Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 30bPart 30b
I am absolutely certain.
Without hesitation, the writer took his hand, never breaking his gaze. "Yes."
The corner of Raphael's mouth twitched, but the frown remained as he clasped Nathan's hand firmly and pulled him up onto the ledge beside him. "Do not let go," the angel warned him quietly before looking away, down towards the snow covered streets below. "It is a long way to fall."
He didn't need to be told twice, legs shaking while he found his balance. He didn't dare look down himself. "Tell me," he repeated, keeping his eyes on Raphael. "What is the third option?"
The angel drew a long breath. "The third option," he said slowly. "Is to remove the linchpin, the one thing giving the Sins reason to act." He cast a sidelong glance towards Nathan. "Do you know how many will be hurt trying to bring the sisters to heel? How many will suffer because Lumiel chooses to use them as a tool in your ordeals?" He looked away again, but didn't give him a chance to answer. "S
Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 30Part 30
A sad, simple question with a not-so-simple answer...
He stared at his outstretched hand. Would he trust him: it sounded more like a plea than the simple question he claimed it was. The angel wasn't really asking him if he would trust him; it felt to Nathan as though he was begging him to.
The writer drew a sharp breath and ran his fingers anxiously through his hair. He knew what he wanted to say, how he wanted to answer, but a small part of him was nagging at him to reconsider. There was something wrong, there just had to be. It couldn't be so simple... but then he realized he didn't really have any reason not to trust him. Raphael had taunted Alton, but the only harm he'd done to Nathan was when he didn't know who he was and thought he was getting between him and Gabriel. He hadn't bothered him since that incident, hadn't made any attack or threat towards him. Even while rescuing Avery: the angel had only been doing his job... although he
Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 29Part 29
I may not be able to get much out of him, but I can at least try.
"I'm thinking," Nathan echoed him, watching him carefully on the roof. "That if you know what happened to Alton, you know how to bring him back." As curious as he was about the strange woman -- Invidia, he now realized -- and Gula's motives, he wanted to know how to rescue Alton first and foremost. "Is there a way to turn Lumiel back into himself? To... make him not Moloch?"
Raphael chuckled and rolled his eyes. "Of course there is: scarce few things are truly impossible, especially not so here." He hummed. "I suppose you mean to ask what can be done to change him, not whether or not it can be accomplished."
The writer mentally cursed himself. Yes, that was what he meant, but what if the angel wouldn't tell him that? Before he could linger on his mistake too long, Raphael laughed again.
"By the look on your face, I am guessing the answer is yes, and you assume I will not tell yo
Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 28Part 28
When will I have this chance alone again? I ought to enjoy it...
After popping his back and stretching his arms, the writer stood, squinting while he patted barefoot over to the bay window. When his eyes adjusted to the light, he could see how deep the snow had become overnight: there was no street to speak of anymore, any cars completely buried, any ground-level doorways half-covered in white. Nathan couldn't remember the last time he'd seen this much snow on the ground. Rubbing his eyes, he went into the kitchen and started a pot of coffee, checking out the back window to see what the back parking lot looked like. Same thing: one big blanket of snow.
Nathan laughed quietly to himself. Ignoring Gabriel's ability to teleport, they were probably going to be stuck in Alton's apartment for a while. An honest to goodness snow day. He was sure Lidia would be thrilled. Maybe they could take her outside later that day and build a snowman, give her something fun to do to
Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 27Part 27
There was no reason for him to act like that towards Lidia...
Lips pressed firmly in a frown, the writer glared at the angel. "And what's wrong with you? She's only a little girl; it's not her fault Alton decided to take care of her. You have no right to be mean to her just because you disagree with his decision."
Micah growled again, eyes narrowing as he lowered the paper, but he made no comment to Nathan's scolding. Instead, he made a brief motion with his hand, the bathrobe changing into his old white suit before he tucked the note away and walked over to Avery. Kneeling beside the couch, he lifted the sleeping teen into his arms, his back towards the others. "I am taking him to the home of my charge," he said bluntly, barely casting a glance behind him. "It is the safest place for him now, at least until this madness is sorted out." With no more explanation, Micah materialized his wings and folded them around himself and Avery, vanishing in a gentle wisp of li
Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 26Part 26
He went through enough hell the first time. His ordeal is done; I won't get him tangled in this again.
The redhead drew a deep breath, willing himself to remain calm. Professional, like Scott had decided to do. "We can't say much more than we already have," Nathan told him with a serious frown, hoping he wouldn't press too much. "To do so would put more lives in danger."
Avery remained skeptical. "The hell does that mean?"
"They came for him, did they not?"
Everyone turned towards Micah, standing in the hallway between the living room and bedrooms in his bare feet and a bathrobe. Thankfully, the light from outside was enough to account for the dim glow in his golden eyes, but that didn't change the twist of pain in Nathan's chest when he saw the angel's worried expression. Any time Micah didn't have his usual scowl felt odd, but it was particularly jarring to see him look genuinely fearful, especially as he walked over to the bay window to stare outside.
Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 25Part 25
I don't have time for this...
As much as he wanted to figure out who that woman was, an excited, triumphant cry from Scott as he got the door open was much more enticing, and with barely another glance back at Gabriel and Moloch in the street, he hurriedly followed his coworker inside. As soon as they were in the shop, Scott immediately locked the door behind them, the deadbolt too, for good measure.
"Thank God," the reporter sighed with relief, but Nathan shook his head.
"Let's not just yet; we should get back up to the apartment, check on everyone else."
The writer didn't need to elaborate, Scott's elation at getting indoors quickly fading. Neither of them wanted to think that they weren't safe inside, but worse was thinking about Avery and Lidia still asleep upstairs, completely unaware of the danger if it could somehow get in. They said nothing else as they both rushed for the stairs, dashing to the apartment above.
Alton had left his apartment door unlocked,