Short Story: Soul Collectors (Part 8)

Short Story Part 8

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Soul Collectors Part 8

Things moved quickly after Naolin’s confession.  I was now in a hurry to get this mess dealt with so I could be with the angel I loved, so I could be with the angel that loved me.  We would change the rules and Naolin and I would live a happy life together.  We would have our happy ending with a beautiful home and wonderful children.

At least that was what drove me the rest of the way.  I had no doubt that things would work out as planned.  If I hadn’t been so blind I might have seen it coming.  I might have planned better.  I might have…I may have done everything differently.

“This way.”  Naolin whispered.  We were in one of the dark tunnels headed to heaven.  Gabriel had gone through the front gate, as he was expected to do.  I had found out that Gabriel was the only angel allowed out of heaven.  His job was to let all the angels know they must return to heaven, and to threaten them when they had escaped or refused to come back.  Of course, I didn’t trust him after hearing that, but Naolin felt he was trustworthy for now.  This is why angels and demons don’t work together often, there just isn’t enough trust.

“I see a light.”  I pointed to what I assumed was the end of the tunnel.  I didn’t like confined spaces and I was in a hurry to get out.  “Is that the dungeon?”  I asked.  I knew it was, it was the only place that this tunnel led to.  I didn’t expect it to be so bright in a dungeon.

“Yes.”  Was all Naolin said.  I could hear her gulp and take a deep breath. I grabbed her shaky hand and kissed the top of it.  My own hands were sweaty, but I was able to keep them from shaking.  I wanted to reassure Naolin that everything was going to be okay.

“Let’s get this over with.”

“Something doesn’t feel right.”  She pulled me to a stop.  I turned to look at her, the fear sang bright in her eyes.  I wiped away a tear, I had only just then realized she had been crying.  “Are we being selfish in doing this?”

“Why are we doing this?”  I asked her.

“So that we can be together.  That’s selfish.  We will bring hell to earth, just so we can be together.”

“That’s not the reason we started this.  When we first met you were trying to change things.  It had nothing to do with me.  We will not set Lucy free.  It’s not our first priority.”  I kissed her forehead.  “Our first priority is to set Michael free.  He will help us decide what to do next.”

“I trust him more than Gabriel.”  She said.  “He is like a brother to me, always looking out for me.”

“Then we get him first.  We told Lilith we were letting him out first.”

“Okay.”  Naolin smiled at me.  Her hands stopped shaking and I watched as relief spread throughout her face.  She was going to be okay.  We were going to be okay.

We rushed towards the end of the tunnel to make up for lost time.  We were to meet Gabriel at Michael’s cell.  He was going to steal the key and we would rush Michael out the tunnel we came in through.  That was the plan, the only plan that Naolin and I would agree to.  We were going to come back another day for Lucy, if Michael agreed to set her free.  It was up to Naolin and I to convince him there was a better way.  That was our plan.  A solid plan that would work.  A plan that would never happen.

As we entered the dungeon we met face to face with Gabriel.  He was smiling, but it wasn’t a friendly smile. A bad feeling settled in the pit of my stomach.  Naolin broke from me and hugged Gabriel.  I don’t know if she didn’t recognize his smile or if she refused to think it meant anything more than him just being happy to see us.

“I’m so glad you got down here safely.”  She said as she broke away from him.  I saw her back straighten.  She looked at me and her own smile faltered.  She had realized something was wrong.

“What’s going on?”  I asked Gabriel.  I walked close enough to grab Naolin’s hand and pull her back to me.  “What have you done?”

“What he was told to do.”  A rough female voice said from behind me.  I turned, my hand gripping Naolin, to face the woman of hell.  The woman who had once brought death and destruction to Earth.  The woman who would bring earth to its knees and wipe out every human.

“Lucy.”  Her name left my lips before I could stop myself.  I had known of this woman for so long.  I knew of her beauty, of her long red hair and her vibrant green eyes.  She looked gentle and kind, but behind her smile were sharp teeth, all filed to a point and a thrill for death.

“Child, how dare you stand and stare at me like that.  You bow before the queen.”  Lucy said.  Her voice filled every corner of the cold dungeon.

“I see no queen here.”

“You will see me as a queen when I am done.”  She looked past me and Naolin, locking eyes with Gabriel.  “Lock them up.”

“What?”  I looked over at Gabriel, he still wore that sinister smile.  He was enjoying every minute of this.  His plan, the one that Naolin and I had no clue about, was unfolding before his eyes.  Everything was perfect, his side was winning.  “Why?”  I asked him.  “You have nothing to gain from all of this.  You are one of the angels.  This will destroy the peaceful place you call home.”

“I am a messenger.”  He growled.  “Even while the angels sat up here doing nothing, I was sent to places worse than hell.  I was never allowed to sit around like the other angels.  I always had work to do.  I even tried to convince them to get a demon to deliver messages.  But no, only I was trustworthy enough.  I am tired of working.”  His face had turned red and his hands were clutched at his side.

“Don’t do this.”  Naolin pleaded.  “You can’t lock us up.”

“Yes I can.”  Gabriel laughed.  “Into the cell, now!”  He shouted, pointing to the open cell that Lucy once occupied.

“No!”  I shouted and lunged for Gabriel.  “Naolin, run!”  Gabriel and I fell to the floor and I watched as Naolin disappeared through the doorway of the room.  Lucy grabbed the back of my shirt and slung me into her cell, slamming the door shut behind me.

“Don’t worry about the angel.  They will lock her up when they find her.”  Gabriel said to Lucy.

“Are you sure about that?”  Lucy asked, smoothing out her dress.

“Of course, she ran away a few weeks ago.  All angels that run must pay a price.  By time they release her, it will be too late.”

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I hope you are enjoying the read.  I would love to hear what you think of the story.  There are only two more parts to the story, things are coming to an end.  How do you think it will end?

2 thoughts on “Short Story: Soul Collectors (Part 8)

  1. Juan Zung says:

    Thanks for posting these! It’s been a really fun read so far. Not sure how it’ll end. But I’m rooting for some kind of “wedding of heaven and hell”. Maybe even Lucifer and Michael fall in love in the end? (With poor Gabriel left out all on his own again…)

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