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Feathers~Chapter 7 part 2: Angel Thief (part2of2)
Feathers
Chapter 7: Angel Thief (Part 2)
    "You done now, or do you need all day?" I ask.
    They shout back, “OH, WELL EXCUUUUUUUUSE ME, YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS, THAT I'M FREAKING OUT! LET ME JUST TURN OFF MY ANXIETY FOR YOU! WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO CONTINUE, MASTER OF ALL, OR CAN I HEAD OFF BACK INTO MY WONDERFUL LIFE, JINGLE ALL THE WAY, YOUR MAJESTY!” ...The sarcasm is strong with this one.
    “Well aren’t you a little drop of sunshine,” Axel says.  The sarcasm is strong in both of them.
    “WHY THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GOOD SIR. I’LL JUST TURN ON THE HAPPY SWITCH NOW, OH WAIT!” they yell.  Is sarcasm a language I can learn? Being part angel means I can understand any language, but for some reason it doesn't cover sarcasm. :3
    “Can both of you stop?” I ask.  It’s like they are speaking in some type of code. Come on a
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Feathers~Chapter 7 part 1:Angel Theif
Feathers
Chapter 7: Angel Thief
    We walk outside and Axel starts laughing. Uh oh. What now?  “What?” I ask.  Please don’t be my hair glowing.  Please don’t be my hair glowing. “Your hair is glowing, like the ten-year olds,” Axel half laughs, half speaks. I remember the first time it happened to me. Very blinding. Great. I quickly put my hood on. I am more and more thankful for this hoodie every day.  “Ok we can go out now,” I say. Second date here we go.
    “Where to?” Axel asks. The heck? “I thought you had a plan,” “I just transferred here like you,” Axel replies.  Right.
    “Then we can just wander,” I say.  Wonder if there's anything to do here.
    “Ok, but avoid alleys, my roommate keeps freaking out about this” He puts his fingers up and mimics quotations
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Chapter 6: Lies
Feathers
Chapter 6: Lies
    I’m caught completely off guard.  Why would he kiss me?  He actually likes me? I never want this feeling to stop.
    I feel my glory on the edge of coming out, and try to stop it, but it takes more will to stop glory than use it, and I end up being surrounded in my light pink and broken glory.  At the same time, I see a bit of sorrow, and then our powers clash. An explosion of dark and light happens, and it’s almost beautiful, and then both of us are thrown to other sides of the room.  I hit my wing on the bookshelf, and quickly and discreetly heal it. I’m not going to wait and heal it to cause any more damage, I already can’t fly.
    Axel half laughs, “How will we ever make this work, Princess?”  How does he know?  That must mean he really is who I refused to let myself believe… Prince Axel Eclipse of The Below.
  
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Feathers~Chapter 5: New School
Feathers
Chapter 5: New School
    When I get up, I see that Julie got back late, as she is currently curled up sleeping on her bed seemingly have a little bit of a nightmare. I get up to go to the bathroom and see a letter on the floor from the mail shoot.  It’s too dark to read it, but if I turn the light on Julie will wake up.  Maybe I could make a glory light? No, it will wake Julie too… or will it? I glance at Julie who is still tossing and muttering but seemingly asleep. I make a glory light and look at the letter.  No name, but I know it’s for me when I see the family royal seal closing the envelope. How old-fashioned.  
    I open and read the letter, and only the key idea manages to get through to me, “Notice blackwings at school… tried to attack kingdom… switch to Meadows Ridge High and leave Edgewater today…. Avoid trouble… Sincerely, Dad.”  Sincerely, Dad?  I do
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Feathers~Chapter 4: Already Discoverd
Feathers
Chapter 4: Already Discovered
    I wake up in the morning with practically no sleep, and Julie got up before me for the first time.  She is sitting on her bed, with dark circles under her eyes. She notices me waking up and frowns. Then goes back to texting. She clearly got no sleep whatsoever.  I can’t even get out of bed before my phone blows up with notifications.  It is six a.m. what could update now?  I roll my eyes and grab the buzzing human contraption.
     I put in the password and look at the screen in shock.  “Angel Bloods discovered on Earth,” the school blog posts.  How? We were so careful. Multiple classes and I click on the link to see what was found out, and it’s worse than I imagined.  The government knows, and is studying captured angelbloods. How could they even capture them? We have glory and sorrow! Wait, I don’t want to know, that will end bad for me.
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Feathers~Chapter 3: Dating?
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Chapter 3: Dating?
    I walk into the cafeteria and look around.  Great.  Everyone is already in their own clicks.  There is the popular kids, the invisible ones, what people call “geeks” and “nerds,” and all the social groups I learned about in class.  I don't know which one I fit into. After a minute of looking around, I still can't figure out where to go, so I look for Julie. Unfortunately, she is nowhere to be found. She probably overslept. Her fault not mine.  I look around for Axel, since he is the only other person I know, but he isn't here either and none of his gang either.  I decide to get breakfast while I debate where to sit. I know that social groups are important on Earth, but I honestly hope they aren’t because otherwise I'll be lost.  Even more lost than I already am, that is.  I get my food, which looks really unhealthy for a school that cost ten thousand dollars to get into,
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Feathers~Chapter 2: Axel
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Chapter 2: Axel
    I spent two (boring) hours in a prep class before going to Earth. I could probably teach the basics myself. This could be learned in five minutes.  All I needed to know was that I will, most likely, be dorming with a human, I have to make shure to act like them, and don't do anything stupid, something drilled in my brain that you would never know was there by how I acted most of the time.  It also turns out that I am “too smart”(whatever THAT means) for my ages normal classes, so I am skipping two grades, and in all advanced classes like college prep, but it doesn't really matter because I probably can’t stay that long anyway.  
    “It’s time to go!” I hear one of the guards yell.  Great, Dad’s so mad that he won’t even say goodbye.  I really messed up this time asking to go to Earth.
    “Coming!” I yell back.
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    “The war lasted fifty years, and only got worse as time went on,” I say.  I have no idea how to teach a group of seven year olds about the War of Changes without being boring or bloody. Why did I have to do this?  Some kids are already starting to fall asleep.  Seriously?  Well this is just great, I have responsibilities as princess and I can’t even manage to teach a group of first graders.  I continued on, “And we all know it was between the three lands, The Above, The Below, and Earth.  This war started because of a common fear among the humans, the fear of all Angels because of our power.”
    “We all already know this stuff get to the explosions already!” shouts a kid who clearly didn’t care about school even though he has been selected as one of the few angels to go to Earth.
    “You are a jerk, Billy!  It is a nec
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Hi! So, for Feathers, it is seen that chapter 7 is in 2 parts.  That is because it was loo long to post all at once.  I can't promise no cliffhangers, but I won't just post half, or part, of a chapter.  I post the next part right after.  That is also why it takes so long, since my chapters get really long sometimes, and sometimes they are short.  Anyway, I just wanted to sat that's why I'm taking so long to post the next chapter, and if it's split the other half would be posted right afterAirborne.   
Hi! So, for Feathers, it is seen that chapter 7 is in 2 parts.  That is because it was loo long to post all at once.  I can't promise no cliffhangers, but I won't just post half, or part, of a chapter.  I post the next part right after.  That is also why it takes so long, since my chapters get really long sometimes, and sometimes they are short.  Anyway, I just wanted to sat that's why I'm taking so long to post the next chapter, and if it's split the other half would be posted right after.  Airborne 

Feathers



Chapter 7: Angel Thief (Part 2)



    "You done now, or do you need all day?" I ask.


    They shout back, “OH, WELL EXCUUUUUUUUSE ME, YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS, THAT I'M FREAKING OUT! LET ME JUST TURN OFF MY ANXIETY FOR YOU! WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO CONTINUE, MASTER OF ALL, OR CAN I HEAD OFF BACK INTO MY WONDERFUL LIFE, JINGLE ALL THE WAY, YOUR MAJESTY!” ...The sarcasm is strong with this one.



    “Well aren’t you a little drop of sunshine,” Axel says.  The sarcasm is strong in both of them.



    “WHY THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GOOD SIR. I’LL JUST TURN ON THE HAPPY SWITCH NOW, OH WAIT!” they yell.  Is sarcasm a language I can learn? Being part angel means I can understand any language, but for some reason it doesn't cover sarcasm. :3



    “Can both of you stop?” I ask.  It’s like they are speaking in some type of code. Come on angel powers, good time to start working!



    “OH, OF COURSE, PRINCESS! LET ME JUST FIX ALL THE CONFLICTS HERE! BOOP! THERE YOU GO! HAPPY TO BE OF SERVICE, MY LADY!” They practically scream.  Do they know who I am?  How could they know?



    Maybe they will just give me the necklace and continue the sarcasm battle with Axel. It’s worth a shot. “So do you still want answers, or can I have my necklace and leave?”



