Wings of Steel

July 30, 2008

Heaven’s a Lie: Act III

Filed under: Chapter Nine — Mao @ 12:02 am

Overcome with her own fears, Beryl pulled herself even closer, her arms gripping Christian as if he were the only thing tethering her to the ground. She didn’t say anything else, she didn’t have to. Christian wanted to believe that would never be a worry, but he knew better. He wished desperately that Sanctus Unus were here to guide him, but she was weakened and her time short. It was up to him to keep everything together–to be the glue that got them through the rest of this hell. It was more responsibility than he realized and its weight felt like it might crush him.

“You know I’d die before I let that happen, Beryl,” Christian said finally, hugging her just as tightly. He hoped it would mask his own uncertainty.

She pulled back, trying to regain her composure. It seemed impossible when the world around her felt as if it were spinning at uncharted speeds and her head thudded with a thousand dull aches. Finally, she found her voice.

“What if something happens, Christian? What if you’re not here? I mean… the whole thing with James and–”

He shook his head and quieted her, resting his cheek against hers, “I’m not going anywhere, I promise. It was stupid of me to leave you with him. I should have just killed him.”

Slowly, but surely, her lips quirked into a half-smile and she looked at him. Her green eyes looked the same they had so many years ago, so full of attitude and wit with no signs of ever giving in.

“If you were on trial for murder, how would you stalk me every moment of every day?”

His faced mirrored hers then, a mask of humor despite it all. “I’d find a way, I always have.”


  1. I love the last part, it was so bitter sweet. Indescribable feeling when i read the last part, like finding a lost love again. Arg, you make me feel so melodramatic!

    Thanks! Haha, this Act wasn’t easy to write, that’s for sure.

    Comment by karen — July 30, 2008 @ 12:58 am

  2. *shivers* Eckhard is back .. oh .. yum… *swoons* oh oh right, i’m reading!
    Bwahahaha! Way to dodge that bullet Eckhard, even if only for the moment.
    Hmmm so Beryl is finally opening up, just in time to be closed off once more…
    oh nice end to your update.. *sighs* although i always hate to see your updates end.. hmmm so no answers … only a hint to one and now as always more questions.. bravo Mao!

    Haha, I should know better than to put Eckhard first! ;) Poor Valerie. Unfortunately, there will be a lot of that in this chapter, but just think, they’ll be answered sooner than you think. It all ends with Chapter 10!

    Comment by ruby — July 30, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  3. Oh Mao you are such a tease. We still don’t know what they are talking about. I should have known it wasn’t going to be that easy.

    You know my ways well enough to know I don’t just come outright with something so obvious. ;) Wait and see, wait and see…

    Comment by Detris — July 30, 2008 @ 9:21 am

  4. That’s so cute! They’re like, really together and stuff! I HAVE been waiting since KiD for this! Still no info on the big secret huh? You love keeping us on the edge of our seats.
    Valerie’s supposed to be dragging Beryl off, right? Neither will be happy about that.
    Darn, I couldn’t see Sesana chew Eckhard out.

    Haha, I am glad you are appeased. ;) The big secret isn’t as secret as you think. Read between the lines and the answer is there. Or, you can just wait and it will become blatantly obvious in the next few acts.

    Comment by Fini — July 30, 2008 @ 10:55 am

  5. I’m thinking that there might be a baby involved, but I’ve been wrong before. And that last line Mao? Epitome of creepiness. :D

    Ahh, Josh, you have no confidence. ;) Haha, of course it was creepy! Their entire relationship is a little… bizarre.

    Comment by Josh — July 30, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

  6. that cracking sound is my heart breaking.

    Beryl is concerned about someone killing her. While Christian is concerned about someone killing Beryl. gnashing teeth. teensy difference in priorities.

    ok giving the benefit here, Beryl hopefully knows what she has to do, whatever it is. and there is some depth of emotion.

    very sad and loving and the combination is killer. wonderfully done!

    Aw, Beth! Beryl… isn’t concerned about dying herself. She said “us”, not specifically herself. There’s a meaning there. A big one. There was supposed to be a lot of emotion, I just fail at writing this stuff, unfortunately! Thanks.

    Comment by Beth — July 30, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

  7. OMG!!!!!!!!!! Finally!!!!!!!!!! Thank you, wonderful amazing incredible Mao!!!!!!!!!!

    Haha, Phil! Don’t be so joyous yet. ;)

    Comment by Phil — July 30, 2008 @ 3:46 pm

  8. So much raw emotion between Christian and Beryl, it just seeps from the pages in waves.

    Valerie looks so dejected, I feel sorry for her and it’s nice to seek Eckhard’s eyes. Although kind of weird to see him without his glasses on.

    Thanks, Anghard! This stuff isn’t easy for me to write, lol. Valerie doesn’t have an easy task. As for Eckhard, I agree. It’s weird without his glasses!

    Comment by anghard — July 30, 2008 @ 10:35 pm

  9. Following on from the end of my Act II comment, there could still be the patter of tiny feet in the distance – Beryl’s use of “us” would make sense if that were the case, as it’s just her who’s supposed to be going over rather than her and Christian. It would also make sense that Onael would want to kill Beryl and baby :( Maybe that *is* what Valerie saw when she had her ‘death vision’ and told Christian that she was sorry? However she may not have seen everything that was going to happen, and perhaps the death (or deaths) will be avoided?

