Wings of Steel

July 15, 2008

Heaven’s A Lie: Act I

Filed under: Chapter Nine — Mao @ 8:44 am

Clever got me this far
Then tricky got me in
Eye on what I’m after
I don’t need another friend
Smile and drop the cliche
‘Till you think I’m listening
I take just what I came for
Then I’m out the door again

Lie to get what I came for
Lie to get just what I need
Lie to get what I crave
Lie and smile to get what’s mine

Eye on what I’m after
I don’t need another friend
Nod and watch your lips move
If you need me to pretend
Because clever got me this far
Then tricky got me in
I’ll take just what I came for
Then I’m out the door again

Mine, mine, mine
Take what’s mine
Give this to me

A Perfect Circle, “The Package”

Nicolas listened as the sound of his footsteps echoed off the cavernous walls. He was deep in the underbelly of the cult compound–a place few ever went and returned from alive. Samaria had called him, secretly, giving him directions that led him through a labrynth of confusing corridors and thousands of doors. Finally he reached the end, yet Samaria was nowhere to be found.

He knew he shouldn’t have come. He knew he shouldn’t have listened when she said she was Onael’s daughter, nor should he have taken in what she truly looked like behind the hood. But, as was Nicolas’ fate, he did and now he was in trouble. His hasty actions would someday be the death of him, of this he was most certain.

“Looking for me?” Samaria’s velvety smooth voice purred into his ear, the feel of her breath on his ear causing him to jump.

“Damn it,” he hissed, trying to put some space between them. It was no use, Samaria had hold of his arm and she was stronger. “Are you trying to kill me?”

She laughed, the reverberation causing it to sound like a dull roar, “not yet.”

“We have business to attend to,” Samaria said, releasing his arm and taking a step back. “It was a shame that Elesuh had to interupt our little talk before.”

Nicolas turned to face her, visibly startled. Her appearance had changed tenfold, the robes gone and replaced by a decorated dress, her skin cleaned of any blood, her eyes radiating behind full lashes. She looked everybit Onael’s daughter in that moment, her body and face commanding the attention of anyone who might come across her.

“Are you surprised?” She smiled impishly, knowingly. “You see now my true form–my true me. The rags and the hood… how I tire of them. Let us not even go into how much I despise being ordered around like some little vampire toy.”


  1. OH wow, what an episode. Shame, poor Nic, he’s getting in deeper and deeper and theres nothing he can do about it. Samaria’s pretty, well I think so anyway. Although I do find her somewhat evil.

    I love Christina so much, he’s always had such a huge heart, so full of love for Beryl. I wonder what she could possibly want to talk to him about, hmmm??

    On a side note, its my grandmothers birthday today to, lol. Well, I wish your grandmother a happy birthday. Hope she has a great day.:)

    Aww, well, happy birthday to your grandma, too! :D Nicolas has this uncanny ability to walk the fine line between life and death. He’s not even trying anymore, sigh. As for Christian and Beryl, you knew I couldn’t keep them apart for much longer.

    Comment by Taryn — July 15, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  2. woohoo. Welcome back Mao. Great update as usual. Poor Melissande, I don’t know if Nicolas is going to be able to save her. Hmmm Christian can’t handle the fact that his parents still have passion for each other. Silly boy. I dread those words “we need to talk” I wonder what Beryl wants to tell Christian.

    Thanks! It’s taking a little time, but slowly, I’m getting back into the ‘groove’ of things. I know I sure wouldn’t want my life depending on Nicolas! Haha. As for his parents, Christian hates Eckhard and can’t understand why Sesana would give him the time of day. Ahh, like father, like son. Just keep holding onto that grudge, boys.

    Comment by Detris — July 15, 2008 @ 10:46 am

  3. I wake up and check WoS, and the update is already here! yay! This is the first time I’ve commented, and I have to say that yr stories are great! I read KiD and what was available for WoS during the hiatus! I couldn’t stop!