    “NoooOOOOooo! I JUST FREAKED OUT FOR NO REASON! I ASKED ALL THOSE QUESTIONS BECAUSE I JUST LOVE TO LISTEN TO MYSELF, MA’AM!”  They yell. Erm…. I’m going to let Axel handle this.



    “Ok, Little Miss World Peace, we are here for nothing and are just bothering you for no reason.  So lets both waste each other's time a little more ‘cause that makes the world go round,” Axel says.  That might have been a bad idea… I can't even begin to comprehend that much sarcasm.



    “Oh of course, prince. I will just go on my merry way and bestow this treasured necklace upon you. Because I don't have a reason for doing this, I just freaking love it. Here are all the answers to life, almighty one,” they respond passive aggressively. Why the heck did she just steal my necklace cause she just freaking loves it-- oh right. Sarcasm.



    “Well honor your word, even if it was sarcastic. You said that you would give the necklace back, so hand it over,” Axel states back and steps forward with his hand out. He actually somewhat dealt with it.



    “Sure, let me just count all this honor I have,” they hold up a hand, “Oh, dear, it appears I have none. Such a shame,” they retort.



    “You wanna go?!?” Axel asks.  No, NO, NOOOOOOOOO!!! Don’t fight.



    “Oh, sweetheart, you wouldn’t last long,” they tease, obviously trying to get him to lose his temper.  Don’t fight, please don’t fight.



    “BET?” Axel says losing his temper, and undoing the bubble, and yanks down her hood.  I need to step in.



    “STOP FIGHTING!” I yell.  Well, that’s the first time in months that I lost my temper that bad. I think I scared off every bird in the area. Except that one black owl. Must be a deaf owl.



    The figure can be seen that they’re a girl, who now is frozen in fear, but not from me.  Her eyes are the same blank, dead look that Jillian had that….night. Oh no, oh no, I can't be here again. Then I start to notice the difference between the look. It wasn't Jill’s not there look but kind of like… Andy's shocked sadness and pain. I feel my gaze fade from fear to pity. Axel still looks ferocious, but he doesn’t know that expression. Andy was never the same since then.



    “Hey, snap out of it,” I say, trying to help. Never worked before.



    A younger girl with bangs runs into the situation and freezes taking it all in before spinning around and slapping Axel across the face, “WHAT DID YOU DO?!?”



    “I DON’T KNOW!!!” Axel yells, not even noticing the red mark forming on his face. Who is this child?  And how high did she have to jump to slap him?



    “IDIOT!” she spins back around and grabs the frozen girl’s shoulders.“HEY! It’s not real! It’s in the past! Focus on the mission! You are here! Not there! They can’t hurt you like that again!” she continues saying this and pulls the hood back on the thief. She's used to handling situations like this. Does Navy Swirls do this often?



    “Is she ok?” I ask, relieved that her eyes didn’t turn yellow and try to kill somebody.



    “Oh yea, she’s completely fine.” she growls. I know she’s being sarcastic but I still can’t read her emotions, her eyes are covered by her bangs.  “Let me rephrase, will she be alright?”



    Bangs child stops trying to soothe the frozen girl for a second, “I hope…” she mutters under her breath before grabbing a necklace around her own neck and clicking it, causing a blue glow to come from the Navy Swirls neck.



    The first girl snaps back to reality,”Never again,” she said a couple times shaking her head in her hands.



    I don’t want to be rude, she went through a lot, but I need  my necklace, nobody understands how much it means to me. “I am really concerned for you, but please give my necklace back… It means more than anyone can understand to me,” I say, almost starting to cry.  Don’t do it, don’t cry.


    The girl snaps up her head, her hands wet, “I-I-I’m s-so s-sor-r-ry,” she shoves the necklace towards my feet, shaking, as a drop falls from under her hood.



    “Thank you for giving it back, and it’s fine, you didn’t know how much it meant to m-” I'm interrupted by a “Who?” she asked.  



    “What do you mean by who?” I ask. “Who was it?” she asks.



    “Do you mean who gave my the necklace?” I ask, while picking it up.



    She nods, “They,” she pauses for a minute, “They are dead, aren't they?”



    “My mother gave me it, and yes, she’s… gone,” I say, starting to tear up.



    The girl stands and puts a hand on my shoulder, “I get it…” she mumbles almost too quiet to hear. But I do. If I had met this girl anywhere else, we probably would be great friends.



    “WAIT! THE QUEEN IS DEAD?!?” Axel scream-asks. I wince.



    Both girls look at him like he’s insane.  That is the most insensitive way to ask that.



    “Well, that is the rudest thing to say to someone who has lost someone close to them,” the hoodie girl snaps.



    “You’re just as bad as the reporters ten years ago,” I snap at Axel.



    “I’m sorry that I was rude, but still. Ten years and my kingdom has no idea,” Axel says, still being rude.  I haven't known him very long, maybe he's this rude all the time. I hope not. He's mostly been really nice so far.



    “Another insane angel believer…” the second girl mutters to the first, who nods in agreement.



    “You’re calling me an ‘insane angel believer’ when you’re talking to an angel yourself.  That girl” He whips his finger at the girl who stole (and then returned) my necklace. “Is an angel, newsflash,” Axel says.  Why is Axel this rude?  He was completely different in detention.



    The girl with bangs shakes her head, “Shure…” She then turns to the one in the hood, “Wait they saw?!” she hissed to her. The hooded one gave a short nod in response.



    “Why are you being so freaked out about the angel thing, it’s somewhat normal,” I say, and pull out one of my wings to show it.  They already saw my glory, so it doesn't matter about my wings. I'm not supposed to show people on earth, but Axel is an angelblood along with hoodie here and her friend already seems to know about hoodies wings.



    The younger one grabs the other’s arm tightly.  Great now I’m scary.



    I fold my wing again and ask, “Why am I scary while hoodie girl isn’t, and she has wings?”



    The first one’s grip tightens and pulls the bangs girl protectively away from us while the child shocked asks “How?”



    “I guess there are others with the wing mutation…” hoodie replies quietly to bangs.



    “Is that how the angel myth came to be?” The child asks.



    Mama Hoodie shrugs and answers, “Probably.” Actually now that I notice, she does seem really protective of the bangs child. Great, now I have nicknames for them.



    “Look I can hear you two, and you don’t believe us, but think about it, and we should go.  Thanks for giving my necklace back,” I say, and grab Axel’s hand and start to leave the alley, but then I ask,” Wait, what are your names just in case we meet again?” And, so I can stop calling you bangs child and hoodie.



    “I’m Dart, Second in Command to Ex,” The bangs child, Dart, motions towards the hooded figure.



    “And I’m Eclipse, the Leader,” she glares at Dart. I'm not the only one with nicknames apparently.



    “From the Children of Darkness,” Dart finishes.



    “Wait, you are a part of this Children of the Darkness group that supposedly scares the town?” Axel asks.  He looks mad, this isn’t good. We were just about to leave.



    “Ha! We are the founders,” Dart claims, as the other facepalms. Now Axel is really tensing up. I can tell because I'm still holding his hand. And cue the blushes. I can't believe I grabbed his hand. I didn't even notice.



    “Well, I’m Alexandra, and this is Axel,” I squeeze Axel’s hand to try to stop him from exploding. Again.



“You… YOU’RE JUST AS BAD AS THE GANG THAT KILLED MY LITTLE BROTHER!” Axel explodes.  THE YOUNGEST PRINCE IS DEAD?!? Wow, Axel and I don't know too much about each other.



Dart grabs Eclipse’s arm trying to keep things from getting physical, and looks at me and mouths, “We’re dead.” Great. Eclipse also looks kind of  enraged. Being compared to a group that murders little brothers might be offensive.



I make a glory wall between the two to prevent them from fighting and turn to Axel to try to calm him down, “They didn’t kill your brother, it’s not their fault.  I know it’s hard to lose someone you love, but you have to accept that sometimes you can’t find who is at fault. I’ll never know what happened to my mother, at least you know what happened with your brother.  They had no idea, so It’s not their fault.” Then I look at the other side of the wall to see Eclipse yelling and Dart doing the same thing I was to Axel. He's shaking.



“BUT I COULD’VE SAVED HIM.  IT’S MY FAULT!” Axel yells. His eyes are elsewhere. I couldn't help Lily when Jill died and now I can't help Axel. I should still try.



“It’s not your fault, and it’s not theirs! Calm down. Please,” I half beg.  If I have to keep dealing with this, the wall won’t stay up long. I'm being drained, way faster that I should be normally. It's been a long day.



Axel shakes his head out of the fog and looks at me. “Do you understand what it’s like to live knowing that somebody died because you couldn’t save them...” Axel seems to be calming down.



I know a feeling like that, but I never would’ve had the chance to save her.  “Just calm down, you don’t want to fight them, they did nothing to you,” I say.



