Wings of Steel

March 26, 2008

Ava Adore: Act V

Filed under: Chapter Seven — Mao @ 12:04 am

Pierce the blinders,
Behold the path that leads before you
Let us forsake, forsake all the things
That lead us, lead us to our demise.

Open your eyes,
See the divine,
Open your eyes and see the…

Destruction of innocence,
Watch it breathe its last.

Open your eyes (Behold the path before you)
See the divine (Forsake our demise)
Open your eyes (Behold, the path before you)
And see the…

Abandon the safety of mindless following.

To the grave we take this oath
To leave this world behind
Hear the words of the voice that lives inside.

Killswitch Engage, “Take This Oath”

Ava slept restlessly, sprawled out on top of the bed. Quinn had been true to her word, Ava’s hair was not a less frightening shade of red and more like her own natural color. While Ava looked like Beryl again, she certainly didn’t feel like her. She’d even gone so far as to stop taking her pills, doing the drugs, and drinking haphazardly. It didn’t do a damn thing but allow the visions, memories, and nightmares to come rushing back.

“Are you sure this is what you want, Beryl? There’s no turning back.”

“What? You spend this entire damn time trying to convince me and when I pick what you want, you question me even more? What the hell, Christian?”

“I just want to make sure you won’t have any regrets.”

Ava grimaced in her sleep, her limbs twitching. She rolled her head to the side, though did not awaken. The dream continued.

“This is your decision, Beryl Cross? Very well…”

“What’s going on? Christian, what… what are you doing?”

“So it shall be.”

“What? NO! STOP!”

“STOP!” Ava cried out, vaulting upwards. She looked around, her breath ragged. When she finally managed to calm down a little, she rubbed the sleep away from her eyes and groaned. These damned dreams were going to kill her.

At first, it had been slow. She had some vague recollections here and there, but it was mostly just littered with empty and forgotten spaces. Unfortunately, as time went on, those spaces were filled. Every time she laid down to sleep before the sun rose, she was greeted with a different memory in the form of a dream. Some she would have preferred to forget about entirely.


  1. Haha, getting plastered won’t solve the problem at hand, dear. People always jump to that conclusion for some reason… Anyway, my hypothesis that Christian died to save Beryl just might be true…

    Haha, how true! I wouldn’t put it past Christian to do just that, but we don’t exactly know what went on. It was obviously enough to mess with Beryl’s head!

    Comment by Eva — March 26, 2008 @ 7:39 am

  2. Poor Ava/Beryl! I do so wonder what her purpose is…and I liked the flashback in the beginning.
    I have to say, even though we knew Beryl was Ava, and so she was alive, my stomach still did a little flip to see her in the character page. I know she’s not the same, but still! She’s alive!

    I figured that would please some folks, to see Beryl without the ‘Ava’ get up. ;) Beryl’s purpose is a big old question mark right now, but Sanctus Unus is about to let her off lightly.

    Comment by Cassie — March 26, 2008 @ 9:27 am

  3. WOW well I guess Santus Unus has spoken. speechless. Great update as usual I can’t wait for more.

    It is incredibly hard to tell the omnipotent being and creator “no”… leave it to Beryl to do just that. ;)

    Comment by Detris — March 26, 2008 @ 10:14 am

  4. Amazing…and as you said Mao, Beryl’s worst enemy right now is herself, Sanctus Unus words are so true, not matter what she’ll do, she’ll always be Beryl Cross, she needs to get over it and start accept it. and it will take time and patiente…
    5 stars Mao :)

    Yep, but as Beryl Cross she’s tethered to a destiny she doesn’t want. As Ava Adore she is free to do as she pleases, which pretty much equates to being miserable. I wonder if seeing Christian will change anything? ;)

    Comment by Danielle — March 26, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  5. Wow – Beryl is one pissed off screwed up vamp!

    I kinda feel sorry for her because actually none of this was her fault way from the beginning she was a pawn for the Demon Queen and she never had a chance to lead a life without the paranormal.

    I’m so curious to see what her role is going to be as part of Santus Unus troops.

