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Part 6
After fainting the last time, I don't blame Scott for being apprehensive about going alone, and since neither twin wants to back down from where they want to go...

The writer looked back and forth between the pair of identical, expectant stares. He hated being put on the spot and didn't want to disappoint either of them, but he was more worried about Scott's unease than his twin's enthusiasm. "I'll keep Scott company at the hospital," he decided. "And if we turn up nothing, we can always swing by the shoot afterward. It's probably unlikely Gula will do anything anyway, especially with Gloria around."

Enya's smile weakened while her brother's became wider, but she shrugged and nodded. "Fair enough, but you both better come running if, by some fluke, all Hell breaks loose. I'll call if something does happen, but I see your point."

"And like he said," Scott added, flashing Nathan a grin. "If we turn up nothing, who says we can't stop by the shoot too? It's my experience that photo shoots are rarely quick affairs. Well, at least none of Gloria's were..."

"So I'll call the girls and tell them I'll be there shortly," Enya concluded with one final nod. "I'll take our car and you and Nathan can take his."

"Sounds like a plan."

While Enya went to make her call back to her band, Scott moved next to Nathan and gave him a firm pat on the back. "Looks like it's you and me investigating. Ready to see what crops up?"

Nathan laughed. "Ready as I'll ever be."

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It was a typical afternoon at the hospital, as far as the boys could tell when they arrived. Nathan wondered how they were going to get past the waiting area when they had no real reason to be there, and was starting to worry about possibly lying about visiting someone and getting caught and needing to explain themselves... when Scott simply moseyed up to the desk and told them they were there to do follow up on Nathan's head injury. He'd completely forgotten he was supposed to have been injured, but Scott didn't seem the least bit surprised that he was still confused. That selective memory loss was coming in really handy.

"So, I'll be honest, this is the reason I wanted you with me," Scott said as they sat down in one of the small check up rooms not far from the waiting area. "If I had to go alone, I could have used my press pass and come up with some story about an article, I'm sure, but it's just easier having a semi-legitimate excuse. And it's been about a week, so you're probably due anyway."

"You sure this has nothing to do with the fact that these... things are drawn to me?" Nathan couldn't help his teasing question. He'd been thinking about it since they left the apartment: Scott could sense them, but they would be drawn to Nathan. "I think that alone makes it pretty reasonable to want me here."

His coworker actually frowned slightly. "I told you; I'm not keen on using you as bait, but yeah, I guess it's a little bit of that too." He winced, rubbed his temple. "And I don't care what En says. Whatever it is, it's definitely here." His brows knotted, and he rubbed both sides of his head. "God damn it..."

"Are you alright?" Nathan -- who'd sat down across from him -- stood and moved to the chair beside Scott, leaning forward to check on him. The other reporter wrinkled his nose, shook his head.

"It's near," he mumbled. "Give me a minute. I thought I was prepared for it this time, but it's still overwhelming. Just let me steady myself." Scott took several long, deep breaths, closed his eyes and leaned back. Nathan waited.

After a minute and another deep breath, the pain on his face ease, and Scott smiled again, opening his eyes and giving Nathan a relieved smile. "I'm good. It's just rough when it hits me all at once like that. Definitely the same thing that got me the last time I was here."

Nathan was still worried for him. "Does it always hurt? Sensing them, I mean. That... didn't look at all pleasant."

Scott sighed, still smiling though he shook his head. "Since I've never explained before, it's not like you could remember. No, it doesn't usually hurt, but the more powerful the entity, the stronger the sensation, and when I'm not ready for it, well, it can be a doozy. I guess a part of me was hoping Enya was right and it wouldn't be here, so it still surprised me some when it did hit." He chuckled. "I'm fine now though."

Glad he was okay, Nathan relaxed some. "What does it feel like when you sense something, besides a headache?"

Scott laughed again. "It's... weird. A whole myriad of sensations. Senses of color, emotions, sounds, sometimes even smells. Like this one..." He closed his eyes again, concentrating. "It's calm, but very eerie. Almost too calm. The colors are bright, almost blindingly white, but with a predominance of yellow... some vague blues, greens. Sounds like the wind, or fast movement." He opened his eyes and shrugged. "Though what I notice most is it smells like lemons."

"Lemons?"

He didn't get a chance to answer. There was a light knock on the door before it was opened, and Nathan's jaw dropped when the doctor entered.

Raphael smiled knowingly at him. "Ah, hello again, Mr. Keene. Here to see about your," he chuckled, "head?" His pale green eyes moved to Scott, looking him over perhaps a bit too intently as he extended his hand. "I am Dr. Caraway."

