Wings of Steel

June 11, 2008

Reflection: Act IX

Filed under: Chapter Eight — Mao @ 12:01 am

And it doesn’t matter
how you feel now, anything at all
Seems to be your only way, so vicious
Heavenly apart

When your envy is on a piece of paper
Let me sweetly smile
You’re devouring all the crumbs
I’m leaving caught up in your lies

You’re on any other side

Clawing up my eyes
I’m feeling your arms around me
On the other side
It’s time to go
I’m hearing your voice
without words
On the other side

You’re an any other side
Lacuna Coil, “Unspoken”

Christian stood on the balcony, looking out past the buildings and towards the expanse of water. Sesana had informed him that Sanctus Unus had a plan for Valerie’s reluctance and that he shouldn’t worry. Given what he had witnessed, however, worrying was about the only thing he could do. He couldn’t help but feel for Valerie, as they essentially suffered from the same situation. Their births were organized and their fates were etched in stone–they truly had no real choice in the matter.

At least Valerie had the promise of something waiting for her when it was all said and done. Christian was left with this empty feeling that somehow, he would end up losing more than he gained.

“Are you still worried about that little Seer?” Melissande’s voice chirped from behind him. He didn’t bother turning around. “How sweet. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think you had finally replaced Beryl.”

“That would require you to actually think, Melissande. We all know how incapable you are of that.” He shot back tersely, a headache forming. Melissande had that effect on nearly everyone.

“Touché!” She laughed, moving closer. “You’re getting quicker.”

“Is there any particular reason you’re out here bothering me, Melissande?” Christian grumbled, still not bothering to face her. “I’m kind of busy.”

“Oh, yes,” she said, drawing nearer in a conspiratorial manner, “we all know how terribly exhausting sulking can be! And here I thought you said you changed.”

Christian rolled his eyes, “old habits die hard. That’s something you should be familiar with.”


  1. Wow, I did not expect that. I wonder how Melissande going back could be a tactical advantage for them? So cryptic Mao, so cryptic!

    I lol’ed at Melissande’s first comments to Christian, she really knows which buttons to push with him. I think Nics gonna be very happy to have his sister back though, goodness knows he could use some more support. Hes quiet out of his element at the moment, and no ones being that nice to him. At least now he’ll have his sis to lean on. I still like him, even though he’s technically one of the bad guys.

    Hehe, you will see! She really does, but she’s known him since he was just a child. They grew up together. Nicolas has dug himself a deep hole and it seems Melissande will have to bail him out… or will she?

    Comment by Taryn — June 11, 2008 @ 4:40 am

  2. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be Melissande when she arrives back at Onael’s place :( It almost seems as if SU has sent her back to be a spy, or maybe to try to derail any plans that Onael may have that can’t be stopped from the “good” side. I can’t help thinking that Melissande will turn out to be one of the unlikely heroes :)

    Haha, yeah, I know what you mean. She could be a spy… you never know! Melissande has a fate, but I can’t tell you what it is yet…

    Comment by Tanya — June 11, 2008 @ 7:20 am

  3. Ok. I totally did not see that coming.

    Surprise! :D

    Comment by Lisa — June 11, 2008 @ 9:27 am

  4. Now I am beginning to join the readers that have doubted Santus Unus. What exactly is she up to? I had a feeling that Melissande would join Nicolas but I didn’t see Santus Unus sending her there. I am with Christian I have a feeling that something is not right. And do we get to see Valerie’s vision?

    Awww, poor Sanctus Unus. She has the best of intentions, but the greater good is not always for the good of a single person. Nope, you don’t, but you’ll eventually know what she saw.

    Comment by Detris — June 11, 2008 @ 9:31 am

  5. Ok, finally admitting that SA might know what she’s going, and it might not be unreasonable. At least Melissande appears to realize she’s a tool, but she’s an extremely good one.

    Christian’s situation seems increasingly perilous. This isn’t going to be good, is it?

    seems silly to keep complimenting you on your shots, but your use of light and the lack thereof is truly astonishing! They are works of art — just beautiful.

    Yay! Some faith in Sanctus Unus! As for Melissande, who is to say she hasn’t already been briefed and this isn’t all just an act for Christian? Ahhh, so many ways to interpret. ;) You know it! And thanks, don’t feel silly. I really do appreciate it–I often feel sort of ‘blegh’ about shots so it makes me a little more confident and not so self-loathing, LOL!