    Haha, wow! You’re quite the trooper. Glad to have you and it’s great to hear that you’re enjoying it. :D

    Comment by Halie — July 15, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

  4. Happy to see you’re back Mao.
    Passionate my foot. That broad’s crazy. Christian said Melissande would be in trouble if she went back. She can’t even help Nicolas; she needs him to bail her out. Why does no one ever listen?
    Well, looks like everybody else might be right about Beryl. Can’t wait to see what happens.

    Thanks! Glad to be back. Hahahaha, you hit the nail on the head… but I do so love writing for the crazies! As for Melissande, well, lets just say she knows something no one else does. Sanctus Unus doesn’t do things without a reason. ;)

    Comment by Fini — July 15, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

  5. ohhh this is good, can’t wait till the next update, & glad your back. =]

    Thanks! It’s good to be back. Glad you’re enjoying it.

    Comment by jacqueline — July 15, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

  6. So glad you’re back, Wednesdays just aren’t the same without you. I’m really liking Samaria – “I am simply…passionate”.

    Listening to “Where do we Draw the Line” and “Illusion & Dream” by Poets of the Fall reminded me alot of WOS. If you have time you should listen to them.

    Thanks! Haha, I’m glad I make your Wednesdays worthwhile. Samaria is fun to write for, I have a blast with her character. I’ve not heard of them, so I’ll wander around youtube and see what I can dig up.

    Comment by nychex — July 15, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

  7. I’m sad about Nicolas and Melissande, but it was clear to me that someone could use this unfortunate situation in it’s own favour, the brothers Blanc were always together.. til death.
    And I’m glad to see Beryl’s redhead again, my doubt is if she’ll be okay or not..
    Anyway.. wonderful act, it’s always astonishing me.

    Ahh, you may be onto something there. ;) I’m glad to see Beryl’s fiery red back in action, too. It was so weird seeing her with black hair! As for her health, well, we’ll see… thanks!

    Comment by seeing_red — July 15, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  8. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    this has to be the best update yet! i love the picture of Melissande on the floor, it gave me the creeps!

    Aww, thanks! Don’t worry… these next few chapters will have plenty of stuff worthy of an end. I’m hoping, at least.

    Comment by Alex — July 15, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

  9. Hope you enjoyed your break Mao! :)

    I think Nic’s going to be in a heap of trouble – from Samaria if he doesn’t lead Christian to her, from Christian if he does, and from Mel because he’s potentially put her and himself in big-time danger. However I suspect that Sanctus Unus has sent something back with Mel, as she did hint that sending her back would have advantages.

    Yes Beryl, you and Christian do need to talk! Will she get the chance to tell him her big secret before he gets face to face with Samaria though? And if a little Christian or Beryl is on the way, things could be about to explode on all sides *eek*

    Oh, it was definitely different! I’ll miss waking up to the sea, but I sure won’t miss the heat… whew. Nicolas is always in trouble, I don’t know what to do with him. He just has this knack for getting himself stuck in impossible situations! You may be onto something there, but I’ll let you wait and see. Haha, you knew I couldn’t keep them apart forever. We’ll see how long that lasts, though… ;)

    Comment by Tanya — July 15, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  10. Oh, man…CHRISTIAN!!! YOU HAVE A LOVE CHILD!!! Welcome back Mao, what a great kick start :)

    Haha, Phil! You guys won’t let that one go, will you. ;) Thanks! I’m glad it was worthy!

