I’m sure the souls of bees go to heaven — assuming there is a heaven. Nothing people as love as much as beekeepers love bees could do any less.
I apologize to my apiphobic friends, but this was my random prompt. No actual photo of actual bees, so maybe it won’t be so bad.
The Souls Of Bees
by Marian Allen
“Good thing, heaven is infinite,” said the beekeeper angel.
“Why?” Its assistant, a human soul, handed the angel a honey-packed frame and slipped an empty one into its place. “I mean, I agree, but why do you say it now, specifically?”
The assistant had kept bees on earth and could imagine nothing more heavenly in eternity than tending bees without wearing a protective suit, calming the bees with smoke, or fearing stings.
“Think about it,” said the angel.
Eternity was a good time/space for thought, but this particular consideration didn’t take long.
“Because worker bees don’t live long, and a bee dies when it stings, so there are a lot of them.”
“Bingo!” said the angel.
“How many hives are there?”
“As many as there are souls like you.”
“Are there enough of us?”
“There are exactly as many as there are souls like you. Always. Exactly that many.”
The assistant almost asked how that was possible, but it remembered where it was and didn’t.
Angel and soul worked in happy peace until all the filled frames were in the carrying case and all the empty frames were in the hive. Sunlight and flowers and the smells of flowers and honey surrounded them. Bees buzzed with contentment.
The soul chuckled. “I’m still not used to it. It’s still odd to see the workers loafing around and the queens gathering nectar and making the honey.”
“This is a funny place,” said the angel. “The last shall be first and the first shall be last. We laugh about it a lot.”
They took the frames in to extract the stored sweetness from the happiness of the bees of heaven.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write something positive about something people fear.
Holly JahangiriMay 15, 2014 at 8:16am
Are the Queens in heaven or doing penance for being Queens? And yes, it would be nice to enjoy honeybees without the need for a protective suit or superhuman jumping, running, and dancing skills!
Marian AllenMay 15, 2014 at 8:26am
They’re just living a different life, Holly. I think they would enjoy getting out of the house and doing something other than popping out baby bees every minute. Especially since they only have sex once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives. I didn’t really work out the theology, to tell you the truth. lol
Holly JahangiriMay 15, 2014 at 8:39am
Now that you put it that way, I think maybe you’re right! Everybody wins. I like it.
JaneMay 15, 2014 at 9:21pm
Really swell story. I like watching bees.