Aligeri - Chapter 2 Part IChapter Two: Friends and Enemies (Part I)Aligeri - Chapter 2 Part I7 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Clarice nodded as she took the box from Feles. Standing, she smiled and thanked her for the tea and said her goodbyes before she was soon out the door again. She remembered passing the bakery on the way there... it was four down, wasn't it?
Making sure that the box was safe in her arms, she walked down to the bakery, her mismatched eyes looking around her, trying to remember as much as she could about the streets. It wasn't long before she had arrived at the bakery, and once at the door, she called inside.
There was an abrupt scuffling inside before someone answered the door. It cracked a small bit and Alyx peered outside. His eyes! This close, Clarice could see that they were a deep, sea blue just around the pupils, but they blended into a vibrant amber in the middle, then dark brown at the edges of the iris. The baker didn't seem very happy to see anyone.
"I'm sorry, but the shop is closed today," he said (almost sadly) before
Aligeri - Chapter 2 Part IIChapter Two: Friends and Enemies (Part II)Aligeri - Chapter 2 Part II7 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Hesitantly, Ellen took the charm bracelet from Feles, putting it around her wrist and looking at it curiously as she thanked her and went out to join the others again, who seemed ready to leave.
"Hey Ellen!" Chay said excitedly. "Guess what Alyx said!"
"You repeat that out loud, and I'll change my mind," Alyx warned. "Remember, we're not out of the city yet."
The sprite stuck his tongue out and pouted. Ellen smiled a little at Chay. Whatever Alyx had said, it must have been a good thing for him to be so excited. She figured that she'd find out soon, anyway. So they made their way towards cliffs again. All of them seemed to be rather cheerful in each others' company now.
"Let's see them, Clarice," Alyx said as soon as they were there. He let his wings show, keeping them folded behind him while he waited.
Clarice nodded. She was going to try and figure out how she would be able to make them show again, but with mild surprise s
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Edge of Thorns - Pt 27Part 27Edge of Thorns - Pt 273 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I won't leave him, but if I call for an ambulance, there's a lot of explaining I'll need to do, and it won't look good on me at all. I guess that means...
"Stay there," the writer repeated. "I'll be right back. Just... yeah..." He hurried into the kitchen, looking back until there was no way he could see Alton or Alton could see him. There was only one way he knew he could get Gabriel's attention, and he needed to do it quickly. Nathan spotted the knife block and didn't hesitate, drawing out the first knife he could get his hands on. He'd scarcely brought the blade his wrist when he felt the chill of the angel's presence.
"What did I tell you about..."
"Oh thank God!" Nathan dropped the knife and whirled around, startling Gabriel with an abrupt hug. Without any explanation he grabbed his arm, dragging him into the living room where Alton was still curled next to the coffee table. Adonis had draped himself over his owner's legs and mewed at them, and before Nathan
Edge of Thorns - Pt 23Part 23Edge of Thorns - Pt 233 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When I was asking questions, I wanted straight answers. It wouldn't be right for me to not give Avery that same privilege.
The writer swallowed back the knot that had grown in his throat. He had to tell him. "Gabriel is the angel of death," he explained. He watched the teen carefully, wondering how he would take this news, wondering if he should say any more.
Avery stared at him a moment longer before his gaze turned back to Gabriel. It was hard to tell whether the look on his face was fear, sadness, or some mixture, but the angel smiled at him gently. "Your parents," he said softly. "You were only a child when you lost them. You were very close to joining them yourself..." He waited, but Avery was silent. The angel's brows furrowed and he tilted his head. "You're not going to ask me why?"
Avery looked down at his plate and shook his head. "I don't think Death needs a reason. It's your job, right? To take peoples' lives when it's their time to die..."
Edge of Thorns - Pt 22Part 22Edge of Thorns - Pt 223 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I don't want to get the kid's hopes up, but he should at least be comfortable here for the month I have him. If I can, I'll let him stay, and if not... well, maybe I can make better arrangements for him than hiding in his friend's basement.
"Avery," Nathan said, unable to look at him. "After Alton cures you (or whatever), and you don't have to worry about Micah trying to cut off your head, if I've gotten a job and can afford it, you're welcome to stay for the winter." He cringed a little, worried this was going to come back to bite him as he turned to face the teen. "I can't make any promises though."
Avery shrugged again, but nodded. "I understand. I know what it's like, after all. Not being able to afford stuff, I mean."
The conversation had become very awkward very fast, and the writing kick Nathan had been on came to an abrupt halt. He sighed, saving his work and folding his laptop closed. There had to be something he could say to get past the uncomf
Edge of Thorns - Pt 18Part 18Edge of Thorns - Pt 183 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
On second thought, it doesn't really matter if I believe him or not, does it? Still, it makes great writing material
"That's oddly logical," Nathan admitted, smiling while he considered the details. "And actually makes a lot of sense. I would have never thought of the story like that."
