Wings of Steel

April 2, 2008

Ava Adore: Act VI

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

Underneath her skin and jewelery
Hidden in her words and eyes
There’s a wall that’s cold and ugly
And she’s scared as hell

Trembling at the thought of feeling
Wide awake and keeping distance
Nothing seems to penetrate her
‘Cause she’s scared as hell

Wide awake and
Keeping distance from my soul
Wide awake and
Keeping distance from my soul

I am frightened too
I am scared like you
I am frightened

Tool, “Cold and Ugly”

Ava stumbled out of the dive bar, the thumping bass audible through the worn brick walls. It reverberated in her skull, causing her to lose her balance again. The world spun around her and her vision tunneled in and out. She had drank enough for any normal human to require their stomach to be pumped. Thankfully for Ava, she was hardly normal.

She stumbled past the oblivious couple making out. She would have rolled her eyes, but it was likely it would just make her ill and she didn’t want to vomit all over the sidewalk.

The bright light of the street lamp hit her hard. She recoiled, her eyes snapping shut. Her stomach flopped and she could feel the liquor burning its way back up her throat. She swallowed hard and ignored the pounding sensation behind her eyes, forcing them to gaze upon the empty street. It was late, much too late for any normal human being to be out. Thankfully, Ava wasn’t normal.

That stupid wench in the red dress had made that clear as crystal. Ava’s throat burned and she ruefully swallowed again. Fuck her and fuck her ‘purpose’.

Beryl Cross was dead.

Her equilibrium cooperated enough for her to make her way past the overly bright street lamp and down the street. Idly, she wondered where exactly she was–she didn’t remember this part of town. Why had she come here? Why did she go to that stupid dive bar? She had been so angry, she didn’t bother rationalizing and just went in search of her favorite ‘quick fix’–alcohol.

She pushed back the wave of nausea that threatened to overtake her and continued walking. She could have gone to James, of course, he was always partying. He would have welcomed the fact she was back to being overly indulgent. It was all James did and all he cared about. Being a vampire was one big party to him. He didn’t know a damned thing about the real world.



    you make me a happy girl, Mao. :D :D :D

    Haha, that was nothing. Wait until next week. ;)

    Comment by Riot — April 2, 2008 @ 12:11 am

  2. Wow! I’m speechless! They kissed!!! I’m glad they finally stumble into each other! You know how much it meant to me to see them again! Beryl seem not complete without christian to me.You are the greatest Mao!

    Haha, I think Beryl would agree that she isn’t necessarily complete. Perhaps not in the romantic sense, but still!

    Comment by karen — April 2, 2008 @ 4:55 am

  3. WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A KISS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh Yeah! Does a Snoopy dance – and Beryl may just shove him to the floor and beat the shit out of him when she figures out she’s kissing him! :lol:

    Gods its to bad these two are destined to never be happy with each other, but I can almost feel Christian’s desperation to just love her.


    I love that your first thought is that Beryl is going to beat the snot out of him when she gets her thoughts together. I can tell you’ve been paying attention! I’m glad you can sense the desperation. This wasn’t so much about a kiss as it was Christian’s admittance that he’s selfish and wants Beryl alive.

    Comment by PRMami — April 2, 2008 @ 6:44 am

  4. woohooo!!!!

    So they made Beryl kill Christian then let her go? And that is why she started with the drinking and drugs? Poor Beryl. Maybe now since Christian has found her he can explain some things.

    I’m afraid we won’t get the whole story on what happened in this chapter, but it’s coming, don’t worry.

    Comment by Detris — April 2, 2008 @ 9:03 am

  5. Wow. Just…wow. I’m not even going to pretend I have any idea what you have in store for these two. I’m just holding on for the ride…
    But the last two pictures? Holy shiz. It’s not *SQUEAL* so much as *GASP*!