“A group similar in the Below killed Jonas,” Axel says, with rage in his voice. Nevermind, he wasn't calming down.



“They didn’t do it.  There are three worlds, this is not the same world,” I say.



“But, they could’ve done the same to another incident person!” Axel yells.



This is taking too much energy, I can either keep the wall up, or talk to Axel.  My power fades and the wall goes down. Now I can hear the other side.  



“THAT IS THE ONE THING THAT I HAVE FOUGHT! THAT I HAVE KILLED SOMEONE BECAUSE!” Eclipse yells.



“I know but-” Dart is cut off by a hysterical Eclipse.



“I CAN’T BE LIKE THEM! I WATCHED THEM KILL HIM! BECAUSE OF ME! I LIVE WITH THIS EVERYDAY! I WILL FIND THEM AND KILL THEM! I NEED TO BE FREE OF THIS!” Eclipse yells, tears streaming down her face, “They- They killed him… to get to me…!”



“SHE JUST SAID THAT SHE WOULD KILL,” Axel yells, and makes a sorrow dagger.



    “AXEL STOP!!!” I yell while making a glory bubble to stop him from hurting anyone.  The bubble takes too much energy and I collapse, but still keep it up. Mind over matter.



    Dart runs over to me and puts her hand on my shoulder and I feel some of my energy come back. How did she get through the bubble…. Wait.



    “What was that?” I ask, still focusing on the bubble since Axel can do more damage than any normal person and I don't want him fighting Eclipse right now. Dart doesn’t answer and just shakes her head.



    “They killed him… trying to kill me… Why did he jump in…? It was all a blur but I… I could only… only watch as… as they killed him…” Eclipse whispers, tears still running down her face. I notice that Axel is still in my bubble, saying the same things and pounding on the sides. Each punch seems to hit my own sides. Doesn't matter cause no one else is getting hurt.



    I know glory can’t heal minds, but maybe it can soothe him?  I focus the extra energy Dart gave me in calming Axel.  



    He looks confused, but isn’t raging anymore. His sorrow dagger fades, and he stands there for a little bit. “I don’t know what came over me.”



    I lower my bubble. “Bottled up anger,” I reply. I grab his arm and continue on, “We should go before anyone winds up hurt… and so Eclipse doesn't snap into insanity.”



    “Wait, I caused that?” Axel asks astounded. He glances at Eclipse who Dart went back to help sit down to calm down.



    I don't think he made all of those emotions, but he DEFINITELY started a backlash of something. “Yes, you did, so let’s go before she goes insane and tries to attack you,” I say.



Dart turns back towards us. “She won’t, she’s too worn out. So, take your time and don’t get lost in the alleys, it’s basically a maze,” Dart informs us before slowly talking to Eclipse.



“Which way is out of the alleys?” I ask. I turn around in circles. Which way did we come from?


“I- I don’t know…” she responds, panic in her eyes.



“It’s fine, I’ll use the glory I have left to portal out-” I start before she cuts over me. “No, just give me a minute,” she says trying to help Eclipse.



    “It’s really fine, just focus on helping Eclipse, I’m fine with portaling,” I say.  Really just help Eclipse I’m really scared for her. She's still muttering, but it's hard to understand. Is she speaking sarcasm again?



    Dart holds her hand up saying just a minute, trying to fix all this.



    “Maybe I can help, I’ve been through something similar,” Axel says, clearly trying to fix what he started.



    Dart looks at him for a second, then at Eclipse then back at him, “Good luck…” She stands up and walks towards me.



    Axel goes over to Eclipse and tries to help, but I can’t pay too much attention, my world has gone fuzzy from using so much power earlier. Dart starts to notice and puts a hand on my shoulder, even though she's kind of shorter than me. “Clekrle, rutle kanto. Montitio toda. Mutani shyhoe, lahay anu, kitoanan clekrle,” she murmurs. (Control, stay with me. Enough emotion. Farewell shadow, welcome spirit, bring control.)  Was that supposed to be angelic?



    I feel a bit better, but still have no focus.  At least I don’t feel like fainting anymore.  “What language was that?” I ask.


    “Shadowian,” Dart asks like I should know. Um…. I'm not in your cult?



    Axel walks over with Eclipse and Eclipse seems almost emotionless as she says, “This way,” to leads us out of the alley.  She's still shaking slightly but whatever happened between the two of them was calming her down.



    Axel and I walk back to school together, but before we get there I say, “Even though that was a terrible loss you’ve been through, your behavior wasn’t acceptable.”



    “You’re completely right about that,” Axel admits.  I wonder if that’s why he was being so rude, because he was hiding bottled up rage.



    We get to the gates and part ways.  I get to my dorm and debate immediately collapsing into bed, but then I remember something.  Pulling out one of my wings earlier makes me think of my imperfect feather.  The one the loss of Jillian gave me since I can’t accept that she’s gone… I pull out my wings, in front of the mirror, and look at my right wing.  Where was the feather again?  Did I hide it in my other feathers?  I find where I think the spot was, and go through the feathers carefully.  Please don’t accidentally pull one me, that really hurts.   When I find it again, I just stare in the mirror.  A light grey within a sea of blinding white, the darkness in the light, just like how there is light in the darkness.  I hide the feather again so nobody else will ever know.  This is my secret, and nobody else's to keep.  



    I get ready for bed and collapse from power usage.  I need to fix my hair after school tomorrow, or before if I have time.

Chapter 7: Angel Thief


    We walk outside and Axel starts laughing. Uh oh. What now?  “What?” I ask.  Please don’t be my hair glowing.  Please don’t be my hair glowing. “Your hair is glowing, like the ten-year olds,” Axel half laughs, half speaks. I remember the first time it happened to me. Very blinding. Great. I quickly put my hood on. I am more and more thankful for this hoodie every day.  “Ok we can go out now,” I say. Second date here we go.



    “Where to?” Axel asks. The heck? “I thought you had a plan,” “I just transferred here like you,” Axel replies.  Right.



    “Then we can just wander,” I say.  Wonder if there's anything to do here.



    “Ok, but avoid alleys, my roommate keeps freaking out about this” He puts his fingers up and mimics quotations “Children of Darkness group,” Axel says. Children of Darkness? What is that?  “Then let’s go then,” I say.  Not down the alleys though.



    We wander around town and just chat, and I look in every dark alley wondering what lies inside. I don't want to deal with a mysterious group right now.



    Axel is nice and interesting. He refuses to bring up some subjects though and I don't push. We end up talking nothing about kingdoms and royalness. He does tease me about my hair a little more but it's not rude. There aren't any cool shops so far down here but Axel is funny enough for me not to care.



    I see a sign for Crystal Bakery.  I would love a cupcake right now.  “Do you want to get cupcakes?” I ask Axel while pointing to the store down the street.  Please, say yes.



    “Shure, why not?” Axel answers.  Yes, Cupcakes! We cross the street to get to the bakery.  Why is this side of the street so crowded? We are only one building away when I hear someone whisper, “I’m sorry...” Why would someone whisper ‘I’m sorry?’  That doesn't make any sense. I hear running and then it dawns on me… Somebody stole my necklace.


    I don’t say anything, I just chase after the person.  The person turns into the nearest alleyway. I didn’t notice Axel ran after as well and now he grabs the person by the hood. Try to remember everything you notice. Black hoodie with navy swirls.



“I want it back,” I say.  Please. Please. Please.  “Why should I listen to you?” the figure growls, slowly shifting. Slowly, so Axel doesn't notice. “Are you trying to hide? Because I can see you’re moving,” I say.  I have to get it back. It was from Mom.



The figure doesn’t speak, but then they spin and grab Axel’s wrist and twist it before slipping on their hood and a dagger shows out from their sleeve, and the figure faces into a defensive position, the necklace in their left hand. Clutched tightly.



    “We don’t want to hurt you, I just want my necklace back,” I say.  If she uses that dagger we are going to be exposed for shure... “That’s what they all say…” she hisses under her breath. “I heard that, and I’m not lying, so please give it back,” I say. “Make me!” they respond, shaking slightly. I feel Axel starting to tense up next to me.  Now this figure is threatening me.  I really don’t want to play this game.  “Look, I just want it back, please,” I say.  They are shaking bad now, “I don't have to do anything.” They are making quick subtle movements towards the shadows behind them. She seems like the type that you lose as soon as they are in the shadows. And there were a lot of them at this time of day. “Please just give it back, I want nothing to do with this,” I say.  Please don’t run again.



They slip into the shadows and start running.  I can’t lose this last connection to Mom.  I make a glory wall to try to stop sweatshirt.  Luckily, the person slides, silently, to a stop less than an inch away from the wall and just stares at it. “What the…” they mutter in disbelief.



I decide to keep the wall up to stop them from running again.  “Please, just give it back,” I say. I feel like a broken record, saying the same thing over and over.



