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Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 10Part 10
He should know what's going on. I'd better play ignorant to give him the hint.
At least this time when Nathan looked confused, it wasn't entirely fake. There were plenty of questions he had for Gabriel, but all of them could wait until there weren't other people around. So, hoping he would catch on (and figuring it was his presence that had knocked Scott out), the writer raised his hand in an uneasy wave. "Hello... again?"
The angel blinked and tilted his head for a moment before realization flashed across his face and he chuckled lightly. "Right, your head injury," he said, still laughing. "I'm Alton's friend. We were introduced shortly before you were trampled." His lips twitched, as though this were a difficult thing for him to say. "The name's Gabriel."
Nathan let his shoulders ease and he nodded, smiling back at him. "Then hello, Gabriel."
"Hello indeed." Gloria walked back over towards Gabriel and slipped her arm around his, leaning in against him and
Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 7Part 7
I should bring Scott up to speed, but I need to keep up the ruse so he doesn't get upset that I didn't say something sooner.
Nathan wondered if Raphael would be as good at detecting lies and deception as Alton, and hoped he wasn't. Otherwise, this was going to get very awkward very quickly.
"Um..." the writer mumbled, trying to look confused. He'd have to play this out if it was going to be believable. "No...?"
The angel frowned, as if he hadn't expected that answer at all, eyebrows raised in surprise. "Oh?" He stared, and Nathan shrugged, hoping to throw him off. He turned to his coworker, using Scott's genuine confusion to compliment his act. Scott shook his head too, having no idea what they were talking about. Raphael sighed, cleared his throat and pulled a pair of glasses out of his pocket. "Well, then I suppose we should start seeing about your head..."
Nathan went through the examination as normal, answering a few questions about pain and dizziness. Scott sa
You Were Not An Aquarium BoySea-glass became your bones,
brine your blood, and seashells
melded into your skin.
You were not quite an ocean
when you said "This is your sign to love me."
My body was like a building;
tall, cold, almost unbreakable.
I was metallic and sharp,
towering over your waters.
I remember taking your hand in mine,
conch and coral shells scrubbing
my skyscraper wrists, and laughing
about how one day you would
submerge every last bit of me.
Your lips, riddled with argonauts,
found my cheek and I cringed
at the coarseness.
You asked if they bothered me
and I finally told you "I
think I love you."
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