CS Worlds Destroyed Chapter 10
"Alright, so, hold it like that" Cempe's tone was starting to wear on me, doing it's best to keep my confidence high. But it had long since crumbled. The Colus wasn't just being finicky anymore, picking and choosing when to work and when to fail; with our hours of working on it, hours of trying to fix the problem, it was having a hard time staying around at all. Instead of giving out after a hours of work, it gave out at the slightest nudge. One hit.
Lurching in the full colus form, my head remained pointed at the ground, brain stumbling, trying to think. The only motion running over and over was that I had to leave. That staying there, around other demons, other elder spirits, I was putting them in jeopardy. If i stayed, we'd have a repeat of Greece, my stubborn actions would completely cripple hell's systems. Cempe was working on pure desperation now, trying to keep positive; I didn't doubt she knew full we
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I searched that entire night. Looked around the house, was careful to avoid the two parents sitting up pin straight in their chairs in fear, nervously talking about what they thought they saw and praying that someone would come to save them. I scoured every inch of that house for just...something. A note, a message, a clue, just anything. Checked in the normal place Ian used to hide things, checked the insides of the walls if something was sealed into them, tried everything. Eventually the sun wandered back over the horizon, the light eeping into the window's edge as I watched it, thinking, tired.
The entire place had been wiped clean. Even in the worst situations, even if everything had turned to chaos at the drop of a hat, he still would've left something for me. We were not that distanced. I knew that part of our friendship would've held true. It was just like he completely vanished in the blink of an eye. Without a note or a hint of an idea, I eventually left.
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"Noooonaaa" Cempe's aggravated tone rang down the hall of the estate. My groggy eyes snapped open in my room, a semi-assembled new Utopia under the crust. Less waterfall, more stream. Less rocks, more soft moss. More glow worms, more mushrooms, more of everything that was different then before. Out of it, I heard the voice again, "Nona! Your 6 AM fight appointment is here!" Bellowing out loud, I rolled over, stretching.
"Tell him to go away! Lock the barrier and just let him tire himself out!" I complained, grabbing at my head that this was happening all over again. For the whole last week. Either every day, or every other day, he'd be back. He'd come by and get his assistant to bellow and holler that we were cowards, and that I was hiding from his glorious power. Then I'd trudge out, smack him with the Colus a few times, and he'd retreat. Rinse and repeat for a week. Sometimes he had part of his fan club following him around, sometimes not. But if he w
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I gasped, struggling for breath; at my heels bit a hoard of demons, screaming, yowling for my blood with the super demon leige himself leading the charge, Perseus.
Two years had passed. No Colus.
It never let up. Not once. Not a single day went by that I had a moment to rest from this mess, with the only difference being a few hours per week that I hid, that I could catch as much sleep as I dared. I had been captured too many times to count, I'd been declared every cursed name under the sun. I was hated, despised, and the world knew my name once again, but only as the insidious demonic spy for the angels. As far as everyone understood, i never did any good for these demons. I never cared for them. Never put my neck on the line to make sure their safety wasn't in jeopardy. No. Everything was demoted down that whatever good I had done for them, was to profit the angels somehow. That's the lie he spun.
The Colus was gone. On very rare, random occasions, i
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Ascending into heaven eased my transition by exactly nothing, I can tell you that.
Ground was below my feet, and instantly I was fighting. Blind. Something held around my arms- I knocked my head against it, shoving myself away. White; I couldn't see anything, couldn't hear anything, I stumbled against something that bit into my shins, taking a step over it to be shredded by up my other leg. Grunting in pain I kicked through it, deep cuts in one leg; a structure, a wall of some sort.
