Wings of Steel

August 27, 2008

Heaven’s a Lie: Act VII

Filed under: Chapter Nine — Mao @ 12:09 am

Before he had a chance to question it, he was forced back towards the wall. The lights snapped out, replaced by a red that washed over his features, blinding him temporarily. He stumbled backwards further, nearly bumping into the bedside table.

“You are a fool! Stupid mortal fool!” The figure raged, drawing nearer and nearer. Christian had a desperate fear of this thing, of its touch. He was frozen.

It seized his arm, causing him to convulse. The wrongness of this touch was so true that it shook his very core. His soul cried out in revulsion as the mirror image’s other hand moved forward, finger poking at his broad chest.

“Sanctus Unus chose wrong! You will not do what is necessary!” It snarled angrily, finger jabbing through Christian and into his chest. He felt its hand around his heart and he shuddered, gasped, and nearly fainted all at once. “I will make you!”

‘I can’t believe you’re doing this to me again, Christian.’

The figure cried out, pulling back. It disappeared, the connection breaking, the darkness enveloping everything until it was completely black. Christian stumbled, drawing hurried and short breaths. His heart thumped hard against his chest, rattling his entire body. His soul wailed, his own energy tainted by the touch of the mirror image.

He collapsed, his hand coming out at the last second and catching the bedside table. He coughed and sputtered, unable to draw enough oxygen into his lungs to calm his throbbing heart. The world around him faded in and out before finally, he was freed from the nightmare.

“This is getting old,” Beryl huffed, arms on her hips. She stared at Christian, his forehead against the bar, his shoulders slumped. “You don’t sleep, no, but you can completely ignore me and space out when I’m trying to talk to you. That’s great. Asshole.”

Her voice was tinged with anger, but its familiarity comforted him, drew him back and far away from the darkness. He drew a deep breath, not bothering to lift his head.

“I’m so glad you’re concerned about what Sanctus Unus said!” Beryl muttered sarcastically, turning on her heel and heading for the steps. “I’m going to take a bath. When you get off whatever the hell it is you’re on, let me know and we’ll talk.”

20 Comments

  1. “Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer”

    and in this case, maybe better the falconer is deaf.

    You are truly tightening the gyre. Harder and faster.

    I’m going to repeat what I thought before, but this time it is darker. Destruction in creation. And there’s no way to control that process.

    I love, LOVE the way you switch between the absolute dark, blood red, the outstretched hand in the darkness, and then BANG, there you are in the everyday again. Beryl being herself. In a kitchen. And then SNAP…Laszael in that unworldly garden. Incredible, absolutely incredible.

    Thanks! My fiance really liked the shift, too. I won’t lie and said I did it on purpose. I just hadn’t really put much thought into the transition, really. I guess stupid luck is called on this one. ;)

    Comment by Beth — August 27, 2008 @ 12:45 am

  2. I agree with Christian, something is not right about those ‘dreams’ he’s having. I’m starting to think its someone from the other side disguising themselves.

    But what could they possibly want from Christian, what could he do that would change everything. Of course I could be completely wrong and missing something important.

    And lol to Beryl and her temper, she’s always getting huffy about something, hee hee. I love her :)

    Another clue that something is horribly amiss. ;) As for what they want from Christian… well, who is to say there is a “they”? We’ve already been given more than enough information previous to know who would be messing with Christian. And yep, Beryl is Beryl… hehe. I missed her!

    Comment by Taryn — August 27, 2008 @ 5:12 am

  3. Ooh…I bet that mirror image of Christian is actually Onael, slipping into his mind when he’s unaware to cause mischief..
    That sucks cause Beryl had just told him what Sanctus Unus said and he (as well as us) missed it. >.<
    Can’t wait for the next installment ^_^

    Ahh, nope. I can say for certain it’s not Onael. She would never, ever risk getting that close to Christian as he is one person who can kill her quite easily. ;)

    Comment by Tiffany — August 27, 2008 @ 6:42 am

  4. Yeah, that can’t be Christian’s other self, when even back then, he was in love with Beryl. And I don’t think anyone helping their cause would curse her, since she’s needed in some way. His very soul recoiled (or something like that you said)? That sounds like some evil stuff, possibly worse than Onael. Gives me the creeps.
    Poor Beryl. She has no idea what he’s going through. Though when I think about it, it seems kinda similar to her problems, the ones she was popping pills for. We never got answers about those people either, but I’m expecting I have to wait for those too.
    It’s good to see Laszael’s ok. Will we see a lot more of her soon?

    Hehe, yeah, Christian has always been in love with Beryl, so it is weird for his mirror image to say otherwise! Messing with someone’s mind is very… complex and wrong. So that’s why Christian has such fear and aversion. Someone is twisting his mind and soul. As for Laszael, her role isn’t one that’s really touched on too much in WoS, unfortunately. And Beryl’s other selves were simply her mother Lila, her Demon Queen form… and the unknown form is well, the only one we don’t know about. And that is a tale for another time.

