Wings of Steel

April 23, 2008

Reflection: Act II

Filed under: Chapter Eight — Mao @ 12:02 am

A ten ton brick is making me sick
Breaking my bones with the weight of it
Weight would grow with each new soul
Buried fine lies make big black holes

Who am I supposed to be?
Not like you give a fuck about me but
Who am I supposedly
When I’m finally done

But I’m finally done
With the divisions of
My former thorns with who I may have loved
I’m finally done
With the dissension oh
And I don’t mind saying
Don’t mind saying
I’m to blame

Nothing comes from nothing
Must mean something in the end
Justify the means
I need to break you
Need to hate you
Need to take this back but
Taking is like giving
If you’re at the other end
I won’t pretend to know your feelings
I could never break the chain

Hurt, “Ten Ton Brick”

Eckhard had been enjoying a quiet evening when Sesana had rudely stomped all over. He often came to the graveyard to think–it was the only place he felt he could truly be alone. Unfortunately, this was no longer true. Now everyone knew exactly where to find him and his safe place was anything but.

“I’m sure you could care less,” Eckhard began, his tone laced with malice. “But I come out here to be alone.”

“What you mean to say is you come out here to sulk over a corpse.” Sesana shot back, surprising him.

His eyes narrowed. There was no need to hide them from Sesana, so his sunglasses rested easily on his head. It felt good to be free of them, but he wished it was under better circumstances.

“What I do with my time is no concern of yours, Sesana.” He bristled, his lips forming a hard line. While he wasn’t facing her, he could feel her eyes boring holes through his back. She wasn’t going anywhere. “Why do you insist on bothering me?”

“Ever the fool, Eckhard,” Sesana replied, ignoring his question. “More concerned with a past that never happened than with the present. When will you wake up and see all that you’ve missed?”

At this, Eckhard snorted, “everyone has to reap what they sow–even your beloved Sanctus Unus.”

“Sanctus Unus saved your pathetic soul, Eckhard Koenig. You would do well to remember that.”

“Spare me your pandering, Sesana. Why are you really here?”

“Valerie requires your assistance to continue,” Sesana began forcefully. “You two share very similar traits and she needs your guidance.”

Eckhard looked uninterested, “I’ve showed her how to function without eyes, what more is left?”

“You are truly foolish, Eckhard Koenig.” Sesana ground out angrily. “How dare you deny your purpose! What do you wish, Eckhard? That Valerie was your child? Or perhaps you wish her to be a replacement for Abigail–”



    Seriously though, you leave me hanging in suspense =P.

    Good update, I absolutely loved it.

    Go Quinn, you rock!!

    Haha, thanks. Unfortunately, it will take a bit before we see the repercussions of Quinn’s actions…

    Comment by Dragongirl — April 23, 2008 @ 6:47 am

  2. So that’s why Eckhard always wears sunglasses! That certainly explains why he was chosen to help Valerie (and possibly why he’s not thrilled about doing so). Both he and Sesana touched a few nerves during that exchange – I’d call it a draw in that round :D

    Quinn’s going to get her fingers burned if she isn’t careful ….

    I threw out a few hints before, but now his secret is out–he’s blind as a bat, haha. Well, sorta. He can see another way. Sesana and Eckhard have plenty of time to go tit-for-tat. ;)

    Comment by Tanya — April 23, 2008 @ 8:19 am

  3. YEAH QUINN!!! Man, I like her SO MUCH more than I did in KiD

    Quinn’s seen a lot in six years, plus after everything with Beryl… she’s a bit more gutsy now.

    Comment by Phil — April 23, 2008 @ 11:19 am

  4. Sesana is pulling no punches! Stop abusing my darling Eckhard, you wench! *giggles* Yes, yes, I know he can handle his own fights.
    OMG that first picture.. his lips.. yum.. I want to just kiss those erm… right story.. *goes back to reading*
    *scoffs* My Eckhard is not a coward! Their son on the other hand…
    Wow when did Quinn grow a pair! She is going to defy Sanctus Unus?! Now that is something to look forward to! *bounces on the edge of her seat*

    LOL! Calm yourself, Ruby. I think you need a bib. ;) Poor Christian! Father and son are a lot more alike than you’d think. Yep, Quinn has definitely gotten gutsier over the years.