"Raziel!" I called again; my eyesight was barely registering shadows, some blurry masses against the wall to my left. I tore it away in a desperate attempt to find something sturdy as a hand grabbed my wrist, stronger this time. I struggled once, putting all my force into it and pulling away, punching into the wall in front of me with over-force. "Raz " I huffed in breath, grabbing a handful of this wall and pulling it away, t
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I drifted back into another memory, something random and entirely nonsensical that happened years and years ago with Raziel. Sometime after our goat-demon fight where I managed to save his sorry hide with the Colus, an unfairly new weapon to me at that time, we made regular exorcist calls. There wasn't any real reputation gathered and I hadn't been suckered into killing off the good demons, along with the bad, just yet. Gauzier was kind enough to let our ruse, as shallow and transparent as the air around me, continue on unhindered; it was a memory nestled into a quiet, happy pocket of life that I got to enjoy and I wouldn't trade the world for it.
So way back when, we pulled up to this one house; a single floored , ranch-like house with an extensive carpeted basement, furnished and decked out in knickknacks of every variety. The priest had informed the two of us that the woman was hearing the usual. Scra
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I lazily loafed around his house for about a half hour, afraid to go outside. Afraid to know what " blending in" I'd be doing in a realm that knew my face, knew my mannerisms (fake or not) and knew the proper action was to send the entire populace into a frenzied stampede to kick me out as soon as possible. That, and the last time he helped me to 'blend in', the smug little bastard stuck me in a skirt. So I stuck around inside, looking at the portrait after portrait done in his namesake, by the artisans of the time period for so many years. My opposite in damn near every way. We did the same job. We held the same kind of power, and we fought the same brand of enemy, everything was just mirrored. While I caught shit for taking the demon's side in this backwards war, in different situations, I'd be in his position and he'd be in mine. I was bad because bad WAS bad. He was good because good = heavenly. Maybe that's why he w
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The static electricity finally cleared from the air, sitting in a crater about the same height I was; i was back on the level of the living. Coughing out tiredly, my brain struggled to cope with the surge in energy like it used to, numbed in the extremities of my body, disoriented and struggling to make my senses work for me as they always did. Shaking my head out a little I stumbled to my feet, face against the dirt hole I'd made both here an in actual reality, scrambling for the top. There was a sound, something like a jet engine idling- I wasn't far from the demonstration. Michael put me right in the middle of everything, just like he said, that jackass. I could vaguely hear people around me, muttering to one another as they strode through the woods, guided towards something. I watched from the rim of the ground, peering out like a spy.
"Great costume!" I froze, a person behind me slightly a distance away. Quick as a bunny I fell into the smallest form, c
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"Can I...help you? She looked to the saint once more, before peering at me, thinking. I was not as apprehensive. Or as tactful. Or reserved.
"Amber!" I screeched out, grabbing her into a hug before I could think that it's probably been at least thirty years since she'd seen me last. Like her mother, the older she got, the harder it became for her to see me at all, and by the time Ian had been born, I was completely invisible, my voice had gone silent . The thought of fading out to another person, after all that had happened so far with my last unaffiliated tie, was another difficult thing to get through.
But given that she no longer saw me, didn't mean she no longer could tell I was there. Amber had made a point early on to sit me down, talk to the empty side of a table for about a half hour with solemn, confident tones. That even if she no longer saw me, i was still welcomed, that she would always try to keep me involved; that just because o
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I didn't have an inkling of a good plan. Didn't have a strand of common sense anywhere in my brain. It was an immediate reaction. Like putting your hand on a hot stove, it just happened.
