Wings 12

Posted on February 8th, 2012 in Stories, Wings

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My fingers laced through his, my breath tearing from my lips in small spurts.  Lucky nuzzled my elbow, his furry forehead pinched in a frown.

“Tell me it’s not real.”  I forced myself to breathe, keeping my eyes squeezed shut.  I didn’t want to see, couldn’t see.  Bile burned the back of my throat as a corset of fear squeezed the panic from my ribs.

“It’s not real…”  Gabriel trailed off.  ”Yet.  It can be.”

My eyes flew open, indignation spewing forth.  ”But Delaney would never…that guy was GROSS!”  I shuddered.  ”She was valedictorian.  She would never do something that stupid!”

“Humans are weak.”  Lucky licked my hand.  ”They can easily be lead astray by…other forces.”

“The devil.” I squeezed Gabriel’s hand so hard a feather popped off his back, fluttering across the cloud.  ”That’s who that woman is, isn’t it?  That’s who tossed me off the bridge.”

“She’s on their side, yes.”  Gabriel eased his hand from mine, flexing.  ”Technically, she’s a demon.”

“So they’re going to get to Delaney if they can’t find me?”  I started to rise, tumbling back down to the soft white wisps below me.  My butt was definitely soaked.  It was not a good feeling.  ”We’ve got to go!  We’ve got to help her…”

“They’ll get to her regardless if you’re there or not.”  Gabriel grabbed my shoulder as I tried to rise again.  ”You’re the only one that can help her, Ariella.”

“How?” I wailed, jerking out of his grasp.  ”I couldn’t even help my mom this morning!”

“You’re an Old Soul, Ariella.  Why do you think I was assigned to you?”  Gabriel brushed the feather across my cheek.  Ripping it from his fingers, I flicked it across his nose.

“All that means is I’m more mature for my age.”  I frowned as his lips twitched and Lucky burst into barking laughter, falling on his back. His stubby legs twitched in the air, his howls ringing across the sky.  ”What?  What’s so funny?”

“You’re much more mature, Ariella.”  Gabriel tucked another feather behind my ear, his lips twitching.  ”You not only can see the future, but you can see people’s true souls.  That’s what an Old Soul really means.”

“Maybe that’s why I’ve never been popular,” I muttered, plucking the feather from my ear and shoving it in my back pocket.

“That’s exactly what it means.”  Gabriel’s eyes grew dark.  ”Your friend Delaney on the other hand is easily mislead.  She can easily fall for the tricks demons pull.”

“So let’s get down there and stop them!”  I shifted as Gabriel’s hands tightened around my wrists, keeping me anchored to the cloud.  ”What are we waiting for?”

“We can’t go down there until you have some protection,” Gabriel informed me, ignoring my squirming.  ”If you get down there and the demons get to you or get through us…”  His voice made me shiver.  ”Delaney–and your mother–will be doomed.”

“My mom?”  I shut my eyes by reflex.  ”What happens to her?”

“Nothing, if we save Delaney in time.  Life is a chain, Ariella.  And only you can fix the links.”

I cracked one eye open.  ”How?  What do I need?”

Gabriel held up a feather and smiled.  ”Wings.”

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24 Responses to “Wings 12”

  1. Joanne Says:

    Ah! The excitement! Can Ariella do it…or not. I’m on edge.

  2. Couture Carrie Says:

    Lovely installment, darling!
    And that pic is too cute :)


  3. The Dainty Doll's House Says:

    Very exciting..can’t wait for what’s next!! xx

  4. Marie@feedingfive Says:

    Love the cliffhanger ending. We all need wings.

  5. slamdunk Says:

    “Humans are weak.”

    Indeed. Fun read.

  6. Natasha Says:

    Will she get wings? Oh, I hope so, and I hope Delaney will be alright.

  7. Pam Says:

    So exciting!

  8. Krysten Says:

    Sigh. Love.

  9. Bonnie Says:

    I love cliffhangers.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  10. Teri M. Says:

    Oooh, so good! Love that last line about life being a chain!!

  11. April Says:

    More, more, more!

  12. Pietro Says:

    Nice story! He looks straight on in the camera!

  13. Marjie Says:

    Ariella gets wings??? Hooray!!!

    I’ve missed you. It’s been a tough week. It was nice that you dropped by every day to say hello; it meant a lot to me.

  14. She is Sara Says:

    I love how calm Gabriel is and reassuring. He is great character!

  15. Reeni Says:

    Wings? She’s an old soul AND an angel?!

  16. Words Of Deliciousness Says:

    What will happen next?

  17. Mary Says:

    Can’t wait to see what comes next. You write great cliff hangers. Have a wonderful evening. Blessings…Mary

  18. mary jo Says:

    Oh a cliffhanger–when do we find out more?

    xo Mary Jo

  19. Ramona Says:

    I hooted at the picture!

    Good work Duckie.

  20. Leah Says:

    Can I have that dog? So friggin cute!

  21. Rachel (S[d]OC) Says:

    Of course she’ll have wings. She keeps collecting all of these feathers!

    Every time I have tried to come here to read this installment today and yesterday, someone kept pulling me away. Glad I finally was able to carve out a few minutes where no one needed me for anything!

  22. Charlotte Says:

    My two favorite characters together. Love how this story keeps developing. Also love your vivid descriptions, like this for example:
    “Bile burned the back of my throat as a corset of fear squeezed the panic from my ribs.” Well done!

  23. Leslie Says:

    Oohhhhh…I hope she can get there in time!

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