    Comment by Fini — August 27, 2008 @ 9:08 am

  5. Let me first say that I love love love Beryl. Welcome back sweetie. Something tells me that Samaria is trying to break through Christian’s head. Did she want him for herself? Is that why she hates Beryl so much?

    Haha, yes! It is so good to have her back. And wow, that’s a very good observation!

    Comment by Detris — August 27, 2008 @ 9:14 am

  6. OK, now that I’m more awake, first of all, you should take it as a compliment that I read this BEFORE having coffee. Coffee is of the utmost importance to me. Secondly, I did really like this update. I love the black and red imagery of the mirror fight scene, and then the sudden change to bright sunlight and ordinariness when Beryl interrupts. Very nice. And Limbo is lovely, as always.

    I am truly honored. ;) Thanks! I had a little too much fun with the imagery and angles in this one, lol.

    Comment by Beverly — August 27, 2008 @ 9:37 am

  7. I wonder who it is that’s invading Christian’s mind . And why? To steer him off the course that Sanctus Unus set him on? This is an interesting new development Mao. :)

    LASZAEL! She’s so fierce, I love her. AND SHE’S IMPORTANT! I cannot wait to see what she’s going to do!

    Laszael has always been important and if you truly want to know, just go back and look at the Act where Sesana is “relieved” of her Era duties. That explains it. ;)

    Comment by Josh — August 27, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

  8. WOW! First the visions are so creepy the mirror Christian even though they are indentical, the mirror doesn’t look like Christian at all., there is something about him that is not Christian… I could bet that Sarania is behind it all….

    I just love how Beryl seems to show up every time Christian is in trouble… and the same goes for him, he always shows when she needs him the most! There is no doubt they are connected!

    And Laszael Those pictures were beautiful artistic, she turned out to be stronger than expected!!!

    Wonderful chapter, beautiful pictures all the way from the dark ones to the bright ones… Very well done and I’m so sad that I’m all caught up… now what would I read? Well I will be on vacation for 10 days, so hopefully you will have an update when I come back :D lol

    You have no idea of how much I have enjoyed this story!!! I’m in awe of every character and their roles in this story, it is just amazing! You are so talented, and once again I bow to you, and I’m one of your fans!! :D lol

    Beautiful job!

    You’re caught up, wow! Welcome! Haha, but now you have to wait for updates. ;) You’re right, Beryl and Christian always seem to be there to tether one another to real the world. But how long can it last? I hope you enjoy your vacation!

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

  9. Well, I’m finally back to keep reading on my favourite story ;P It’s a lot to absorb, this is real confusing XD

    Is Beryl pregnant? o.O

    As I’ve said, I liked Christian’s past form better than this new one, but now I’m beginning to have second thoughts….

    I like Laszael. but I didn’t realize she was so important!

    I’ll be re-reading this act so that I can understand it better, of course =D

    Hi there, welcome back! Sorry if you’re confused. Things are getting heavier as we get closer and closer towards the end.

    Comment by Dragongirl — August 28, 2008 @ 2:31 am

  10. I would have thought the only one who would risk messing with Christians head and do so by using a mirrored form would be his opposite – Samaria. But then you can be so tricksy Mao. I have to agree with Christian, Beryl having a go at him is very comforting, especially with so much going on. So much foreboding with Laszael, I know you are working us up to some big expectations of everyone, seemingly Christian in particular.

    I am happy that a few of you are somewhat onto Samaria, but it has yet to be completely seen what’s going on there. ;) There are definitely high expectations flying around, though you might be surprised as to who bears the brunt of it.

    Comment by goodbye_sun — August 28, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

  11. Whatever is invading Christian’s mind, I am certain it is not his alter ego. My first suspicion is Eckhard since there is no love lost there and much doubt on Eckhard’s part toward Christian. But I am never right so…

    And I must have really missed or forgotten something because I don’t get the animosity Samaria has toward Beryl. Going to have to go back and re-read I guess.

    I am in awe of your shots as always. They really punch up the story which is getting darker and more foreboding. I shudder to think what will happen to Christian if he ever has a vision when she is not around. Things seem to be moving harder and faster and the tension is building.

    Eckhard doesn’t have the ability to do that. In fact, Onael doesn’t, either. You’d need one of Laszael’s people for this feat… and as for Samaria’s animosity towards Beryl… Beryl is a gigantic roadblock to Christian. Samaria has showed her interest in Christian in previous acts. Thanks!

    Comment by Gayl — August 28, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

  12. Apparently you didn’t do everything possible Christian… or more accurately you don’t believe you did everything possible… hmmm
    Cha very wrong … that ISNT Christian! OMG .. intriguing! Whew Beryl saved him … for now.. but who is it if not himself? It cant be Nicolas like he played with Val … If I have to guess… hmmm.. Xavier!!! THAT is why he toward over Christian and only he looks like him AND is against him, cause well my darling Eckhard may resemble Christian but they’re on the same side… Xavier you sneaky butt …
    Bwhahaha Beryl has no idea of course… classic Beryl .. just classic..
    That last bit.. with Laszael .. ya it gave me chills… beautiful Mao, simply beautiful

    Ruby! You are too much. ;) Your beloved Eckhard also isn’t quite as tall as New Christian 2.0, plus, Eckhard would never exhaust that much effort into him, LOL! Not Xavier either, but that’s a good guess. Thanks!