"HEY!" I shouted from the curtain, up on my feet, looking straight down at him. The entire crowd was drawn to me, clearly obvious now, no one in any sort of panic. They still thought this was some sort of act, some goddamn costume. Ian looked left and right, a little confused and seeing the other faces looking up towards the sky. Like a slow, terrible conclusion he looked up at me, getting the point immediately. There wasn't any sort of 'oh hey, what are you doing up there? what's the matter?" There wasn't even anything like 'Oh hey Neri, how have you been I'm a part of this but I'm totally not Perseus"...Nothing like that. He saw my face and it was instant shock, surprise. His eyebrows furrowed, looking around quickly at the people he was encased
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Back inside, our talks were vague and somewhat brief. I told them about what happened to everyone in Greece. They were shocked, but not outright surprised. Told them about this supposed disease, this horrible coincidence, and they felt the same way, that it was an unfounded piece of superstition. It was all quick, to the point- until i told them about Paul and what had transpired, then it became an all-out 'gab a thon' that at this point, that event had happened some years previous. I was happy to finally have it in my peripherals, have my vision clear of the utter frustration and annoyance with how that ended, but a chance to vent a little to a sympathetic ear lifted some of the crushing weight of guilt. Cempe was noticeably more happy then she should've been about it, Aisa seemed generally relieved too. I forgot exactly which one it was that told me they'd heard a rumor that he had secretly been cheating in my absence, back trapped as an old lady . But since that
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" ..ohhh fuck." I muttered, flicking them as they were indeed feathers, right up out of the skin. Christopher spotted them too by this time, more confused than properly understanding the hell he was about to go through. Again. "Shit . you're going back."
"Back to what?" He almost laughed at it, before another surge of pain sent him grasping for his head, leaning over, suffering. I had to take a step back, trying and get my bearings, not expecting this.
"Cherub" I said quickly as his eyes went immediately wide, glaring at me through the discomfort while I noticed his hair looking less-hair-like, and more stiff, feather-like. Holding back from running away at the sheer awkwardness and the squeamish butterflies of what was happening, i forced myself to stay there. I wouldn't leave him to suffer this alone.
"You're joking." He winced out a very strained laugh for me to join in, to feebly push that what
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I found myself in a dank, dreary part of the world eventually: Canada. After some years running around Europe, trying to find similar cases, trying to find clues, I figured it was best to go to the source, where-ever Adonis had gotten his little disease from. Without an real definable clue to go on, I searched around these parts without success for years. I'd lost count of how many. It was a very uninspired, bleary span of time that even now, I don't remember much of. An endless sea of flashing faces, blips and flashes of brilliance, but still tied into the world, I was still apart of it. But my soul was broken.
It was like i lost grip of the edge of reality, stuck in this limbo between what I could understand and what I tuned out. I tuned everything out. It was only when I spent some time in Norway and Iceland, hung around there, took pointless fishing boats out for the sake of it,
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Best I could tell, Mr. Jacob Meizel was going to collect his newspaper, prim and tidy at the end of his driveway. He took a long deep breath of the new morning air, enjoying his time as a free man, listening for the early morning calls of the American Robin. That's pretty much as far as he got. There were a few seconds of undecided standing about at the end of his driveway, turning to head back towards his house as I barreled into that man at full tilt. Swirling as something of a poltergeist, something of a regular spirit, I was too angry and wandering too close around blind rage to care. His slippers were left on the edge of the driveway as I punted his murdering self into the grass, following through as a full Colus spirit and pressing him heavy against the dirt with a delirious snarl. Even if he couldn't see me, I'm pretty sure I knocked his senses far past the end of this block, at least.
"YOU!" I snarled at him as the man writhed around
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We headed towards the coasts, lumbering slowly over field and pasture, through the quietest parts of the upper northwest. Strode over the vineyards and down each narrow path as Christopher followed the morning sun; we didn't fly. He didn't fly, I mean. The cherub's "Creative edits" of leaving only the smaller pair of wings from the original design, the ones at the back, or at least farther back were problematic. Namely that he couldn't fly without stumbling face first into the dirt. They also really weren't big enough to lift him anymore. I tried explaining how he could fix the design again to work it out, but he didn't seem very motivated to do much beside walk and hum.
