Edge of Thorns 2- Pt 27Part 27
I have to protect Gloria from my mistake, whatever the cost.
Nathan held his hands up defensively, as if that might stop him from trying again. "Now just wait a minute," he said, trying to quell the shake in his voice. "She didn't do anything wrong. This was my mistake. There's got to be some way I can fix it."
Gabriel drew a deep breath and closed his eyes again, lifting his hand to brush the dark section of his hair out of his face. "If you try to kill yourself again to protect another person..."
"I was hoping for something that wouldn't involve jamming another shard of glass in my neck."
The angel let out the sigh, shifting to his more human appearance as he crossed his arms and looked at Nathan again. "I'm afraid there's nothing I know of that you can do. Typically, sparing a life requires a willing sacrifice, such as the one you made for Avery. Since I have to keep you alive, I was still forced to take another, but the effect was t
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"So this is your true form, Avarice. I will make swift work of your destruction!"
The angel leapt back as the viscous creature lurched towards him, smashing its webbed hand into the spot where he once stood, the limb splattering into a glob of black bile. Furious, the monstrous frog gave a bellowing croak that echoed in the cavernous chamber while its hand began to reform. The stone it had touched was already solid gold. "I'll make a statue of you yet!" it snarled.
He ignored its taunt and dodged another swipe, his grip tightening on the hilt of his sword while the flames burned brighter around the blade. His opportunity would come when the ooze had to reform again. At that moment, the angel rushed forward, swinging his sword with the confidence of a seasoned warrior, but the grace of a professional dancer. The weapon sliced through Avarice's bulbous side with a loud sizzle as the fire licked up and seared the wound. The beast croake
Edge of Thorns 2- Pt 25Part 25
I need to be there, in case she is a Sin and this is part of my test. As hard as it might be...
"No, it's fine. It's fine," Nathan said hurriedly, pacing for a moment before heading into his room. "When and where? And, um, I don't have a car at the moment..."
"S'ok, I'll get your address from Alton and pick you up. He wants to go to this place called Jupiter's that's a stone's throw away from his shop. Never been, but I hear it's semi-formal, so, um, dress nice?" Enya was rambling, apparently as nervous as he was. "Anyway, I'll be there in about ten. Does that work for you?"
"Yeah, sure. Sure. Later." After he hung up, he took a deep breath. Not Marni, he reminded himself. This is just for show. Nothing more.
Jupiter's was a bit further than a stone's throw away, but easily within walking distance of the bookstore. Enya had arrived to pick up Nathan almost precisely ten minutes after their call ended, and had Gloria in the car with her. Wherea
Edge of Thorns 2- Pt 23Part 23
They want to hear a dream, now that I've said I had one. I'm a writer; I should be able to come up with something on the fly.
Nathan shrugged. "A weird one," he admitted honestly, quickly running ideas through his mind. A story concept he'd been working on popped into his head, and he ran with it. "It was like a gender-swapped Snow White with some Hamlet overtones. The king had mysteriously vanished and was replaced by his brother, who wanted the prince dead so he could take over the kingdom. Snow White was male, and he was a blind albino, and the seven dwarves were seven human lycanthropes." He shrugged again. "Very weird."
"Fascinating." Enya took a sip of her coffee and smiled over the rim of the mug. "Sounds like a great foundation for a book. Considering it?"
Nathan smiled back and helped himself to his own coffee, nodding. "I've jotted a few ideas, but this is a nice solid something I can work with." And he hoped the angels accepted this dream instead