Angels & Demons

She's never left the safety of her coven or the mountain they reside on. She's never seen the outisde world, but dreams of what lays beyond the rock and fog. It wasn't until the threat on her people was so substantial she finally had the courage to leave, to try and save herself and her people.

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5. Chapter 5

 My eyes shot open at the smell of smoke and pine, the heat prickiling against my skin, and the piercing screams of a young child. I sat up slowly, wincing as a dull burning sensation crept up my abdomen. Orange and blue flames encirlced me, I looked up at the sky above and it was clouded with thick, black smoke. I stood up shakily, trying to open my wings to blow the smoke away, but I was too weak and wasn't having much luck. I pushed my body upward, closing my eyes and inhaling deeply, so I could hold my breath as I flew through the smoke. I eventually felt the heat from the fire disperese and the air smelled cleaner. I opened my eyes and looked down past my bare feet, the entire mountain had been consumed by fire and darkness. I had failed.

     I bolted upright, coughing, my eyes watering. I looked out my window it was still the same clear, night, sky I had seen before I had gone to sleep. I couldn't have been asleep for more than a few hours after I had finsihed my conversation with Azrielle. I swung my legs over the edge of my mattress and stood up, I clenched my jaw as pain coursed through my mid-section. I lifted up my shirt carefully to reveal a purplish stripe across my stomach, a burn scar. 

    "What the hell is going on?" I breathed to myself. I shook my head as I looked through my window out at the edge of the mountain and I knew what I needed to do. I wasn't ever going to find any answers if I just stayed here, I had to leave. I had to know what was going on. I inhaled deeply and breathed out slowly, to calm myself. I quickly packed a bag of clothes and took the money my mother had left me after she died. I crept out of my room and down the hall to Azrielle's room. The light was still on and heard hushed voices through the door. I already knew that Luc was in there with her, talking about me no doubt. I knocked on her door lightly and the voices stopped. Azrielle opened the door and I could see tears already in her eyes as she smiled at me and ushered me into the room. 

    "You're leaving aren't you?" Luc asked sadly, not even bothering to look at me.

     "Luc," I sighed, "if you've been talking with Azrielle, then you know I have to leave." I explained.

      "You shouldn't be doing this, it's a suicide mission, Raven and you know that." I could tell he was more than just sad I was leaving, he was angry with me.

      "Luc, Raven's going to be fine, she's strong, and if she's the only one who can stop what's coming and if she wants answers, then I think she has to do it. And no offense, to you, love, but I don't think our opinions really matter in this situation. Do they, Raven?" Azrielle said, turning to me. I sighed and shook my head.  

     "No, I'm sorry Luc, but my mind's set." I said sadly. I hugged Azrielle tightly and took one more look at Luc before turning and leaving. 

I made it to the top of the hill just outside of the house when I felt a hand on my shoulder, causing me to jump, what felt like, four feet into the air. 

"I hope you're not here to stop me, Esai" I sighed, turning around to face the 19th century poet who had been forced to go into war, "I have to do this. My mother was never confirmed dead, her body was never found. What if she's alive, out there somehwere? And my father, I need answers and I need to know what's coming because you and I both know I'm the only one who can stop it."

"You do know that as a leader of this coven I cannot condone this behavior, Evangeline. If you leave this mountain I will no longer be able to guarentee you that your place in this coven will be here, if and when, you get back." Esai said deadpan, but I could detect a hint of sadness in his voice. I smiled sadly, as I wrapped my arms around him tightly, laughing slightlty as his body went stiff in my embrace. I released him, wiping a tear away from my eye.

"Goodbye Esai." I whispered.

"Goodbye Evangeline."

And with that I broke off into a run down the hill, never slowing my pace until I reached the edge of the mountain. When I fianlly got there I peered down at the swirling mix of fog and clouds that surrounded the mountain. My view of the world below was blocked and the only thing I could see clearly for miles were the stars in the night sky. I took a few steps backward and inhaled deeply as I dove off the edge of the mountain, my body cutting through the clouds, spiraling downward. I closed my eyes and exhaled as I flexed my wingers and my wings shot out of my back, the night acting as my cover from anyone down below. I smiled as my raven black wings caught the wind current, sending me soaring. I was off the mountain. I was flying away from my coven. I was free.

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