    Comment by Phil — July 15, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

  11. Wow, that was great. Welcome back, Mao! We’ve missed you and WoS.
    Nicolas is as weak as ever, isn’t he? Wow…it’s really coming out of him now. Samaria is awesomely hilarious, and the way he was thinking about her was just so very…Nicolas, haha.
    Aww, Christian…*hugs him.* I knew Beryl would get to him eventually, and she looks beautiful. Ah, the old “we need to talk” – so simple, yet so very ominous. :P

    Awww, thank you! It’s good to be back. :D Haha, yeeeah… Nicolas was never one of the strong ones. But there was never any doubt, either. Smoke and mirrors, mostly. We’ll see if he survives this little foray. Beryl has matured quite a bit… but in the end, she’s still Beryl, sigh. ;)

    Comment by Cassie — July 16, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

  12. *GAWP* …Wow… Samaria’s kinda hot… from all the shadowyness at least… my god! Mao! I’m hitting on all your girls O_O I’m amazed I haven’t said Beryl was hot yet xD. Lol woah… oh god.. Samaria IS kinda nuts… like me… I swear she sounds like me. Anyway, why is she so interested in Christian?! Does Beryl have competition O_O and awww they’re getting back together!!! … Nicolas better save Mel’s butt. Stupid rat.

    Hahaha, you really are! Samaria is interesting looking. Beryl is probably my favorite looks-wise… simply because she is uniquely flawed and I enjoy that kind of thing. No one knows how long that nose took me! As for Beryl having competition, that’s impossible. Christian has eyes for no one else… but that doesn’t mean no one else has eyes for him!

    Comment by Shirley! — July 17, 2008 @ 6:13 am

  13. Gah! he jumped and i jumped .. gosh i’m such a sucker.. *shudders* oh Samaria creeps me out.
    muttering, “so says the half-vampire…” bwahahaha.. dont annoy the woman Nicolas, she can still hurt you.. oh but he’s so right *snickers* Eeps, give him motivation? that can’t be good! *quickly clicks for next page*
    Oy Nicolas, time to step up and be a man! Melissande is totally screwed! yes i know, i should have faith in her brother.. but come on! its Nicolas we’re talking about!!!
    *blinks* talk? now she wants to talk? puhleeeze! he tried that.. you grrrr .. okay i know everyone loves Beryl.. except me! *waits for the hate mail* listen i dont hate the woman and i know she’s gone through a lot, and i use to like her just fine and all, but *shrugs* I dont know, I lost my sympathy for her some where. and omg.. she’s wearing red!

    Haha, Samaria is quite creepy! Nicolas isn’t one for tact, that’s for sure. Poor Melissande, would you want to depend on Nicolas for anything? Haha, it’s all right. I like the different opinions everyone has. Beryl is no saint, that’s for certain. She’s messed up and by all rights, Christian should tell her to piss off and die… but that’s not his way. So of course he won’t! Lucky for her.

    Comment by ruby — July 17, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

  14. You really outdid yourself this time! Wow the shots are astonishing!

    I’m sorry I just like Nicolas not that anyone can count on him to even hold their table while they go to the ladies room, but his personality crackles! yeah he will fold, but he’ll make an entertaining production while he does it.

    At first Samaria came across as a self-obsessed and almost delusional monster. “I’m the Queen of the Universe” sort of crazy followed with insane laughter. But I don’t think so. She sure doesnt seem to be quite totally plugged in the right way though.

    Felt horrible for Melissande. that is even worse than I imagined.

    Damn I wish Christian would WALK AWAY fast from Beryl. This is so ominous. And she would show up in a red dress. Is he just going to fall for that again?

    Wonderful, suspenseful, and shot through with humor. Love it!

    Aww, thank you, Beth! I had a lot of fun, Samaria is a joy to take pictures of. She’s just so nutty. ;) Nicolas certainly has plenty of… um… ‘personality’, LOL! Christian will never do that, poor guy. He’s stuck and it’s his own fault. That’s actually not a dress, it’s just a red sweater. Beryl looks good in red, that’s my fault, LOL. I enjoy putting her in red.

    Comment by Beth — July 18, 2008 @ 5:27 pm

  15. I have to adimt that evil manstealer does look good in red.
    And I wonder what she wants to tell him. But I think she wants to tell him she found out she’s got CRABS!!! and needs to go get checked out or that she’s pregnant. :L

    Haha, I’m going to go ahead and say it has absolutely nothing to do with crabs or anything of the sort. xb You silly girl.