    Comment by ruby — April 23, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

  5. I LOVED this. Eckhard want Valerie? Sesana, stop being silly! Although I’ve raised the question before, that’s kinda sick. Anyway…so now we know the truth behind the sunglasses…he’s blind. Poor guy. Still sexy as hell. I like him without shades better. I get to see his wonderful face.

    Haha, I’m surprised someone hasn’t mentioned the obvious overtones in their conversation yet! As for his sunglasses, don’t worry… they’re about to meet an unfortunate demise. Since his secret is revealed, no reason for me to hide his eyes now. :)

    Comment by Eva — April 23, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

  6. Hahaha, when I was updating I expected to this to be up, only to find it later! :P

    I love the conflict between Sesana and Eckhard. They are such rich characters… I am surprised to see Eckhard is blind though. (Surprised to see, what a bad choice of words!) What is Quinn going to do?!?! I am anxious. :D

    It’s actually been up since 1am, but Feedblitz wasn’t working at all until 2pm today. Eckhard is blind, but you’d never know it thanks to Sanctus Unus. ;)

    Comment by Josh — April 23, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

  7. I loved the power play between Sesana and Eckhard. They are easily two of the most stubborn people in the world and them duking it out with nothing but their wit, which is high on both ends, is entertaining. Except I would have slapped him for pushing me into a tree too. But I’m the “punch first, ask questions later” type. And when Eckhard grabbed Sesana, I instantly thought, “Creepy old man!” LOL
    Wow, and Eckhard’s as blind as Valerie. Certainly can’t tell.
    Quinn, you’ve been lying to Beryl AGAIN? One would think you’d learn after last time. So wait, who’s wanting her to lie? Eckhard or Sanctus Unus? There are a lot of defiant women running around this city. You certainly can’t defy the Sanctus Unus, but you’ve sure got some balls to try. This lie had better be good for Quinn to lie to Beryl a second time. Beryl’s gonna be really pissed off this time. Can’t wait to see the nasty stuff hit the fan!

    The pushing into a tree thing was a callback to… something I’ve referenced, but never directly stated. Check out “Weight of the World” on the Chapter section. The picture for that chapter might give you a hint. ;) Quinn was forced into it when she caught Eckhard and Valerie leaving the graveyard at the end of KiD. It was supposed to protect and prepare her for Sanctus Unus. Quinn would never directly hurt Beryl.

    Comment by Infinity-Nevermore — April 23, 2008 @ 11:36 pm

  8. Poor Beryl, she’s always in the dark. I wonder whats really going on here, at present I have no clue. But I do believe that Quinn really does love Beryl and doesn’t want to hurt her again. But I don’t think she’s gonna be able to defy Sanctus Unus, I don’t think she realises just who she’s defying.

    Things are really starting to heat up now :)

    Haha, yes, Beryl never seems to be privy to what everyone else knows. Quinn wouldn’t hurt Beryl intentionally, but yeah, foolish move.

    Comment by Taryn — April 24, 2008 @ 4:15 am

  9. Sesana and Eckhard is the older version of christian and beryl minus the sex tension. They are one fiery pair, i mean the argument thing. I guess Sesana is maybe a bit jealous? Now the secret of the sunglasses is out, more secret is revealing in the next updates I guess.

    I’m really shocked. There’s definitely tension there. As for the Christian/Beryl connection… nah. Christian loves Beryl unconditionally. Eckhard is pretty much incapable of that–he idealizes Abigail, but is that truly love?

    Comment by karen — April 24, 2008 @ 8:04 am

  10. Ponders to herself

    What in gods names is Quinn talking about ?

    Oh and Eckhard is blind? Ahhh reason why he wears his ‘sunglasses at night’

    Takes a sip of her green tea and waits for the next puzzle piece to emerge ;)

    So contemplative! Quinn has been mixed up in this since she caught Valerie leaving with Eckhard in the graveyard at the end of KiD. That’s what I was hinting at. ;)

    Comment by PRMami — April 24, 2008 @ 8:51 am

  11. For a pair that were forced together by Sanctus Unus there is some major unresolved (ownership/sexual tension?) issues going on between Eckhard and Sesana. And Eckhard’s comments on how much his life and others have been manipulated by Sanctus Unus is interesting…is that old blame over Abigail or new blame over what is going on now? Oooh, what does Quinn know?