    Comment by Beth — June 11, 2008 @ 11:26 am

  6. *claps her hands bouncing on her chair* Weeeee! Its the Christian and Melissande show!
    Melissande sure seems anxious to find out her fate.. Sanctus Unus may not be as kind to her as she hopes … hmmmm interesting..
    *blinks* wow .. she .. i mean she.. wow! so Melissande willingly goes back to the enemy who will more than likely destroy her for having left to go to their enemy and *holds head* okay i get it but its making my head spin!
    oh intrigue! So Val saw something that putting Melissande in the enemy hands would be advantageous… well that makes sense… I’m looking forward to finding out what it is!

    Haha, Melissande is full of surprises! But she’s an older sister and has a duty to proect her younger brother. Even if he is a dumbass prone to constant bad judgment! Don’t worry, it’ll be awhile, but we will find out eventually.

    Comment by ruby — June 11, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

  7. Wow. First of all…I did NOT expect that of Melissande. Certainly not that she would be so composed and confident.
    Also, WTF Sanctus Unus?? How is it possible that she is losing her power? Mao, I don’t claim to have any idea what you’re planning in that evil genius head of yours, but I know it will be BIG.

    Melissande has her moments, a lot of the silliness is an act. Sanctus Unus has taken a body and has no corporeal form of its own. Therefore the body is stifling and slowly, Sanctus Unus is being drawn back to its realm where it will slumber.

    Comment by Cassie — June 11, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

  8. holy shit! we’re not going to lose Melissande are we? she’s my favorite! why would she want to go on the other side?! it was kind of sad, that picture of her fading out.. and the way she said “see you on the other side”. Christian seemed like he didnt want Melissande to leave.. one of the best updatesssss!!!!

    We’ll still see Melissande. We still see Nicolas, don’t we? Both sides will be explored more as we get nearer to the end. Christian didn’t want her to go, they have known one another since childhood. They have different affiliations, but there’s still that bond.

    Comment by Alex — June 11, 2008 @ 6:18 pm

  9. So Melissande was a bad guy after all. This saddens me. She was a cool character, who knows whats going to happen to her now.

    Nah, Melissande could care less about Onael. She just cares about Nicolas.

    Comment by Josh — June 11, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

  10. Maybe, just maybe Melissande will be able to still help Christian should he run into trouble. If she does, it’s only all the more sad that her chances of becoming a casualty have shot through the roof. But it’s true; you have to find where you belong, and in that process you may have to leave friends behind. Maybe she can also help Nicolas with that Samaria problem.

    Ahh, I think you’ve got the right of it. Melissande isn’t a good guy, so she wasn’t comfortable there, even with Christian. She needs her brother. It’s uncanny that they have that weird bond, despite fighting.

    Comment by Fini — June 12, 2008 @ 1:33 am

  11. Melissande has too much of a survival instinct for this not to somehow be advantageous for her and she gave herself over far too easy for me to think it was not something she had known was coming/had planned. So get on with your bad self Mel and go box your brothers ears a bit. He deserves it.

    Of course! It’s hard to know everything that’s going on when I only show you tidbits. ;) I’d love to see Melissande box Nicolas around a bit… hehe.

    Comment by goodbye_sun — June 12, 2008 @ 11:38 am

  12. Oh, man…I cannot BELIEVE that theres only one more act before the next chapter!!! AHHHH I WANT CHRISTIAN AND BERYL TO HOOK UP FOR GOOD PLEEEASE Mao tell me that they do!

    Haha, those two are a little too volatile for that sort of thing. Don’t go looking for happy endings, especially when I have promised the opposite. ;)

    Comment by Phil — June 12, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

  13. sorry, i just had to comment on this and ask you.. does Christian like Melissande?

    Not in the way you’re thinking. Christian has always and will always have eyes only for Beryl. Melissande is like an annoying sister figure.

    Comment by Alex — June 12, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  14. Oh, I was so behind, so much has happened!

    Okay, first, Melissande is gorgeous. I always thought she was pretty, but some reason, in this chapter, she is like the most fabulous looking thing.

