Josh: It isn’t as big a deal as you think! Beings that can take human shapes are found all over the continent. Once I made the decision to seek them out, I managed to track down almost two dozen.

I’ve met some historians who think they were common here by the Mediterranean once, but had a big migration east some time in the past thousand years. Wherever they’re found, they are not human, and you can’t take them for human. It’s as if . . . remember how the scriptures say humans were formed?

María: Of course. The Lord made our bodies out of dust, and then breathed souls into us.

Josh: Exactly.

These Beings have bodies. That’s the easy part. Anyone can make a sculpture.

And I did. But I’m not the Lord, so I can’t make a soul.

To quote the psalms: all he is, is dust in the wind.