Wings of Steel

August 13, 2008

Heaven’s a Lie: Act V

Filed under: Chapter Nine — Mao @ 12:00 am

‘wake up…’

“Do you have the strength, Christian? Can you face what you know now to be true?”

Christian felt his hair against his back and shuddered. His clothing was completely gone. It was much too dark to see, but the fact that he felt his hair was enough. What the hell was going on? His skin tingled as if a thousand needles danced on the pore of every surface. His vision tunneled around him, nearly forcing him to the floor.

“You are alone, Christian,” the figure continued, ignoring the sudden changes. “Alone, weak, and hopeless.”

He desperately wished that damned figure would shut up. His rage bubbled beneath the surface, contained by the sensations that overwhelmed his senses. Frustrated, he wished to cry out, but found he had no voice.

“This isn’t over. You can’t escape me.”

…wake up!

Suddenly, the figure stepped forward, allowing its face to be illuminated by some strange source of light. Christian felt his soul recoil within his body as he gazed upon the identity of his tormentor.

“…I am you,” it said with finality, eyes glowing brightly in the light. “Wake up, Christian.” It followed with a whisper, repeating it again in a lower tone. “Wake up.”

Christian collapsed, unable to bear the weight any longer. Inside, his mind and soul cried out, violated by the mirror image of his former self. He gasped for breath as the world fluxed around him. He couldn’t cry out his skin felt as if it were being peeled off, slowly and meticulously. The world around him darkened as the pain intensified.

‘Christian, wake up!’


  1. Oh my……oh my…..did you say baby?. I had a suspicion, but somehow I think I might still be wrong in my assumptions. I’ve learnt to never assume with WoS.

    And how awesome were those effects you did with Sanctus Unus and Zoer, very cool.

    I’m a little confused as to what Christain suspects, I’m not sure how to read his dream/vision. But it sounds very ominous. I’m just glad that him and Beryl are around each other again, I’ve always been their biggest fan.

    And you called me a tease….bah! :)

    You know what they say about the pot calling the kettle black. ;) Haha, WoS is teaching lessons now? That cracks me up, but my writing style tends to follow a certain pattern… as for Christian’s suspicions, they’ll be made clearer later, no worries. I’m glad you liked the effects!

    Comment by Taryn — August 13, 2008 @ 4:17 am

  2. Ooooo Creepy! Christian may not be afraid, but I am betting he is quite uneasy at the moment! *ponders* If I were to guess who freaky shadowy guy is.. I would say this is him in his own mind torturing him… no one tortured Christian more than himself.
    Ha I’m right! *doing the ‘I told ya so’ dance* Erm, he’s nekkid! *giggles* ouch Christian listen to the voice and wake up already ouchies
    *blinks* his suspicions are true.. what suspicions! grrr .. and at last its confirmed, everyone knew but its nice to see it finally confirmed.. Beryl looks good pregnant.
    wow, that was powerful imagery Mao, both in picture and words.. *waves bye to Zoer and Sanctus Unus’ physical forms*
    Chills Mao! You gave me chills *rubs arms* that was intense and moving!!

    Don’t let his false bravado fool you, I’m sure he was quite frightened. ;) You’ve got a point, so maybe you’ll get more out of this Clone Christian than most (at least at first)! The suspicions will slowly be revealed, as will the nature of the visions/etc. Thanks! I was worried it would fall flat, but it seems to have worked.

    Comment by ruby — August 13, 2008 @ 7:58 am

  3. Very powerful chapter Mao. And Yes Beryl is pregnant. Oooooh what is going on with my poor Christian now! Poor guy can never get a break.

    Thanks! You’re right, poor Christian never gets a break…

    Comment by Detris — August 13, 2008 @ 9:26 am

  4. I…I…WHAT?
    And I knew Beryl was pregnant! :D In the last chapter she had a bit of that little waddle-walk.
    *Worries about Christian* Oh dear. Whatever is going on there, it does not look good.

    I was wondering if anyone would notice the walk, I found out the hard way you can’t make pregnant sims walk normally. D’oh!

    Comment by Cassie — August 13, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  5. SANCTUS UNUS AND ZOER! D: I’ll miss them. Now what’s going to happen, with Sanctus Unus gone?

    BABY! I was right, yaaaaay! *dances I love that shot of her with the bump showing, I immediately knew I was right. You did give it away when you said baby though, but YES! (I’ more excited about me being right than about the baby- that’s gonna be one f-ed up kid for sure.)

    Sanctus Unus was never meant to be permanent, she was just preparing them for what was to come. Hahaha, yeah, that poor kid… but we haven’t even seen the worst of it yet.

    Comment by Josh — August 13, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

  6. For a while I thought it was going to be goodbye to Christian :( I’m glad he’s still around – as himself – if what I interpreted from his visions is correct …. So we were right in suspecting that Beryl’s pregnant :D Hmmm, how did Sancus Unus react I wonder? Oh! Just had an idea … ;)

    I loved the way you described SU and Zoer losing their human forms. Even if there were no screen shots I’d still be able to imagine them breaking down into atoms/particles and merging with their surroundings. It’s right up there with the sun shattering when Valerie was visited by Nicolas in an earlier chapter :)

    Awww, poor Christian. Hehe, thanks. I was really worried about that scene… I was going to rewrite it a million times, but now I am glad that I didn’t.