Alton laughed and shook his head. "Oh, I'm sure you would have. You're very creative, Nathan, and clever. I have no doubt that if, for some reason, you ever decided to use me as a protagonist in one of your stories, you would conjure up something very similar." The doorbell chimed from downstairs, and the shopkeeper looked out the window. "Oh good; he went to the back door like he was supposed to. Nathan, would you mind answering the door while I get some plates? Just turn right instead of left when you exit the stairwell: the back door is for my apartment."
"Good to know." Nathan had no problems hopping up to answer the door, casting a quick glance at the other man befo
Edge of Thorns - Pt 16Part 16Edge of Thorns - Pt 163 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I'm not going to let him intimidate me. I want answers, and if I have to swallow my fears and browbeat him to get them, then so be it!
"Deal with it," Nathan sneered right back, never tearing his gaze from Alton's. "If I can't trust you to be straight with me, then I'll just have to make doubly sure you're telling me everything I need to know."
The other man drew in a long breath, a thin, devious smile spreading across his lips. "Really? And how do you plan on doing that, Mr. Keene?" Something flickered at the edge of Nathan's vision: glimpses of shadows, parts of Alton's form shifting. For a moment, he could have sworn he saw wings. Alton chuckled, his smile widening. "Have you forgotten who I am? I admit, I admire your audacity, but you should really think things through before you do something as foolish as challenge Lucifer himself."
The longer Nathan kept his focus on the shopkeeper, the harder it was for him not to shake, and his words made the painful knot
Edge of Thorns - Pt 7Part 7Edge of Thorns - Pt 73 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
There's no way I'm going to make another idiot mistake like running off without paying my bill. Alton is creepy enough as is. I don't need to give him a reason to be angry with me. What he doesn't know won't hurt me...
Nathan shook his head, not releasing Avery's hand until the teen lowered his head in defeat, making it clear that -- as much as he may have wanted to -- he wasn't going to open the door. With a sigh, he pressed his ear back against the door. Nathan rubbed the back of his head, moving next to Avery to join him. He could at least make that compromise.
"So what are you calling yourself these days, Lu?" The question came from the other voice, which Nathan just knew he'd heard before. "Something clever, no doubt."
The shopkeeper chuckled. "I don't think so. The name is Alton. Alton Sterling, and you have my adoptive father to praise for that. I prefer not to choose my own name, unlike you." His voice suddenly dropped, becoming serious and dark. "Th
Edge of Thorns - Pt 21Part 21Edge of Thorns - Pt 213 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Micah's after Avery, not me. I have to stop him!
Before Nathan could think better of it, he ran back, putting himself between Micah and the teen. He crossed his arms in front of him and braced himself for the assault. "I don't care if you're an angel; I'm not going to let you kill him!"
Micah stopped short of his charge, hand still gripped tightly around the hilt of his weapon. "You do not know what you are doing, Nathan," he growled, just barely containing his anger. "If we let him live, his power will flourish. He will be corrupted, more dangerous. More lives will be lost. The sacrifice of one will save many."
"You mean the sacrifice of seven will save a few." Alton had caught up to them and supported himself against the doorframe, his glasses askew. "Please, Michael. His power is a golden touch. As long as he doesn't touch anyone "
"And if he does?" he countered, turning towards him again. "You remember what happened the last time someone was given this po
Edge of Thorns - Pt 10Part 10Edge of Thorns - Pt 103 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I should really start looking into some anti-psychotics, but if I'm not as insane as I think I am, then the Devil himself is sitting on my living room sofa and I've agreed to help him.
It took a moment for Nathan to find his voice again. "I think I'll stick with you. I've already pissed Micah -- Michael... whoever, angel guy -- off. That last thing a need to do is make him think I can't make up my mind."
Alton laughed from across the room, pushing his glasses up the edge of his nose. "That's a good possibility." He pat the seat next to him. "Come on, Nathan. I promise I don't bite. You have more questions for me, don't you?"
"Yes, but they can just as easily be answered at this distance." Nathan still wasn't comfortable with the news that Alton was Lucifer, not so much because he believed him, but because Alton might believe himself. It didn't matter if Nathan was skeptical: if the shopkeeper truly thought he was the Devil, then he was going to act a
Edge of Thorns - Pt 3Part 3Edge of Thorns - Pt 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
You know, I haven't had Chinese in ages, and as tempting as that pretzel sounds, I'm really craving me some sesame chicken...
"I think I'm going to need something more filling than a coffee and pretzels," Nathan said, smiling at Alton. "Which way to Chinese?"
The other man laughed and lazily pointed out the window. "You'll want to turn right out of my shop, go straight through the next intersection, and turn right again at the corner of Midas Street and Banner Avenue. You should be able to spot the Golden Frog with no problem."
Nathan nodded, committing the directions to memory as he started towards the door. "Thanks, for letting me use the phone and the info. Uh, I guess see you later."
"Yes, see you later."
Nathan hesitated for a moment before leaving. The way he'd said that... he shook it off. Alton was a nice guy. He'd offered a complete stranger the use of his business phone, and even given him directions. Nathan knew he really needed to get past his discomfor