Wings of Steel

August 20, 2008

Heaven’s a Lie: Act VI

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

Nicolas was sure to set Melissande down gently against the cold, stone wall. It was an empty room, one of many within Samaria’s catacombs. Melissande would be safe here, safe until it was all over.

He lingered, staring at her pallid face and lifeless eyes. There was a bit of soot on her cheek. Nicolas removed it with a slight rub of his thumb, wiping it on his pants.

“I will fix this,” Nicolas said solemnly. It was silly to speak to someone who was clearly very unconscious, but it made him feel better. It made him feel less alone. “I promise I will.”

He closed his eyes, his mind a blur of thought and reasoning. There was no use contemplating it any longer, he knew what he had to do. Samaria’s plan was madness and he felt a guilt beyond any comprehension for what aid he had given thus far. Samaria was clearly not the answer.

“I may not be back to get you,” Nicolas said, his voice low and barely audible. “But I hope you’ll be able to find your own way out from here.”

He rose slowly, straightening out his pants and taking a deep breath. With one last glance at his sister’s somber figure, he turned and moved to leave the room.

Reaching the door, he hesitated, his face twistied with anxiety. Was he fool for thinking this, for actually moving to act on it? No, he was a fool to help Samaria. It was too late to do anything about that, she’d already gotten everything she wanted from him. He was weak.

But it wasn’t too late for Melissande… he could still save her. He just needed to be strong. Onael wouldn’t be pleased to see him, but he was sure she’d listen once she heard what he had to say.

The door clicked closed behind him.

18 Comments

  1. Has Melissande woken to soon?. Oh the suspense Mao, the suspence. I think Onael is stupid for making her subjects angry with her, she needs them afterall.

    But I suppose when you have that much power its easy to let it go to your head, and I think thats exactly whats happened with Onael. As for Nic, well he’ll never learn to wait first and then act. His panic usually disrupts everyones plans. I just hope that he doesn’t ruin whatever Melissande’s plans are, she’s fighting for the right side so I’m rooting for her.

    Hahaha, Onael rules by fear, so as long as they’re afraid, they’re obedient. But that’s a volatile method. As for Melissande, well, possibly. Never, Nicolas is an impulsive creature, especially when frightened. I will give him some credit, he really is trying to make up for what he’s done… but it’s too little, too late.

    Comment by Taryn — August 20, 2008 @ 4:46 am

  2. It made me very happy to see Samaria get beat up. Not totally sure why, because I don’t dislike her… yet. It is funny though, how she imagines herself strong enough to kill her mother, but turns into a frightened child whenever she’s actually near. I wonder if Nicolas is going to reveal Samaria’s plot to Onael. She certainly wouldn’t be happy. Hmmm… I’m seeing… Melissande, the super-secret double agent spy! Now I wonder if I called this one.

    Hahaha, Samaria needs a good beating now and again! ;) She wishes she were strong enough to stand up to Onael, but she isn’t. That’s Nicolas’ plan, but we’ll see if it actually goes through. Haha, perhaps you have, perhaps you have…

    Comment by Fini — August 20, 2008 @ 10:03 am

  3. Bravo Mao I am still shaking with Samaria after the raft of Oneal. Hmmmm I am curious to see what Melissande part of the plan is. And I wonder if Nicolas is about to screw it up.

    Glad it had an impact! Haha, yeah, Nicolas has a tendency to get in the way…

    Comment by Detris — August 20, 2008 @ 10:39 am

  4. Oh, MAN! Angry-as-hell Onael…freaking-out Samaria…Nicolas and Melissande…that was intense. And I have NO IDEA what is going on, haha. I’m just along for the ride!

    Hahaha, don’t worry, it’ll come together as the chapter gets closer and closer to ending!

    Comment by Cassie — August 20, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  5. Hmm, I wonder why Samaria has so much hatred for her mother. And now I a every much wondering what part Melissande plays in what is to come… :D

    Onael didn’t exactly what a child, especially not a half-breed. Hehehe, you will see!

    Comment by Josh — August 20, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

  6. I was a little surprised at the lack of composure that Samaria displayed but then her mother is ruthless and altogether evil so I guess that would shake anyone. Loved her tizzy fit at the end though hehe.

    Melissande…you have me wondering just whose side she is on. What conversation is she remembering…Sanctus Unus or Era Onael? And is she going to screw everything up? Well if it gets screwed up for Onael, that’s ok…

    Great chapter as always

    Samaria is not as stable as she’d have you believe, this much is for certain. She’s pretty crazy. Melissande… well, we did get a hint to that before. Sanctus Unus did say something to Christian in the last chapter. ;) Thanks!

    Comment by Gayl — August 20, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

  7. Oh boy…BUT WHAT ABOUT BERYL AND THE BABY!!!?!?!?

    Haha, there are more sides to show than just Beryl. ;)

    Comment by Phil — August 20, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

  8. Samaria reminds me of a kid who has just been told to clean up their room. But all that anger and rage is good for our heroes, it means she as plenty of potential for disrupting Onael’s plans. Oh, Nicolas, what are you up to…he really does not know when to just duck and cover and hope for the best. And ooh Melissande is awake – come on, no time to panic you have work to do. Get on with your sassy self, save the world and maybe even your probably will never be grateful enough idiot brother.

    Hahaha, Samaria is… strange, that’s for sure. As for her disrupting Onael’s plans, oh definitely! Nicolas is so indecisive and all over the place, I don’t really know what to do with him sometimes. At least Melissande is there to straighten him out!