    Haha, yeah, it’s hard to say. I have a general idea, but it’s up for them to fill in the gaping holes…

    Comment by Cassie — April 2, 2008 @ 11:37 am

  6. WELL, ain’t THAT a shocker. She knew she wanted it. Look at her…all happy and stuff. Haha, whatever, that’s just me being bitter and angry. I don’t expect this moment of joy to last too much longer though, nothing ever does. I mean, look at the whole Valerie and Nicolas thing, it was find and cool for like a minute and now he’s a bad guy. How fun it is to be in love…and I don’t speak from experience.

    For poor Christian, it isn’t very fun at all. Valerie and Nicolas is a little different… I wouldn’t call that love. Nicolas has never, ever said he feels anything for Valerie and Valerie can’t quite comprehend full-on romantic love, not will she ever get the chance to. ;) It’s more bittersweet than joy, but you’re right, it won’t last.

    Comment by Eva — April 2, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  7. Ava is so hard headed … but she too will learn it isn’t good to turn your back on Sanctus Unus
    Ooooh its Christian! We’ve caught up to now .. *rubbing hands together* this is gonna be fun
    *laughing holding my sides, tears streaming* “Oh, fuck you, hippie-long-stalking.” Oh Mao, I love that, its freakin hilarious!
    Hmmm that is some serious guilt Beryl had been lugging around.
    *squeals!* Its about damn time! Go Christian!! whew .. it only took a life time *giggles*
    Ah hell, another seemingly happy ending Mao? *tsks and grins* great update

    Very true, Sanctus Unus means business! I’m glad you liked that line, so did my fiance. ;) Hahaha, happy ending? We shall see about that, won’t we?

    Comment by ruby — April 2, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  8. Even though I can’t see any other comments at the moment, I know I’m not going to be the first to shout YAY!!!! Will Beryl/Ava knock the stuffing out of Christian in the next Act, or will she finally give in (even if it’s only briefly)? I only logged in to check my email before dinner, but when in Rome … :D

    So Beryl/Ava’s price for returning was to kill Christian? Would she have killed him even if she knew that he’d be redeemed? I’m going to go potty waiting to find out what happens now! Wouldn’t have it any other way though :)

    Hahaha, I’m not going to say anything about the next Act. Just wait and see… ;) As for what happened, we will find out more, just not in this Chapter. It’s coming, though, I promise, it’s just after everything… Christian and Beryl aren’t really apt to sit down and have a chat over hard and painful memories just yet.

    Comment by Tanya — April 2, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  9. :O

    Haha, indeed. :P

    Comment by Jess — April 2, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  10. one word…FINALLY! :)

    Oh, just wait…

    Comment by Danielle — April 2, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  11. Be still my heart! I love that last shot!

    Thanks! I’m glad you liked it.

    Comment by Lisa — April 2, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

  12. She killed him????? and noooooo, i’m not here next week so i cant read the next update for like, ages :( . Amazing Update, it clears alot of things up but then confuses it all again, in the same thing.

    I gotta keep you guys guessing. ;) It’s a shame you won’t be able to see next week’s Act right away, but just think, that means two will await you!

    Comment by Sanna — April 2, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

  13. He put her under a freezing shower. Hilarious. I’d be cussing him out too if it were me, but hilarious.
    Oh crap, they made her KILL him? No wonder she was convinced he was dead. That’s evil. Wait a minute, who’s “they”?
    Only a few minutes and they’ve settled back into the old Christian and Beryl routine: him hovering and her complaining about it. Of course you missed him. Who wouldn’t hiss him? Heck, I miss him.
    Wait for it, wait for it…yes! Contact! Thank you Mao! I think this’ll hold me for a week.
    Of course, next week, I want details. At the end of KiD, I was sure she had decided to die, or however it would’ve worked for her. Did Christian really convince her to choose life? Why did he have to die for it? Is she supposed to be dead but Christian “sacrificed” himself for her? Most importantly (for me) why’d she have to kill him? For now, sitting on my hands to beat the urge to change my desktop to last me another week!

    I don’t actually drink myself, but I recall having to do that to a friend once. Heh. It worked! Sorry about the confusion, “they” implies the Eras. Beryl missed Christian, you can’t doubt that, but Beryl is prone to denying those sorts of things. Plus, it’s well, complicated. At least, that’s what her character claims. ;) I’m afraid you won’t get your details quite yet, but they’re coming, I promise!