As Michael said, things got better. Slowly. Learned some tips and tricks to extend consciousness, got better at pinning down what was, and wasn't real. When I kept my eyes closed for the majority of the time, I could understand and hear things for longer. Same
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Couldn't sleep. Couldn't do much of anything. Too cold to move or sleep. Too tired to walk. Christo-Raz had said the coastline wasn't far off. I wanted to go to the coasts. I wanted to sit there, try and take in some last details. Try and spend what time I had left you know trying for some semblance of enjoyment. Try to put it out of my head that Christopher was trying to overtake Ian. Even though I told him what would come from that. Even though them combining kinda ooked me out, despite all those reasons. He went for it anyway.
Over the span of a day, I managed to walk that last mile to the coasts. Took it in five minute shifts with twenty minute breaks inbetween. Just get to the damn coasts. Just make it that far. Try not to think about how screwed up this whole thing was. Just keep it simple. I still lived in that muck, still felt bogged down by these darting, terrible thoughts, still took five to ten minute sobbing breaks throughout t
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"I implore you to awaken, m'lady" A noise; somefolk stormed into my bedroom, manners as rigid and uncaring as her tone as she drew the blinds, bathing this grand bedroom in sunshine while I struggled to find darkness to nestle into. "You're due for setup in an hour, and you find solace in sleeping in? What would your subjects think of that?" She squawked, indignant as I stowed myself away, unwilling and unable to face the birth of a new morn. I drew my coverings close.
"I care not what they think. They care what I think. That's how that works" Grumbling, turning over away from the annoying handmaiden in with the unfortunate task of rousing me from my sleep. "If the party is to start in two hours time from that decision, then my subjects will come to realize the importance of an extra hour of sleep as I surely have."
"I suppose so, but still m'lady, you're needed!" she tugged fruitlessly at the covers I hid behind as I grew weary with my eyes soon by
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Eyes to the sky, the clouds above me raced along, sucked towards the horizon stuck on parade. I yawned, stretching out as the sun was just below my feet, the world cooling into shades of blue. Wisps of the white stalks of wheat raced alongside my body while I rested there, folding my hands over my chest and giving a comforted sigh. If I tried to imagine it, I could picture this as a real place, as a traversal terrain that I propped myself against, wind whistling through the trees, an actual reality. But it wasn't. Raziel's wings shot over the horizon to dispel my visions , secondary wings coming up just after that for another beat through the air.
"Hey! You tired of flying yet?" I called out above me, sitting up as the two of us lazily coasted around a generic part of somewhere. We didn't know where we were. We flew ( namely, he flew) in a completely random direction. No need to be anywhere specific. No rush.
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"So... what do you think of me?"
Raziel's voice spoke up out of nowhere, popping into my consciousness as I hopelessly struggled through the heavy, black mud of depression. The thought wormed its way to light my vision for a moment, for something happy and dear. Back again, back in better times working alongside Raziel as a semi demon exorcist of sorts years and years ago, we returned home from a mostly uneventful event. Off the bat when I met the guy, I figured him as a crappy fighter. He wasn't. He was actually quite good at fending the demons off, and true to his word, the bigger the demons got, the more difficult the challenge became, the better he was handling it. So with some random demon judged to be evil and vengeful, he didn't always need my help killing it off. More often then not I'd kinda stand around, then sit back on the Transit on the way home without a single finger lifted. At certain times, I felt prett
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I can't believe my sisters had been beaten by THESE soldiers.
Actually, that was a good point. They were horribly easy. So they let themselves get killed, because let's face it- they were hardly organized and barely worth the effort. If that was true, then this whole call of alarm...
Looking back to Cempe's head on the pike just next to me, it still held that very dead, eyes barely open dried out looking face-look to it. I frowned, leaning closer, blowing a puff of air at her eyes; it blinked, to the shock of the crowd. The corpsy head slowly grinned, opening an eye up cockily.
"Why, how nice of you to join us!" Her disconnected head said in a raspy voice, grinning as I leaned over and flicked her hard on the nose. "Ow!"
