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.


4. Somethings Missing

I let out a groan as I awoke, my head throbbed. I looked over to find I was in a makeshift bed on the floor. I almost jumped when I saw a man leaning against the wall, his fist a bloody mess from hitting it. He looked over at me and raised his eyebrows in surprise.

He was fairly tall and muscular, with golden hair that looked like it was just growing out. As he looked at me I saw his eyes were stunningly blue and they flashed golden in the light sometimes.

"Hailee, good you're awake." He said to me.

"Who are you?" I asked him, having no idea how he could know my name. I swore I saw a look of horror cross his face but it disappeared quickly.

"I'm Zander. You really don't remember anything?" He asked and I gave him a puzzled look.

"No.. Should I?" I responded, feeling confused. He looked like he was going to say some thing else with the frantic look on his face. He was interrupted by a click of the door and it swinging open. A man stood there, he was almost as tall as Zander and he had shaggy black hair. He was lean, muscular and his skin was tan. He had chocolate eyes that would flash orange sometimes. He was stunning.

"Hailee! Zander! You guys are awake!" He said with a grin. He pulled us both into an embrace and I swore Zander tensed up a little. I gave him a confused look,

"Who are you?" I asked him. He frowned before he spoke.

"I'm Gabriel. I wouldn't expect you to remember me. You both got your memories wiped by a group of elements and hybrids when we went on a scouting mission," He said, voice unchanged.

"What! Really?" I asked him and he nodded.

"Can you fix it?" Zander spoke up with a more concerned tone.

"Unfortunately, no I can't fix it. Believe me, Cole and I tried but it didn't work," He frowned. "We will just have to jog your memories." My mind was racing, but was interrupted when my stomach rumbled. Gabriel smiled and let out a little laugh.

"Come, it's almost dinner time. We can talk more there," He stated to us.

As we followed him out of the room and into the hallway the heavenly smell of food filled our noses. When we entered into the kitchen, a curvy tan girl was finishing some dish. The table was filled with all sorts of food that I couldn't even identify. The only other person at the table was a skinny boy who I assumed to be Cole. He had buzzed blonde hair and light blue- gray eyes. He looked up to acknowledge us before he continued eating. We feasted on the food before us and at some point the girl must have joined us. She grabbed a piece of meat and started to savagely tear into it like an animal.

"Slow down there is enough food for all of us," I stated to the girl, amazed at the way she ate. She looked up and wiped her mouth, then flashing a smile that revealed canine teeth.

"Goddess, have you ever seen a werewolf eat?" She asked me. I shook my head, I didn't even know that werewolves existed. As I looked her over I noticed things that made her statement make more sense. Her nails were filed to be sharp and of course her teeth, but as I looked at her eyes they looked more wolf like. Her eyes made me feel like I've seen something like it before, from someone close to me, but I dismissed the thought as amnesia.

"I have a question," Zander said, breaking the silence, he had hardly touched his food. "Won't that.. Group that erased our memories come for us? I mean wouldn't they come to finish the job?" He asked. Gabriel grinned before he spoke,

"Most likely, but their group is much, much smaller then ours." Gabriel stated.

"Smaller? Try microscopic compared to us," Cole added. "I think I'm going to turn in for the night," He bowed as he stood.

"Alright you can be dismissed, rest well Cole." Gabriel said and with a wave of his hand, Cole left down the hallway. The girl followed quickly after him, also stopping to bow before she left.

"I'm going to step out for a moment.. This- this is all just a lot to take in a once," Zander stuttered.

"Understandable, this is quite a lot to process, take your time, Zander," Gabriel agreed as Zander walked out the door and outside.

"What about you, Hailee. What do you think about all of this? You haven't said a word all dinner," Gabriel asked. I shrugged in response.

"I would say that we either take the group on or flee and move away from them. But I don't know how much say I have since I can't even remember what I stood for or who I was," I replied. He smiled and let out a sigh.

"Well, you were always one to care for your friends; like a bear protecting her young. You are surprisingly good at fighting and you're not too bad with a bow. But, you got yourself in trouble sometimes with your stubbornness and mischievous nature," He laughed, closing his eyes for a moment. He let out a sad sigh,

"You really don't remember anything do you," He said sadly.

"No, I'm sorry Gabriel, if I could remember I really would but I don't know how," I admitted to him.

"It's alright don't blame yourself for this. Its just," His voice trailed off as he took my hand in his and smiled slightly. Fire came to my hands and then to his and I gasped. So I must be an element, just like the people who took my memories.

"We are the same element, Hailee. Which, is very unheard of, but because of it we found a strong longing for each other. We used to be together, Hailee." He admitted, his eyes finding mine. He looked almost vulnerable in that moment, his eyes soft and longing, his face seemed soothing and comforting. I sat there and processed what he was saying before I nodded,

"It makes sense I guess, the fact that we are the same element could make it so we are founder of one another." I added, agreeing with him. He smiled and reached out or me, pulling me into a tight hug. He smelt like a campfire for obvious reasons, and I hugged him back.

"Follow me, I want to show you something." Gabriel whispered into my ear, moving his hand to find mine and pulling me up to my feet.





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