Martyr

Jade Kapan just might be the most normal person you could meet. But don't jump to conclusions, because you couldn't be more wrong. And she has no idea. No idea that the angels fight demons constantly just to keep the humans safe. No idea that she can change the whole course of the war. The only thing is, will she have the strength to make a vital decision?

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10. Escape

Ash led us on through a series of mind-numbing tunnels. How he knew where to turn, I had no idea. We passed other cells along the way, and I can't explain how lucky we were. Ash had a strange ability. He could control the rock that the underworld was made out of. A few times he actually had to seal us in the walls to avoid detection. It wasn't long before Ash stopped in front of what appeared to be a garden. He picked three black flowers and marched right on.

          After some time, we made it to the gates of hell. This was where we would go back to the real world, and eventually, the Aether. Ash turned to us.

"These are what we call shadow-blossoms. They can only grow in shadows, and they also make travel to and from the nether easier." He explained before pulling off the petals and handing them to us. "Rest these on your tongue, but don't swallow whatever you do, or else you'll dissolve into darkness."

          On that happy note, we did what we were told and plunged into the darkness. It was cold and tiring. We finally appeared in the mortal world, scaring some pedestrians half to death. I looked around and realized that we were in my neighborhood. I saw a shadow pass over us. Too small to be a plane, too big to be a bird. A glance up told me it was another angel. He looked like he had just escaped a battle to the death, and he had narrowly lost. He was muscular like all other angels, and would look good, too, if he didn't look like roadkill. He had golden hair that was almost blinding to look at. He was breathing heavily, his head hanging down, so I couldn't see his eyes.

"Nathan!" Mark said then ran to his side to help support him.

At the sound of his name, he looked up. His eyes almost made me gasp aloud. They were sapphire blue, but they looked like shattered glass. As if something inside of him had permanently broken. 

"What happened?" Cassie asked.

He looked at me, and said grimly, "We need to get you to the Aether."

"What is he talking about?" I asked Mark.

"I... can't tell you." Mark replied, hanging his head.

"I'm not going anywhere until you tell me." I said, crossing my arms across my chest just like a 5-year-old.

"Ok, the demons will hunt you to extinction, unless we get you to a secure place."

"But why me?"

"Have you ever wondered why not everyone's an angel, Jade?" He prompted, getting agitated. "Normal people only become angels for a reason. It's just that... I can't tell you yours." Mark said, looking like he genuinely wanted to tell me.

"Why not?!" I asked, slapping his arm. He barely flinched.

"Because... because you might back out and destroy the whole world as we know it!" He yelled at me, totally taking me by surprise.

          Totally surprised and angry, I ran off down the road, opened my wings, and hit the skies. I could hear Ash and Mark calling my name behind me, the Cassie telling them to just let me blow off my steam. I angrily flapped my wings, and my eyes came upon a cave. I flew into it, and landed. I hadn't been sitting there for very long, until I began to hear voices. In a panic, I flew up to a hidden ledge, then peeked over to watch the strangers. There were two demons. One of them almost made me pass out because of the fear that pulsed through me when I looked at him. He was about six feet tall, and he looked like he had been skinned. As in, he had no skin. His eyes were solid black orbs, and he had giant red horns. I shivered when I thought of how close I had come to becoming a demon.

"... totally unprepared. If we can destroy them all, none of the angels will have a life source." the second demon was saying. It took me a few minutes to recognize him because of the dim lighting, but when I did, it made my blood boil. It was Derek.

"Alright. I'll let you lead the raid on the Center of Light. But don't fail. If you do, you'll end up on the cape." He called to a servant, and produced the most disgusting thing I've ever seen. It was a cloak, but it was crudely stitched together, and made of skin. There were two eyeholes, and some holes for his horns. I gasped in fright, then clamped my hand over my mouth. They had heard me. It was now or never to make my escape. I swooped out of the cavern, being pursued by demons. I had to warn the angels. The aether was going to be attacked, and the angels had no idea.

 

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