including himself, new he was different from anyone else. You see, an angel incarnate will appear human in every way, that is, until some sort of horrific trauma hits that individual.His teenage years he were wild. He often partied with his friends, drank and smoked. Anything to rebel against his brutally boring life. He never took anything seriously and nearly everything was just a big game to him. But his whole life, he felt something heavy inside. This may be one of the reasons to why he acted like such an animal. When he was around people, he had to be the center of attention. The class clown, the goof, the one that always drank too much and passed out within the first few hours of a party. It was the only way he could forget about the weight inside him. The only person that he ever really spoke to was hid 6 year old sister. In her innocence she could neither judge nor condemn him for his deepest secrets and for the most part, she barely understood what he had to say anyways.When he was alone, he felt sad. It was as if he could feel the burdens and the secret pains of all of those around him. A deep empathetic pain. So to avoid it he surrounded himself by loud, rowdy people. You know the type. The partiers. No house, campsite or yard was safe from their chaos. If it wasn't policed, the settings were often destroyed.One night (morning might actually be more correct); Merric arrived home at an ungodly hour. His parents already in bed, he supposed, as they no longer bothered to wait up for him. They had given up trying to make him behave more humanly. He stumbled into his house and staggered up the stairs to his room, knocking over a lamp on the way making a loud crashing sound. He was severely intoxicated and collapsed on his bedroom floor. When he awoke, there was no noise in the house, which he was thankful for, as his head throbbed and his limbs ached. He pulled himself up onto his double bed and glanced over at the clock on his nightstand. 3:14pm. His little sister should have arrived home from school 10 minutes ago... his mother should be making a ruckus in the kitchen making a snack for her... shouldn't the TV or at least the radio be on just loud enough for him to here the hum of voices?Curious, he dragged himself to his feet and glanced out into the hallway of the second floor. No one. So Merric went down stairs, no one in the kitchen and nobody in the living room. In fact, the whole house was completely empty. "What's going on?" Where is everyone?A knock on the front door startled him. He answered it, to find two officers at the door.They told him that the bodies of his parents had been found in the woods, they had been brutally tortured and murdered and that his sister had yet to be found.The news hit Merric with an immensely hard blow and his knees gave out. The police offered their condolences and asked Merric if he would join the search party looking for his little sister. He agreed.So the search began, and for the first 6 days there was no luck. Volunteers were beginning to lose hope and whisper about giving up the search. But Merric pursued. He may have ignored and resented his family, but his little sister was barely 6 years old and being all he had left he was not about to let her go.After 17 days the search party was calling it quits and were going to let the police search on their own time, which they didn't have. Merric began to search for the girl on his own. And on the 26th day after she had gone missing, he found her and the culprits that murdered his parents. They were a couple of drug addicts hiding out in the woods who probably attacked the defenseless family looking for something to steal and trade for their drug. When Merric saw his sister, something in his mind snapped. The 6 year old was brutally beaten and looked sickly and skeletal. She had several cuts, many of which were infected, bruises, and her eyes were dull and pupils dilated. One of the criminals revealed a switch blade and held it to the girl’s throat. Merric froze petrified in place. The man with the knife simply grinned and pressed the blade tighter to the girl’s neck. Hard enough that crimson beads began to roll down the girl’s neck. Merric's sister did not move and did not react. The child was high. Merric simply stood in horror unable to move, knowing he should make a move but afraid that if he did his sister would surely die. The second culprit stood and pulled a revolver from his coat pocket, aimed at Merric and pulled the trigger. He reacted by making a dive, which startled the man with the knife, causing him the slit the little girls throat. The last thing Merric remembered was seeing his 6 year old sister’s lifeless body hit the ground.He blacked out, or so he thought. When he awoke, the scene around him would have been appropriate for a horror flick. The addicts were both dead, blood smeared everywhere as if it were a preparation for some satanic ritual. He felt that he might vomit, but held the sick back. He needed to see his sister. He crawled over to her still corpse and pulled her into his lap. He cried as he held her in his arms, running his fingers through her long blonde hair and trying to wipe the dirt from her face, which only smudged it more.The weight inside him suddenly felt heavier and excruciatingly painful. It moved from the pit of his stomach to his heart and then slowly through his arteries and veins. An enormous pressure hit his back around his shoulder blades and he suddenly cried out in pain. His sisters body fell from his lap as he keeled over, screaming in agony. He felt his bones moving as if the were reorganizing themselves and his skin began tearing apart. He began to vomit, but it was blood that came out, and lots of it. His vision blurred, his nerves trembled and his joints threatened to give out. And then suddenly, it was gone. The pain, the pressure, the throbbing; it was all gone. Merric tried to stand but found he couldn't. Something was keeping him off balance. He tried again and this time succeeded. He looked around to try and find some answer for what happened, but couldn't. Then he saw something he would never forget. An apparition rose from the child’s body. A ghostly image of his little sister. He stumbled towards it, trying to touch it, to feel that it was real, but he only collapsed in a vain attempt. The apparition smiled lightly, approached him and glided a hand across his brow. Her touch was like a cool breeze and nothing more. He reached to touch her but his hand only passed through a cold spot in the air. His eyes welled with tears that he could hold no more and he again started to cry. The girl extended her ghostly arms and lifted his chin with a gentle force and wiped the tears from his eyes with her transparent thumb; she took a step closer, kneeled, and then wrapped her cold arms around his neck. Merric cried harder, and the girl pulled away, and tried to smile again. She did not speak, as for ghosts, speaking takes a great deal of energy, as does moving objects. The ghost simply kissed him on the forehead and then vanished in a bright flash that could be compared to a stike of lightening.Merric collapsed and cried for a long time. When the tears ran out and he could no longer cry he tried to stand again, and again had a great difficulty doing so. He felt different. Not the emotionally and mentally different which was caused by the great deal of despair, but physically different. He staggered to the edge of a small creek not far away and found a still spot. What he saw astounded him. Erected from his back was a pair of deep grey, feathered wings. This was a fairly quick sketch. I wanted to get it onto paper before the idea left me. His story is quite sad, but trust me; it does get better for him. Unfortunately, sometimes in life we get stuck in a rut and the only way to get out is for something really bad to happen to make us get out. Sometimes the bad is really bad and we think that we will never get past it, but eventually we do, and we survive.I'd like to draw more of Merric in the future and expand his story line to make his world a little lighter. He is a good guy, and in my own little world the good guys always find a way to make the negative positive. Sometimes it just takes a while... And I realise that my definition of an angel incarnate is not what is described by any religions or anything like that. It is purely a mythological being twisted to fit my own little world, so before anyone gets offended, I thought I would say this. Anyhow, sorry if my story brought you down (If you actually read this long-short story)... but I hope you enjoy the picture anyways!