    Poor girl -tsk,tsk-
    Mao this is so intriguing – I want MORE :lol:

    Yes, yes she is, LOL! Exactly. Beryl’s misery is the result of her life just being… wrong. She was supposed to die and the fact that she didn’t has come back and bit her in the ass at every turn. The poor girl! I’m glad I’ve got you hooked. :D

    Comment by PRMami — March 26, 2008 @ 11:04 am

  6. ooooooo interesting dream bit … *gasps* is it possible we’ll get answers?
    dum dum duuummmmm …. and just who occupied her room.. I reckon i need click n find out! *shivers with antici …. pation*
    Sanctus Unus! I should have known … i love how calm she is, so matter of fact. Beryl Cross, this is your life! Whew .. I don’t envy her … that must be wicked odd to see all three of them before her like that.
    whew… well Beryl can fight it all she wants, Sanctus Unus always has her way… glad I’m not Beryl!

    Haha, you and me both! Sanctus Unus isn’t really one to take ‘no’ for an answer and Beryl has been the only one to outright fight it. It won’t last long, though. You can’t really decline and omnipotent being, lol.

    Comment by ruby — March 26, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

  7. Whew! That was intense! *hanging on edge of seat to find out what Beryl’s fate is*

    I’m glad! I always worry that others won’t get the same things I hope to convey in particular acts.

    Comment by Lisa — March 26, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  8. Ava/Beryl seems to have a way out of the mess shes got herself into if she wants. Is the last figure her future self? Also im happy beryl has stopped the drugs, and avaness, well she had! :)

    The last figure is a mystery, but Sanctus Unus has revealed that it is somehow connected to Beryl. We don’t know how/why yet, because her mother was also included, and that obviously wasn’t Beryl. ;)

    Comment by Sanna — March 26, 2008 @ 12:43 pm

  9. Sanctus Unus was a wee bit scary in this Act … I wonder what she’s got cooked up for Ava/Beryl, as she gave the impression (to me at least) that Ava/Beryl’s part in the plan is as important as Val’s. Did something go amiss when Beryl made her choice in Limbo, as she’s having a worse time on her return than Christian is having? Or is it Libitina’s blood that’s prevented her return from being as trouble free – for want of a better description? So many questions, such as why is she seeing herself with the scythe, and is it possible for her to get rid of Libitina’s blood somehow (hence the cuts)?

    I’m glad you found Sanctus Unus scary! She can be quite intimidating when it is necessary. It is very important, yes, but we won’t know what it is for some time. Beryl’s choice really wouldn’t have mattered, as we’ve found out Sanctus Unus will make be what needs be. Something different happened than expected, but it didn’t go awry. Beryl’s body and mind is tainted not only by the remnants of Libitina, but also from the blood she took from Christian. As for the scythe… hehe. Time will reveal!

    Comment by Tanya — March 26, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

  10. NICE. Beryl, I have missed you, but WTF. We need to get you an intervention! And Mao, I STILL WANT THAT HAIR! :D

    Hahaha, yeeeah, but here’s hoping this is her last binge. I forgot about the hair!! I promise I’ll check, I’m sorry! xb

    Comment by Josh — March 26, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

  11. she is really disturbed by Sanctus Unus and I think she is driving her crazy.Who is that figure in that white dress? Is she who Beryl should be in the future?

    We’ll just have to wait and see when it comes to the mysterious figure. There’s several different things it could mean right now. ;) Beryl isn’t taking the Sanctus Unus thing well at all.

    Comment by karen — March 26, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

  12. Now see you got me all discombobulated again Mao – in her dream was that a “No! Stop!” don’t take him instead of me, or a “No! Stop!” I didn’t expect it to be you to do this to me Christian? I have a theory about the third figure is, but Sancus Unus referring to her as a body of the dead makes me not certain enough to throw it out there yet. I will just have to mull on it and wait to see where you are taking us.

    Hehe, I always find myself feeling proud when I manage to trip you up. ;) The “no, stop” was intended to be ambiguous. Perhaps we’ll find out what exactly it meant when she runs into Christian? I’m glad you have a theory! I was hoping that figure would spark a bit of controversy.

    Comment by goodbye_sun — March 27, 2008 @ 3:26 am

  13. I do quite wonder what purpose our dear Beryl will serve. She doesn’t seem too excited. Black blood? Yeah, that frickin’ scary. I wouldn’t want those kinds of memories either. And it starts with Sanctus Unus burning her wig. I’d watch it Beryl; next time she might burn up something you like even more.

    Sanctus Unus’ patience is running out because her time is running out. I wouldn’t expect her to keep playing silly mortal child games with her pawns for much longer. ;) Beryl is quite messed up, the poor girl.

    Comment by Infinity-Nevermore — March 27, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  14. Woah, I think the most importamt part of that was the dream…

    I always tend to ‘hide’ the most important parts, or find a way to distract from them. Very good observation!

