Wings 16

Posted on March 7th, 2012 in Stories, Wings

 

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It wasn’t the first time my impulses overcame my lack of common sense.  But this time, instead of leaping in front of traffic to save a dog or chasing an angel down the street, I was falling to my death.

 

Again.

 

Closing my eyes, I waited for the pavement to slam into the side of my face.  Instead, my shoulder blades wrenched apart, my new wings fluttering in the cool breeze.  Soft grass brushed my chin.  I opened my eyes to a perturbed ladybug.

“Sorry.”  Struggling to my feet, I brushed off my jeans and glanced around.  I was standing in at the edge of a park a few blocks from my mom’s store.  I glanced around at the empty sidewalks and took a deep breath.  Sauntering forward, I strolled down the sidewalk like I did everyday.

Except for the giant wings on my back.

I don’t know how Gabriel made it look so graceful.  Every person that passed slammed into them, nearly throwing me down.  Even a gust of wind nearly toppled me over.  They flapped when I wanted them to fold and folded when I wanted them to flap.  15 minutes of being a pseudo angel and I was already an awkward mess.

 

“How can I save Delaney if I can’t even save myself?” I muttered, turning the corner.  Taking a deep breath, I grabbed the handle to my mother’s store and stepped inside.  Flames of icy fire licked at my skin, blazing against my cheeks.  Swallowing a scream, I forced myself to take another step.  The woman turned and smiled at me, sharp  porcelain razors digging into scarlet lips.  Turning back to Delaney, she placed a hand on her arm.

 

“I’m looking for someone.  A girl.  Perhaps you know her?  Tall, white hair, green eyes.”

 

“Ariella!”  Delaney breathed, her eyes widening.  “I’m looking for her too.  She’s my best friend.”

 

“Wonderful.”  The woman beamed.  “Where is she?”

 

“I don’t know.”  Delaney’s face crumpled.  “She should be here.”

 

The woman’s lips formed a perfect circle of surprise.  “Oh no!  That means…”  She turned away, hiding a smirk behind her hand.

 

“You”—I surged forward, snarling.  Her other hand flew up and I slammed into invisible granite.  “Hey, you can’t do that!”

 

“What?”  Delaney gasped.  “What happened to her?”

 

“Well, I saw her at the river last night…two men tried to grab her.”  The woman turned, the picture of sympathy.

 

“You’re lying!”  Beating my hands against my seamless cage, I slammed my shoulder against hard air.  “Delaney, don’t listen to her!”

 

“They did?” Delaney sucked air between her teeth.  “Oh God…her mom said she was acting weird.  And she wasn’t at school today. They must have gotten her!”

 

“That’s what I’m afraid of.”  Steel white fingers wrapped around Delaney’s pale arm.  “But I can help, dear.  I can help you find your friend.  Can you come with me?  Chat awhile.”

“No!” I screamed, clawing through empty space.  “NO!”

 

“Of course.”  Delaney’s head bobbed up and down.  “Anything for Ariella.  We’ve got to find her.”

 

“Delaney!”  I thrashed, my wings flapping so hard my spine creaked as searing pain shot through the center of my torso.    “Delaney, no!  Delaney!”

 

“Come along, dear.  I’ll tell you all about it.”  Shooting a smug look over her shoulder, the woman lead Delaney out the door.  The second the door closed the invisible hold shattered and I fell to the floor, panting.  Tears splattered between my splayed fingertips.  A cool hand pressed against my burning shoulder blades.

 

“Are you ready to listen to me now?”

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20 Responses to “Wings 16”

  1. Reviewer11 Says:

    Have a awesome week! :D

  2. Couture Carrie Says:

    Lovely installment, darling!
    Happy Wednesday!

    xoxox,
    CC

  3. Mary Says:

    ARGH. It’s torture having to wait between installments sometimes!

  4. Cafe Fashionista Says:

    I’m ready to listen – tell me, tell me! :)

  5. Marie@feedingfive Says:

    Your endings are always so good, such cliffhangers.

  6. Mary Says:

    I suspect she is (ready to listen). I know I am curious.Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  7. Ramona Says:

    Well, I’m glad those wings saved her.

  8. Pietro Says:

    Nice! Happy Wednesday!
    (Your week is always younger than mine…)

  9. Short Poems Says:

    Your endings are always so good :)

  10. joeinvegas Says:

    Such complicated stories (thanks)

  11. Natasha Says:

    I hope Ariella listens now. Delaney needs her!

  12. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Says:

    Hmmmm, she’d better.

  13. Words Of Deliciousness Says:

    This is sad. I hope everything turns out ok.

  14. jamie Says:

    Nice twist. Look forward to the next ‘episode’ ;)

  15. Joanne Says:

    Really. The suspense is KILLING ME.

  16. Charlotte Says:

    I feel as though I would be just as clumsy with new angel wings. I hope Arielle starts listening… this is just so sad! But sooo good ;)

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

    It’s sort of like the way you feel in dreams, isn’t it? You dream that you’re falling, but somehow don’t hit the ground with the thud. Invisible forces hold you back from doing what you need to do. I do feel as if I’m inhabiting my own dreams when I read this.

  18. Reeni Says:

    More, more, more! Please? I can’t wait. . . I NEED to know what happens!

  19. bluecottonmemory Says:

    You.time.this.perfectly!!!

  20. Leslie Says:

    Nooooo! Don’t go with her!

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