Wings of Steel

September 9, 2008

Heaven’s a Lie: Act IX

Filed under: Chapter Nine — Mao @ 11:15 pm

Oh no,
here it is again
I need to know
when I will fall in decay

Something wrong
with every plan of my life
I didn’t really notice that you’ve been here

Dolefully desired
Destiny of a lie

Set me free
your heaven’s a lie
set me free with you love
set me free, yeah

Oh no,
here it is again
I need to know
why did I choose to betray you

Something wrong
with all the plans of my life
I didn’t realize that you’ve been here
Lacuna Coil, “Heaven’s a Lie”

Eckhard had been listening to Valerie ramble on for nearly ten minutes now. Although, to say he was listening really wasn’t proper–he wasn’t listening at all. He hadn’t heard a single word she said the entire time. His attention was focused across the room–he didn’t need his eyes to know; Beryl was standing there.

Beryl Cross, Christian’s living obsession. He hadn’t thought he would ever meet her in person, he didn’t think Christian would be stupid enough to let them near one another, and for good reason. She was pregnant, very much so, and Eckhard had heard her speak only a few times. She was brash and tactless.

It had taken him a considerable amount of time to get a good reading of her with all the people in the room, not to mention her tainted energy. He wouldn’t touch that for a ten foot pole, not for all the power of Sanctus Unus. She was a ticking time bomb and there was no telling when she’d go off.

She was fat, as he had expected. Pregnant women weren’t really an attraction of his. The only woman he’d found beautiful waddling like a duck was Abigail… but then again, he had found her lovely when covered in mud.

Meanwhile, Beryl pretended to listen to Sesana and Quinn’s conversation, but her mind was elsewhere. She couldn’t stop thinking about everything that had happened. For several nights, she had tried to rationalize Christian’s increasingly erratic behavior, but found herself unable.

She had spoken to Valerie about it, but only briefly. The young Seer didn’t know, either. She was still new to this.

What worried her the most is that Christian said he would meet her here… and had yet to show up.


  1. OMFG! Christian! Don’t do it!… what ever ‘it’ may be. Ekhard slapped Valerie?!?! Geez, you’d think he know better than to hit a woman. I guess he was trying to help her, though.
    Poor Beryl… as much as she hates to admit it, she loves Christian so much.
    Great update as always! You leave me asking so many questions!

    Haha, Eckhard was just trying to help Valerie. She’s one of the few people he would never directly hurt physically. ;) Thanks!

    Comment by Halie — September 9, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

  2. Oh no!!! Mao you truly tease, I dont think my young heart can take this,LOL!!!.

    Great update, the power in your words and the story itself are uncomprable. I am so worried for beryl, Valerie and Christian it is unreal, LOL!!! Oh please dont leave me in the dark…. I just cant help but feel that there is some onminous thing happening with and between all the characters. Alright I am not the best at saying what I need too from the get go and will most likely need to go through it again to get everything out. LOL!!!

    I love Beryl’s heart/truth felt reaction to Eckard, and vice versa. So sad he cant get over a ghost though. Especially when he has Sesana, (Sorry if I spelled wrong) who seems to need his comfort, no matter how stubborn, self righteous and mean she may be. She’s an era and from your story with the exception of Oneal, the Era’s seem to be very loving and sensitive to a point.

    Not only that but he um…. Well… He uh… GOT HER PREGNANT!!!, LOL!!!…

    Well I am going to leave off hear for now, at keast until I read it again and will most assuredly await impatiently until the next release…

    Oh boy, and we haven’t even got to the REAL chapter o’ cliffhangers yet! You might wanna keep your blood pressure monitored. ;) The next Act is the last one of this chapter and will tie up all the loose ends or at least let you know where everyone is, including Christian. No worries, answers are coming, I just have to set the stage. Sesana is a tough gal and strong willed. She knows it’s stupid to like Eckhard, but you can’t control your heart. Thanks for the kind words!

    Comment by Cheripye822 — September 10, 2008 @ 2:30 am

  3. Oh no, you can’t leave it there. Whats happened to Christian?

    Oh Mao, your cliffhangers are insane, you have me on the edge of my seat with almost every Act. You certainly know how to create a lot of suspence.

    Please tell me something hasn’t happened to Christian, I’ll cry. Seriously! I don’t think I’ve ever come across a character I’ve loved more than Christian.

    Hahaha, wait and see. And thanks, but I hope they aren’t list Lost. Lost cliffhangers make me want to kill people, argh! Christian isn’t dead, I’ll give you that much.