Scott forced a smile and didn't seem at all happy about the introduction, reluctantly taking his hand for a brief shake before quickly pulling back. "Nice to meet you," he mumbled, then cleared his throat, trying to hide his unease. "I'm Nathan's friend and coworker. Just here to help."

"Mmmm..." The angel continued to stare at him, the smirk never leaving his face. "I am sure I can find something for you to do." He then turned his attention back to Nathan. "And besides follow-up on your injury, is there anything else you would like to discuss, Karol?"

Trying to earn my trust or not, Raphael still gives me shivers, and Scott's definitely uncomfortable with him. I'm sure I can talk freely around him about the angels, but do I want to let him know now that this one has asked a favor of me? There are a lot of questions I could ask Raphael -- why is he here at the hospital, for one -- but if I ask too much, I may reveal to Scott that I know more than I admitted to earlier. Should I tell him? What do I do?
Yep. Lemons.

And holy cock-a-doodle, Batman! I'm uploading before noon... hell, before 10 am! Guess this is what happens when I actually have time to write on Friday and the poll outcome is very one-sided. I'll admit some surprise this week: I figured the poll would favor one twin over the other, but I wasn't expecting it to be so much in favor of Scott. Excluding my random vote, all but one went towards going with him to the hospital, and no one wanted to agree with Enya's idea of them all going to the photo shoot.

Bad memories of what happened with Gabriel, maybe?

Anywho, I'm slowly getting back into rendering, as I'm adjusting to my new laptop (again), and have lately been toying with the Genesis 2 model for DAZ. I've redone Alton already and am in the process of making some test renders. I'll upload them when they're done, and see if I can't get to doing everyone else from there. I like this model, but I've lost some of my old morphs, so I'll have to do some tweaking eventually.

On a side note, I already like how Alton has turned out, and considering the trouble he usually gives me when I render...

So, on the chapter, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. By the way, Scott's description of what he senses isn't entirely random: it's loosely based on some of the associations that go along with the entity in question (yes, including the lemons).

THE CHOICE HAS BEEN MADE: Read Part 7 to see his decision!


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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Yes, I googled lemons and the angel Raphael. I can see what you mean.

Maybe we just decided to feel sorry for Scott since he has become entirely more appealing as a character? (for some reason, some character attributes are kind of forgivable if you're smoking hot). Though I'm not entirely worried about Enya. She's with Rita and I find Rita rather trustworthy. I doubt she would let Gula fuck up her new life.

Though you have to love that Raphael is kind of like a horror movie monster. He comes at all the wrong times and is a lot of trouble.

Something tells me though, he'll be getting rather close to Nathan though.
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Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Or at least trying to. I think the only angel who hasn't warned Nathan about him is Michael. He does have impeccable timing though, like he knows exactly when he should show up to get the most out of a situation...

Oh wait. He does know. He's the angel of knowledge.

I always envision Rita kinda like Charlotte from The Princess and The Frog: hyper and friendly, and undeniably cute. Plus, being that one of her other forms is a frog, Gula won't want to eat her (being force fed snakes and frogs is her punishment in Hell). I think you're right about Scott's attractiveness though. It does seem to buy him more leeway.
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
I think that is because Michael hadn't had much screentime in the last brook. Though something tells me Michael feels different about Raphael. Gab and Raph have bad blood, and Raph screwed up Alton's game, we are not thoroughly sure is any of that effects Michael.

That is true.

Yeah, now that you mention it, she is a very interesting parallel from Gula. I wouldn't call them enemies, but I can see Rita really fending off Gula if the need be. But I do imagine her as happy, hyper, and cute.

yeah attractiveness buys some leeway. While I can also consider Raphael attractive, he doesn't get a lot of leeway.
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Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's because Raphael has also shown himself to be a real dick, while Scott (though genuinely homophobic) doesn't try to badger anyone about his beliefs.

It will eventually be shown what Micah thinks of Raph. Eventually.
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Yeah that's it. Scott only has a few bad qualities. Raph is really just an ass.

Eventually. When he has screentime again.
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Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It depends on votes, as usual. I only do vague planning for my chapters, since what I write is greatly dependent on the poll results each week. Yay for writing by the seat of my pants!
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NurulKamil Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh ... I certainly didn't expect Raphael to be there. Though I should've seen it coming. He was bound to show up again eventually.
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Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yep. And his name totally makes him sound like a character from a cheesy romance novel ^^;
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NurulKamil Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Except he's such a jerk I can't imagine him in a cheesy romance novel. Maybe he'd be the bad guy. Hm ... 
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Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Or the rogue in need of reform by the heroine.
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