    Comment by Phil — March 27, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  15. holy crap… Sanctus Unus’s stare is creepy… she was kinda mean to Beryl. why is everyone so mean to this girl?! sheesh.. i just cant wait until Beryl meets the others. thats gonna be awesome!

    Sanctus Unus can be quite intimidating! Not everyone is mean to Beryl, but she’s in a bad sort of way right now.

    Comment by Alex — March 28, 2008 @ 6:55 am

  16. Ah .. caught up finally!

    Ava is Beryl and she’s been trying to forget, indulging as Sanctus puts it.

    The closing line was a classic. Not that getting plastered would help her or make her forget for more than a few hours.


    Again, masterful storytelling. I love the world and the characters.

    Wow, you did it! Haha, thanks for slogging through and I’m glad you enjoyed the ride. :)

    Comment by Anghard — March 29, 2008 @ 2:53 am

  17. At first the three figures reminded me of a lot of mythology, the tripartite goddess in particular, but it doesn’t seem to fit. They seem to be aspects of Ava/Beryl herself.

    Her strong reaction to the loss of the wig is fascinating — so much of her identity tied to her hair, the color and the length.

    Love the shot and the writing in the bathroom — the image in the mirror, the description of the blood and her horrified reaction, right after the “dream” of Christian, or memory, which is so ambiguous.

    Wonderful update!

    They are essentially forms linked to her particular energy/spirit in some way or another. Her mother, Lila, her Demon Queen Form, and the unknown figure from her dream. I am SO GLAD someone caught that! You have no idea!! I am giddy now. I put that in there as a little callback to KiD and to show that Beryl is hiding in there, she’s just… changed. As for the blood occurring after her dream… there’s a reason for that.

    Comment by Beth — March 29, 2008 @ 11:54 am

  18. Great update! This story has become such a universe on it’s own. It really tickles my imagination.

    I can’t help but wonder about Sanctus Unus grand masterplan. It must be big! I suspect all the era’s will be replaced in the end by a new order. I wonder what role she has in mind for Beryl.

    Aww, thank you! You know, you’re the first person to really hypothesize about Sanctus Unus’ possible plan. I have to tell you, you’re not far off. A new order is quite probable.

    Comment by brittybe — March 29, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

  19. I just came back from my uncle’s house and I had to check up on WoS. The word addicted springs to mind… Good update, though I didn’t get half of it. O well, it is 12:50am here. That’s what you get for staying up late =P.

    I liked the wig too! Who wouldn’t? The blood bit is disgusting. When does Christian come back into the story?

    Anyway, great update, keep them coming!

    Haha, we’ll rejoin the current ‘timeline’ in the next Act. The last two Acts will focus on what happens when Christian is reunited with Beryl (or, well, Ava as she is now).

    Comment by Dragongirl — March 30, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  20. Woah, I did not expect Sanctus Unus to be in the room. Although, I was wondering what happened to her and why she hadn’t come back for Beryl yet.

    I’m glad Beryl is gonna kinda be forced to give up this way of life she’s developed, it isn’t good for her, and I think its making her nightmares and visions worse. Its gonna be a rocky road at first. But I believe in Sanctus Unus’s strength, and that she’ll help both Val and Beryl be strong in the end.

    We’ll find out a lot more about Sanctus Unus’ motives in the next chapter, this I promise. The biggest thing to remember is Sanctus Unus isn’t out for the betterment of these particular people, but for the world as a whole. Beryl definitely needs to give up her bad lifestyle, though.

    Comment by Taryn — March 30, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  21. Omg!!!

    YAY another savior!!!

    She will make Beryl come back to her feet and stand up and be the Beryl Cross we all adore! :D lol Hurray for Sanctus Unus!!! :D

    Awesome chapter!!!

    Well, I don’t know about that, but she’ll sure try. ;)

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  22. Once again… I would so not be pleased to be a tool of Sanctus Unus. Is there going to be some long-lasting benefit to Beryl if she takes part in this battle. Somehow I doubt it.

    Ugh… so freaaaaky with the bleeding wrists and the scythe. Scythes just creep me out so much. But the strange figure being there… and the fact that Beryl was holding a scythe. I wonder if that is a premonition of what she is going to become.

    Beryl plays a bigger part than anyone could possibly know. ;) And you may be onto something there… but it could mean other things, as well!

    Comment by Verity — October 2, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

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