    Comment by goodbye_sun — August 20, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

  9. Ooooooh! Intriguing. All part of the plan. Very clever. Samaria is clearly over her head in this one and I am curious, will Nicholas rat her out? Definitely on pins and needles for next week’s update.

    Thanks, Anghard! Samaria is a bit of a basket case and Nicolas, well, there’s no telling what he’s going to do… we still have Melissande to consider, too.

    Comment by Anghard — August 21, 2008 @ 12:56 am

  10. Wow, this is so intriguing. So many plot twists and spies. I can’t wait to see what happens next. ^_^

    Hey there, Tiffany! Thanks!

    Comment by Tiffany — August 21, 2008 @ 7:26 am

  11. Yay I am now officially caught up on WoS! Great update, as usual. I really liked the close up shot of Onael and Samaria eyeball to eyeball.

    Hey there, Beverly! Thanks for taking the time to catch up. I’m glad you liked that shot, I really wanted to have them in one another’s face. :)

    Comment by Beverly — August 22, 2008 @ 9:06 am

  12. I can’t get past the lyrics you started with. Cutting the child…deeply moving and startlingly apropos.

    Who is disarming who? Obviously Samaria is not disarming her mother, nor does she seem capable of doing that — now that is an interesting situation. The mother who eats her own young. Or her brother, who is willing to cast her aside and tells her as much.

    Melissande…I am reminded of the movie ‘No Way Out’…

    once again, extraordinary shots. How in the world did you get #3?

    Stunning and frightening and freighted with enough difficult emotion to sink a ship. Fabulous work!

    The tone/feel of the song seemed to really fit and the lyrics suited Nicolas’ overall situation, I thought. The third shot was a bit of a ‘freak accident’. I was trying for something different and then I positioned them that way and thought, “wow, that looks really cool.” And so you have it, haha. You can really use the attack gestures to your liking if you switch the sims up a bit. Thanks, Beth!

    Comment by Beth — August 24, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  13. This is my first time reading through the “Heaven is a Lie” series and WOW…I am blown away. The story is great & suspenseful and the screenshots simply beautiful.

    I remember now why you are one of the few sim storytellers I have on my blogroll, Mao. Cheers, and keep up the *amazing* work!

    Hey Shanna, thank you! I really love your site, too. I’ve lurked there quite awhile, LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

    Comment by Shanna — August 24, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

  14. *shudders* OMG Onael is pissed! I’m glad I’m not Samaria!
    *cringes in sympathetic pain as Samaria hits the ground* Hmmm along with Onael’s impatience and anger is Samaria’s anger and childish behavior ..
    Oh SNAP what is he up to?!?! Nicolas is going to Onael with what he knows about Samaria? Risky move very risky move…
    Ooooooooh Melissande wakes up! OMG OMG OMG .. i’m so excited and bummed cause omg its the end of the update! TORTURE! Dang it Mao! LOL Awesome Update as always *bounces on the edge of her seat*

    Hey there, Ruby! Haha, yeah, you and me both. Onael is scary. Nicolas, as usual, is up to no good. Poor guy couldn’t fix anything if he tried! But just think, it’s Sunday and Tuesday night isn’t far off! Thanks!

    Comment by ruby — August 24, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  15. My goodness! Thank god my mother is not as nasty as Onael when she is angry! Poor Samaria, whatever she is planning just hope she didn’t get killed by her bitch of a mother first!

    Haha, yes, I don’t think having a mother like that would be pleasant. Onael has every right to be angry with Samaria running around thinking she owns the place, though. She’s no little angel. ;)

    Comment by karen — August 25, 2008 @ 9:57 pm

  16. What happened? who was the one saying “…And when I get there? Then what?”
    “You wait.”
    “Wait? For what?”

    It was Melissande and who? Sanctus Unus? I really hope so!!!

    You know the reason why I can’t hate Nicolas is because he is so much of a human, so much o fa boy, he is nothing like the rest of his cult…. he is just Nicolas…. and he cares deeply for his sister and that’s the part I like, and I hate him for treating poor Valerie soo bad, but sometimes we can’t force things to happen….
    Valerie just happened to fall for the wrong guy…
    Even if he is a coward, a traitor a stupid dog, I still like him even more than I like Christian :D lol
    Maybe I just have a soft eye for bad guys!! :D lol

    Awesome chapter!!!!

    Haha, unfortunately, Nicolas does not qualify as a “bad” guy. He is just… Nicolas. And annoying as hell in that respect. Nicolas and Melissande have an odd dynamic, it isn’t so much love as survival. They’ve always had one another to balance each other out, and so survival without the other seems impossible.

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

  17. Poor Nicolas, he is not good he is not bad, then what the heck is he? lol

    :D lol I just have to love him for that exact reason, he isn’t bad, he is just the jerk he always is plain old Nicolas!!!

    Again thanks a lot for taking the time to answer my crazy comments!!! I will come to catch up in a few moments!!! :D Thanks again!

    Haha, Nicolas is just Nicolas. Haha, you don’t have to thank me for replying, I should thank you for commenting! :D

    Comment by sandybvv — September 7, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  18. Oooh… I hope she didn’t wake up too early.

    I am a bit fearful for Nicolas when he talks to Onael.

    That’s if he gets the chance to!

    Comment by Verity — May 2, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

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