Wings of Steel

August 13, 2008

Heaven’s a Lie: Act V

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

The hot water pelting bare skin alarmed him and he jumped, nearly sending Beryl backwards against the slick tile. She recovered, though barely, her hand resting on his shoulder. Gently, she moved her hand under his arm, helping balance him as well as herself.

“Christian, what the hell is wrong with you?” She said angrily, though it was obvious she was worried. “I thought something had happened… your eyes were open, but you weren’t responding–”

“I’m fine,” he grunted, pulling himself to his feet, trying to forget the anger and desperation he had felt. His hand absently felt for the knob and turned off the water. Beryl handed him a towel.

Snapping on the overhead light, Beryl shot him a look, “what the hell happened? And don’t tell me ‘nothing’, either. I know fucking better than that.”

“It isn’t really something I can talk about,” Christian responded tersely, rubbing his forehead. It felt as if he’d run headlong into a brick wall. “Not until I know more…”

“Are you kidding me?” Beryl replied, hand on her hip, exasperation written all over her face. “What part of ‘fragile condition’ are you missing here? You’re not even going to give me an explanation? The shock could have killed me!”

He turned away from her, pushing down the slight pang of guilt. “Don’t use that against me, Beryl. That isn’t right.”

“I’m just freaking out,” Beryl said, her voice softening a little. She placed a tentative hand on his arm. “I… I had to meet with Sanctus Unus. I get back from that and find you in here like that. What else was I supposed to do? Freaking out is part of my hormonal response to everything right now.”

Christian didn’t ask her to tell him what Sanctus Unus had said, he knew better. Anything exchanged between the two were meant to stay as so. He couldn’t help but feel a little bit of worry, though. What had Sanctus Unus said about the baby?

As if reading his mind, Beryl quickly added, “I’ll tell you what I can later, all right? But right now… I need to lie down. This is just too much. Shit… no more unsupervised showering for you.”

Upon hearing the bathroom door click closed behind her, Christian let out a long sigh. He was still trying to gather all the thoughts running through his head. It was difficult to make any sense of what he had just experienced. It was unlike any vision he’d ever had before. Was it because Sanctus Unus was gone now?

If it were a true vision, and not just his mind’s own dementia, then it had made one thing very clear… Christian’s suspicions were true. That thought alone made him feel so sick he nearly buckled.

He wasn’t ready to accept his final fate. Not if it meant that.

18 Comments

  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

  7. I KNEW IT! I KNEW BERYL WAS PREGNANT!!!

    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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