“What?” I gaped at the angel smirking at me. ”What do you mean, wings?”
“Wings.” Gabriel shimmied, incandescent feathers fluttering around him. ”Like these.”
“Or these,” Lucky chimed in, thrusting his wings and tail inches from my face.
“I know what wings are.” I rolled her eyes. ”What I don’t know is why I need them. I’m not an angel, remember?”
Gabriel and Lucky glanced at each other.
“Are you saying I’m dead?” I squeaked. ”Oh God, I’m dead, aren’t I? I’m dead and in Heaven and…”
Gabriel burst out laughing. ”This is nothing like heaven. And you’re not dead.”
“Just an angel,” Lucky added. “Well, half of one.”
I blinked. ”Half of an angel? You mean my mom…” Bile erupted, singing my throat and I gagged. ”Gross. Oh gross.”
“It’s like I told you, Ariella.” Gabriel’s blue eyes danced with laughter. ”You really were meant to be.”
“So my dad’s an angel. Awesome.” I clutched her stomach, wishing I had a bottle of pepto bismal. And a new pair of jeans. This cloud was doing nothing except soaking my butt. I felt like I needed Depends. ”Is that why I’m an Old Soul?”
“No. You were always an Old Soul. It’s why you have certain…abilities.” Gabriel peered over the edge of the cloud. ”It’s why you can help Delaney.”
“And others,” Lucky chirped. ”That’s your purpose in life.”
“So I get to spend my life being like an angel-in-training?” I plucked a feather from Gabriel’s wings, relishing his howl. Someone had to feel as bad as I did. “Why did I bother applying to college?”
“Knowledge is never wasted.” Gabriel grabbed her hands, pulling her to her feet. ”Are you sure you can do this?”
I raised one eyebrow. ”Huh?”
“What we’re going to ask you to do….” Gabriel pressed his lips together. ”It’s not going to be easy. You’ll see things, know things…”
I glanced down, my old life swirling below her under wisps of white. My friends, my mother, my childhood…it all seemed so far away. So distant now. Now when I looked down, all I could see was the shadow in the front yard, my mother’s worried face.
I turned back, meeting Gabriel’s gaze straight on. ”But it will save Delaney, right?”
“And your mother.” Gabriel bowed his head.
“And eventually others,” Lucky chirped. He ducked as Gabriel twisted around, glaring. ”What? You told her about her dad.”
“She needed to know.” Gabriel’s fingers tightened around mine. ”Are you ready for your wings?”
I crinkled her nose. ”Do I have to take a test or something?”
“Not exactly…” Gabriel sighed. ”Do you trust me?”
“Do you trust me?” he repeated, his blue gaze locked onto her. ”Say you trust me.”
Fingers of ice entwined through my pale ones, lasers of blue slicing through my soul. My heart pounded in my ears and I gulped. ”I trust you,” I whispered. ”I trust you.”
He sighed, relief pouring from him. ”Good.” Seizing me, he crushed me in his arms, pressing his lips to mine. My toes curled and my heart raced as our lips met, a desperate frenzy of need and desire. But as I leaned closer, wrapping my arm around his neck, he pulled back, his breathing ragged.
“I love you. I always have.” Stealing one more kiss, he closed his eyes.
And shoved me off the cloud.
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