    Comment by Tanya — August 13, 2008 @ 12:39 pm


    Haha, you didn’t think I was going to leave you guys hanging forever, did you?

    Comment by Phil — August 13, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

  8. ahh ha, I knew it. SHE WAS WADDLING. Hm, Will SU come back?

    Nope, she’s gone… but we’ll see her in flashbacks.

    Comment by Jacqueline — August 13, 2008 @ 8:33 pm

  9. I keep telling myself that despite Christian’s vision, there can still be some sort of good conclusion to his purpose. And I am going to hold onto that thought until proven wrong (but I hope I’m not).

    Wonderful mental image of SU and Zoer returning to their roots. And the shots were very fitting. And of course I am dying to know what Sanctus Unus said to Beryl. Somehow I doubt she will keep it all to herself.

    Valerie’s apology still weighs heavy on my mind…

    Aww, thanks, Gayl! I’m glad it worked out, I was kind of worried. As for what happened between Sanctus Unus and Beryl, Beryl won’t be telling anyone… but it will be revealed in the way of flashbacks in the last chapter, no worries!

    Comment by Gayl — August 13, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

  10. aw, the scene with Sanctus Unus and Zoer was so sad. especially that last picture of nothing but the empty ground left behind. your awesome mao. and holy hell, christian in the shower is hot!

    Thanks! I’m glad it worked.

    Comment by Alex — August 14, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

  11. In a strange sort of way, things are falling into place for Christian just as things are about to shatter. I know he has always let himself get consumed by his own self doubt, but this is a whole new level of toying with his uncertainty. Between the “vision”, no Sanctus Unus there to drive them all on, impending fatherhood and just having Beryl there, it all has me wondering how this is all going to play out.

    It’s funny how that works, isn’t it? You’re completely correct, Christian has always been battling himself. As for where it is going to go, well, that’s for me to know and you to find out, though I’m sure you definitely have a few very good assumptions. ;)

    Comment by goodbye_sun — August 15, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  12. I figured out it was the old Christian immediately. Don’t ask me how, just did. I wonder if this might mean Christian losing his reborn status. That would suck pretty bad, but it’s probably on a deeper level than I’m seeing. Well, looks like once again, I managed to not call it. Beryl looks very pregnant to me.
    I must say, those effects for Sanctus Unus and Zoer were beautiful. It took my breath away. I still want to know what she and Beryl wer talking about. Cant wait for the next chapter!

    No worries, he can’t lose his status, but that is a very good observation. I’ve put some clues out there, but the explanation is coming quicker than you might expect. ;) I’m really glad you liked that part! I was worried, all the kind comments have reassured me, though. :) Neither can I, I am having issues readying the final two acts of Chapter nine, lol.

    Comment by Fini — August 15, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

  13. I’m having the hardest time with this one. The images of death and rebirth are omnipresent. Creation and destruction in that process of creation.

    Normally a pregnancy is a cause for joy. I certainly hope this is the case. And I suspect it is. For some. But not for everyone.

    Hauntingly ominous for Christian, who is still struggling with himself. I don’t know what else he can do at this point though.

    Stunning, absolutely stunning imagery. The technique of course, but the concept is what counts.

    Ahh, Beth, you’ve cut through all the BS and gotten to the meat of the matter. ;) Thanks! I had a lot of fun with these scenes, though the one coming next is my favorite of all.

    Comment by Beth — August 15, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

  14. How would that be … meeting yourself like that in a dream land. Scary.

    I sort of felt a little sad at the parting of Sanctus’ corporeal form. There’s a sense of finality mixed with freedom.

    Now it’s up to everyone else to make her plans happen.

    Not much fun, it would seem! I will miss Sanctus Unus. :(

    Comment by Anghard — August 16, 2008 @ 5:13 am

  15. Wow, I’m stunned by the last two pages. You are getting better and better my dear Mao!

    Aww, thanks!

    Comment by karen — August 18, 2008 @ 7:48 am

  16. I loved that picture of Sanctus Unus lifting Zoer off the floor, that was awesome!!! :D

    and YAY I was right again Beryl is having a baby, congrats!!!

    And about Christian vision, I really hope Sariana has nothing to do with it…. (I hope I got her name right) lol

    Awesome chapter!!!

    This one was both fun and difficult, because I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do. But it turned out all right. And it’s Samaria. :)

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  17. Hehe… no more unsupervised showering for you.

    It was actually quite nice to see Beryl taking care of Christian for a change. The dream seems like it has something to do with Samaria.

    We don’t really get to see that Beryl does care very often, but she does. This is one of those times I was able to show it!

    Comment by Verity — May 2, 2009 @ 12:24 pm

  18. OK, I was pretty sure Beryl was pregnant but I’m glad to have it confirmed. I wonder what this baby will mean for Beryl, for Christian and especially for Sanctus Unus. S.U. didn’t say anything about the baby specifically, but she’d have to know, right?

    I’m intrigued by Christian’s…vision? Dream? How terrifying.

    Ahh, Sanctus Unus knew about it before anyone. Recall what she told Beryl back when she was Ava, she had to quit the pills, drinking, etc. Why? Well… gee, I dunno. ;) But yeah, she definitely knows!

    Comment by Carla — January 3, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

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