Wings of Steel

October 1, 2008

The Great Destroyer: Act II

Filed under: Chapter Ten — Mao @ 9:35 am

You wear a cheap disguise
Your only vice until the end
Don’t have an alibi
You never try you just condemn
You pressure everything
You never bring, you take away
I can no longer breathe
You’ve taken me and everything too

Far, to me it’s so disgusting
Wrong, I’ll push myself away
Far, my sanity is rusting
Wrong, I look the other way

This is a war I can’t fight
I can’t let you tear me down
I will ignore all these lies
You will never tear me down

I sit and contemplate
How you sedate what’s in my head
I will not instigate
Or emulate I won’t pretend
You’ll never understand
You just demand to get your way
How all of this began
I never ran and now it’s gone too

Never tear me down
Spineshank, “Tear Me Down”

Samaria ignored Ssedot, whose death was seeming to take longer than she had anticipated. Instead, she focused her attention on Christian’s slumped over figure. She hadn’t truly thought it would work, but here he was… now what was she going to do with him? There were too many things and so little time.

He stirred, causing a jolt of excitement to travel up Samaria’s spine. Toying with him in his head was a much different game than actually dealing with him in person.

Christian’s mind was a fog, his vision blurred. The room was so dark, barely illuminated by the scant array of candles. The flickering of the flames disoriented him worse and he groaned, lifting himself up off the cold stone floor. It took a minute for everything that had happened to come rushing back over him. He was left with a dull ache in his chest–regret.

Yet there was something more there, something that tugged and pulled at him like a great pain you couldn’t ignore. He turned, his eyes carefully searching the darkness. He saw her, slumped over, barely breathing. She was dying and he could feel it as her energy lessened more and more by the minute. Soon, she would be an empty husk.

He moved to her immediately, ignoring Samaria’s cry of surprise as he shot across the room. He knelt in front of her, desperately seeking her strand and finding that it only had moments before it was severed. She couldn’t speak, but he found she could still communicate. She was trying to say something to him, though it was broken and distorted.

‘I…I’m… s…’

‘Don’t waste your energy, Ssedot,’ Christian soothed, his lips remaining still. ‘It will only make the pain worse.’


  1. Oh Samaria, you silly goose. What did she expect? Now to figure out why Christian would turn the tables and what he has planned.

    Samaria definitely underestimated Christian.

    Comment by E. Black — October 1, 2008 @ 10:11 am

  2. ZOMG,. woahhh, ok ok woahhhhh. TWIST MUCH?! TWIST MUCH?! Holy fo shiz. …Once again, woah, I can’t even come up with something smart; I’m just too blown away.

    Aww, thanks! But you should have known that manipulating Christian isn’t an easy task.

    Comment by Shirley — October 1, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  3. So the mouse catches the cat…not that Christian was ever anyone’s plaything. I keep trying to think of who Samaria reminds me of; can’t quite get it. Spoiled overconfident meangirl brat with too much power.

    Wonderful exchange between the two of them. and the scene between Christian and SSedot was heartbreaking.

    gorgeous, perfect shots, as usual!

    I’m really curious now! I hope you can think of it. She’s certainly a brat and she doesn’t have nearly as much power as she’d like to think. ;) I really felt bad for Ssedot, I was hoping that came through when I wrote the scene. Thanks!

    Comment by Beth — October 1, 2008 @ 10:35 am

  4. Holly cow!!! OMG!! stupid Samaria!!! hahaha everything she planned went wrong, but of course she is stupid! she thought so high of herself and she is nothing but another tool.. and the worst, she isa useless too… if Christian didn’t kil her, I bet Onael will!! :D hahahaha… or maybe Melissande!!

    Wonderful chapter, and till now you have kept the unanswered questions going on and on… which is great, the story ask for it.

    I’m really looking forward to next chapter, but then the end would be closer. and I will miss WoS so much!

    Really nice pictures, I love the one of Christian behind Samaria yelling at her, I wouldn’t want to be in Christian’s bad list… he sure looks scary!

    Great job, I’m still laughing at Samaria, lol that picture of her on the floor while Christians walks away is also awesome… it promises a hell of a story to come!!
    Can’t wait for more!!!

    Thanks, Sandy! I’m glad you liked the pictures. Lighting is turning out to be immensely important in this chapter, haha. Which is a pain, but what can you do? Yeah, Christian isn’t someone you can control and Samaria has found that out the hard way. As for WoS ending, yes, it will be sad… but who is to say that’s truly where it ends? ;)

    Comment by sandybvv — October 1, 2008 @ 11:18 am

  5. Phew! I thought Christian was gonna get evil…
    I just hope it all works out in the end. Oh, the end…it really is near! :(

    Christian doesn’t have it “in” him to be evil. ;)

    Comment by Una — October 1, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

  6. OMG how funny, Samaria doesn’t know what to do with him now?! heh! Hmmm, even in danger Christian tries to play the hero. shame he cant save Ssedot.
    Hoo-boy.. I think Samaria bit off more than she can chew going after Christian!
    Wow go Christian! I dont think I have ever been more impressed with him than i am right now. oh ya Samaria is regretting it now i’m sure. and if she isnt… wait till her mom finds out .. bwahahaha!
    OMG. she still thinks of him as simply a half-breed like her? no wonder she did such a foolish thing. tsk tsk. she learns the hard way.
    great job Mao. Love the photos as always… oh i look forward to seeing what he has up his sleeve!