    Comment by Taryn — September 10, 2008 @ 3:41 am

  4. No,no,no please do not kill off christian now. The last part with beryl is so emotionally charge. I sad and hopeless along with her.

    Nope, he’s not dead. I’ll allow you that one answer. ;) I’m glad you felt for Beryl, as she’s definitely not taking this well.

    Comment by karen — September 10, 2008 @ 6:24 am

  5. ARGHHHH!!!!! Holy cliff-hanger :D I’m doing a very quick catch up before I have to go out, and wasn’t going to comment until I’d re-read and commented on the last few acts – naughty Mao! It’s all looking scary for the next act :( Will Christian survive? I’m guessing that it’s something to do with Samaria, but maybe Nicholas and Melissande will somehow be able to rescue Christian in time (as Nic seems to have worked out that he was also tricked)? If I bit my nails I probably wouldn’t have any left, so I’ll settle for stoning the crows and falling off of the cliff again ;)

    Great stuff Mao, naughty but great!

    Tanya! Great to have you back, I missed your comments of stoning crows. ;) As for Melissande and Nicolas, their plan is a little different, but we’ll see that with time. You guys will probably be even madder at me for the next Act.

    Comment by Tanya — September 10, 2008 @ 8:56 am

  6. OMG! What happened to Christian? :( I have such a horrible feeling about it!!!

    Poor Beryl! and that jerk Eckhard how dare him pushed her!

    And Valerie! OMG! she looks so helpless, so scared! Was this supposed to happened? was it in Sanctus Unus plans or did something fail? :(

    I have to admit I’m most concerned about Beryl’s baby that about Christian, he is strong, he knows how to handle things, but the baby :( … I’m just thinking the worst is going to happen and I don’t want too…

    Very dramatic, fantastic chapter, like always it hooked me with the first sentence and your pictures!! I need that lighting hack…

    oh, I have been wondering if Eckhard is jealous of Christian, maybe because Christian was chosen by Sanctus Unus… but then… why would he be jealous about it?
    He is so difficult to read, doesn’t he feel love for his children? well he is a vampire I don’t know how they feel…
    :( I can’t believe it is coming to an end!!!
    Thanks for your simfic50 link I will be there as soon as I can! :D *YAY More to read!!*

    Awesome chapter!

    Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying it! This chapter overall has been a big, tiresome roller coaster for me. I’m so glad it’s nearly over. Yeah, the baby is a concern, because Beryl’s health is tied to it. As for Eckhard being jealous of Christian, he isn’t. It’s his own self-loathing and chip on his shoulder that makes him such a prick.

    Comment by sandybvv — September 10, 2008 @ 9:31 am

  7. I can’t say I didn’t anticipate catastrophe, but it’s very hard to read…

    You’re putting Eckhard into an interesting position. He’s such a jerk but he’s not stupid nor is he completely self-absorbed.

    Beryl seems to be coming face to face with emotion she has avoided and denied, and not all of it is the good kind. Something to deal with other than anger.

    Wonderful update! Crackles with energy and suspense!

    Hehe, we’ve still got a ways to go, so I’ll hopefully keep you guessing. ;) Thanks! And you’re right, Beryl has been hit in the face with realization… unfortunately, it’s a bit too late.

    Comment by Beth — September 10, 2008 @ 9:40 am

  8. OMG!
    What?! What?! What?!

    Hehe, wait and see! ;)

    Comment by Tiffany — September 10, 2008 @ 10:58 am

  9. Fitting that Eckhard and Beryl already don’t like each other. Wait, Eckhard actually knows what’s happening? Darnit, Quinn! You just had to interrupt. Wait, what’s a trap? How’d you fail? That’s IT!? Oh come on! Mao… I’m yelling at the screen, so you’re doing a good job with the cliffhangers, but I need more info. Before I throw the monitor, lol. ;)

    Definitely. Those two won’t be BFFs anytime soon, haha! Eckhard has always had a knowledge similar to Valerie’s as to the events unfolding and what is set to happen. The crux of it is, he cannot interfere. LOL, don’t throw your monitor! Answers are coming, I promise!

    Comment by Fini — September 10, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  10. !!!! You always leave us in the worst positions Mao! What happened to Christian?! ARGH!

    It’s because I just <3 you that much, Josh! ;)

    Comment by Josh — September 10, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

  11. So-Much-To-Catch-Up-With!
    But I am determined, you see, since you are my favorite writer. <3
    If something happened to Christian, I’m going to die a little inside. (Which reminds me! I’ve gotta finish Knock it Down! *runs*)

    I gave a little squeal of delight when I saw that familiar trio of letters! You’re back, yay!! And aww, thanks. You haven’t finished KiD? LOL!

