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.


2. Forgive or Forget.

"Please, come take a seat." He said again, it was like seeing the dead again. I remembered him dying, I burned him after he died. I edged my way over to him slowly. I took a seat and he now he was actually coming into view, the hard shape of his jaw, his eyes the same, and the same dark hair that he had.

"Why did you bring me, us, here?" I asked, remembering Zander was here too.

"I think you are smart enough to figure that out for yourself." He said.

"You wouldn't go through all this work just because you think you love me. And it's not just because you want revenge on Trevor because he bonded to me." I said, I thought he flinched for a second but I wasn't sure. "Oh, and next time you send someone to kidnap me can you tell them not to be so rough about it?" I said.

"He wasn't supposed to hurt you, badly. I apologize about that, but you are right that those two things would not be enough to make me go through with all of this." He said, standing up. I saw that even though his eyes were as I remembered them, they still had a very crimson tint to them. It was beautiful, yet unnatural and frightening. Hid wings had black tips and streaks in them and had seemed to have grown twice as big as mine. 

He wore his same gear that I remembered except that he fit it better than before, he was taller than I remembered him, just like Trevor and Zander had when they mastered their elements.

"I need you for my army of hybrids. That's why I'm trying so hard." Gabriel said, folded his hands behind his back.

"Then why kill my bond and my friends?" I hissed at him.

"Because, you know they would never join me if I asked and then you wouldn't join either." He said walking up to me.

"So that's how you think it is." I whispered.

"What do you mean." He asked.

"That anyone that isn't with you is immediately against you." I said, watching him circle me as though an animal would circle their kill.

"In my eyes? Yes, plus I do still love you and I need someone to lead by my side if everything goes as planned I intend to increase my army of hybrids even though I already have a respectable amount of followers. After that I plan on controlling the rest of the mundanes, or mortals. They are already starting to rebuild their precious cities. And they are still killing and out casting people like us..." He paused, almost trying to grope the words. "It's natural and expected that we are together, it's just unnatural about your choice if bonding, your elements have nothing in common."

"I'm not one of you Gabriel." I said flatly.

"You may not be a hybrid but that doesn't mean the mortal's won't stop killing innocent people. And I do know you don't want that." 

"You're right I don't want that. You don't flat out kill innocent people." I said, considering his words.

"Then join me, I promise if you do I won't hurt your friends and your bond as long as you don't ever go back to them. I can be better than all of them and Trevor anyways. I won't make you hide your darkness like they do, you won't regret this." Gabriel smiled, which disgusted me.

"I will never join you, I wasn't forced to hide my power, I choose to. And you will never be better than them." I spat, anger lighting my eyes.

"You know I wish you wouldn't be so difficult with me." He said, almost blindingly his hand shot out to the mark he made on my neck so long ago. Pain filled my body and my head felt like I was thinking of nothing but everything at the same time. I think I screamed out in pain but I couldn't hear anything. All I could hear was a whisper in my ear from him.

"I'm afraid that you have no choice though, I own you now, like it or not." He hissed, "And now I can do that whenever I want now, not just when I grab you but also whenever I will it to happen. Your body shuts down and you can't do anything. So you're mine. Forever." Gabriel said to me with a devilish smile.

"Don't do this, Gabriel." I said, gasping for breath.

"I didn't want to hurt you. You refused to join me so now it seems I have to." He said. Black spots were dotting my vision and I was heaving for air. I felt him lift me up over his shoulder and carry me out of the temple. The cool air of the evening made me shiver slightly. Then my brain had another meltdown as I received tons of messages from Trevor, Zander, and Flitiarn. Trevor was pissed but worried sick. Flitiarn was also mad and frightened by my disappearance. And Zander was just asking if I could hear him and if I was ok. I blacked out shortly after that, My vision was fading fast as Gabriel placed me down into Zander's room and left, locking the door behind him. The last thing I saw was Zander running over to me and calling my name.


I was awakened suddenly by the sounds of Zander yelling and grunting. I struggled to get up, my body screaming at me not to move. I pulled myself up and say Cole holding Zander down and Gabriel had his hands around his head.

"Gabriel!" I shrieked. He took his hands off of Zander and walked towards me. Cole jumped onto me out of nowhere, knocking the wind out of me. I thrashed around hoping he would let me go. Gabriel was standing above me and making a snickering noise.

"This would have been a lot easier if you both would have joined me."  He said, cupping my face. "I would say sorry for the pain but... you won't remember this afterwards." He grabbed my face harder and pain flowed through my body. I howled and clawed at his hands. Everything seemed to be leaving me and anything that I thought of I would forget soon after. I couldn't really grasp who I was. The only thing that burned into my mind like a beacon was a name, Trevor. As The man let go I looked up at him, who was he? My vision faded soon after and I had no dreams. 



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