|Art relating to my interactive novel, Edge of Thorns|
EDITING PROGRESS: Approx 29.88% (14,939 / 50,000 words)
Making a dent!
Edge of Thorns 3 - Pt 45Part 45Edge of Thorns 3 - Pt 45 by *Cei-Ellem
There was no way... he had to be lying. He couldn't bring Marni back. Nathan didn't want to believe it, didn't want to hope it could be true. Yet, at the same time, he knew the angel wasn't lying. Raphael couldn't lie. But... could it really be true?
"I don't understand," Nathan breathed, shaking his head, trying not to let his words shake him. He looked up and met his gaze. "How?"
Raphael seemed to relax while he held his hands open to him. "I, like Gabriel, am Death. I can undo what has been done. It is as simple as that. I do not know for certain why Gabriel has not told you this, but I can guess that it has to do with your test. Losing Marni is what has challenged your will to live. Promising to return her to you makes it all too easy to forget why you are really being tested."
"They didn't even want to tell me that before." Nathan rubbed his temples. "The only reason I know why I'm being tested is because Alton got hurt, and Gabriel let it slip. I don'
Echoes - Episode 12: The SpyEchoes - Episode 12: The Spy by *Cei-Ellem
Episode 12: The Spy
Parker was so shocked, it was all he could do to utter his name. His legs felt weak, and he barely managed to keep himself steady as he sank to the ground. "I... I thought you were my friend..."
"Yeah? Well, so did I," the conman quipped back. "Up until recent events proved me wrong."
The wizard was stunned into silence, unable to cope with this sudden treason. Artemis, however, readily stepped forward, eyes narrowed and sword drawn. "You realize you're giving me ample reason to kill you now."
Alistair laughed. "So? As if you haven't been working on reasons already..."
Snow's query was so soft, it could have gone unheard, but she stared at him so desperately it was impossible not to notice. Parker might have been shocked, and Artemis angry, but she was hurt, and seeing him beside the very warlock they'd been tracking... all she could do was mutter her question again. "Why?"
The smile seemed to twitch ever so slightly, but it didn't fade as
Edge of Thorns 3 - Pt 44Part 44Edge of Thorns 3 - Pt 44 by *Cei-Ellem
Not now. God, please, not now...
"Not now," Nathan muttered, shaking his head. "Not now, Susan. Please, I don't want to talk about it..."
"Don't want to talk about it?" Susan snapped back, her voice cracking. "This is the first thing you should have talked about! You could have at least been upfront about it from the start so I didn't even bother..."
"I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT!"
He didn't give her a chance to recover from his sudden outburst, jumping to his feet and rushing out of the auditorium before anyone could stop him. Nathan ran as fast and as far as his feet would carry him, not caring where he was going or who would try to follow him. He hoped no one would follow him. He didn't want to answer any questions about anything, but especially not about Marni. When he was at last out of breath, he crouched down and buried his head in his hands. It was only while he slowly began to calm that he realized what he had done.
"I'm sorry," Nathan brea
Edge of Thorns 3 - Pt 43Part 43Edge of Thorns 3 - Pt 43 by *Cei-Ellem
I don't want to hurt her feelings, but I don't want her to get the wrong impression by going out to lunch with her alone...
Nathan rubbed his neck again, but then reached over and gave Susan's shoulder a gentle squeeze. "If we leave for lunch, we might miss the announcement," he said, trying to soften the blow. "Let's let Rita order this pizza and wait it out. And besides, if she's willing to pay..."
"PIZZA FOR EVERYONE!"
It had only taken that one note of approval from the writer to have Rita standing on a chair, making her announcement. Her declaration was met with a mixture of confusion and mild applause as she hopped down and set about placing the large order. Susan, for her part, sighed and sat down, propping her elbows on her knees. Nathan knew she was disappointed.
"Hey..." He sat down next to her and turned her way, even though she still looked at the ground. "Susan, I know you wanted to go out, but..."
"It's not that." Her cheeks darkened as she lifted he
Edge of Thorns 3 - Pt 42Part 42Edge of Thorns 3 - Pt 42 by *Cei-Ellem
Better see what's going on. There has to be a reason she's here again.
Rubbing his hand across his face, he looked around to see if anyone had noticed before he got up from his seat and went over to the woman, sitting down beside her. "What are you doing here, Avaritia?" Nathan asked, his tone hushed. "I thought Lumiel locked you away."
"He did," she told him with a wide, bubbly smile while she bounced in her seat. "But he said he needed me here, so I'm here!"
"That doesn't make any sense..."
"Hey!" She pouted at him and poked him in the chest. "I don't make the rules. I just play by them. If my sisters are becoming too much for him to control..."
"Why would he enlist one of them?" Nathan cut in, looking back at her. "Alton's not stupid (or at least I hope he isn't). When your sisters are working against him, why would he trust you to help him?"
The Sin sighed and crossed her arms. "I don't know. It's not like I have any motives against him. Maybe th