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Part 33
It's been a while since my so-called dabbling into the occult, but I think I've got this figured out...

The writer held his chin, looking at where Alton had already placed the candles. "Is that green one set at the north?" After the angel nodded, he felt more at ease. "Okay, good. You go stand there, Alton."

"Why?" Avery asked. "If you don't mind my curiosity."

"Not at all," Nathan assured him, picking up the blue candle and switching it with the yellow one across from it, careful not to step into the circle. "Hopefully, I'm remembering this correctly, but north is associated with the element of earth, which is associated with the color green, and since Alton is arguably the most down-to-earth person here, it was the only place it made sense for him to stand."

The shopkeeper chuckled, and Nathan ignored the knowing smirk that spread across the other man's lips.

"Gabriel, you stand over there," he continued. "By the blue candle." The other man giggled and bounced his way into position while Nathan explained for Avery. "West is the only one I remembered off the bat, because west and water start with the same letter. Blue's the obvious color."

"And why Gabriel?"

"It's really round-about, but I remember reading somewhere that Gabriel is associated with the moon, and the moon is associated with the water and oceans, and... yeah, just go with it."

"And where are you placing me?" Micah asked, crossing his arms.

"Oh, you were easy: you have a fiery temper, so you're at the red candle to the south." The other two laughed as he glared at him and stepped into place, the writer moving to the remaining yellow candle across from Gabriel. With a long, deep breath, Nathan nodded with satisfaction. "I think this is right."

"It'll have to do," Alton said as he held his arms out, urging them to all link hands. "Let us begin."

Avery whimpered, wringing his hands nervously. The three angels closed their eyes, all of them calm and waiting for Alton to start, but Nathan hesitated. Something in his gut told him that this was a bad idea, but there was no going back now. He closed his eyes.

"Consecro has candelas," he heard Alton's voice, his mind reeling to translate the few Latin words he recognized. "Nomine sacri animi, ut flammae tam lucide quam oculi caeli incendent..."

Candles. Name. Holy spirit. Flames. Eyes. To burn. That was all Nathan could pick out as he opened his eyes just slightly to see what was going on. Avery was quiet, but shivering as the chalk lines of the circle began to glow, shimmering with a dim, yellow light. Alton continued his incantation. The teen snapped his head towards each of the angels desperately, then suddenly whirled to face Nathan.

The writer's eyes widened and he gasped. "Oh my god..."

No sooner did the words escape him did Avery scream. The candles all went out at once as the light from the circle flared up in a brilliant flash, a burst of energy throwing them back. Micah was the first on his feet, his sword suddenly in hand as he watched the radiant swirls surrounding the teen. He shot his own glowing stare at Nathan with a sneer. "What did you do?!"

Before he could answer, the light dissipated, revealing and empty circle. Gabriel had moved behind Nathan, standing over him protectively while Alton moved beside Micah. The warrior angel's grip tightened on his weapon as he began scanning the room for Avery. "Where are you..."

"Michael!" Alton pushed him away as a figure leapt from the shadows with a low, guttural growl, grabbing onto his arm. He grimaced, fighting off a full scream as the limb slowly changed to gold. He dropped to his knees from the pain and the figure leapt again, just dodging Micah's sword as he swung at him in retaliation. The window shattered in front of them, and a deep croak was the last thing they heard before the thing jumped out. Avery was gone.

To Nathan's surprise, Micah didn't go immediately after him, kneeling beside Alton instead, touching his arm lightly as the deadly metallic sheen continued to creep up his arm. "Lumiel..." He looked up at Nathan, fear rather than anger in his eyes. "Do something..."

"I-I thought you could change it back," he said to Alton, shaking. "What the hell..."

"I can't anymore." The shopkeeper winced, the gold up to his shoulder now. "I gave my ability to do that to you. I told you the cost would be mine."

Nathan wasted little time after that information, reversing the change with a quick touch. The angels sighed in unison, and Micah stood again. He pointed at the writer, eyes narrowed.

"This is your fault. You interrupted the ritual, and it has failed. Now, there is nothing left to do but destroy Avarice." He stepped back, fading away. "Do not get in my way..."

Alton frowned and then stood, picking up the remnants of the botched spell. He didn't speak to Nathan as he passed, not even a thank you for healing his arm, and continued as though he were the only one there. Gabriel, however, wrapped his arms around him and gave him a gentle squeeze. "We tried. We have to leave things to Micah now..."

"No." It had all barely registered until then, the gravity of what had happened. Avery had completely changed into Avarice. What that meant, Nathan wasn't sure, but the realization that it was his fault... "No, Gabriel. I can't. I can't let Micah kill him. There... there has to be a way to fix this."

"Nathan." Alton stared at him sadly. "We failed. Avery is a monster now, and Micah has sworn to destroy him. We can't..."

"What? Stop him?" Nathan clenched his hands into fists. "Like hell we can't!"

"Nathan! He is the archangel Michael! How do you plan to stop him?"

The writer took a deep breath. "I'll find Avery first."

"And then what?" Alton rolled his eyes. "Change him back? None of us know how to do that, Nathan!"

"I have to try!"

