"Heaven." We turned to see a man standing at the door. I noticed the faint outline of wings behind him. Angel. It took me a moment to recognize his face. He was the one who came to me when I was little. He was my guardian angel.
"Adriel." I whispered. I wanted to hug him as much as I wanted to stab him.
"How did you get in here?" Cadewyn growled, pulling out a dagger.
"I have my ways." He replied simply, stepping into the room. "I come with a warning."
"For what?" I ask, keeping my temper in check.
"Heaven has decided protecting you has proven too dangerous."
"And they think the best way to take care of that problem is to kill me?" My hands tightened into fists.
"You're lucky the Vetala are the only ones that made it to you." He said. "I've been fighting off most of the dangers God has been sending. Along with some others who are against this plan."
"I knew something didn't make sense." Cadewyn murmured, leaving the library. She came back moments later with a stack of papers. "Reports have been coming in all over about strange attacks. Most angelic in nature."
"Where is all this info coming from?" Tyler asked, looking through the papers.
"Not much happens in our world that I don't know about."
"The diner fire." Adriel pointed to one of the reports. The fire that sent me running from Oklahoma.
"I thought demons set that fire." I said. "They'd attacked me only minutes before."
"It was set by an angel." Adriel confirmed. "You were supposed to be in the diner at the time."
"That's impossible." I argued. "I felt the demonic presence."
"Several demons were burned within the fire." He explained. "Masking the angelic glamor."
"Great." I huffed. "Now I've got heaven and hell on my ass."
"I will remain protecting you." Adriel promised. "I swear on my honor as an angel."
"You abandoned me for two years and I'm expected to believe that?" I snapped. I paused for a moment, regaining my composure. I knew what would happen if I didn't.
"I understand your uneasiness of this topic..." Adriel began.
"Uneasiness?" I cut him off. "Uneasiness doesn't cover half of it. You saved my life many times when I was little. I will always be grateful for that. But you left. I couldn't find you for two years. If you hadn't disappeared, my parents would still be alive."
"Aria!" Cadewyn snapped. "That's enough."
"How do we know we can trust him?" I questioned.
"An angel always remains loyal to their charge." He sank down on one knee and fisted his hand over his heart. "I swear on my life that I will always remain protecting you." I knew an angel couldn't take back a life oath. One move against it and they would be dead on the spot.
"Alright." I sighed. "You have my trust. For now."