Short Story: Soul Collectors (Part 6)

Story Quote Part 6

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Lilith led us deeper into the woods.  We came up to a small cabin that we were led straight through and into the basement.  The basement seemed to be the headquarters of Lilith’s plans.  There were two computers along the walls and a large table in the middle of the room.  There were two other angels, one at a computer and the other standing over the table.

“This is Cecile.”  Lilith said as she moved to stand beside the red haired angel at the table.  “She has mapped out heaven for us, along with the dungeons.”  Lilith smiled at Cecile.  “She is a wonderful artist.”

“You have to say that, you are my sister after all.”    Cecile smiled and her green eyes lit up.  “That over there is my husband, Gregory.  He is keeping track of the angel and demons movements.”

“How exactly does he do that?”  I asked moving up behind Gregory.

“All angels and demons have a signature.  We give off a sort of signal that can be tracked through a system that I created myself.”  Gregory turned to face me.  He stood to up reaching eye level with me and offered his hand.  “Nice to meet you, Kyson.”

“So, that thing can tell you which demon or angel you are tracking?”  I asked as I took his hand to shake it.

“Oh, no.  I just know who you are from our runner.”

“How long have you been watching me?”  I asked.  I was starting to fill trapped.  I have gone all my life without seeing an angel and I suddenly find myself in a room full of them and Lilith being a demon didn’t ease my mind.  I was starting to wonder if it was all some kind of plan to trap me for some reason.  I ran through all the things I had done in my life, trying to find where I might have ticked someone off.

“Just since you ran into Naolin.”  Gregory said with a laugh.  “You should have a seat, you look terrified.”

“Who is the runner?”  Naolin asked, coming to stand beside me.  Her warmth calmed my nerves.  I was almost grateful for the problems in heaven.  If it wasn’t for that I never would have met Naolin.

“Tessa.”  A short girl with purple hair said from the entrance.

“Tessa?”  I stared at her, unable to wrap my mind around what I was seeing.  The girl that had been watching Naolin and me was a demon.  But she wasn’t any demon, she was my sister.  Not a sister as in we have the same parents.  I trained her and even shared a living space with her once.  She is younger than me and I always looked after her like a sister.  She disappeared a few years ago and I had no idea where she had gone.  All I wanted to know now was how she got mixed up with Lilith.

“Hey Kyson.”  She said looking at her feet.  “I wanted to tell you.”

“Tell me what?”  I had moved to stand in front of her, my hands clenched at my side.  “That you disappeared to join forces with Lilith?  That you left me without a word?  Did you know that I have driven myself crazy trying to find you?  I tried to get any information about you.  I just wanted to know you were alive!”  I turned my back to her and took a deep breath.  I didn’t mean to yell at her, but I had been so worried when she disappeared.

“Kyson…”  I didn’t let her finish.  I didn’t care what she had to say at that moment.  All I wanted to know was that she was okay.  I turned to face her again and saw the tears in her eyes.  Relief flooded me and I wrapped my arms around her in a hug.

“I’m just glad you are alive.”  I whispered.  She would tell me the rest later.  I would force her to tell me.  But at that moment I was just glad that I could hug her.  “Are you okay?”  I asked as I pulled away from her, my hands still on her shoulders.

“I’m fine.  I heard about what was going on in heaven.  Heaven found out that I knew.  I was coming home to tell you what I knew and they came after me.”

“Heaven doesn’t want anyone to know they are having problems.”  Lilith said.  I turned to face the demon.  “Don’t look at me like that.”  She said as she wrinkled her nose.  “I saved your little friend here.  Doesn’t that count for something?”

“If Lilith hadn’t found me I would have never survived.  You would have had to find some way into demon hell to see me again.”  Tessa said.  She grabbed my hand and squeezed it.  “I’m really okay.”

“What are we doing down here?”  Naolin asked.  She had moved to stand beside me again.  I would be lying if I said my heart wasn’t trying to escape my chest.  Too much had happened in too short a time and I could feel anxiety checking in to hotel me.

“Headquarters.”  Lilith said as she raised her hands and spun around.  “We are trying to figure a way to get the angels out of heaven and then take over heaven so this doesn’t happen again.”

“Our first task is to get Michael!”  Tessa said with a jump and a clap.  “They are going to let me go for him.”  Her smile grew wider.

“No.”  I stated.  I was putting my foot down.  I had just found my sister again and I was not going to let them throw her into the fire.

“She is our best runner.”  Cecile said.  She stood straight with her hands on her hips.

“No.”  I said again.  “Send me.  I taught Tessa everything she knows.”

“I was hoping you would say that.”  Lilith said.  She was standing in front of me, running a hand down my face.  “I knew you would be the one to save us from this mess.”  I jerked away from her touch and glared at her.  I didn’t like Lilith and I hated that I was going to help her in anyway.  If it wasn’t for Naolin, I would have been long gone with Tessa in tow.

“I’m going with you.”  Naolin said, grabbing my hand and lacing her fingers through mine.  I stared at our hands, wondering what I had missed.  I thought her confession before, of her attraction to me, was to please Lilith, but I was starting to believe it was true.

“Fantastic!”  Lilith said clapping her hands.  Her smile stretched across her face and I knew then that I would never trust her.  She was up to something and I was going to figure it out, before it caused my death.

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