    Comment by Infinity-Nevermore — April 2, 2008 @ 3:52 pm

  14. =O

    I think that right there is all I have to say. (Her blood is acidic for real?!)

    It’s like acid, but not actually acid. It just burns things unless diluted.

    Comment by Josh — April 2, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

  15. Didn’t see that coming! I love Christian, hes my Favorite!Much better than the idots Beryl/Ava has delt with. He’s hotter too. ;)

    Yeah, Beryl sure knows how to pick them. Christian is about the only male on the face of the planet to be able to deal with her in a ‘healthy’ way, but they’re just so right they’re wrong.

    Comment by Cassie II — April 2, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    *calms down* ok im done….

    wow i must say that this is the best part of the story…so far…i cant wait until the next chapter

    Haha, thanks. I know a lot of people have been waiting for this, both through KiD and this first part of WoS!

    Comment by Nikki B — April 2, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

  17. I feel sorry for Beryl. She seems very very confused and very ‘helpless’ – someone trying very hard to forget her past.

    I was thinking the other day that when Valerie saw that woman cutting herself that it looked a bit like Beryl now that I think about it and Christian mentioned that he had that vision of her and Valerie was seeing his vision. It didn’t click til now though. I know, I am slow at connecting dots!

    I really love the way it ended and Christian’s words, how can you not love him.

    I think I have a crush on him.

    Wonderful update and more of an insight into Ava/Beryl.

    Christian is ridiculously devoted in a very endearing, yet creepy, way. Normally it would make me sick, but with him, it’s different. It makes me want to pinch his cheeks. He’s a fool, though, surely. He and Beryl are so ‘right’ they’re ‘wrong’ and anything they do will be riddled with conflict and agony. Still, he tries. You have to give him that. ;) I just wish I could write him better… I suck at romance things. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of dots to connect and plenty of time to do it!

    Comment by Anghard — April 2, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  18. MAO!!! PLEASE END RIGHT THERE!!!! AHHHHHHHH YESSS I THINK I JUST ABOUT BLEW MY TOP!!! THEY ARE TOGETHER!!! FINALLY!!! Okay, now that I’ve calmed down a bit…woah. Mao, you are amazing. You are the woman, the coolest person alive. YES THEY ARE SO RIGHT TOGETHER!!! OMG I am totally in love with Christian right now, he is the most romantic and hot and cute and amazing…sigh

    Haha, I’m afraid I can’t end there. Don’t think they’re ‘together’, it was just a kiss! ;) You’ll have to wait and see what next week has in store.

    Comment by Phil — April 2, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

  19. Wow:O wasn’t expecting that,but even though I do not like to share Christian i’ll let that go for the time being but the next time she touches my man Beryl’s going down.>:(

    You probably won’t enjoy the next update. Just a warning. ;)

    Comment by monica — April 2, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

  20. HOLY SHITZIES! this is the best update of all of them!

    is Beryl gonna beat the living crap out of him?

    Haha, rest assured, Beryl isn’t going to kick Christian’s ass. Well, not yet, at least…

    Comment by Alex — April 2, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

  21. I cannot even imagine how angry she must be. To be put in that impossible position, and then to have Christian ride back (ok not on a white horse but some kind of horse — invisible horse) with all that emotion.

    But it’s not ultimately about being angry with him. It seems to me it’s being angry with herself.

    Extraordinary shots. Stunning writing. I really love your style!

    You are too sweet, thanks! Beryl is really angry at herself, yes… but Christian has some blame. She just called him out on keeping her alive for his own selfish reasons and he admitted it. ;)

    Comment by Beth — April 3, 2008 @ 1:32 am

  22. So Ava feels pain when Christian turns up…sort of like something about his presence took away part of her, or…something. And leaving us like this is pure torture Mao.

    Yes, very much so. They are connected a bit past her having taken his blood. It’s something I’ve touched on since KiD. It isn’t necessarily romantic as it is something more twisted. ;) Sorry for the torture, but hopefully next week will make up for it!

