Kain, can you hear me? Please, its Uriel
you must return, you must! Lucifer has taken over the Council and still seeks to gain even more power. The White Angels, the Guardians, they fear for their lives under his rule! The Dark Angels have become his own personal army, doing all his bidding. Please Kain, you have to hurry! The Arch Angels and the Seraphim are trying to restore the balance, but I don't know how much longer we can hold them off
we need your help. I know you can end this madness.
There is a man, in New York City, who might be able to help you find your way back to us, if only you can find him. His name is Liam Cristo, you must find him, you must! Take the children with you, they are vital not only to your return, but to ending what Lucifer has started. Please, hurry Kain
I awoke with a start, drenched in an icy sweat. I looked over to find Mia watching me from the rocking chair on the other side of the room, clearly uneasy. I sat up and rubbed my eyes, knowing full well that everything had changed. I was fighting for much more than just myself now; I had to return for all of Heaven, but
also for the lives of these children.
are you alright? Did you have a nightmare about what happened
not exactly. Get your brother, I must tell you both something; it's important. Please, hurry."
I watched as she quickly left the room; worry already filling my heart. How would I protect them both? I bore no weapon and this did not strike me as a journey that was likely to be short, or simple for that matter. Mia came back with Cappel, both clearly wary of what I had to say.
"Listen to me, this is very important. My old friend, Uriel, contacted me in my dreams. It is not uncommon for Angels to do so, I just did not believe it was possible on earth. She has given me a task, one that I do not think I can accomplish alone. She gave me a name of a man who may be able to help me return home. However
she also said that you two were important, that I must protect you at any cost. It seems I need your help more than I first realized my friends. If I am going to do so, I need a weapon, but also a way to hide my identity. I have no doubt that others are looking for me, men I would rather not have to face here on earth."
Cappel left the room, going into what I assumed was his parent's room while Mia went to a closet across the room. She brought out a black leather trench coat, one that would easily reach my ankles
one that would easily hide my wings. She handed it over with a smile, throwing me the shirt that I had never gotten the chance to put on the night before. I unfolded it quickly, the image on it's front making me smile. Ironic how life plays little games with you. On its front was printed two black wings, the words Fallen Night printed across.
"It's Cappel's favorite band. It looked like it would fit you, in more ways than one."
I chuckled softly as I pulled it over my head, wincing as my wings tore through the seams, leaving two perfect holes over my shoulder blades where my wings could easily fit through.
"I'll replace that
Mia giggled when she saw the look of horror that Cappel wore when he found what I had done to his shirt. He let out a groan, holding out a wrapped box to me, taking his eyes off his ruined shirt.
"Here. I don't know what kind of weapons you use in Heaven, but this is all we've got. It belongs to my dad, said he found it on holiday somewhere. So try not to break it, alright?"
I quickly unwrapped the box and lifted its lid, my mouth dropping open in pure shock. Nestled in the velvet box lay a single edged sword, its golden blade shimmering dully in contrast to its gilt silver handle.
this is an Angelic blade, something that should not even exist on earth
I don't know where your father found this, but thank God that he did. With this, I can protect us all, and find my way back to Heaven."
I gently took the blade from its silk cocoon, and gripped its hilt. The blade flared to life in my hands, the golden blade gaining a luster unseen in any earthen metal, a soft white light radiating from its very core. With a smile I slid the blade into the lining of the leather coat, quickly putting it on. Armed, and with a way to hide what I was: such two simple things, but both made me feel much easier already.
we need to leave as soon as possible. The sooner we can find the man named Liam Cristo, the better."
? I know him. He runs an antique shop in NYC somewhere. Dad used to take me there all the time when I was little. I'm pretty sure I could find it again if I had enough time."
Ah, small miracles. I had the feeling I would need all the miracles I could get.
New York City
This city made me feel uneasy; the sheer number of people was unnerving enough, always pressing together, only to twist and churn like the great seas at a moment's notice. But more than that, something felt wrong, the very air seemed to tremble with an unnamed fear, with the rank stench of something that was not born of this earth.
I held Mia's hand as I walked through the crowded city streets, and she clutched to Cappel's; I was terrified of losing them in this place. If I let go, I might never find either of them again, and that scared me more than anything else.
"Kain, I think I remember now! I recognize that plaza up ahead. Dad and I used to stop there for ice cream on the way back from Liam's shop! I think it's just on the other side; c'mon!"
I laughed miserably, the din of the crowds barely allowing me to understand what Cappel had said, even though he was only feet away. I wound my way through the mass of bodies, taking what seemed an eternity to simply travel less than two blocks to the plaza.
I knew something was wrong, something was utterly wrong. I could feel the earth crying out in misery as something unholy awoke within her belly. I grabbed Mia and Cappel, dragging them to the ally beside the plaza just before hell came raining down upon that magnificent city.
The ground quaked and buckled, an eerie silence filling the entire plaza. An inhuman shriek tore through the silence, chilling me to the core. The plaza split open, a shower of pipes and rubble raining down upon the helpless people that were fleeing for their lives. The shriek only grew loud as more voices joined its chilling melody; the voices of millions dying ripping the air as I caught the first glimpse of what was causing this ruin.
A black bubbling mass seeped from the earth, bone and claw protruding from every inch of it's surface; a massive arm shot forth from the mass, and then another. It heaved itself up on those two thickly corded arms, the black shape beginning to take form. Countless heads ripped from the sludge, taking on a myriad of forms along long necks that reached to the skies, dwarfing even the tallest of the structures that ringed that desecrated plaza.