The figure glances around taking in the situation. “I’m guessing it’s hand it over or fight?” I really don’t want to fight, but I can’t admit that. “Why can’t you just give it back?” I ask.  There has to be a good reason to fight me for it.



They just laugh, “Even if I try to explain, someone as privileged as you wouldn't understand!” They get into a battle ready stance before running straight at us.  I make a glory bubble to protect Axel and myself. The figure sounds about my age, but still dangerous. “I might understand, you don’t know me.” They jump onto the bubble and back flips towards where the glory wall had been, and speed off down the alley. Whoops I forgot about the glory wall. Thankfully I see Axel use his sorrow to trap her.  That’s actually a really good idea, except for the fact the sorrow clouds my glory. Great now I'm useless.



“I swear that now I’ve seen everything!” The figure growls, trying to slip out of the sorrow. I notice Axel having trouble keeping the sorrow up.  I got to help, this is my fight. No, it's not a fight. How do I stop the fight? Maybe angelic works on humans?  Give me back my necklace,” I say.  Please work. The figure falters struggling against themself.  Maybe the’re an angel. Only one way to find out what we're up against.  “Reveal thyself,” I say.  The figure freezes, and black wings spread.  That actually worked?



    “WHAT THE ****!” the person yells. I wince. That was really loud, and a REALLY bad word.



    “You could at least watch your language,” I say.  Gosh, Axel didn’t curse when that happened to him. Jeez.



    “WHAT THE (h-e double hockey sticks) DID YOU DO TO ME?! WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?! WHY DID I UNDERSTAND YOU?!” The figure notices that their wings are still out and hides them once again behind the baggy outfit. “WHY DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS?! ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE ANGEL BELIEVERS?!” The figure is now pacing back and forth screaming, now only barely understandable. Another language I don't understand, or just anger? As soon as the shouting figure takes a breath, I cut in.



    “You done now, so I can answer you, or do you need all day?” I ask.



    They shout back, “OH, WELL EXCUUUUUUUUSE ME, YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS, THAT I'M FREAKING OUT! LET ME JUST TURN OFF MY ANXIETY FOR YOU! WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO CONTINUE, MASTER OF ALL, OR CAN I HEAD OFF BACK INTO MY WONDERFUL LIFE, JINGLE ALL THE WAY, YOUR MAJESTY!” ...The sarcasm is strong with this one.



    “Well aren’t you a little drop of sunshine,” Axel says.  The sarcasm is strong in both of them.



    “WHY THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GOOD SIR. I’LL JUST TURN ON THE HAPPY SWITCH NOW, OH WAIT!” they yell.  Is sarcasm a language I can learn? Being part angel means I can understand any language, but for some reason it doesn't cover sarcasm. :3



    “Can both of you stop?” I ask.  It’s like they are speaking in some type of code. Come on angel powers, good time to start working!



    “OH, OF COURSE, PRINCESS! LET ME JUST FIX ALL THE CONFLICTS HERE! BOOP! THERE YOU GO! HAPPY TO BE OF SERVICE, MY LADY!” They practically scream.  Do they know who I am?  How could they know?



    Maybe they will just give me the necklace and continue the sarcasm battle with Axel. It’s worth a shot. “So do you still want answers, or can I have my necklace and leave?”



    “NoooOOOOooo! I JUST FREAKED OUT FOR NO REASON! I ASKED ALL THOSE QUESTIONS BECAUSE I JUST LOVE TO LISTEN TO MYSELF, MA’AM!”  They yell. Erm…. I’m going to let Axel handle this.



    “Ok, Little Miss World Peace, we are here for nothing and are just bothering you for no reason.  So lets both waste each other's time a little more ‘cause that makes the world go round,” Axel says.  That might have been a bad idea… I can't even begin to comprehend that much sarcasm.



    “Oh of course, prince. I will just go on my merry way and bestow this treasured necklace upon you. Because I don't have a reason for doing this, I just freaking love it. Here are all the answers to life, almighty one,” they respond passive aggressively. Why the heck did she just steal my necklace cause she just freaking loves it-- oh right. Sarcasm.



    “Well honor your word, even if it was sarcastic. You said that you would give the necklace back, so hand it over,” Axel states back and steps forward with his hand out. He actually somewhat dealt with it.



    “Sure, let me just count all this honor I have,” they hold up a hand, “Oh, dear, it appears I have none. Such a shame,” they retort.



    “You wanna go?!?” Axel asks.  No, NO, NOOOOOOOOO!!! Don’t fight.



    “Oh, sweetheart, you wouldn’t last long,” they tease, obviously trying to get him to lose his temper.  Don’t fight, please don’t fight.



    “BET?” Axel says losing his temper, and undoing the bubble, and yanks down her hood.  I need to step in.



    “STOP FIGHTING!” I yell.  Well, that’s the first time in months that I lost my temper that bad. I think I scared off every bird in the area. Except that one black owl. Must be a deaf owl.



    The figure can be seen that they’re a girl, who now is frozen in fear, but not from me.  Her eyes are the same blank, dead look that Jillian had that….night. Oh no, oh no, I can't be here again. Then I start to notice the difference between the look. It wasn't Jill’s not there look but kind of like… Andy's shocked sadness and pain. I feel my gaze fade from fear to pity. Axel still looks ferocious, but he doesn’t know that expression. Andy was never the same since then.



    “Hey, snap out of it,” I say, trying to help. Never worked before.



    A younger girl with bangs runs into the situation and freezes taking it all in before spinning around and slapping Axel across the face, “WHAT DID YOU DO?!?”



    “I DON’T KNOW!!!” Axel yells, not even noticing the red mark forming on his face. Who is this child?  And how high did she have to jump to slap him?



    “IDIOT!” she spins back around and grabs the frozen girl’s shoulders.“HEY! It’s not real! It’s in the past! Focus on the mission! You are here! Not there! They can’t hurt you like that again!” she continues saying this and pulls the hood back on the thief. She's used to handling situations like this. Does Navy Swirls do this often?



    “Is she ok?” I ask, relieved that her eyes didn’t turn yellow and try to kill somebody.



    “Oh yea, she’s completely fine.” she growls. I know she’s being sarcastic but I still can’t read her emotions, her eyes are covered by her bangs.  “Let me rephrase, will she be alright?”



    Bangs child stops trying to soothe the frozen girl for a second, “I hope…” she mutters under her breath before grabbing a necklace around her own neck and clicking it, causing a blue glow to come from the Navy Swirls neck.



    The first girl snaps back to reality,”Never again,” she said a couple times shaking her head in her hands.



    I don’t want to be rude, she went through a lot, but I need  my necklace, nobody understands how much it means to me. “I am really concerned for you, but please give my necklace back… It means more than anyone can understand to me,” I say, almost starting to cry.  Don’t do it, don’t cry.


    The girl snaps up her head, her hands wet, “I-I-I’m s-so s-sor-r-ry,” she shoves the necklace towards my feet, shaking, as a drop falls from under her hood.



    “Thank you for giving it back, and it’s fine, you didn’t know how much it meant to m-” I'm interrupted by a “Who?” she asked.  



    “What do you mean by who?” I ask. “Who was it?” she asks.



    “Do you mean who gave my the necklace?” I ask, while picking it up.



    She nods, “They,” she pauses for a minute, “They are dead, aren't they?”



    “My mother gave me it, and yes, she’s… gone,” I say, starting to tear up.



    The girl stands and puts a hand on my shoulder, “I get it…” she mumbles almost too quiet to hear. But I do. If I had met this girl anywhere else, we probably would be great friends.



    “WAIT! THE QUEEN IS DEAD?!?” Axel scream-asks. I wince.



    Both girls look at him like he’s insane.  That is the most insensitive way to ask that.



    “Well, that is the rudest thing to say to someone who has lost someone close to them,” the hoodie girl snaps.



    “You’re just as bad as the reporters ten years ago,” I snap at Axel.



    “I’m sorry that I was rude, but still. Ten years and my kingdom has no idea,” Axel says, still being rude.  I haven't known him very long, maybe he's this rude all the time. I hope not. He's mostly been really nice so far.



    “Another insane angel believer…” the second girl mutters to the first, who nods in agreement.



    “You’re calling me an ‘insane angel believer’ when you’re talking to an angel yourself.  That girl” He whips his finger at the girl who stole (and then returned) my necklace. “Is an angel, newsflash,” Axel says.  Why is Axel this rude?  He was completely different in detention.



    The girl with bangs shakes her head, “Shure…” She then turns to the one in the hood, “Wait they saw?!” she hissed to her. The hooded one gave a short nod in response.



    “Why are you being so freaked out about the angel thing, it’s somewhat normal,” I say, and pull out one of my wings to show it.  They already saw my glory, so it doesn't matter about my wings. I'm not supposed to show people on earth, but Axel is an angelblood along with hoodie here and her friend already seems to know about hoodies wings.