    Comment by ruby — August 28, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  13. I have to say it. You have the best damn graphics I’ve ever seen in a Sims Story. It never ever looks like it’s from a game. The use of dark and light creates so much atmosphere and the entire thing is so filled with a sort of dreaminess, surreal but steeped in reality.

    This chapter was wonderful. Something is after Christian, something bad and it almost had him in its grasp. I don’t understand why he’s not fighting back. He’s stronger than that. Thank goodness that Beryl was there to draw him back but what if she hadn’t been? What would have happened? Such a scary thought.

    And Laszael … poor thing. So much responsibility on such slender shoulders.

    Whoa, thanks! But I have to tack that one up to very creative lighting. Okay, or not creative so much as me moving lights around in an effort to get the right effect! As for Christian not fighting back, I think the wrongness of the situation coupled with the thought that it was a vision kept him from doing so.

    Comment by Anghard — August 28, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

  14. Oh my gosh, I’ve missed this story. I’m so glad I can come back and catch up! And how!

    I can’t tell you enough how incredible your shots are Mao. I know that they take some tweaks from photo-editors, but they appear as if you’ve taken them live action. Completely amazing.

    And this alter-ego/mirror image, glowy eyed, scary Christian guy-thing, is such an enigma. Who the heck is that? Or rather, who the heck sent him? Or is manipulating Christian’s head to make him manifest this creep? I’m trying to think of who would be capable of doing that without getting their ass kicked by Christian… it’s a short list… hmmmm.

    Veron, you’re back! Yay! Thank you… I actually don’t edit -too- much, but I do have to move lights around and crap. Which is annoying, LOL! It’s like a game, avoid the floating lights in bad spots… We’ll get the full info on Christian’s lovely stalker soon enough. ;)

    Comment by Veron — August 29, 2008 @ 12:21 am

  15. I knew I should have paced myself, LOL.

    Here I am stuck wondering what is to come next, my heart thumping and my mind wanting more…

    I wish I could write as well as you, LOL. 80)

    This entire story is so powerful, you invoke emotions and feelings that keep me (the reader) on edge, Pictures arent even needed to get the vision of what you are saying.

    Until next installment, I wait impatiently…

    Oh yes! I love your choice in music/lyrics… And as I am sure you know, listening to the song while you read,enhances the feeling much more…

    You caught up, wow! Well, welcome to the party. And I think you write really well, I suck at historical writing, I really do. Thank you so much for all the kind words and I hope you continue to enjoy! Music is a big part of my writing, so I like to include it. :)

    Comment by Cheripye822 — August 29, 2008 @ 1:30 am

  16. Hey Mao your biggest fan again. It’s very interesting to see both old and new Christian. Yeah and I thought Christian was hot both times too. It’s very hard to believe these are even sims. Also-
    I JUST GOT APARTMENT LIFE!!! You should also see two toddlers huggle. It’s the cutest. Look me up on thesims2.com.
    My name is SimGoddess1.

    Hey there! I actually have Apartment Life, but I’m waiting to install it until Inteen is updated. :)

    Comment by ze_Goddess — August 29, 2008 @ 3:01 am

  17. Yes, for me music always enhances the writing, helps set certain moods, so depending on what I want to write depends on what I listen to. I have to say I did listen to the songs you listed while reading the story, (I love Rhapsody LOL) And I am a huge fan. I should know this by now, every artist is talented in different areas. 8OP
    As well would you mind if I add a link to your stories, this and knock it down to my website?

    You don’t have to ask, go right ahead! And wow, you heard all the songs? Well, I’m impressed. :D

    Comment by Cheripye822 — August 30, 2008 @ 4:04 am

  18. YAYYYY more Christian!!! Jeez, that Alter Ego of his is starting to sound familiar…

    Funny you should say that… ;)

    Comment by Phil — September 1, 2008 @ 1:10 am

  19. soooooooooooo…since Samaria seems to be the culprit…I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that she’s upset with Christian because she thinks that Sanctus Unus chose the wrong “mutt child” when she chose Christian over her. BTW, mutt child refers to one of the Era’s children with a vampire…I couldn’t find another word to describe it. Anyway, Samaria believes that she should have been the one with Christian’s power and strength. I mean, we already see that she’s power hungry.

    I know this is kinda outlandish, but I like it in my head and it made sense.

    Close, but Samaria doesn’t want to be a good guy. She wants Christian for her own reasons… and they’re not exactly innocent. She’s also kind of ‘single-minded’ about ehr ambitions, so I wouldn’t give her too much credit. There’s a reason she hates Beryl.

    Comment by Eva — September 2, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

  20. Poor Christian… although at least Beryl’s nagging brought him back to reality. Very freaky, the other Christian with the glowing blue eyes.

    And here’s hoping Laszael can keep it together.

    I’m glad you found the other Christian creepy. Beryl is Christian’s anchor to reality, as strange as it might sound!

    Comment by Verity — May 2, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

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