    Finally! I’m glad someone noticed the tension. I was worried I had completely buggered up the scene. I’m also glad you caught the implied manipulation.

    Comment by goodbye_sun — April 24, 2008 @ 11:38 am

  12. Quinn’s going to get hurt! Also Valerie is Eckhard’s Child??? Or was that just a figure of speak? I’m confused! Also i wonder what Quinn’s been keeping from Beryl?

    Er, Valerie is Antony and Abigail’s daughter. Abigail and Eckhard were never even vaguely romantically involved, despite his feelings. Sorry for the confusion!

    Comment by Sanna — April 24, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

  13. More interesting twists and turns a-foot. I really do feel sorry for Eckhard. I can sort of understand where he’s coming from. There’s nothing like not being control of your own fate.

    Eckhard hasn’t had it easy, but he hasn’t made it easy, either. He prefers to blame everything that goes wrong or someone else, even the blame lies with himself.

    Comment by Anghard — April 25, 2008 @ 7:02 am

  14. The ownership issue is certainly uppermost in Eckhard’s mind — and it does not seem limited to resentment towards Sesana. The comment about “women” running his life…although obligation is another form of ownership, the “child” owning the “parent” figure.

    Gorgeous shots — I love the shot with the sunglasses, one lens reflective, the other dark.

    Eckhard is a big old complainer, though. He has spent the entirety of his days blaming the world for everything that’s happened to him, even down to his blindness. Thanks! His reflective glasses are fun.

    Comment by Beth — April 25, 2008 @ 9:57 am

  15. I don’t like the sound of that threat Eckhard… But you go Quinn! I am now a huge quinn fan.

    can’t wait for the next update!

    It was more of a warning than a threat. ;) Quinn sure has gotten herself together…

    Comment by liz — April 25, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  16. I guess Eckhard likes his women hard to get and Sesana doesn’t take rejection very well. Women can get pretty nasty when it comes to that, demon or not ;-)
    I wonder what Quinn knows about the master plan or does she only know what Sanctus Unus wants her to know????? And how will Beryl/Ava react, she’s not known for having a very stable personality. Can’t wait to see more!

    Eckhard just plain likes women, haha. He and Sesana have an… interesting dynamic. As for Beryl’s reaction, we won’t get to see Quinn tell her, but she will react. Though probably not like you’d expect. She’s a different person than she was six years ago and she’s got bigger problems.

    Comment by brittybe — April 26, 2008 @ 9:02 am

  17. Damn Quinn, she lied again!!! I can’t believe it, she knew Beryl was alive!!! She knew and she did nothing to help her!!!

    Quinn really doesn’t have idea of what “Friendship” means!!! I’m just so upset with her right now!!!

    Stupid Quinn…

    Sesana looks like a very intriguing character! I wondered what happened between her and Eckhard… was she really jealous?

    And it was nice to read a little bit of Eckhard’s past, so he was also blind!!! Sound like he had a hard past…

    It’s a bit of a triangle, actually. Quite amusing, really. ;) Quinn knows, but she did what she had to. She had to help Beryl and that was the only way. Quinn is stuck being the bad guy just so she can save her friend.

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

  18. I don’t usually think Eckhard looks very good but he actually is quite hot without the sunnies. And my wasn’t there a lot of tension between him and Sesana. Melissande isn’t going to be pleased.

    And Quinn is lying to Beryl again!!! Meh.. I seriously wash my hands of that girl.

    Melissande has no right to be unhappy, as she knows how Eckhard is. She’s the same way. ;) Eckhard’s only loyalties lie with Abigail. Even Sesana gets none of it, being the mother of his child and everything.

    Comment by Verity — October 3, 2008 @ 7:37 am

  19. Oh, whoa! Bombshells a plenty!

    I did not realise Eckhard was blind.

    So Quinn has known Ava is really Beryl for the past six years? Or however long Ava has been around? After the way Beryl reacted to Quinn’s deception the first time, I’m not sure I’d want to let her know about anything else. I can’t wait to read more. :D

    Haha, oh wow! I had no idea you didn’t know about Eckhard. I know it’s been mentioned, but with all the chaos and how he acts, it’s easy to forget. He doesn’t act very blind. ;)

    Comment by Carla — January 2, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

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