From the sky, Ilal watched over the humans with Their shrewd eyes. It was good to inspect Their creations, as, if They did not, Their mind would go back to the argument They had with Their siblings. The bond of the Divine Five seemed to be shaken. Sometimes, Ilal licked Their paws to conform with the form They took - half cat, half snake. All metallic black.
The young man on the vast field was shepherding his sheep. He was gentle in his care, not hurting the poor animals with his whip. They moved as a unit, but were as slow as snails, to their cage. The man shouted words of encouragement, and though he didn’t know, the animals could understand him. Ilal knew this; They created living things, after all.
They slithered through the clouds, enjoying the creation of Their twin brother and sister. The white fluffy things were comfortable. They had spent hours supervising Their creations; humans and animals alike acted according to Their expectations. No chaos emerged today. Peace wrapped around Them like a snug galaxy dress.
The enjoyment didn’t last long. Something purple glowed beside Them and They sighed in anticipation. They knew who was coming. The glow expanded to create a human-size portal and from it emerged Anam, Their youngest sibling. A multi-coloured ring floated around his waist. He took the form of Their creation as preferred - a middle-aged man with muscular built and handsome face. The epitome of maleness, he once said. They usually snorted to that.
‘Nevea and Terna are arguing again. The twins aren’t helping. We need you.’ His voice was void of expression, but there was a hint of plead at the end.
‘Troublesome sisters. Terna should know better than to oppose Nevea, and Nevea should compromise more.’ Ilal was silent, deep in thought. ‘But then again, she is the most powerful among us and most vast is her wisdom. She needs to control her temper.’ A sigh blended from with the passing wind. ‘Very well. I will go -’
‘Is he controlling the animals without magic?’ Anam cut in, his eyes on the young man who was now checking his animals.
‘He didn’t need to,’ Ilal replied, annoyed.
‘But I have blessed him with it!’ Anam shook his head and folded his arms. ‘I cannot understand this kind of human. Why bother wasting your energy when you can do something with a snap of a finger? I endow them with magic and this is how they use it - or lack thereof.’
‘Not all of them prefers the lazy method.’ Ilal’s voice was calm now. They slithered to the portal, moving as if They had wings. ‘For every challenge I present, I provide a solution. One that does not involve magic.’
Anam followed his older sibling, frowning pitifully to the young man. ‘To live an ordinary life. The man must have been secretly suffering.’
I know them better than you, Ilal wanted to reply, but They stopped Themselves. It didn’t matter what They said to Anam; his stubbornness was magical, or so They thought mockingly. Both of them disappeared into the portal before the violet ring shrunk into nothingness to the Fifth Dimension where they lived.