    LOL, she knows what to do with him, but she doesn’t have the power. Christian isn’t someone to trifle with, but he isn’t so cocksure that he always has to show it like his father. Yeah, Samaria was definitely stupid. They are not the same.

    Comment by ruby — October 1, 2008 @ 12:27 pm

  7. There are so many shots in this part that are brilliantly created. My favorites have to be when Christian is holding Ssedot, and then when he grabs Samaria. You have definitely mastered moving the characters into place so much so that I’m in complete awe.

    Anywho- enough about the technical stuff. YAY CHRISTIAN!!! <3 You are so awesome and fantastic, and caring and… ahem. God how I love to read him. Hehee! Samaria has another thing coming if she thinks she’s going to have Christian under her nails. HAHAA.

    Thank you! I really appreciate it. :D As for “mastering” it, hardly. It’s annoying and frustrating and half the time I don’t even get what I want to achieve. There are just so many folks out there who seem to do it effortlessly. It’s crazy!

    Comment by JMW — October 1, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  8. Oh Samaria sweetie when will you ever learn. Hmmm Christian is HOT in more ways than one. I can totally feel the anger. Christian seems to have a master plan in mind and it sounds like he planned it to me. Run Nicolas Run! Great chapter Mao I was beginning to worry about you.

    I don’t think Samaria has quite learned her lesson yet. ;) Christian has a plan, but it isn’t something he’s had in mind for any length of time. Haha, thanks! I’m alive, just busy.

    Comment by Detris — October 1, 2008 @ 1:09 pm

  9. Haha, Samaria just got PWNED! Now there’s the Christian I love to see! :D We see so much of his niceness and angstiness that I feel like I sometimes forget just how completely badass he can be when the situation calls for it. He and Beryl are really converging here, both harnessing their strength even though at one point we weren’t sure they had any left. *Is proud*
    Of course, I know he’s not safe yet…I’m sure you have more tricks up your sleeve. ;) But still. Nice to see both Christian and Beryl armed and ready to kick ass and protect one another.

    Yeah, Christian definitely hides his strength. It isn’t necessarily intentional on his part. You’re completely right, Christian and Beryl are both finding their inner-strength and tapping into it. There’s a reason for it, and I do have tricks up my sleeve! Thanks!

    Comment by Cassie — October 1, 2008 @ 1:12 pm

  10. A moment of silence… Okay I’m done. Too short, Mao! But it makes me feel better that he wasn’t completely tricked. something leads me to believe that he was fooled for a while, but woke up. Hey, isn’t Onael headed their way? Ooooh, fight!
    Yeah, short, but so was this! :(

    Sorry for the shortness! But there’s so many scene breaks I can’t combine them into one Act. It gets confusing and messing. :(

    Comment by Fini — October 1, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

  11. Finally! I waited up all night waiting for this update! But then I went to bed…haha.

    Ooooh. I think I get it…
    So Christian “planned” to come here and follow through with his plan I’m positive involves Melissande and Nicolas. Alright, that makes sense.

    The question that gets me is if Nicolas is gonna live..I mean, he’s awakened. And he’s a bad boy now. Plus Christian threatened him me thinks. Maybe he’ll overlook that promise for the good of the world.

    Sorry! Didn’t mean to make you wait, LOL! Melissande and Nicolas will be coming into play, but Christian doesn’t necessarily realize that yet. ;) As for the confrontation between Nicolas and Christian, I’m not quite sure how that’ll go. Christian did say he’d kill Nicolas if he saw him after what he did to Valerie.

    Comment by Eva — October 1, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  12. Oh, I was so happy to notice this update! Extremelly happy, I would say, he-he!
    The shots are fantastic! I expected Christian to be in big trouble, but he seems to have taken the situation to his strong male hands… I feel so much releived! Hope, he won’t get in a bigger trouble… with enemies all around!

    Hi there, thanks! Christian has definitely turned the situation around… but things are not always as they seem. ;)

    Comment by Kathy — October 1, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  13. Firstly I want to say excellent writing, beautiful screen shots as always, your lighting is always perfect… 80)

    Oh how terribly sad for Ssedot, although she did aide the culprit. And what a stunning description of her death, definately the tenderness of Christian. (He’s my fav and I am still rooting for him and Beryl, although somehow I dont feel it will be, *sigh, I am such a romantic, 80P…)

    GO Christian GO!!! Tell the bleepity bleep, LOL! Mao that was a truly anger and tension filled scene, between Samaria and Christian. I think she is beginning to finally understand that she truly f-up.

    And OH WOW!!! I Love how Chris. Turned the tables on the ego driven Samaria, especially loved how he told her that it was him that tricked her and she should wonder why he accepted. But my favorite is how he tells her she is not worthy of death… PERFECT, let the Bleep suffer. LOL

    She is in such denial, There is quite a bit of Eckard there in Christian isnt there, although C is definately much more kind and loving. Doesnt seem nearly as jaded. And the plot thickens….