    The younger one grabs the other’s arm tightly.  Great now I’m scary.



    I fold my wing again and ask, “Why am I scary while hoodie girl isn’t, and she has wings?”



    The first one’s grip tightens and pulls the bangs girl protectively away from us while the child shocked asks “How?”



    “I guess there are others with the wing mutation…” hoodie replies quietly to bangs.



    “Is that how the angel myth came to be?” The child asks.



    Mama Hoodie shrugs and answers, “Probably.” Actually now that I notice, she does seem really protective of the bangs child. Great, now I have nicknames for them.



    “Look I can hear you two, and you don’t believe us, but think about it, and we should go.  Thanks for giving my necklace back,” I say, and grab Axel’s hand and start to leave the alley, but then I ask,” Wait, what are your names just in case we meet again?” And, so I can stop calling you bangs child and hoodie.



    “I’m Dart, Second in Command to Ex,” The bangs child, Dart, motions towards the hooded figure.



    “And I’m Eclipse, the Leader,” she glares at Dart. I'm not the only one with nicknames apparently.



    “From the Children of Darkness,” Dart finishes.



    “Wait, you are a part of this Children of the Darkness group that supposedly scares the town?” Axel asks.  He looks mad, this isn’t good. We were just about to leave.



    “Ha! We are the founders,” Dart claims, as the other facepalms. Now Axel is really tensing up. I can tell because I'm still holding his hand. And cue the blushes. I can't believe I grabbed his hand. I didn't even notice.



    “Well, I’m Alexandra, and this is Axel,” I squeeze Axel’s hand to try to stop him from exploding. Again.



“You… YOU’RE JUST AS BAD AS THE GANG THAT KILLED MY LITTLE BROTHER!” Axel explodes.  THE YOUNGEST PRINCE IS DEAD?!? Wow, Axel and I don't know too much about each other.



Dart grabs Eclipse’s arm trying to keep things from getting physical, and looks at me and mouths, “We’re dead.” Great. Eclipse also looks kind of  enraged. Being compared to a group that murders little brothers might be offensive.



I make a glory wall between the two to prevent them from fighting and turn to Axel to try to calm him down, “They didn’t kill your brother, it’s not their fault.  I know it’s hard to lose someone you love, but you have to accept that sometimes you can’t find who is at fault. I’ll never know what happened to my mother, at least you know what happened with your brother.  They had no idea, so It’s not their fault.” Then I look at the other side of the wall to see Eclipse yelling and Dart doing the same thing I was to Axel. He's shaking.



“BUT I COULD’VE SAVED HIM.  IT’S MY FAULT!” Axel yells. His eyes are elsewhere. I couldn't help Lily when Jill died and now I can't help Axel. I should still try.



“It’s not your fault, and it’s not theirs! Calm down. Please,” I half beg.  If I have to keep dealing with this, the wall won’t stay up long. I'm being drained, way faster that I should be normally. It's been a long day.



Axel shakes his head out of the fog and looks at me. “Do you understand what it’s like to live knowing that somebody died because you couldn’t save them...” Axel seems to be calming down.



I know a feeling like that, but I never would’ve had the chance to save her.  “Just calm down, you don’t want to fight them, they did nothing to you,” I say.



“A group similar in the Below killed Jonas,” Axel says, with rage in his voice. Nevermind, he wasn't calming down.



“They didn’t do it.  There are three worlds, this is not the same world,” I say.



“But, they could’ve done the same to another incident person!” Axel yells.



This is taking too much energy, I can either keep the wall up, or talk to Axel.  My power fades and the wall goes down. Now I can hear the other side.  



“THAT IS THE ONE THING THAT I HAVE FOUGHT! THAT I HAVE KILLED SOMEONE BECAUSE!” Eclipse yells.



“I know but-” Dart is cut off by a hysterical Eclipse.



“I CAN’T BE LIKE THEM! I WATCHED THEM KILL HIM! BECAUSE OF ME! I LIVE WITH THIS EVERYDAY! I WILL FIND THEM AND KILL THEM! I NEED TO BE FREE OF THIS!” Eclipse yells, tears streaming down her face, “They- They killed him… to get to me…!”



“SHE JUST SAID THAT SHE WOULD KILL,” Axel yells, and makes a sorrow dagger.



    “AXEL STOP!!!” I yell while making a glory bubble to stop him from hurting anyone.  The bubble takes too much energy and I collapse, but still keep it up. Mind over matter.



    Dart runs over to me and puts her hand on my shoulder and I feel some of my energy come back. How did she get through the bubble…. Wait.



    “What was that?” I ask, still focusing on the bubble since Axel can do more damage than any normal person and I don't want him fighting Eclipse right now. Dart doesn’t answer and just shakes her head.



    “They killed him… trying to kill me… Why did he jump in…? It was all a blur but I… I could only… only watch as… as they killed him…” Eclipse whispers, tears still running down her face. I notice that Axel is still in my bubble, saying the same things and pounding on the sides. Each punch seems to hit my own sides. Doesn't matter cause no one else is getting hurt.



    I know glory can’t heal minds, but maybe it can soothe him?  I focus the extra energy Dart gave me in calming Axel.  



    He looks confused, but isn’t raging anymore. His sorrow dagger fades, and he stands there for a little bit. “I don’t know what came over me.”



    I lower my bubble. “Bottled up anger,” I reply. I grab his arm and continue on, “We should go before anyone winds up hurt… and so Eclipse doesn't snap into insanity.”



    “Wait, I caused that?” Axel asks astounded. He glances at Eclipse who Dart went back to help sit down to calm down.



    I don't think he made all of those emotions, but he DEFINITELY started a backlash of something. “Yes, you did, so let’s go before she goes insane and tries to attack you,” I say.



Dart turns back towards us. “She won’t, she’s too worn out. So, take your time and don’t get lost in the alleys, it’s basically a maze,” Dart informs us before slowly talking to Eclipse.



“Which way is out of the alleys?” I ask. I turn around in circles. Which way did we come from?


“I- I don’t know…” she responds, panic in her eyes.



“It’s fine, I’ll use the glory I have left to portal out-” I start before she cuts over me. “No, just give me a minute,” she says trying to help Eclipse.



    “It’s really fine, just focus on helping Eclipse, I’m fine with portaling,” I say.  Really just help Eclipse I’m really scared for her. She's still muttering, but it's hard to understand. Is she speaking sarcasm again?



    Dart holds her hand up saying just a minute, trying to fix all this.



    “Maybe I can help, I’ve been through something similar,” Axel says, clearly trying to fix what he started.



    Dart looks at him for a second, then at Eclipse then back at him, “Good luck…” She stands up and walks towards me.



    Axel goes over to Eclipse and tries to help, but I can’t pay too much attention, my world has gone fuzzy from using so much power earlier. Dart starts to notice and puts a hand on my shoulder, even though she's kind of shorter than me. “Clekrle, rutle kanto. Montitio toda. Mutani shyhoe, lahay anu, kitoanan clekrle,” she murmurs. (Control, stay with me. Enough emotion. Farewell shadow, welcome spirit, bring control.)  Was that supposed to be angelic?



    I feel a bit better, but still have no focus.  At least I don’t feel like fainting anymore.  “What language was that?” I ask.


    “Shadowian,” Dart asks like I should know. Um…. I'm not in your cult?



    Axel walks over with Eclipse and Eclipse seems almost emotionless as she says, “This way,” to leads us out of the alley.  She's still shaking slightly but whatever happened between the two of them was calming her down.



    Axel and I walk back to school together, but before we get there I say, “Even though that was a terrible loss you’ve been through, your behavior wasn’t acceptable.”



    “You’re completely right about that,” Axel admits.  I wonder if that’s why he was being so rude, because he was hiding bottled up rage.



    We get to the gates and part ways.  I get to my dorm and debate immediately collapsing into bed, but then I remember something.  Pulling out one of my wings earlier makes me think of my imperfect feather.  The one the loss of Jillian gave me since I can’t accept that she’s gone… I pull out my wings, in front of the mirror, and look at my right wing.  Where was the feather again?  Did I hide it in my other feathers?  I find where I think the spot was, and go through the feathers carefully.  Please don’t accidentally pull one me, that really hurts.   When I find it again, I just stare in the mirror.  A light grey within a sea of blinding white, the darkness in the light, just like how there is light in the darkness.  I hide the feather again so nobody else will ever know.  This is my secret, and nobody else's to keep.  



    I get ready for bed and collapse from power usage.  I need to fix my hair after school tomorrow, or before if I have time.




(Note: Sorry about splitting in 2, the formatting wouldn't let me post it all at once)


Feathers



Chapter 7: Angel Thief



    We walk outside and Axel starts laughing. Uh oh. What now?  “What?” I ask.  Please don’t be my hair glowing.  Please don’t be my hair glowing. “Your hair is glowing, like the ten-year olds,” Axel half laughs, half speaks. I remember the first time it happened to me. Very blinding. Great. I quickly put my hood on. I am more and more thankful for this hoodie every day.  “Ok we can go out now,” I say. Second date here we go.