Serpentine, humanoid, even bestial heads made their appearance, horribly twisted, disfigured by gnashing fangs and glinting coals that made its eyes from deep within their brows.
I quickly turned to Cappel and Mia, baring their arms from the sleeves of their coats. I pressed my palms to their skin, a flash of blue light seeping from my fingers. When I took my hands away, small blue sigils glowed on their skin: Angelic Markers.
"Go, the both of you! Find Liam, and wait for me! I will find you once I have dealt with this creature!"
I did not wait for them to respond, instead shoving Mia into her brother's arms and sent him running on his way, the fear blinding him as he ran. Dear God, keep them safe.
I turned and drew the sword from the inside of my coat; it's golden light flaring even brighter in the presence of this unholy abomination. There was no helping it, I could not defeat this creature if I was bound to the earth below. I ripped the coat from my shoulders, unfurling my wings and launching myself into the air. As soon as I took to the skies, its innumerable heads snapped their eyes upon me; it's hateful gaze striking my very soul.
It let out another shriek, the windows shattering in the assault of sound. The shards of glass fell to the ground below, striking any unfortunate to still be in that plaza. The heads snapped forward, the razor teeth searching to rip at my flesh. I dove and twisted, trying seemingly in vain to escape the beast, to find any kind of way to end its vile life.
Suddenly, searing pain shot through my wing, the monster's jaws gripping it tightly in its jagged fangs. I let out a scream, feeling the blood flow from the wounds, more and more of the thing's heads snapping forward to tear at me; some clamping on my arms, my legs, my wings. I was held trapped in the air, when the mass began to boil, something forming from deep within the creature's body. A massive draconic face began to form on its surface, larger than anything I had ever seen. It raised up from the mass, black slime oozing from it's jaws as it's eyes fixed upon me; death in that gaze. The head snapped forward, the deadly fangs mere inches away.
Please Kain, LIVE!
I let out a scream of fury, a black halo crowning itself upon my brow; I had no choice but to unleash my Dank Angel power sealed within me. I twisted the blade within my grip, slicing the heads from their necks; boiling green ooze spraying forth from their wounds, the eyes misting over as life left them. The draconic head recoiled in pain, shocked at the sudden loss of its kin. I freed my arm, hacking more of the heads from their places, bringing both my hands to bear upon the blade's shimmering hilt. A shock of golden light radiated from my body, crushing the rest of the heads clamped down on my body. The creature shrieked in rage, more than pain, its ruined necks falling limply against its chest.
The draconic head pulsed, absorbing what was left of its kin, horns and scales forming as it grew ever larger. It snapped forward once more, seeking to simply swallow me whole. I grinned wickedly at its futile actions, scooping some of the blood running from my arms and slathering it on the edge of my blade. It flared a deep red, the sword reforming my blood around it into a massive lance. I dove into the beast's gullet, ramming the twin edged spear home, lifting my blade from the cradle forming the lance. It glowed ever more brightly, detonating. The dragon's head bellowed once before simply disintegrating around me, the body hissing and spitting green pus into the air as it dissolved back into the earth.
I breathed a sigh of relief, before the pain finally set in. My halo vanished, taking its power with it. I fell to the earth with a thunderous crash, the strength gone from my limbs. I had overused my powers and now I was to pay the price for it
you have a much larger part to play. Get up, and go to the children.
I gritted my teeth and growled, lifting myself painfully to my knees, using the now quieted blade as a crutch of sorts.
Uriel. I know you were watching over me all this time
thank you, my old friend.
I staggered to my feet, painfully folding my wings as I snatched the coat from the ground where I had discarded it, draping it over my shoulders and sheathing my blade in its depths. I took a breath to steady myself, and moved on, feeling the presence of Cappel and Mia not far away; they must have already found Liam.
It took me a few minutes to work my way through the rubble the creature had created to the other side of what little remained of the plaza. I soon reached the shop Liam ran and found Mia rushing from the door to greet me, tears in her eyes.
"Kain! Oh God, what happened to you? You look like that thing tried to eat you!"
I laughed painfully as she hugged me, glad to see them both safe. Cappel stood by the doorway, grinning. Apparently even human males had the same response as Dark Angels to getting in a fight; if you win it doesn't matter how bad you look so long as you're alive.
"I didn't think I'd see you again Kain! That thing look like it could have messed you up pretty good."
"Well, Mia wasn't too far off from her guess
thing almost did eat me. Luckily, I was just a little quicker."
Mia stood back a little, wiping her eyes; I think she saw that I wasn't going to die so it must have calmed her a bit. I could feel the wounds beginning to mend themselves, but I knew the slime in that creature's maw would slow the process; more than likely it was poisoned, or fetid.
"By the way, I did find Liam. He's right where I thought he wasn't, which is really no surprise considering. Here, let's get you inside before the army shows up again. Last thing we need is you getting captured."
Cappel led me inside, Mia clutching my hand as we walked. Cappel asked about the fight, about what the thing was, and a million other things any typical male would want to know. I found myself smiling, I felt
like part of a family. The thought raced through my mind before I could stop it, and it surprised me. It wasn't an unpleasant, or unexpected feeling, it just
"Hey, Liam! Come here for a second, the guy I told you about is here!"
I turned to see a man walk through a small covered arch in the back of the room. As soon as his face was revealed by the dim light of the shop, my smile vanished, and my heart froze within my chest.
? Is that you