    Wonderful Fantastic update!!!! now I have to wait for next week, lOl…

    Thanks! It’s definitely not easy and half the time I am grumbling to myself, thinking about how awful looking they are. At least you guys appreciate them, LOL! It’s the perfectionist in me–nothing is ever good enough! You are so right, there is plenty of Eckhard in Christian and vice versa. Sesana says this, even if Eckhard denies it. They just express and repress different qualities.

    Comment by Cheripye822 — October 1, 2008 @ 4:31 pm

  14. Caring Christian, to angry Christian, to protective Christian.

    All very hot Christians.

    Why is he constantly being underestimated? I’m so ready for him to really rip someone’s head off, so maybe people will begin to realize that he is not one to be messed with…

    Haha, poor Christian… he’s smoking! ;) You’re right, it sucks, but the good guys are usually seen as “weak”. Christian is hardly weak.

    Comment by Veron — October 1, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

  15. Better late than never right, I’m all caught up.

    The act before had me laughing, Beryl definitely has an attitude, and one that probably shouldn’t be messed with. I love her zest, and I’m glad she gave Eckhard crap as good as he likes to dish it out.

    And ‘YAY’, for a moment I was very worried about Christian. But I’m glad to see he has a master plan. Silly Samaria, thinking she could actually control Christian, Ha!

    Hey, Taryn! Hehe, yes, Beryl and her ‘tude are in full force with this chapter. Should be a nice callback to KiD. ;) Christian doesn’t necessarily have a master plan, but he did escape that little mess.

    Comment by Taryn — October 2, 2008 @ 3:20 am

  16. Samaria certainly bit off more than she could chew, but I can’t imagine she would give in just with his threats. She is a bit to obsessed with him, and I can almost see this feeding her more, if he can be more so could she. Christian, why do I think even if you didn’t kill her, you should have incapacitated her somehow…?

    Christian has a lot of Eckhard in him and while he didn’t physically hurt her, she’s been mentally bitch slapped, haha. Don’t mess with someone beyond your own power level! You’re definitely right, this hasn’t taken her out of the bigger game…

    Comment by goodbye_sun — October 2, 2008 @ 9:09 am

  17. I am so confused…O_o

    Aww, I’m sorry! It should make more sense as we go along.

    Comment by Tiffany — October 2, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

  18. Christian has a lot of strength in him. Perhaps Samaria should not have had someone die in his presence. I think that tipped the scale in the end. To have someone die in your arms would be a very powerful thing.

    You are completely right, Ssedot’s death really sent Christian over the edge. Especially because it is partially his fault. So he turned his guilt into anger, but that only means he’s going to crash…

    Comment by Ysbal — October 3, 2008 @ 3:26 am


    LOL! Phil, you always crack me up.

    Comment by Phil — October 4, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  20. Another powerful chapter Mao. I don’t why how Samaria thought she would be able to control him or even presume to be stronger. On a good day, Christian’s temper is frightening. I can only imagine the dark rage that consumes him right now.

    Be afraid Samaria, very afraid of not only your dear mother but Christian. He won’t easily let go of Ssedot’s death at Samaria’s selfish hands.

    Thanks, Gayl! Samaria is silly, but she truly thought that she and Christian were equals. She was very much mistaken! If Christian didn’t have more important things to deal with, Samaria would be toast.

    Comment by Gayl — October 6, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

  21. Hey Mao! I know I haven’t commented in a while but it doesn’t mean i haven’t been reading!!! Gooooooooo Christian- he is officially my favorite character

    oh yeah- you should really think about putting all of this together as a book or comic

    Hey, Liz! Good to see you are still around. :D Christian definitely has his moments. As for anything else, this is just a sims 2 experiment and I’m having fun with it.

    Comment by Liz — October 7, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

  22. *waves a “Go Christian!” banner*

    I absolutely adore Christian in this Act, and as the others have said we see different sides of him all in one sitting. He should be mean more often … ;)

    Samaria really got her fingers burnt this time, and if she doesn’t find a way to dig herself out the hole she’s jumped in I think it’ll definitely be game over for her – will it be Onael or Christian who finishes her off though? Or maybe someone else.

    Haha, Christian definitely has a lot of mean in him. Perhaps we’ll see that at a later date. ;) As for Samaria, well, she’s living on borrowed time.

    Comment by Tanya — November 5, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

  23. Go Christian! What an awesome turn around. Samaria certainly had that coming. Now I want to see an Onael/Christian confrontation. Also maybe a happy (not!) reunion of the Koenig brothers.

    Samaria should have known better than to try and shackle Christian. That was just pure stupidity!

    Comment by Verity — May 2, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

  24. Okay…WOW! I have said it before but Christian is so badass. What a fantastic scene this was between Samaria and Christian – bet she’s sorry she ever tried to trick him!

    Poor Ssedot. That was very sad, her dying in Christian’s arms.

    Thanks, Carla! Christian actually kicks more butt later on. ;)

    Comment by Carla — January 5, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

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