    Comment by monica — July 18, 2008 @ 11:11 pm

  16. I finally realized what the clue was in Beryl’s room that you mentioned before! Though, I have no idea what it means.

    Eep! I love this story! Samaria reminds me of someone, but I’m not entirely sure who. She doesn’t really look like Onael to me.

    The clue was the Smashing Pumpkins poster, because their album Ava Adore would later become Beryl’s alias. ;) Thanks! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Samaria has bits of Onael, but the differing skintones kind of downplay the them.

    Comment by Erin — July 20, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  17. for Mao! Welcome back lovely! Samaria is creepy and crazy but kinda hot at the same time. Nicolas always like to tangle himself up in some sticky web, so like him. Beryl and Christian gonna have a talk! Baby? Hopefully Christian will listen to her before sulking off.

    Thanks! :D Samaria is definitely full of passion and she looks the part, too. Nicolas is getting into trouble as always, you’ve pegged that one. We’ll have to wait and see what happens between those two.

    Comment by karen — July 20, 2008 @ 11:39 pm

  18. i cannot wait until 12 tonight. this is like withdrawal. ive gone too long now without a new post and im dying!!!! im dying maoooooo!!

    Sorry, but it’ll go up at 12. ;) It’s only been a week! Hehe. At least the month break is over.

    Comment by Alex — July 22, 2008 @ 8:17 pm

  19. Have I said how much I love Nicolas’ new look. I probably should have mentioned that a while back.

    I can’t help but feel sympathy for Nicolas. He seems to be given little choice at all in his own destiny, been tossed from one manipulative divinity to another with barely time to say boo.

    And Christian. Everybody wants christian. He seems to be the key, the crucial piece to the puzzle along with the seer.


    Haha, thanks! I’m glad you enjoy it. It’s a lot different from his old look, but it makes him look older. As for not having a choice, well, Nicolas is prone to making bad choices. So even if he had, he would’ve chose wrong. Plus, we already know he did have a bit of a choice as he told Valerie when he was trying to mess with her head. He took the ‘easy’ way out. Silly Nicolas! And you’d think that, wouldn’t you…?

    Comment by Anghard — July 25, 2008 @ 2:21 am

  20. Ok, I have NO idea how I missed this- I feel so dumb. xD

    Samaria is made of insanity, apparently, But she is pretty. I wonder what Beryl is going to tell Christian…

    Sesana and Beryl both look amazing, btw. :D

    Haha, Samaria is quite… unstable. Thanks!

    Comment by Josh — July 27, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

  21. YAY!!!!! Finally they met again and I do have a feeling there is a baby on the way!!! The question, should I be happy or should I be sad? with all the craziness around, I don’t think it’s the best time for a baby, but oh well, a baby is always a blessing! :D lol

    Maybe it is not a baby!! :D lol

    It is difficult on what to decide, because it could be a good or a bad thing!

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

  22. Samaria looks totally freaky! You did a really good job with her. She looks so of beautiful in an otherwordly way but there is something incredibly creepy and unsettling about her.

    Yay… beryl and Christian and going to have a talk. Beryl looked so beautiful in this post. Sesana also looks very nice with her hair pulled back.

    I’m so glad you like Samaria! You described her just how I wanted her to be–beautiful, but in a haunting, eerie sort of way. There’s something very off about her. Beryl seems to be ‘glowing’ lately… I wonder why. ;)

    Comment by Verity — May 1, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

  23. “He was getting the feeling that this double-faced half-breed was quite insane.”

    Hmmm, I’m getting that feeling too! I do really like Samaria though. I can sort of imagine her voice and her movements in my head.

    Wow, that is a wonderful compliment. Being a very character-driven person, it always makes me happy when my characters can be real to the readers! Thank you!

    Comment by Carla — January 3, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

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