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Edge of Thorns - Pt 28Part 28
I 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 27
I 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
Edge of Thorns - Pt 23Part 23
When I was asking questions, I wanted straight answers. It wouldn't be right for me to not give Avery that same privilege.
The writer swallowed back the knot that had grown in his throat. He had to tell him. "Gabriel is the angel of death," he explained. He watched the teen carefully, wondering how he would take this news, wondering if he should say any more.
Avery stared at him a moment longer before his gaze turned back to Gabriel. It was hard to tell whether the look on his face was fear, sadness, or some mixture, but the angel smiled at him gently. "Your parents," he said softly. "You were only a child when you lost them. You were very close to joining them yourself..." He waited, but Avery was silent. The angel's brows furrowed and he tilted his head. "You're not going to ask me why?"
Avery looked down at his plate and shook his head. "I don't think Death needs a reason. It's your job, right? To take peoples' lives when it's their time to die..."
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