OOC- um.....I'm still not entirely sure what to make of Shaddoc's comment, but the post is fine Claec.
Reveka's mind was filled with confusing images, thoughts and dreams. No, not dreams. Memories. They were the memories of the Wings. She remembered the creation, and the battles fought since, the souls who served, the blood that was shed, she saw and knew them all. She knew all those who carried the Wings, the guardian Hands who protected them, Light and Dark. She knew now how Azarael knew her so well, and knew him nearly as well.
She also knew he was coming."Azarael. My brother by the Wings."
"Reveka. I see you've been reviewing your memories. And I see you aren't afraid to call me brother."
She could almost see him smirking."We are connected by the Wings. Our blood is different, but the gift we share binds us like blood. Why deny what is?"
She heard him laugh. "You are wiser than your mother then. perhaps you could convince Arren."
"Arren? He has no reason to trust you, and, really, why should I? You intend us harm."
"You know what happens depends on you, little sister."
"Wrong. We are beings strong in the Light. To be torn from it by either choice will hurt us greatly. And I intend to remain of the Light."
"We'll see how you feel when you see your blood brother."
"Arren? He's here?"
She opened her eyes and raised her head. Jadis, his shadow counterpart, placed her on her feet, his head raised and staring into the sky. Rebeka couldn't see what he saw, but she could sense him. After a moment's wait, she saw him. She was astonished, for even the dream had been nothing compared to the power she sensed in him now. "He is strong because the Darkness has almost covered the world,
" she realized with a cold certainty.
He descended, landing regally before them. Jadis bowed slightly, but Reveka remained straight. Azarael smiled as he walked toward them. "And finally, we are truly face to face," he said.
"Finally," she said with no enthusiasm. "I thought you said I had a month?"
"Plans change. Besides, I doubted you would wish to remain, for the shadows have begun their attack. The Kingdom will not last the hour." He smiled triumphantly. "And I will have won."
Reveka was quiet, soaking that in. The Kingdom was under attack. "But the Grand Sage is there,
" she told herself. "And his friend Nigal. I know they'll keep the Kingdom safe."
She straightened her shoulders. "They do what they must. Just as I must do what I must do.
"Are you ready to go, Reveka?" Azarael asked, offering her a hand.
Reveka smiled at him and summoned her own Wings. Jadis jerked away with a startled curse. Azarael held his ground, but she noted a tightening around his eyes. "Yes, I am now," she replied, smiling brightly.
He nodded and withdrew his hand, leaping into the sky. "Don't brother trying to flee," he warned. "There's nowhere for you to go."
"I want to see my brother," she replied simply, following him into the Darkness. Jadis followed them, moving quickly through the shadows.
Jadis grinned at Arren. "You don't want me to answer that. Trust me." He considered Arren's question, then laughed bitterly. "Well sure, the door's wide open. All you need to worry about are the shadows at the door, and accidentally falling into the realm of the Heart. No big deal." He glanced out the door, remembering.
"Then...there's no hope?" Ethinine asked with a sinking heart.
"heck yes there's hope!" Jadis said. He turned to look at Arren, considering. "Your sister can glow, as I recall. Can you do anything like that?"
Gamaliel breathed in sharply, then smiled slowly.
"Perhaps it would be better for you if you were Light," he said softly. He suddenly glided forward, passing through Shaddoc and the sword, leaving a cold, chilly feeling behind. There was blood on his chest, but the wound was rapidly closing. "Didn't they tell you? Normal weapons cannot harm us, who are of the Dark."
He turned, slashing with his hand at Shaddoc's back, leaving a long bloody line.
Nigal quickly ran over, pushing Gamaliel aside and grabbing Shaddoc's shoulder. "Unfortunately, he's right," he said. "Now I wish we had Neoman...any ideas?"