    Comment by JMW — September 10, 2008 @ 1:01 pm

  12. Oh dammit! What has happened to Christian! Ach!

    Hey, Tiana! That’ll be revealed in the next Act, I promise. ;)

    Comment by Tiana — September 10, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

  13. I knew something ominous was about to happen; I just didn’t think it would be this soon. I feel for Beryl so much; whatever has happened with Christian she needs to hold it together.

    As for Valerie, I am especially concerned about her words. She failed? Well she always doubts herself so I am taking that with a grain of salt. But that bit about the trap…well yes, we knew there was some sort of trap but I can’t believe he fell into it…unless, of course, it’s all part of the plan…

    You’re right to doubt that he fell into the trap, but there’s also the ambiguity of what happened. We still don’t know. So that’ll be revealed in the next Act. :)

    Comment by Gayl — September 10, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

  14. oh no not my Christian. He is in another one of his dreams and has gone too far isn’t he. Poor Beryl I am going to need her to be ok for her and the baby’s sake.

    Hahaha, it could be a dream… and Beryl, well, it’s obvious that whatever has happened isn’t good.

    Comment by Detris — September 10, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  15. Oh this is definitely not good. I have a feeling that he isn’t dead but he’s in some deep shit. Normally Beryl can handle pretty much whatever life throws at her but this hit her pretty hard.I know it hit me pretty hard.

    Yeah, this was an unexpected blow for Beryl and she’s especially vulnerable right now.

    Comment by E. Black — September 10, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

  16. Seriously? Are you just gonna leave me hanging like that? I almost barfed reading this because there was so much excitement. I can’t possibly wait until next week! I gotta know NOW! I’m so drained, I’m not even going to venture a guess to what happened. You hurt my poor little heart. How can it deal with this much emotional turmoil?

    Ok, I lied when I said I’d not venture a guess…I just can’t help it. I don’t believe he fell into the trap just yet. But how can Beryl feel that something’s gone wrong with Christian? I mean, yeah she’s in love with the guy obviously, but why couldn’t she feel it earlier? Does it maybe have something to do with her baby? But that’s not possible. The baby was supposedly ok right? Or something like that.

    On another note, Eckherd is so mean. He called Beryl fat, even though he knows she pregnant. How obvious Eckherd. His wisdom intrigues me. How is it that he can’t really help but he knows what’s going on. I know that it’s something to do with Sanctus Unus, but why is it that he’s the only one who got the deal?

    Haha, sorry, Eva! Yeah, Eckhard is being an unnecessary asshole here. It’s what he does best. His own son is in trouble and he could care less. As for how Beryl knows, she and Christian are connected, as they have been since KiD. She still has his blood and the bond that was made when it happened. It’s how he found her, too, when she was Ava… As for Eckhard, his powers are similar to Valerie’s, but not exactly. He is the other one Sanctus Unus mentioned having similar powers.

    Comment by Eva — September 10, 2008 @ 3:34 pm

  17. *squees like a silly fan girl* oh.. oh Eckhard.. you stud.. *blinks* what? oh . right .. moving on to the rest of the story *steals another look at Eckhard and swooons*
    oh look the whole family is there.. well almost but I doubt Xavier would be welcome at this family reunion *snickers* erm and of course the missing Christian, but at least he is allowed to join in this family reunion of sorts.
    Beryl has the tact of a mac truck LOL and really.. why would Eckhard care to tell her anything? if it doesnt benefit him in any way .. what is his motivation? silly twit of a girl. she will have to learn how to deal with the shmexy man if she wants answers.
    Oooo Mao great photography! I love the affect you created with Val on the ground, you can almost see the power resounding from her as Eckhard and Sesana are blurred ..
    OMG I shivered… intense update Mao, great job .. Christian is falling for a trap.. hmmm not surprising really. ah well, have to wait for a week or so to find out the answers.. *desperately trying to sound nonchalant while she bounces on the edge of her seat*

    Haha, Ruby, you’re a little blinded by Eckhard here. ;) He’s in the wrong. Christian is his son and Sanctus Unus’ chosen. He knows damn well what’s happening is not part of the plan, but he doesn’t care. Sometimes I want to hit Eckhard, but I save that for Nicolas, lol. Maybe he’ll change his mind once he sees the shit hit the fan… thanks! I’m glad the effects on those pictures worked.

    Comment by ruby — September 10, 2008 @ 4:12 pm


    LOL! No one is safe, but Christian isn’t dead.