    “Where to?” Axel asks. The heck? “I thought you had a plan,” “I just transferred here like you,” Axel replies.  Right.



    “Then we can just wander,” I say.  Wonder if there's anything to do here.



    “Ok, but avoid alleys, my roommate keeps freaking out about this” He puts his fingers up and mimics quotations “Children of Darkness group,” Axel says. Children of Darkness? What is that?  “Then let’s go then,” I say.  Not down the alleys though.



    We wander around town and just chat, and I look in every dark alley wondering what lies inside. I don't want to deal with a mysterious group right now.



    Axel is nice and interesting. He refuses to bring up some subjects though and I don't push. We end up talking nothing about kingdoms and royalness. He does tease me about my hair a little more but it's not rude. There aren't any cool shops so far down here but Axel is funny enough for me not to care.



    I see a sign for Crystal Bakery.  I would love a cupcake right now.  “Do you want to get cupcakes?” I ask Axel while pointing to the store down the street.  Please, say yes.



    “Shure, why not?” Axel answers.  Yes, Cupcakes! We cross the street to get to the bakery.  Why is this side of the street so crowded? We are only one building away when I hear someone whisper, “I’m sorry...” Why would someone whisper ‘I’m sorry?’  That doesn't make any sense. I hear running and then it dawns on me… Somebody stole my necklace.


    I don’t say anything, I just chase after the person.  The person turns into the nearest alleyway. I didn’t notice Axel ran after as well and now he grabs the person by the hood. Try to remember everything you notice. Black hoodie with navy swirls.



“I want it back,” I say.  Please. Please. Please.  “Why should I listen to you?” the figure growls, slowly shifting. Slowly, so Axel doesn't notice. “Are you trying to hide? Because I can see you’re moving,” I say.  I have to get it back. It was from Mom.



The figure doesn’t speak, but then they spin and grab Axel’s wrist and twist it before slipping on their hood and a dagger shows out from their sleeve, and the figure faces into a defensive position, the necklace in their left hand. Clutched tightly.



    “We don’t want to hurt you, I just want my necklace back,” I say.  If she uses that dagger we are going to be exposed for shure... “That’s what they all say…” she hisses under her breath. “I heard that, and I’m not lying, so please give it back,” I say. “Make me!” they respond, shaking slightly. I feel Axel starting to tense up next to me.  Now this figure is threatening me.  I really don’t want to play this game.  “Look, I just want it back, please,” I say.  They are shaking bad now, “I don't have to do anything.” They are making quick subtle movements towards the shadows behind them. She seems like the type that you lose as soon as they are in the shadows. And there were a lot of them at this time of day. “Please just give it back, I want nothing to do with this,” I say.  Please don’t run again.



They slip into the shadows and start running.  I can’t lose this last connection to Mom.  I make a glory wall to try to stop sweatshirt.  Luckily, the person slides, silently, to a stop less than an inch away from the wall and just stares at it. “What the…” they mutter in disbelief.



I decide to keep the wall up to stop them from running again.  “Please, just give it back,” I say. I feel like a broken record, saying the same thing over and over.



The figure glances around taking in the situation. “I’m guessing it’s hand it over or fight?” I really don’t want to fight, but I can’t admit that. “Why can’t you just give it back?” I ask.  There has to be a good reason to fight me for it.



They just laugh, “Even if I try to explain, someone as privileged as you wouldn't understand!” They get into a battle ready stance before running straight at us.  I make a glory bubble to protect Axel and myself. The figure sounds about my age, but still dangerous. “I might understand, you don’t know me.” They jump onto the bubble and back flips towards where the glory wall had been, and speed off down the alley. Whoops I forgot about the glory wall. Thankfully I see Axel use his sorrow to trap her.  That’s actually a really good idea, except for the fact the sorrow clouds my glory. Great now I'm useless.



“I swear that now I’ve seen everything!” The figure growls, trying to slip out of the sorrow. I notice Axel having trouble keeping the sorrow up.  I got to help, this is my fight. No, it's not a fight. How do I stop the fight? Maybe angelic works on humans?  Give me back my necklace,” I say.  Please work. The figure falters struggling against themself.  Maybe the’re an angel. Only one way to find out what we're up against.  “Reveal thyself,” I say.  The figure freezes, and black wings spread.  That actually worked?



    “WHAT THE ****!” the person yells. I wince. That was really loud, and a REALLY bad word.



    “You could at least watch your language,” I say.  Gosh, Axel didn’t curse when that happened to him. Jeez.



    “WHAT THE (h-e double hockey sticks) DID YOU DO TO ME?! WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?! WHY DID I UNDERSTAND YOU?!” The figure notices that their wings are still out and hides them once again behind the baggy outfit. “WHY DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS?! ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE ANGEL BELIEVERS?!” The figure is now pacing back and forth screaming, now only barely understandable. Another language I don't understand, or just anger? As soon as the shouting figure takes a breath, I cut in.



    “You done now, so I can answer you, or do you need all day?” I ask.



    They shout back, “OH, WELL EXCUUUUUUUUSE ME, YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS, THAT I'M FREAKING OUT! LET ME JUST TURN OFF MY ANXIETY FOR YOU! WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO CONTINUE, MASTER OF ALL, OR CAN I HEAD OFF BACK INTO MY WONDERFUL LIFE, JINGLE ALL THE WAY, YOUR MAJESTY!” ...The sarcasm is strong with this one.



    “Well aren’t you a little drop of sunshine,” Axel says.  The sarcasm is strong in both of them.



    “WHY THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GOOD SIR. I’LL JUST TURN ON THE HAPPY SWITCH NOW, OH WAIT!” they yell.  Is sarcasm a language I can learn? Being part angel means I can understand any language, but for some reason it doesn't cover sarcasm. :3



    “Can both of you stop?” I ask.  It’s like they are speaking in some type of code. Come on angel powers, good time to start working!



    “OH, OF COURSE, PRINCESS! LET ME JUST FIX ALL THE CONFLICTS HERE! BOOP! THERE YOU GO! HAPPY TO BE OF SERVICE, MY LADY!” They practically scream.  Do they know who I am?  How could they know?



    Maybe they will just give me the necklace and continue the sarcasm battle with Axel. It’s worth a shot. “So do you still want answers, or can I have my necklace and leave?”



    “NoooOOOOooo! I JUST FREAKED OUT FOR NO REASON! I ASKED ALL THOSE QUESTIONS BECAUSE I JUST LOVE TO LISTEN TO MYSELF, MA’AM!”  They yell. Erm…. I’m going to let Axel handle this.



    “Ok, Little Miss World Peace, we are here for nothing and are just bothering you for no reason.  So lets both waste each other's time a little more ‘cause that makes the world go round,” Axel says.  That might have been a bad idea… I can't even begin to comprehend that much sarcasm.



    “Oh of course, prince. I will just go on my merry way and bestow this treasured necklace upon you. Because I don't have a reason for doing this, I just freaking love it. Here are all the answers to life, almighty one,” they respond passive aggressively. Why the heck did she just steal my necklace cause she just freaking loves it-- oh right. Sarcasm.



    “Well honor your word, even if it was sarcastic. You said that you would give the necklace back, so hand it over,” Axel states back and steps forward with his hand out. He actually somewhat dealt with it.



    “Sure, let me just count all this honor I have,” they hold up a hand, “Oh, dear, it appears I have none. Such a shame,” they retort.



    “You wanna go?!?” Axel asks.  No, NO, NOOOOOOOOO!!! Don’t fight.



    “Oh, sweetheart, you wouldn’t last long,” they tease, obviously trying to get him to lose his temper.  Don’t fight, please don’t fight.



    “BET?” Axel says losing his temper, and undoing the bubble, and yanks down her hood.  I need to step in.



    “STOP FIGHTING!” I yell.  Well, that’s the first time in months that I lost my temper that bad. I think I scared off every bird in the area. Except that one black owl. Must be a deaf owl.



    The figure can be seen that they’re a girl, who now is frozen in fear, but not from me.  Her eyes are the same blank, dead look that Jillian had that….night. Oh no, oh no, I can't be here again. Then I start to notice the difference between the look. It wasn't Jill’s not there look but kind of like… Andy's shocked sadness and pain. I feel my gaze fade from fear to pity. Axel still looks ferocious, but he doesn’t know that expression. Andy was never the same since then.



    “Hey, snap out of it,” I say, trying to help. Never worked before.



    A younger girl with bangs runs into the situation and freezes taking it all in before spinning around and slapping Axel across the face, “WHAT DID YOU DO?!?”



