Edge of Thorns - Pt 33Part 33It'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 h
Edge of Thorns - Pt 31Part 31I definitely need to tell Alton, but it probably isn't safe to try and get Avery there. I'll summon him.Nathan held his hands up. "Avery, please, calm down," he said. "Alton was working on a way to fix this; maybe it's done. Just... just trust me for a minute and let's go inside. I'll call him over. We'll fix this. We'll fix this...""We'll fix this," Avery echoed quietly, his steps slowing until he stopped. "Okay." He sighed and began walking back towards Nathan. The writer released the breath he hadn't realized he'd been holding and wrapped his arm around the teen's shoulders (in case he tried to run again), ushering him into the apartment.He guided him into the bathroom to grab a towel and toss it to him, then grabbed his notebook. Pen in hand, Nathan stared at the page for a moment, still unsure about this invoking thing, but then wrote out Lumiel's signature. "God, I hope this works...""It does." Alton stood behind him, casually cleaning his glasses. "Gabr
Edge of Thorns - Pt 29Part 29I should probably skip the obvious one for now, though I am curious..."What are you going to say to Micah?"The angel stopped humming, stopped walking, and turned to Nathan with a tilt of his head. "Why? Isn't it obvious?" He crossed his arms and closed his eyes. "I don't approve of their relationship, more specifically how Micah treats Alton. I intend to encourage Alton to leave him, and I want Micah to let him go." He opened his eyes, sighing as he smiled sadly. "I know neither of them will listen though."Nathan shook his head. "I still don't understand," he said. "Aren't Michael and Lucifer supposed to be bitter enemies? I mean, I can understand why they fight; that much makes perfect sense. But how...?""... Did bitter enemies become intimate lovers?" Gabriel finished for him, then laughed. "Because they aren't just enemies, Nathan. They counter each other, but they also compliment each other." When all he got was another baffled stare, he explained.
Edge of Thorns - Pt 28Part 28I should definitely learn both Alton's and Gabriel's, and as much as it worries me, I should probably learn Micah's too. You never know when that might come in handy..."Let's go for all three!" he declared, trying to sound more confident than he felt. Alton nodded, pulling his hand towards the book and pressing it against the right page. Nathan felt... strange, the paper not feeling like paper at all, but something else, like smooth, warm silk. The left page seemed to shift, as if something was crawling underneath the paper, and then three words slowly began to appear. The script was unlike anything Nathan had ever seen, and no matter how he tried, he just couldn't look at the signatures directly. The ink faded in and out, like dye fading into water, and then the words were gone. He'd only barely glimpsed them, and yet somehow, he knew them.Alton pulled the book away and closed it slowly, returning it to its place on the shelf while Gabriel gave Nathan's shoulde
Edge of Thorns - Pt 27Part 27I won't leave him, but if I call for an ambulance, there's a lot of explaining I'll need to do, and it won't look good on me at all. I guess that means..."Stay there," the writer repeated. "I'll be right back. Just... yeah..." He hurried into the kitchen, looking back until there was no way he could see Alton or Alton could see him. There was only one way he knew he could get Gabriel's attention, and he needed to do it quickly. Nathan spotted the knife block and didn't hesitate, drawing out the first knife he could get his hands on. He'd scarcely brought the blade his wrist when he felt the chill of the angel's presence."What did I tell you about...""Oh thank God!" Nathan dropped the knife and whirled around, startling Gabriel with an abrupt hug. Without any explanation he grabbed his arm, dragging him into the living room where Alton was still curled next to the coffee table. Adonis had draped himself over his owner's legs and mewed at them, and before Nathan