    Comment by goodbye_sun — April 3, 2008 @ 7:58 am


    I’m so angry I didn’t have internet until this morning! I’m flipping out!

    I really wasn’t expecting that at all. Mao you are amazing at keeping me on the edge of my seat with my mouth hanging open in shock.

    I’m glad you were surprised! I really like it when I manage to catch people off-guard. ;)

    Comment by Veron — April 4, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

  24. Ow My Gawd! They kissed! The romantic soul in me really wants to see them happy together, but things are so messed up this can’t be good.It makes me wonder what Christian knows about Sanctus Unus plans. This couldn’t be in her plan. But then again, she’s kind of all knowing so she could of seen this comming! Aaaargh, your story plots are really getting to me Mao!

    I’m glad you’re getting into the story. As for what is in Sanctus Unus’ plan, we can’t really know that yet. She really hasn’t revealed anything, just that she needs certain people and that the main characters have specific roles/destinies to fulfill. Rest assured, though, that Sanctus Unus is usually well-aware of the things going on around her.

    Comment by brittybe — April 4, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

  25. aww finally ! I’ve been waiting for this kiss forever. Waiting a week between each update is killing me, and because of timezones I actually have to wait until WEDNESDAY (I’m French =D). I think it would be funny iif James popped up during that kiss >=D

    Haha, actually, they are released on Wednesday here, too (US). I usually try and update at 12am. So that means it’s likely during the day or evening for you! :) Funny you should mention James…

    Comment by Elthyra — April 5, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

  26. OMIGOSHHHHH yay!!!!

    sorry for lack of comments- my computer is a butt and was going too slow so now I’m using firefox… which is O.K. but I still like safari better. anywhooooo!
    YAY YAY TODAY IS HAPPY DAY! WEEEEE! They kissed, they kissed, beryl/ava and Christian kissed!

    Haha, I added in the ‘Christian’ for you. Otherwise, it looks like you said Beryl kissed herself, which made me giggle. :lol:

    Comment by liz — April 16, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

  27. OMG! OMG! OMG!

    I am so freakin happy right now! That’s right Christian, take her, its about damn time. She wanted it all along anyway, she just wanted to play hard to get. Oooooo I’m so happy!

    Hahaha, your comment nearly made me spit Mountain Dew! :lol:

    Comment by Tiana — April 28, 2008 @ 4:34 am

  28. OMG!!!!! They kissed, they finally kissed!!!! YAY I’m so happy!!!!

    :D Awesome chapter bravisimo!!!!

    OMG!!!! I’m so happy!!!

    Mao, you are awesome!!! and about you not being happy with your pictures, girl you are crazy!! Your pictures are the best pictures I have seen in a sim2 story!!! everything, angles, poses, colors, lighting, everything is perfect!!!

    I will finish reading the whole thing tonight!

    Thanks, but this wasn’t the end of the chapter. There’s actually Act VII, where the important stuff happens… or at least one important thing happens. I emailed you, but if you see this before that, then make sure you read that Act. It’s like one of the few in WoS you can’t miss, LOL!

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 6:22 pm

  29. YAY!!!

    I have been waiting for that explanation and, poor silly romantic me, that kiss since Knock it down. LOL!!!

    Great story, I am enjoying every minute of it and will finish tonight.

    Great screens, clean, clear writing, beautiful all together. You are an AWSOME writer…

    Hey, Cherie! I’m glad you enjoyed the kiss. Of course, even more happens in the Act afterwards, but I’m sure you saw that, too. ;) Thank you!

    Comment by Cheripye822 — August 28, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

  30. Awwwwww! I love Christian. And I love Christian+Beryl… they picked up right where they left off with the bickering. Hurrah.

    By now you’ve seen the next part, so I won’t say anything. ;)

    Comment by Verity — October 2, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

  31. God, I love Christian!

    I don’t think Beryl’s going to be as pleased when her head stops swimming though. :\

    Oh, she’s going to be very confused and angry, LOL!

    Comment by Carla — January 1, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

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