    “I DON’T KNOW!!!” Axel yells, not even noticing the red mark forming on his face. Who is this child?  And how high did she have to jump to slap him?



    “IDIOT!” she spins back around and grabs the frozen girl’s shoulders.“HEY! It’s not real! It’s in the past! Focus on the mission! You are here! Not there! They can’t hurt you like that again!” she continues saying this and pulls the hood back on the thief. She's used to handling situations like this. Does Navy Swirls do this often?



    “Is she ok?” I ask, relieved that her eyes didn’t turn yellow and try to kill somebody.



    “Oh yea, she’s completely fine.” she growls. I know she’s being sarcastic but I still can’t read her emotions, her eyes are covered by her bangs.  “Let me rephrase, will she be alright?”



    Bangs child stops trying to soothe the frozen girl for a second, “I hope…” she mutters under her breath before grabbing a necklace around her own neck and clicking it, causing a blue glow to come from the Navy Swirls neck.



    The first girl snaps back to reality,”Never again,” she said a couple times shaking her head in her hands.



    I don’t want to be rude, she went through a lot, but I need  my necklace, nobody understands how much it means to me. “I am really concerned for you, but please give my necklace back… It means more than anyone can understand to me,” I say, almost starting to cry.  Don’t do it, don’t cry.


    The girl snaps up her head, her hands wet, “I-I-I’m s-so s-sor-r-ry,” she shoves the necklace towards my feet, shaking, as a drop falls from under her hood.



    “Thank you for giving it back, and it’s fine, you didn’t know how much it meant to m-” I'm interrupted by a “Who?” she asked.  



    “What do you mean by who?” I ask. “Who was it?” she asks.



    “Do you mean who gave my the necklace?” I ask, while picking it up.



    She nods, “They,” she pauses for a minute, “They are dead, aren't they?”



    “My mother gave me it, and yes, she’s… gone,” I say, starting to tear up.



    The girl stands and puts a hand on my shoulder, “I get it…” she mumbles almost too quiet to hear. But I do. If I had met this girl anywhere else, we probably would be great friends.



    “WAIT! THE QUEEN IS DEAD?!?” Axel scream-asks. I wince.



    Both girls look at him like he’s insane.  That is the most insensitive way to ask that.



    “Well, that is the rudest thing to say to someone who has lost someone close to them,” the hoodie girl snaps.



    “You’re just as bad as the reporters ten years ago,” I snap at Axel.



    “I’m sorry that I was rude, but still. Ten years and my kingdom has no idea,” Axel says, still being rude.  I haven't known him very long, maybe he's this rude all the time. I hope not. He's mostly been really nice so far.



    “Another insane angel believer…” the second girl mutters to the first, who nods in agreement.



    “You’re calling me an ‘insane angel believer’ when you’re talking to an angel yourself.  That girl” He whips his finger at the girl who stole (and then returned) my necklace. “Is an angel, newsflash,” Axel says.  Why is Axel this rude?  He was completely different in detention.



    The girl with bangs shakes her head, “Shure…” She then turns to the one in the hood, “Wait they saw?!” she hissed to her. The hooded one gave a short nod in response.



    “Why are you being so freaked out about the angel thing, it’s somewhat normal,” I say, and pull out one of my wings to show it.  They already saw my glory, so it doesn't matter about my wings. I'm not supposed to show people on earth, but Axel is an angelblood along with hoodie here and her friend already seems to know about hoodies wings.



    The younger one grabs the other’s arm tightly.  Great now I’m scary.



    I fold my wing again and ask, “Why am I scary while hoodie girl isn’t, and she has wings?”



    The first one’s grip tightens and pulls the bangs girl protectively away from us while the child shocked asks “How?”



    “I guess there are others with the wing mutation…” hoodie replies quietly to bangs.



    “Is that how the angel myth came to be?” The child asks.



    Mama Hoodie shrugs and answers, “Probably.” Actually now that I notice, she does seem really protective of the bangs child. Great, now I have nicknames for them.



    “Look I can hear you two, and you don’t believe us, but think about it, and we should go.  Thanks for giving my necklace back,” I say, and grab Axel’s hand and start to leave the alley, but then I ask,” Wait, what are your names just in case we meet again?” And, so I can stop calling you bangs child and hoodie.



    “I’m Dart, Second in Command to Ex,” The bangs child, Dart, motions towards the hooded figure.



    “And I’m Eclipse, the Leader,” she glares at Dart. I'm not the only one with nicknames apparently.



    “From the Children of Darkness,” Dart finishes.



    “Wait, you are a part of this Children of the Darkness group that supposedly scares the town?” Axel asks.  He looks mad, this isn’t good. We were just about to leave.



    “Ha! We are the founders,” Dart claims, as the other facepalms. Now Axel is really tensing up. I can tell because I'm still holding his hand. And cue the blushes. I can't believe I grabbed his hand. I didn't even notice.



    “Well, I’m Alexandra, and this is Axel,” I squeeze Axel’s hand to try to stop him from exploding. Again.



“You… YOU’RE JUST AS BAD AS THE GANG THAT KILLED MY LITTLE BROTHER!” Axel explodes.  THE YOUNGEST PRINCE IS DEAD?!? Wow, Axel and I don't know too much about each other.



Dart grabs Eclipse’s arm trying to keep things from getting physical, and looks at me and mouths, “We’re dead.” Great. Eclipse also looks kind of  enraged. Being compared to a group that murders little brothers might be offensive.



I make a glory wall between the two to prevent them from fighting and turn to Axel to try to calm him down, “They didn’t kill your brother, it’s not their fault.  I know it’s hard to lose someone you love, but you have to accept that sometimes you can’t find who is at fault. I’ll never know what happened to my mother, at least you know what happened with your brother.  They had no idea, so It’s not their fault.” Then I look at the other side of the wall to see Eclipse yelling and Dart doing the same thing I was to Axel. He's shaking.



“BUT I COULD’VE SAVED HIM.  IT’S MY FAULT!” Axel yells. His eyes are elsewhere. I couldn't help Lily when Jill died and now I can't help Axel. I should still try.



“It’s not your fault, and it’s not theirs! Calm down. Please,” I half beg.  If I have to keep dealing with this, the wall won’t stay up long. I'm being drained, way faster that I should be normally. It's been a long day.



Axel shakes his head out of the fog and looks at me. “Do you understand what it’s like to live knowing that somebody died because you couldn’t save them...” Axel seems to be calming down.



I know a feeling like that, but I never would’ve had the chance to save her.  “Just calm down, you don’t want to fight them, they did nothing to you,” I say.



“A group similar in the Below killed Jonas,” Axel says, with rage in his voice. Nevermind, he wasn't calming down.



“They didn’t do it.  There are three worlds, this is not the same world,” I say.



“But, they could’ve done the same to another incident person!” Axel yells.



This is taking too much energy, I can either keep the wall up, or talk to Axel.  My power fades and the wall goes down. Now I can hear the other side.  



“THAT IS THE ONE THING THAT I HAVE FOUGHT! THAT I HAVE KILLED SOMEONE BECAUSE!” Eclipse yells.



“I know but-” Dart is cut off by a hysterical Eclipse.



“I CAN’T BE LIKE THEM! I WATCHED THEM KILL HIM! BECAUSE OF ME! I LIVE WITH THIS EVERYDAY! I WILL FIND THEM AND KILL THEM! I NEED TO BE FREE OF THIS!” Eclipse yells, tears streaming down her face, “They- They killed him… to get to me…!”



“SHE JUST SAID THAT SHE WOULD KILL,” Axel yells, and makes a sorrow dagger.



    “AXEL STOP!!!” I yell while making a glory bubble to stop him from hurting anyone.  The bubble takes too much energy and I collapse, but still keep it up. Mind over matter.



    Dart runs over to me and puts her hand on my shoulder and I feel some of my energy come back. How did she get through the bubble…. Wait.



    “What was that?” I ask, still focusing on the bubble since Axel can do more damage than any normal person and I don't want him fighting Eclipse right now. Dart doesn’t answer and just shakes her head.



    “They killed him… trying to kill me… Why did he jump in…? It was all a blur but I… I could only… only watch as… as they killed him…” Eclipse whispers, tears still running down her face. I notice that Axel is still in my bubble, saying the same things and pounding on the sides. Each punch seems to hit my own sides. Doesn't matter cause no one else is getting hurt.



    I know glory can’t heal minds, but maybe it can soothe him?  I focus the extra energy Dart gave me in calming Axel.  



    He looks confused, but isn’t raging anymore. His sorrow dagger fades, and he stands there for a little bit. “I don’t know what came over me.”



    I lower my bubble. “Bottled up anger,” I reply. I grab his arm and continue on, “We should go before anyone winds up hurt… and so Eclipse doesn't snap into insanity.”



    “Wait, I caused that?” Axel asks astounded. He glances at Eclipse who Dart went back to help sit down to calm down.