A cold hand caressed his shoulder before Gabriel rested his chin there. "It's over, Nathan," he said quietly. "Go home."

They're... they're both giving up. I can't do that. I can't! I have to save Avery. Somehow. I don't know how yet, but I have to find him and stop Micah...

But... what if there's a reason they don't want me to? There's no risk to me; I'm immune to Avery's touch. But what if Avery isn't the one I have to worry about? What if it's Micah? Can... can Gabriel
not protect me from him? Is that why he's telling me to go home?

Why does it seem like no matter what I choose, I lose? What should I do?
I'm so proud of you guys: most of you got the correct order! Congrats!

This week, I am nearly 100% certain of which option is going to win (for obvious reasons), but I didn't want to give you something you couldn't vote on. Besides, there's always the other option...

And yes, that Latin should be accurate. I have my notebooks from class strewn all over the place, and really the only thing I had to look up was the grammar rules for the subjunctive... yeah, never mind. I'm a geek and still have all my notes from my four years of the language in high school. And I still use them. ^^;

BTW, for those of you who are curious:
  1. Each direction has an associated element. Each element has an associated color. You'll need to figure those out on your own.

    Google is great for this (as many of you admitted to using). The breakdown is such:
    North = Earth = Green
    South = Fire = Red
    East = Air = Yellow
    West = Water = Blue

  2. The OC Summary journals might help with associations.

    The biggest hint, in that Micah and Alton's summaries reveal that their associated elements are fire and earth, respectively (Nathan's was the only one that was wrong). Knowing this makes the others easy to figure out.

  3. Micah should be standing next Nathan, not across from him.

    Since Micah is south, that means Nathan is either east or west.

  4. Gabriel is often associated with the moon, and should be positioned with the element that matches that.

    Same explanation as in the story, the moon is associated with water, making Gabriel west. Or, if you want to be silly, the sun sets (or dies) in the west, and since Gabriel is Death...

  5. Alton should not be positioned to the South, or beside Micah.

    Knowing their elements helps, but this is a bonus hint. On a side note, there was no voting option that could have put Alton to the south.

  6. Nathan is the brains of this, so he's positioned at the element of intellect.

    Air is the element of intellect, so he should be at the yellow candle.

THE CHOICE HAS BEEN MADE: Read Part 34 to see his decision!


ON TO PART 34 >>>

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My-Dear-Bianca Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
I'm happy what I voted for was right.

The wining vote is obvious but one does have another option...but no! :no:

Its time I put aside my :devil: and vote for what is right :floating:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hehehe. Yeah, this week's poll is kind of a cop-out for me, but I had to give you something, ne?
My-Dear-Bianca Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
I'm glad you’re not mad at me, but something tells me: you'll be uploading another chapter quite early, ne?

Here you thought I’d set aside my :devilish: nature, heh? :mwahaha:
:#1:Good luck Nathan!:w00t!: You’ll need it...:dummy:

I'll be cheering for you!!!:excited:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Probably. Depends on how much free time I have this week.
UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
Oh my so dramatic!!
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yes. DUN DUN DUN!!!!
UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011

Random Prinny: IT'S OVER 9000 DOOD!!
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Heh. There will likely be a point in the near future where you get to see exactly what happened to Avery. What I have in my head is... creepy, to say the least.
My-Dear-Bianca Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
:omfg: What Really?! Then that’s disturbing amazing.
I must know! :omg:
One more thing:

When, people are voting for a good cause. :ashamed: I voted for a different reason, I wanted to see Nathan get beaten up by either Micah or Avarice. :D

I'm actually thrilled to find that people would vote for the obvious; its not that I'm sadistic or anything, just...satirical. :innocent:

I may not have a psychology degree, but I do know what Avery's feeling (Since I'm a fan of satire and I read, played, and watched many stories.)"I kinda feel sorry for the kid."

Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think Avarice would beat Nathan up. Aside from the small caveat of Nathan being immune to his golden touch, he did sort of enable him to have these powers. And housed him for a while. What little bit of Avery there's left might be thankful for his kindness and not want to hurt him.

On the other hand, there is someone the Sin is quite keen on taking his revenge on, and knows the best (and most profitable) way to do it. :evillaugh:
My-Dear-Bianca Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
I predicted that. Heheh. Oh well, at least I can look forward to the fight.

Oh Nathan, I can't imagine you screwing someone's life (actually, I can :evillaugh:). You sure know how to make enemies Nathan; choose your battles well. :#1:

I love your stories, and I like the fact that you make us choose the events. :clap: :thumbsup:
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I enjoy the interactive part as much as you do. It gives me incentive to keep going, plus it presents a challenge to write something well when it's a very cliche answer (hence the copious amounts of lampshade hanging).

On a random note, I think in addition to the golden touch, Avery acquired mad math skills. Needs to be able to know the value of his "sculptures", after all (btw, his revenge would result in a piece that, by weight only, would be worth approximately $2,895,980.11).
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UltimaMage578 Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
There are a few heads of writers that I would hate to walk into at the wrong time. You and :iconreizosaur:would get along I believe.
Cei-Ellem Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
*snickers* With psychology as part of my degree, things can get very disturbing in there...
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