Skyward: Gabriel's Return

After Hailee and Zander find themselves in Gabriel's grasp. They know he is much stronger than they imagined. Forgetting themselves, who they are and what they ever knew, how will Trevor and the others get them back? And how can they fight Gabriel? Find out in the second book of Skyward. Copyright © 2013 Hailee Reynolds.


20. Eat. Sleep. Train. Repeat.

Hailee was fuming. How could she train anyone when no one even listened to her. Was being a goddess not enough to win over respect? A girl almost died because of the lack of respect and it would have been Hailee's fault. As she landed into the dark forest that would usually sent chills down her spine she roared in anger and punched a tree, shattering a few layers of wood off of it. 

Hailee sighed. Her wings seemed to not close as she willed them too so she was stuck. She slid down the side of the tree and a few tears rolled down her face. She felt like a failure.

"Wow, so these are your wings," A voice said, causing Hailee to jump. Trying very hard to shut her wings seemed to prove to be impossible. "Relax, sister, have you forgotten so soon who I am," Tyler appeared from behind her wings and laughed.

"Oh, it's just you," Hailee sighed.

"That's a first, usually people are scared to see me," He told her.

"Well, should I be scared to see you?" Hailee asked in a defeated tone.

"No, not now anyways. Usually people just try to avoid me," He smiled, running a hand along one of her wings. She shivered slightly as her wings were very sensitive to the touch. No one ever touched her wings, she wouldn't let them.

'Well, I'm not trying to avoid you. How did you know I was here anyways?" Hailee questioned him.

"You will learn soon that there isn't much that I don't hear. Plus, destroying a tree and your shriek helps," Tyler smirked.

"S-sorry, I just am so frustrated. I'm a Goddess but I'm not cut out to be a leader," Hailee admitted but was confused. Why was she telling him this? She didn't want him to think she was weak. But, he seemed so easy to talk to.

"Leader is a scary position but one big key is respect," Tyler told her. She didn't respond. "They do respect you right?" He raised an eyebrow. The boy reappeared in her mind and how he almost killed an innocent girl.

"No, they don't respect me," She replied.

"It seems that your wings don't even respect you now," Tyler snickered.

"Yes they do," She told him, confused what he meant.

"Then fold them, you can do that right?" Tyler was challenging her. She tried again but she couldn't do it.

"I can't," Hailee frowned.

'Because of your lack of respect in yourself. Will them to close, get a backbone," Tyler's voice became more commanding.

"I-I can't do it Tyler," Hailee whispered sadly.

"Pathetic, I wont have someone who can't even respect themselves enough to control their body in my group," Tyler hissed at her. Hailee's anger flared at Tyler's words. "Lousy, I thought you were a goddess. Boy, was I wrong,"

Hailee's was becoming more and more furious with his words.

"Go on then, cry about it, child! You call yourself a goddess? Ha! You are no more then a baby, weak to the world," Tyler spat at her feet. That's when she lost it, standing up quickly, and with a flick or her wrist Tyler was sent flying back hitting a tree and sliding to the ground. She stormed towards him and grabbed the collar of his shirt.

"How dare you!," Hailee growled, "How dare you insult me!  You have know idea who you speak that tone to. I will crush you, I could kill you!" She screamed in multiple tones, her eyes completely black. Tyler smiled and spat some blood that had formed in his throat from the hit on the ground.

"You did it," Tyler stated. She was still furious, the growling still audible in her throat. 

"What are you talking about?" She demanded. 

"Your wings," Tyler pointed at the jet black wings behind her, the were folded in. Hailee stopped growling.

"I did do it, didn't I," Hailee's anger settled and she smiled. 

"Anger and training help make a person stronger," Tyler stated as Hailee let go of him. 

"Without a clear idea of who they are, a leader is just as lost as their subjects," Tyler told her, putting a hand on her shoulder. "I will teach you, sister, how to lead and make a group follow your word likes moths towards a flame," Tyler pushed her along with him as he walked back towards his home. 

"How can you teach me?" Hailee asked him. Tyler smiled slyly,

"Give me one week and I will show you," He said to her.

"When do we start?" She questioned.

"Now," He said opening the hidden door that led to their home. 

"What about my job training?" Hailee seemed concerned.

"You said yourself you are not qualified to train them. They will find another trainer while you are away. For now, I am your trainer," He spoke. Leading her down many hallways they came upon a room that was set apart from all the rest and she had a bad feeling about it. The feeling got even worse when he opened the doors to reveal pitch darkness.

"I don't understand," Hailee whimpered, she wanted to flee.

"I have never failed at training someone. If I cannot make you a ruthless leader by the end of this I want you to go back to the fire clan, and never return here," He stated as he pushed her into the darkness, sealing the door behind her.



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