Wings of Steel

July 23, 2008

Heaven’s a Lie: Act II

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

Where is the gain in all the hell you bring
In the search for something new?
Because the birds won’t sing when their cages stink
So think of something else to say
Because things are changing

Your hands, held tight around
The throat of what it is to live these days
And we choke on the pain feed into our heads
We’re not gonna be here when you get back

I want to write your name into my flesh
I want to be in love with myself again
I want to bring it down
I want to bring it down
I believe that things are changing

For the best
And all the rest into the flood
All of me has to bleed
But part of me has got to be alive
Deepfield, “Into the Flood”

“I am here, Seer,” Sanctus Unus said suddenly, appearing behind Valerie. If the Seer was startled, she said nothing. “I hope you have come to answer my call.”

Valerie was still not fully used to her new ‘state’ of being. Calling someone to her was simple, but to answer the call of Sanctus Unus? It was worse than any alarm she’d ever heard–ringing constantly, endlessly throughout her head until finally, she gave in. It took her nearly ten minutes to dull the sound and build concentration to come here. Now that it was gone, Valerie was surely thankful, but afraid.

“What would you ask of this one, Sanctus Unus?” Valerie’s head hung low, respectful and obedient. The action also helped to hide the emotion that crept onto her pale face–the realization of the call becoming ever more clear.

“You know already, do you not, Seer? Beryl Cross has yet to be dealt with… and my time grows shorter with every word I speak. Do you understand? I must see her–you must bring her here, to me immediately.”

“B-Beryl?” The last Valerie had seen of Beryl, she was speaking to Christian on the balcony. To take her away now would be disastrous. The young Seer knew the nature of their conversation very well and was quite aware of its importance.

“I… I can’t,” Valerie replied suddenly, surprised as her arms entwined around her torso, gripping tightly. Her soul may have changed, but her body continued its old habits. “I can’t take her away, not now… not yet.”

Sanctus Unus was not pleased with this answer, “perhaps you do not understand the gravity of the current situation, despite your obvious ability to see it more clearly than any other. I will be gone from this world soon, forced into a slumber where only the calls of you and the chosen will awaken my consciousness. Our bonds will enable our success, as I will be able to guide you, even in my restive state. However, this cannot come to be if the one called Beryl Cross is not addressed properly.”


  1. Well I hope she can get throught to Beryl, I know how difficult she can be. Lol, I think everyone knows how difficult she can be.

    What I’m intrigued about is what Beryl and Christian were discussing. That conversation is reason enough to be a fly on the wall.

    And might I just say again, Val looks stunning. This whole Seer position agree’s with her. Now if only she’ll lose that last little bit of insecurity she has, and wa-la! A truely gifted Seer.

    It is true, no one else would be suited for Seer as Valerie is. Of course, she was born for it, so it is no wonder. Haha, how did I know everyone would be preoccupied with Christian and Beryl’s discussion? We’ll get back to them, but there are other things to discuss, as well.

    Comment by Taryn — July 23, 2008 @ 5:01 am

  2. Oh my what do they have planned for Beryl? Valerie is right Beryl is not going to go willingly no matter how much you talk to her. Hmmmmm Valerie has set herself up.

    Haha, that is for us to wait and find out! As for Beryl, well, you might be surprised. Even Beryl can grow as a person…

    Comment by Detris — July 23, 2008 @ 10:52 am

  3. Wow, I really can’t wait for these two to “battle it out,” so to speak. Should be very, very interesting and I can’t wait to see what Valerie has to tell her.

    Haha, there will be no battle. But their discussion should warrant some interest indeed.

    Comment by Cassie — July 23, 2008 @ 11:36 am

  4. Sanctus Unus is starting to get annoying with all her demanding. I wonder why they want Beryl- and exactly the nature of the conversation with Christian…

    Haha, Sanctus Unus can demand anything it wants. It is the creator and originator of everything, after all. ;)

    Comment by Josh — July 23, 2008 @ 12:13 pm


    Haha, Phil, I think you left your caps locks on. ;) You should know how I do things by now. You won’t have to wait that long.

    Comment by Phil — July 23, 2008 @ 1:27 pm

  6. Well, that was short. And she has to be interrupted from her very important conversation with Christian? At least we’ll figure out what Beryl has to do with this whole thing. It’s funny to see Valerie, who looks so dignified, regal even, still act like her old sheepish self. I wonder if Valerie herself will have to use brute force to get Beryl to go with her. I don’t see it as out of the question. Thanks, Mao: you’ve left me with nothing but questions.

    It was short, but a lot wordier than the norm, thus why I felt it needed to be short. Sanctus Unus isn’t intending to interrupt, but Christian and Beryl have time and Sanctus Unus does not. Valerie will always be Valerie, no matter what you dress her up as or tell her she is. ;) And were it not for those questions how else would I keep you coming back? Haha.

    Comment by Fini — July 23, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  7. wow…Valerie’s fault that Beryl ran amuck because SA had to spend so much time on her? Now that is a guilt trip! But it makes sense in a terrible way. And Valerie’s decision to try to “fix” or at least minimize damage is interesting. At least it was a decision! Sad and ominous.

    The light and color and writing absolutely zing here! Everything looks suffused with golden light — wonderful!