"You did this on purpose, didn't you? You let yourselves get beaten by these idiots just to lure me back here?" I could strangle this already dismembered head if she only had enough neck for me to do so. Cempe grinned wider as i flicked
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Armed with a stick, I perused up and down the aisles , randomly whacking the sides of each husk like I was aiming to cause mischief on someone’s 1920’s Pickett fence. Each soul rang hollow, a dull thump like a one-note drum rang over and over, giving me the answer without having to go dig around in each person’s chest cavity like a mass murderer. It’d been a month since we got everything sorted out, now doing things like this purely for fun. I also had a secret agenda of my own, but it was poorly constructed together, and relied on remarkable odds to make it happen; I had a hunch, though.
“Empty…empty…empty” i called out like the dull thumps didn’t make that perfectly clear, switching hands with the stick to try the other side of dull, lifeless wisps of people standing about, pleasantly happy to be wafting too and fro. A lot of this previous month had been us
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Bouncing from wave to wave, I shot westward with enough velocity to peel the paint off a house. Felt like the first breaths i'd ever taken, truly felt born again. I could just barely see my own feet, working so fast it shouldn't be possible. Compared to dragging my worn, broken body a mile took me about four hours or so to do, I think I earned the right to feel excessively overjoyed at gaining my energy and vitality back, something at least twice what it had been. It was wonderful, utterly wonderful- and I was only just running.
Spotting land up ahead I narrowed my grin, bent down low, trying to focus on the actual town I barged into. Making quick plans, I slowed my gait, foot to the center of the street; like a zippy little rabbit I shot from side to side of the two buildings lining my marker, faced towards one another. Making my way to the top of the taller one, I concentrated, pushed hard and leapt straight up from the roof with a considerable amou
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We spent hours talking, finally close to one another. I'm not a harlot, so I keep my business to myself. But it was the first time that I actually felt alive; not just in a metaphysical sense, but in a real one. That it felt like I could breathe, felt like the world was mine to shape, like my soul was truly happy, like we both sat there like honest, flesh and blood people. I have vivid memories of our conversation, all pretty accurately tied down, inter-spliced in with quick interruptions of the same variety. Colored smoke of sorts still oozed out his spine like some sort of party favor, the ground would randomly twist and bend. I didn't bring it up, only noticed it, not wanting to compromise our time like that.
Eventually the past souls memories caught up with him as i sat there, described every element I could. He in turn told me why he had done this or that as a past soul, why he wandered around that tree
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"Hey! Neri!" He said happily, following me like a lost puppy as we wandered out of the forest, finally. I changed my appearance back to something he'd know, going through the first few rounds of questions mostly being 'who are you and why are you abducting me' . I didn't know where I was going. I don't think it really mattered. "How are you?" I knew this conversation well. We'd probably had it fourteen times now, consecutively.
"I am quite well Christopher how have you been!" I shouted it, devoid of most emotions besides treating someone like an annoying 5 year old. I tried the first ten times, I really did. I tried to change the subject, tried to ask him if he knew anything; when i did get him to count to five, he counted to three. That told me two things. 1: he was remembering things in a chain of about 4 items at a time, max; and 2: that he was at the very very basics of a past soul, fresh out of the cauldron.
Past souls can adapt, they
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Worlds Destroyed CH 1
I am, at my very core, a being of absolute fear. My very existence is tied so closely to Death, to this otherworld, to the life beyond your size 6 shoes, that I ignored its presence outright. In my very first, basic life, I didn't study death. I feared it. I shook at the notion there was no more. I loved being who I was back so long ago, baffled at the thought of not existing. Even at the end of my initial life, bloodied hands to my chest, my only thought was of the rapidly approaching finish line. I could care less what I was attacked by. Couldn't be bothered to think of my friends and family who would be affected by my loss. It was all about me. My paranoia with death and inexistence. That's it. Fear.
Ironic in a great fearless leader, i suppose.
My bloodied hands slid down the side of the bark, losing the strength in my fingers, anxiously trying to face my enemy. It was an animal, nondescript and unimportan