    I love the exchanges between Eckhard and Sesana! Valerie walking down the stairs saved him just in time :D

    You got the right amount of emotion Mao, so don’t be too hard on yourself. Knowing when to stop is more important than knowing how to start, and you got it spot on :)

    That’s a good assumption, given the way that Beryl is acting and what she’s said, but solid proof is necessary. What no one understands is that Onael can’t kill Beryl. As we discovered awhile back, Beryl’s evasion of death (thanks to Christian) as a baby is what set the balance in Onael’s favor and allowed her little revolution to take place. Eckhard is such a cad, pushing it all on poor Valerie! Thanks. I just am not very secure in this sort of stuff, so I whine a little. ;)

    Comment by Tanya — July 31, 2008 @ 10:50 am

  10. Eckhard pushing Sesana’s button is so very naughty, but I suppose so am I for even pointing it out. Valerie is definitely dragging her feet, I don’t think she is going to find a convenient moment to interrupt. So bittersweet even without knowing for sure what is happening with Beryl and why S.U. wants to see her so desperately. Its so easy to make promises in a moment, when nothing else seems more important than who is right in front of you.

    Hahaha, Eckhard is very naughty, as we know. ;) Yeah, there really isn’t a convenient place or time right now. She may just have to wait! Beryl has a part to play, too, and Sanctus Unus needs to get that into her head before it is too late. You’re right, it is…

    Comment by goodbye_sun — July 31, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  11. That last two lines are perfect, it epitomizes their relationship SO well. They never have been, nor could they ever be, a traditional happy “couple” and it would be unrealistic if that’s where you went with this – Beryl will always be Beryl, and Christian will always be Christian, but they can grow even with that, and they both have. Wonderful, Mao.
    And Eckhard = love. He is as awesome as ever, often breaking the tension a little bit with his smartassery.

    Thank you so much, Cassie. That is EXACTLY what I was going for and you have no idea how truly happy it makes me that it came through. I can’t say thanks enough, I needed that boost. :)

    Comment by Cassie — July 31, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

  12. awww, I absolutely love them. They make the cutest couple.

    We’ll see about that… ;)

    Comment by Jacqueline — August 2, 2008 @ 2:41 am

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    Comment by Beverly — August 3, 2008 @ 1:56 am

  14. Seriously, I haven’t commented in a while due to my laziness, but I must say, I truly do believe that Beryl is preggers..why else would she keep throwing that “Us” around. We know that ppl won’t really try to harm Christian…but his progeny..well, that’s just a different story. You really know how to write a fab story.

    Hey, Eva! I’m glad to see you’re still around. :D Thanks, I appreciate it and you may just be onto something there.

    Comment by Eva — August 3, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

  15. Awww I just love Beryl and Christian together, he is so caring!

    I wanted to hear the conversation Valerie had with Beryl.. lol

    Wonderful chapter!!! Great job!

    Haha, they are an interesting couple… certainly not perfect.

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 10:12 pm

  16. I didnt comment previously, but I was bored and re-read through the story. LOL!!!

    You have me thoroughly involved, the raw emotion and power that you have emanated through your characters is truly magnificent.

    I am so happy that Beryl is at least trying to come to her senses, yet worried that she is going to lose Christian, or vice versa… as well I love the screens your use of dark light and mid.

    And I have to say I know he is bad, but I like Nicholas, he looks kinda like Chris Angel, (That probably helps) LOL!!!

    I am really hoping that nothing happens to Christian and Beryl, they’ve fought so hard and loved eachother so much. Despite her stubborn refusal, it just seems that he completes her and I dont think she could make it without him, or he without her. Then again she is Beryl, smart mouthed and beyond grumpy…

    I am almost wondering if Sanctus Unus, is testing Christian… Out of anger maybe because of the emotional attachment to Beryl that could maybe cause an issue??? Or possibly it is Melissande, or Eluseh…. I am going to stop guessing and just wait now, LOL!!!

    And by the way, having re-read the story I caught alot that must not have sunk in… 80)

    Hey, Cheri! I’m glad reading through it again helped you understand some stuff. I try not to make it “too heavy”, but sometimes, it’s unavoidable. The last chapter will likely suffer a bit from this, but it is the ending, so you know how that goes. As for Christian and Beryl, I have said it from the beginning and I will say it now, they are destined for misery. They fit one another perfectly, they are connected, but love is imperfect and awful and sometimes has to be sacrificed for the greater good. Sanctus Unus cannot test Christian, as it has returned to its slumber and can only communicate with those directly connected to it (Valerie and another). As for Nicolas reminding you of Criss Angel, that cracks me up. I can’t stand that guy and Nicolas drives me crazy, sounds like a good fit!

    Comment by Cheripye822 — September 2, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  17. I know they are disfunctional but Christian and Beryl are also so cute. I just want him to spirit here off to somewhere away from all this mess where they can raise a cute vampire baby demon thingy and live happily ever after.

    LOL! Verity, you know that can’t happen. That’s so boring. ;)

    Comment by Verity — May 2, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

  18. You’re a terrible tease, you know that! But once again…I’m glad I’m behind because I won’t have to be in suspense for as long. ;)

    You know you love me, Carla! LOL I seriously don’t always do this on purpose.

    Comment by Carla — January 3, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

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