    Comment by Phil — September 10, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

  19. Eckhard is an asshole. He should not have been that mean to Beryl but then again he’s like that with everyone. Either way PLEASE DON’T KILL CHRISTIAN!! Good update as usual.

    Hahaha, Eckhard is mean to everyone, you’re right. Thanks!

    Comment by jacqueline — September 10, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

  20. I had so much to catch up and too many comments to list. lol. I will say that 1) I am totally completely happy that Beryl and Christian are together! 2) I am totally happy that Beryl is pregnant, but I’m so scared something bad is going to happen to the baby. :( AND 3) Christian had better be around at the end of this story! Beryl too! lol

    Great stuff Mao. ;)

    Alexis! It’s so nice to see your name again! I wondered where you went. Wow, it seems a lot of people are coming out of the woodwork. :D Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

    Comment by Alexis — September 11, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  21. It’s certainly no surprise Beryl and Eckhard were not going to hit it off. Eckhard automatically assumes Christian’s judgment is going to be bad, and Beryl has her own father issues on top of what Christian would have told her about his own…I don’t know if its better or worse that they got interrupted. What did Valerie fail at, was there something she missed picking up on or did she an Christian hatch a plan?

    Yeah, they are both kind of the types to not be instantly likable, so they don’t instantly like one another! Let’s go with something she missed picking up on sooner rather than later. ;)

    Comment by goodbye_sun — September 11, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  22. Oh… Mao… this cliffhanger hurts… I sat clicking an imaginary link to page 5 for a minute before I realized there wasn’t one.

    I love that Eckhard and Beryl don’t get along. So like him to be evil to her. Hilarious too. It’s so odd to see a pregnant woman swearing for some reason…hehe.

    Aww, sorry, Veron! ;) As for a pregnant woman swearing like a sailor, well, she is Beryl. Beryl changes for no one, not even her unborn child! Hahahaha

    Comment by Veron — September 11, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  23. You can sense the tension crackling between Beryl and Eckhard – such enimity.

    Why do I get a sense of dread over what’s just happened to Christian? I really thought he was stronger than that.

    Ahhh, everyone is so quick to lose faith in Christian, poor guy! He has his reason for what he’s done, that’ll be hinted at in the next Act. :)

    Comment by theseventhmuse — September 12, 2008 @ 2:39 am

  24. Alright, finally re-read…

    Is it just me or is Beryl more in love with Christian than she lets on? Once again I loved the interaction between Eckard and Beryl, although I dont understand why he hates her so… Nor why he hates his own son… Your pictures were great, I love the lighting, the blurred effect between Sesana and Valerie… And poor Valerie, well until next chapter.

    Eckhard hates Beryl because she is Christian’s obsession. As for the Christian and Eckhard hate, that’s been pounded several times, but the short of it is… Eckhard loved Abigail, she chose Antony, Eckhard was stuck in demon realm, struck up deal with Sanctus Unus, knocked up Sesana and she had Christian. Eckhard tossed Christian aside, because he is still stuck on Abigail and always will be because he’s an idiot. ;) Sesana said in the Act where he threw her into a pond that he and Christian were alike. That Eckhard hates Christian because they are the same, Eckhard denies it, but it is true. Christian is hopelessly devoted to Beryl, and Eckhard is stuck on a woman who never loved him.

    Comment by Cheripye822 — September 13, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

  25. Ok thank you going to re-read that chapter, LOL! sorry I am so slow ;)

    Aww, no you’re not. Sometimes we just need a little reminder!

    Comment by Cheripye822 — September 14, 2008 @ 4:14 am

  26. For once I can’t find words to put into how amazing your story is Mao… WoS is kickin my ass. I love the photography, and I hate Eckhard. =D

    Go Beryl, I would so be like that to Eckhard. Quinn looks so different, and I so forgot her history and all that jazz… heh heh.

    Valerie and Christian and a trap? I reckon it’s Christian’s ‘double’ up to some mischief… I need to know whether or not Christian dies!!

    Aww, thanks! I appreciate it. Christian doesn’t die, no worries.

    Comment by Dragongirl — September 15, 2008 @ 12:39 am

  27. Oh dude no. This doesn’t sound good at all. I have to admit at this point I am rather glad I am so far behind I can just click on over to the next chapter *looks sheepish*

    That’s always a plus!

    Comment by Verity — May 2, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

  28. Oh man, I’m very worried for Christian right now! A trap? I’m betting it has something to do with Christian’s former self (or whoever is appearing as his former self) that he’s been seeing lately!

    Haha! Yes, you can probably guarantee that it isn’t good. ;)

    Comment by Carla — January 4, 2010 @ 12:14 am

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