    Of course, every action has a consequence. Valerie is beginning to realize that. Poor Valerie. Thanks! I hope your injury is healing all right.

    Comment by Beth — July 23, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  8. addressed properly.. beryl .. wow .. intense!
    without her cooperation … dang! *bounces on the edge of her seat* Oh ya now ya feel bad.. pfft too little too late, now get busy adn do what you have to Val.
    whew .. okay so its time .. erm to wait again.. geebus .. okay so intense! i’m just .. not making ANY sense today.
    You have me tongue tied Mao .. great update, supurb photos.. i’m barely hanging on to the edge of my seat, teetering on falling once more!

    Beryl is quite important to this, but so was/is Valerie. Everyone has to do their part, really, for the plan to work. Haha, poor Valerie. Poor Ruby! I’m sorry, hopefully the next Act will make you speechless in a different way. ;)

    Comment by ruby — July 23, 2008 @ 5:13 pm

  9. Poor Christian, everytime he sees himself having a personal conversation with Beryl it’s certain that SOMETHING is coming quickly.. :/
    I wish if they could spend some time alone, without interruptions.. adult and mature conversation, you know.. to solve all their problems in that weird relationship..
    And little sweet Valerie! All this Seer thing suits perfectly for her.. I wonder when she’s going to act like one, a born one.. must be difficult but she has to grow up.
    Domo Arigato Gozaimashita :]

    Ahh, yes. It’s always been an issue for them, but no worries. Their conversation will go uninterrupted. Valerie has made certain of that. I’m glad you think it suits her! It is definitely difficult, but I think she’s at that point of acceptance without looking back. :D

    Comment by seeing_red — July 23, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

  10. Everytime there is a scene with Sanctus Unus, I can’t help but remember that saying that sometimes, “good” people do evil things to justify the good they are doing. I don’t know why that keeps resonating in my head whenever I see her.

    I love Valerie’s transformation, she certainly looks like there’s power there beneath the fragile outward appearance just waiting to spring out and take hold of the world.

    I have to side with Valerie on the issue of just barging in and taking Beryl though. It would cause so much conflict that it might actually slow down Sanctus Unus’ plans rather than speed it up.

    I feel things are coming to a head.

    You see, that’s a good point. In my mind, there is no absolute good or evil. Sometimes in order to save a world you have to do some questionable things. Like a chess game, it’s all about who has the better eye, skill, and pieces. Also kind of helps to have a stronger will. Sanctus Unus would never forcefully take Beryl, she was tricking Valerie. Sanctus Unus means well, but will do what is necessary to make the plan go into motion… she told Christian as much as that a few Acts ago. It isn’t an easy burden to shoulder.

    I’m glad, because it definitely, definitely is.

    Comment by Anghard — July 25, 2008 @ 2:28 am

  11. Good to see that is still a whole lot of Valerie still there. And even if she can be frustratingly lacking in confidence, that sort of balances out the urgency Sanctus Unus places on everything, and while it uses up time, it also lets that little bit of understanding slip into what is happening.

    For some reason I’m thinking once Beryl says what she intends to, she will not be so hard to coax away. She’s not exactly good with any sort of emotional outpouring or cutesy moments, more a say it and run kinda gal.

    We’ll notice some bigger changes in Valerie as time goes on. Mostly, she has to restrain herself. She can’t allow her emotions to rule her, which is something Valerie’s always been terribly guilty of. As for Beryl, you may be right on that one. Even Beryl can’t deny the urgency of the situation, nor the importance.

    Comment by goodbye_sun — July 26, 2008 @ 10:50 pm

  12. Just a short comment on this Act as I’m catching up. Beryl and Valerie’s meeting will be a bit on the fiery side I’m sure, but it will no doubt be serene in comparison with the meeting between Beryl and Sanctus Unus! Even if Valerie is successful in calming Beryl down and getting her to go along quietly, there has to be at least a small amount of tension left over to cause a few fireworks. Especially if the Beryl/Christian conversation *does* involve the patter of tiny feet …. ;)

    *sprints across to read Act III*

    Welcome back, Tanya! ;) I’m not so sure it’ll be as hectic as everyone thinks. There’s some tension, sure, but they’ve both had six years to grow and mature. It’ll be more awkward than anything.

    Comment by Tanya — July 31, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  13. OMG!!!!!

    I’m happy that Valerie still somehow her self… she still cares for her friends, and for all the awful things she had seen….

    Hopefully as time goes by, she will continue to remain even if it is just a tiny bit as her old self!

    We will have to wait and see. There’s still bits and pieces of Valerie in there, though.

    Comment by sandybvv — August 27, 2008 @ 10:06 pm

  14. Well at least it is going to be Valerie to break the bad news. Somehow I think Zoer would have been as subtle as a sledgehammer on a granite table.

    LOL! Yes, Zoer is hardly delicate, that’s for sure. I loved your comment!

    Comment by Verity — May 1, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

  15. I like how Valerie still maintains some of her mortal mannerisms. I wonder if those will dissipate as time goes on though.

    Valerie is still Valerie, being the Seer can’t take that away, unfortunately. I can say that for the rest of WoS, she mostly maintains this level.

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

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