The Champion: The Legend of the White Magnolia

(("I love good and pleasure, I hate evil and pain, I want to be happy and I am not mistaken in believing, that people, angels and even demons have those same inclinations."
- Nicolas Malebrance))


Demons and Angels have always fought each other, ever since the first sun rose up, they have sought to kill one another. In every single history book, they will be mentioned shedding the opposites blood. It is inevitable.

But also, in such history books, a single person is mentioned. A Hero. A Savior. A Champion.

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17. Chapter 5 - Livi, Uriel, Dominic

 


 

Chapter 5

 

 

Livi, Uriel, Dominic

 

“Why does everyone look at me like this?” Uriel asked. He felt so despised.

“That's quite a good question...” Livi said and looked at people looking back.

“Indeed,” Dominic said, and felt somewhat between sympathetic towards Uriel, but also rather happy that people no longer looked to him like this.

“Can't we just be done with this place? I really don't like it here...” Uriel said with a cautious voice and looked down at Livi.

“Well then you know how I feel!” Dominic hissed at him.

As they walked down the street, a few kids began throwing rocks at Uriel and they were laughing and calling him names.

“Hey! You brats!” Uriel shouted back and his wings spread in a threatening manner, but it didn't seem to help, now they just threw rocks at his wings.

“Stop it!” But they didn't. “Why you little-”

“Uriel!” Livi shouted. She had been yelling his name several times, but he hadn't heard her until now.

The kids ran laughing away and Uriel turned around and looked down at Livi. At some point, he had taken to air and was now hovering a few feet above ground.

“Come down here. Forget about them, they don't know any better. They don't know you.” She looked angry, yet she had a sympathetic glimpse in her eyes. “It's not worth it.”

He calmly landed on the ground next to them and this time he didn't stand as tall and proud.

“I just... don't understand why they're against me like this... What have Angelus done to them?” he carefully looked around and felt pinned underneath their glares. He thought he was getting an idea of how Dominic felt.

 

It took them about a few hours before they came to a store that would allow them in on one condition; that Uriel stayed outside of the store.

“It's okay Livi, just go in and buy a map. I'll wait out here...”

And as his two friends disappeared into the shag of a store, Uriel hugged the wall and sat down as he tried to get as little attention as possible.

 

The store was small and cramped, not that it had looked large from the outside anyways.

Lots of misc items were hanging on the walls or from the ceilings or lying on shelfs. It was a lot of useful things, compasses, tents, helmets made from scrap metal amongst other things. Survival items, really. Which was greatly needed for their travels.

“Uhm, excuse me?” Livi hesitantly asked and looked for any employee that could assist her.

Suddenly, pretty much out of nowhere, a tall man dressed in rags and one of the helmets he sold, popped up from behind a desk.

“What can OI- Oh no! An Angel!” He quickly changed his tone from friendly to hostile, and pulled out a rather old laser-shotgun and aimed at Dominic.

“No wait!” Livi gave a shocked scream and began waving her hands in front of the keeper.

He was quick to lower his weapon. “Oh! Holy dooley! Haha, OI almost shut off ye' head there mate! Took ye' fer an Angel OI did!” The man spoke with a strange dialect, but Livi could just barely understand.

“I am no Angel. I'm an Abomination...” Dominic said and felt his heart sink a bit by the statement of his being.

“Well OI wouldn't call ye' an Aboimination! Ye' no Angel, so ye' have nuthin' tha' feer!” The man said with a happy smile and laid the shotgun away.

“We were hoping that you could help us, we need a map,” Livi said and looked around. She couldn't find it anywhere in this mess of a store.

“OI believe OI have 'em sumwher' in heare.” The man awkwardly crawled over the counter he stood behind. “This'a waye!”

As they followed the tall man, both Livi and Dominic had to duck not as easily as him, but it was obvious that his movement had become a habit.

“Ye' asked fo' a map? OI believe OI have a few left... They be me best sellin' ware.” He began searching through drawers and threw everything around inside them.

“Oh really? Who else buys them around here?” Livi asked as she send Dominic a wondering glance, which he replied with the same look.

“Evyone! Evyone passin' by! Only a few days ago a group of strange lookin' fellas came by,” the man said as if it didn't interest him who his customers were, strange or not.

“Strange? How so?” Dominic asked and moved closer to the keeper.

“They wore capes! Couldn't see they faces from behind 'em masks. And they barely spoke English! Gibberish! Only word OI understood was 'map'.” Again he seemed untouched by these strangers obvious reason for suspicion.

“Masks? What kind of masks?” Livi asked as she had stopped up and picked up one of his better looking helmets.

“White ones! With three ball-shaped holes! Two eyes and a mouth, I bet'cha!” It didn't sound like any masks Livi nor Dominic had ever seen.

Suddenly the taller man jumped in his place. “Aha! Found the map, OI did!” He proudly handed Livi the torn map.

She hesitated to speak, as she was looking for words that wouldn't offend the keeper.

“Oh... thanks...” She faked a smile. “How much?”

“Well, seein' how ye's such a pretty lass. How 'bout a kiss?”

Livi jumped a bit back as she was startled by his question.

“A-A-A-A WHAT?” She stuttered.

“A kiss?! How dare you! I will not let you take advantage of our situation like this!” Dominic yelled and quickly stepped in front of Livi and glared angrily at the man. First now he noticed that he was actually taller than himself.

“Well don't ye' worrie! OI'm not goin' tha' steeal ye' gurlfriand, only a small kiss!” The man spoke, untouched my Dominic's threatening stance. He even had a little smile. “Me mum says OI'm a good kissah!”

Livi felt it run cold down her back and she felt her stomach tie knots on itself. She quickly, with shaking hands, pulled Dominic off to the side.

“We have to... We don't have that much money, so we need to save when we can...” she whispered.

“I really don't want you to...” Dominic said and grabbed her hands and gave them an affectionate squeeze.

“Well me neither, but I have to...” she looked at the lousy map he had given them.

She then took a deep breath before turning towards the keeper.

“It'll just be a quick one, right?” she asked with a weak and nervous voice.

The man eagerly nodded as he fixed his shirt from its foldings.

Dominic was holding the map in his hands and studied it to avoid looking at Livi kissing a stranger. It was a real map, but it was barely unreadable by the quality of it.

The keeper stood all ready for the kiss, with his lips smashed together and with closed eyes and bend down to about Livi's height.

Livi took a few deep breaths before holding it as she leaned in to kiss the taller man. The closer she got the clearer she could see all the details of his unsanitary skin.

It didn't last more than a few seconds, but Livi felt like it lasted forever. She did her very best to keep her face before him, and she did a good job not to whine about it or make grimaces.

“Told ya' OI was a good kissah! Mama is always roight!” He smiled happily. “The map is you's!”

“Tha-thank you...” Livi said with a shaking voice and turned towards Dominic, whom stood with his back turned at them.

Livi tugged his shirt along when she passed him by on her escape.

“Whatch ye' step!” He shouted after them as they was close to fall several times in their hurry.

 

Outside of the store, Uriel had been sitting in the same spot for several minutes. The assistant of the store held a close eye on him.

The assistant got violently pushed aside, when Livi and Dominic came almost running out from the store.

“You got the map!” Uriel said in a happy surprise and quickly stood up from the cold and hard ground.

“Yes, we got the map. Can we leave now?” Livi spoke quickly, and Uriel sensed something was wrong.

“Yes of course.” Was all he said, questions was for later.

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