    I don't think he made all of those emotions, but he DEFINITELY started a backlash of something. “Yes, you did, so let’s go before she goes insane and tries to attack you,” I say.



Dart turns back towards us. “She won’t, she’s too worn out. So, take your time and don’t get lost in the alleys, it’s basically a maze,” Dart informs us before slowly talking to Eclipse.



“Which way is out of the alleys?” I ask. I turn around in circles. Which way did we come from?


“I- I don’t know…” she responds, panic in her eyes.



“It’s fine, I’ll use the glory I have left to portal out-” I start before she cuts over me. “No, just give me a minute,” she says trying to help Eclipse.



    “It’s really fine, just focus on helping Eclipse, I’m fine with portaling,” I say.  Really just help Eclipse I’m really scared for her. She's still muttering, but it's hard to understand. Is she speaking sarcasm again?



    Dart holds her hand up saying just a minute, trying to fix all this.



    “Maybe I can help, I’ve been through something similar,” Axel says, clearly trying to fix what he started.



    Dart looks at him for a second, then at Eclipse then back at him, “Good luck…” She stands up and walks towards me.



    Axel goes over to Eclipse and tries to help, but I can’t pay too much attention, my world has gone fuzzy from using so much power earlier. Dart starts to notice and puts a hand on my shoulder, even though she's kind of shorter than me. “Clekrle, rutle kanto. Montitio toda. Mutani shyhoe, lahay anu, kitoanan clekrle,” she murmurs. (Control, stay with me. Enough emotion. Farewell shadow, welcome spirit, bring control.)  Was that supposed to be angelic?



    I feel a bit better, but still have no focus.  At least I don’t feel like fainting anymore.  “What language was that?” I ask.


    “Shadowian,” Dart asks like I should know. Um…. I'm not in your cult?



    Axel walks over with Eclipse and Eclipse seems almost emotionless as she says, “This way,” to leads us out of the alley.  She's still shaking slightly but whatever happened between the two of them was calming her down.



    Axel and I walk back to school together, but before we get there I say, “Even though that was a terrible loss you’ve been through, your behavior wasn’t acceptable.”



    “You’re completely right about that,” Axel admits.  I wonder if that’s why he was being so rude, because he was hiding bottled up rage.



    We get to the gates and part ways.  I get to my dorm and debate immediately collapsing into bed, but then I remember something.  Pulling out one of my wings earlier makes me think of my imperfect feather.  The one the loss of Jillian gave me since I can’t accept that she’s gone… I pull out my wings, in front of the mirror, and look at my right wing.  Where was the feather again?  Did I hide it in my other feathers?  I find where I think the spot was, and go through the feathers carefully.  Please don’t accidentally pull one me, that really hurts.   When I find it again, I just stare in the mirror.  A light grey within a sea of blinding white, the darkness in the light, just like how there is light in the darkness.  I hide the feather again so nobody else will ever know.  This is my secret, and nobody else's to keep.  



    I get ready for bed and collapse from power usage.  I need to fix my hair after school tomorrow, or before if I have time.

Chapter 7: Angel Thief


    We walk outside and Axel starts laughing. Uh oh. What now?  “What?” I ask.  Please don’t be my hair glowing.  Please don’t be my hair glowing. “Your hair is glowing, like the ten-year olds,” Axel half laughs, half speaks. I remember the first time it happened to me. Very blinding. Great. I quickly put my hood on. I am more and more thankful for this hoodie every day.  “Ok we can go out now,” I say. Second date here we go.



    “Where to?” Axel asks. The heck? “I thought you had a plan,” “I just transferred here like you,” Axel replies.  Right.



    “Then we can just wander,” I say.  Wonder if there's anything to do here.



    “Ok, but avoid alleys, my roommate keeps freaking out about this” He puts his fingers up and mimics quotations “Children of Darkness group,” Axel says. Children of Darkness? What is that?  “Then let’s go then,” I say.  Not down the alleys though.



    We wander around town and just chat, and I look in every dark alley wondering what lies inside. I don't want to deal with a mysterious group right now.



    Axel is nice and interesting. He refuses to bring up some subjects though and I don't push. We end up talking nothing about kingdoms and royalness. He does tease me about my hair a little more but it's not rude. There aren't any cool shops so far down here but Axel is funny enough for me not to care.



    I see a sign for Crystal Bakery.  I would love a cupcake right now.  “Do you want to get cupcakes?” I ask Axel while pointing to the store down the street.  Please, say yes.



    “Shure, why not?” Axel answers.  Yes, Cupcakes! We cross the street to get to the bakery.  Why is this side of the street so crowded? We are only one building away when I hear someone whisper, “I’m sorry...” Why would someone whisper ‘I’m sorry?’  That doesn't make any sense. I hear running and then it dawns on me… Somebody stole my necklace.


    I don’t say anything, I just chase after the person.  The person turns into the nearest alleyway. I didn’t notice Axel ran after as well and now he grabs the person by the hood. Try to remember everything you notice. Black hoodie with navy swirls.



“I want it back,” I say.  Please. Please. Please.  “Why should I listen to you?” the figure growls, slowly shifting. Slowly, so Axel doesn't notice. “Are you trying to hide? Because I can see you’re moving,” I say.  I have to get it back. It was from Mom.



The figure doesn’t speak, but then they spin and grab Axel’s wrist and twist it before slipping on their hood and a dagger shows out from their sleeve, and the figure faces into a defensive position, the necklace in their left hand. Clutched tightly.



    “We don’t want to hurt you, I just want my necklace back,” I say.  If she uses that dagger we are going to be exposed for shure... “That’s what they all say…” she hisses under her breath. “I heard that, and I’m not lying, so please give it back,” I say. “Make me!” they respond, shaking slightly. I feel Axel starting to tense up next to me.  Now this figure is threatening me.  I really don’t want to play this game.  “Look, I just want it back, please,” I say.  They are shaking bad now, “I don't have to do anything.” They are making quick subtle movements towards the shadows behind them. She seems like the type that you lose as soon as they are in the shadows. And there were a lot of them at this time of day. “Please just give it back, I want nothing to do with this,” I say.  Please don’t run again.



They slip into the shadows and start running.  I can’t lose this last connection to Mom.  I make a glory wall to try to stop sweatshirt.  Luckily, the person slides, silently, to a stop less than an inch away from the wall and just stares at it. “What the…” they mutter in disbelief.



I decide to keep the wall up to stop them from running again.  “Please, just give it back,” I say. I feel like a broken record, saying the same thing over and over.



The figure glances around taking in the situation. “I’m guessing it’s hand it over or fight?” I really don’t want to fight, but I can’t admit that. “Why can’t you just give it back?” I ask.  There has to be a good reason to fight me for it.



They just laugh, “Even if I try to explain, someone as privileged as you wouldn't understand!” They get into a battle ready stance before running straight at us.  I make a glory bubble to protect Axel and myself. The figure sounds about my age, but still dangerous. “I might understand, you don’t know me.” They jump onto the bubble and back flips towards where the glory wall had been, and speed off down the alley. Whoops I forgot about the glory wall. Thankfully I see Axel use his sorrow to trap her.  That’s actually a really good idea, except for the fact the sorrow clouds my glory. Great now I'm useless.



“I swear that now I’ve seen everything!” The figure growls, trying to slip out of the sorrow. I notice Axel having trouble keeping the sorrow up.  I got to help, this is my fight. No, it's not a fight. How do I stop the fight? Maybe angelic works on humans?  Give me back my necklace,” I say.  Please work. The figure falters struggling against themself.  Maybe the’re an angel. Only one way to find out what we're up against.  “Reveal thyself,” I say.  The figure freezes, and black wings spread.  That actually worked?



    “WHAT THE ****!” the person yells. I wince. That was really loud, and a REALLY bad word.



    “You could at least watch your language,” I say.  Gosh, Axel didn’t curse when that happened to him. Jeez.



    “WHAT THE (h-e double hockey sticks) DID YOU DO TO ME?! WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?! WHY DID I UNDERSTAND YOU?!” The figure notices that their wings are still out and hides them once again behind the baggy outfit. “WHY DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS?! ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE ANGEL BELIEVERS?!” The figure is now pacing back and forth screaming, now only barely understandable. Another language I don't understand, or just anger? As soon as the shouting figure takes a breath, I cut in.



    “You done now, so I can answer you, or do you need all day?” I ask.



TO BE CONTINUED...



Hi! So, for Feathers, it is seen that chapter 7 is in 2 parts.  That is because it was loo long to post all at once.  I can't promise no cliffhangers, but I won't just post half, or part, of a chapter.  I post the next part right after.  That is also why it takes so long, since my chapters get really long sometimes, and sometimes they are short.  Anyway, I just wanted to sat that's why I'm taking so long to post the next chapter, and if it's split the other half would be posted right afterAirborne.   

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