    Second, is she going to be a mole for Sanctus Unus? Is that possible? Can she remain a sleeper even after being sent over to Oneal? I am so confused as so the possibility of her being a tactical advantage. And now that I find her to be so beautiful, I’m so sad she’s going over to the dark side.

    Okay, rambling over.

    No worries, welcome back! :D Melissande is quite pretty, but in a very shallow and generic way. That’s intended. As for Melissande’s fate, it is uncertain. Wait and see, that’s all I can say. It’ll all come together in time, as I usually do, but there will be hints scattered about for those who enjoy trying to put the pieces together!

    Comment by Veron — June 12, 2008 @ 11:18 pm

  15. I really didn’t see that coming at all! Melissande looked very comfortable where she was. I guess she’ll try to get her brother and herself out of the way before the inevitable sh*t hits the fan. She’s tougher than I thought.

    Melissande is good at hiding things. She’d never let Nicolas go it alone, though. They’re family. ;)

    Comment by brittybe — June 14, 2008 @ 10:35 am

  16. YAY! My hubby’s back. :)

    >:( And no Beryl in sight. >:(

    {had to put the evil laugh in for a dramatic effect:)}

    Your “husband”? LOL! The evil laugh frightens me. ;)

    Comment by monica — June 14, 2008 @ 10:58 pm

  17. “we all know how terribly exhausting sulking can be”

    Mellisande has the best lines. She seems awfully cocky and I have to say that I truly felt sorry for her.

    It’s quite interesting too that these perfect beings seem to carry a whole lot of prejudice against the vampires. Not so benevolent are they.

    Sanctus’ last words to Christian were very intriguing. I wonder what will happen now.

    Hehe, benevolence is in the eye of the beholder or something to that effect. Essentially, no one is perfect. Even supposed ‘perfect higher beings’. ;) Vampires don’t do much to change their opinion of them, though, truth be said. I’m glad I’ve got you wondering…

    Comment by anghard — June 15, 2008 @ 4:45 am

  18. Oh my! I wonder what kind of error Santus had make? You always keep me guessing, bad Mao!

    Aww! But is guessing such a bad thing? ;) Don’t worry, it’ll be revealed soon enough!

    Comment by karen — June 15, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

  19. Oh boy! And it was exactly the opposite of what I had imagined….

    I thought that maybe Melissande would bring Nicolas to join team Lucy and go fight the devil all together with friendship and love always winning!!! :d lol lol

    Well now my childish dream seems like is ready to turn into a nightmare… I can’t believe Melissande is gone… she is a traitor to both sides, I really doubt that Onael would just accept her back!!!
    She is going to be tortured again :( Oh poor Melissande!!

    I loved her nails though, lol too tacky for my taste, but they worked amazing for her character, I lover her clothes and makeup too!!! Too much personality and style in just one character!!! Amazing again!!!

    Melissande is an interesting character, I enjoy her. She’s definitely intent on being quite glamorous despite it all! Onael won’t accept her back, but who is to say Onael will be the one to find her? ;)

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

  20. I have to say I am hoping that Melissande being in Oneael’s realm will somehow help Nicolas back to the goodys side. Or at least find some sort of redemption. I wonder if that is why she wanted to be there with him.

    It wouldnt be somewhere I would want to get beamed up to though. Like “oh hai, I just thought I join the evil party”

    LOL! I love your comment, that is great. But yeah, very dangerous situation. She has her reasons and they may just be a bit bigger than Nicolas, though I’m sure she hasn’t forgotten about him. ;)

    Comment by Verity — May 1, 2009 @ 5:06 pm

  21. I love Christian and Melissande together. She’s got such a mouth on her, that one! I loved her being all coy with Sanctus Unus, of all people (or not people, I guess!).

    But wow, I actually wasn’t expecting Melissande to ask to join Nicolas. I don’t know why…I guess she’d just been bumming around with Christian for so long and I thought that might be a permanent state.

    I knew Sanctus wouldn’t send her back there unless it was going to be advantageous to their cause. It’ll be very interesting to see this play out, regardless.

    Haha, they have a funny dynamic. I enjoy writing it! Melissande and Nicolas are an odd pair, they may try to separate, but it never works out. They’ve been counting on one another for survival for their entire lives.

    Comment by Carla — January 2, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

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