Chapter 1- Mortals
I walked past countless of other beings the same as me. The same
beauty, always beauty. None of us were normal or average looking
just limitless beauty all the time. The rare few who have seen
Him say his beauty is so great that it hurts too look at him.
I came to the front of the gazing hall. Opening the big mahogany
door studded with rubies I walked into the high ceilinged room. I
greeted a friend of mine that was doing Gazing hall duty meaning
she had to write down anyone's name who used them. 'Back again
Rose?' Rose such a human name.
'Yes I am assigned to protect a gifted one that means I need to
come here once a day.'
'Your lucky Rose you get all the good jobs.' I gave Josalin a
small smile. She was young, only a century. 'You'll get better
ones as you get older.'
'I hope so. Your in room six today Rose.' She said with a smile
as she handed over the key. I smiled back and took the key. At
the back of the room was a hallway that led to fifteen small
rooms where the gazing happened.
I turned the key in the sixth one and took a seat in front of the
clear table that showed an image on the earth. There was no other
furniture in the room and no windows. Gazing was strictly
confidential and only certain ones of us were able to do it.
'Show me Deric Sapple.' I announced loud enough so my voice
carried clear and strong.
The picture zoomed in until it showed the image of a man on a
beach somewhere in the world. On the coast of Europe if I
remembered correctly, where he lived. He was young, younger than
anyone she knew. Twenty- one. So young, mortals had such short
lives but he wouldn't. He was different.
I had been assigned the job to watch over Deric when he turned
eighteen. Three years were a short time for me though, very
short. I'd been alive for a millennia, I'd seen the rise and fall
of mankind through centuries.
But this job was different. Not that I'd ever tell anyone but I
had feelings for him almost like the love I have for the creator
but different. We don't socialize with mortals, it's forbidden.
Our understanding of their society is limited and we only know
what we do from our gazing.
Only some of us have been allowed down there for missions and the
rare few who have are changed forever. Most of them end up
Falling. But no one talks about them; they act like they never
Deric is three quarters angel almost full. His father was a full
blood angel and his mother was only half. He has no idea about
his powers and that's why I'm here, to make sure it stays that
way. His parents were killed by a Demon when he was a child and
he was brought up by humans.
He stared up at the blue sky into the clouds then out to the
ocean. Deric possessed the beauty of all of us but his held a
more human side to it. Not like some of the fearsome warriors I
knew but a kind, fierce protector. He had the physique of a male
angel too. Strong and muscled. He was leaner around the waist
though with broad shoulders and thick arms.
His hair was the colour of dark chocolate that was short and
slightly curly. With eyes of the clearest blue that made for a
stark contrast on his tan skin. He had a straight jaw line and a
nose that appeared to be slightly crooked from a break?
Everything looked fine and he was still blissfully unaware of who
he was so I said, 'Zoom out,' picked up my key and locked the
door behind me. I took a moment to collect myself. Watching the
mortals always made me a bit flustered and not myself.
After I'd collected my thoughts and shut them away so no one
could read them I walked back out into the main room. I smiled as
I handed Josalin back the key. 'Thank you Josalin I will see you
She smiled and nodded taking the key and putting it away. I
walked back outside onto the mist covered ground mortals would
call clouds. With enough room to do it now I let out my wings.
They stretched behind me bigger and taller than I am but they
didn't weigh me down in fact it felt better to leave them out, a
They were the colour of cream and slightly glimmery like
snowflakes I had once been told. They were one of a kind many
people said, they also said I was special but every one of us is
special in our own way.
I flapped my wings twice and lifted up into the air flying over
the crowds of angels. After a gazing I always avoided everyone
for a while and went to my chambers. It was a habit that I'd
started a while ago after I'd seen Deric get into a car accident
and nearly die because he still has some mortal in him and can
die from injury if it's bad enough.
I had walked through crowds of angels crying. Angels don't cry
it's dangerous for mortals it can cause all sorts of havoc. I'd
been punished, sentenced to first century duties for six months.
In a moment of pure distress, not seeing Deric for that time
every day had almost made me want to fall and be with him on
But my dear friend Jonathon had been there to stop me. I thanked
him everyday I did not want to become the enemy of heaven. Never.
I arrived on my balcony that led into my room and folded my wings
away as they were too big to go inside. I opened the clear glass
pane door and closed it behind me. Inside was a four poster queen
sized bed with sky blue coloured sheets. Up the sides of the bed
were hundreds of jewels imbedded in a clear mixture so you could
clearly see every one.
On the other side of the room was a desk made completely of gold
that had been a gift and a mirror with silver framing and tiny
blue sapphires all around the edges. I sat at the chair in front
of the desk and looked at my reflection in the mirror.
Pale creamy skin, big dark sapphire blue eyes, rose red lips and
long ash blonde hair. I wasn't the most beautiful of all of us
but older angels said I was unique something that was very
uncommon with us. I tied my hair up and changed into something
loose fitting to sleep in.
I don't have to sleep; I can not sleep for years and still be
fine. I choose to sleep every night though it makes me feel like
a mortal and I like that. If anyone ever figured that out I'd be
banished from heaven. So I had to keep many secrets.
I climbed into bed hugging one of my pillows close to my chest
and wrapping a sheet around me. I drifted off to sleep content
and dreaming about Earth.
I awoke to someone shaking my shoulder. I shot up immediately
ready to attack the intruder. I wasn't usually this easy to sneak
up on. 'Rose it's me you better get dressed. There's a big
meeting and He's going to be there.' I jumped out of bed at what
Jonathon told me and ran into my closet.
I dressed quickly and pulled a brush through my long hair.
'What's going on?' I asked as I came out in a flowing silver
dress that tied at the back. 'Someones rebelled, they're being
'Another one? That's two this year.'
'I know.' I nodded and put my brush down turning around.
'Can you tie it for me?' I asked Jonathon. He worked quickly
tying it in a big bow that hung down a little. I smiled at my
reflection and quickly went outside onto my balcony.
'Come on Jonathon we need to hurry or we'll be late.'
I let my wings out and thankfully my dress was cut low enough at
the back that I didn't tear it. Jonathon followed and let his
mahogany brown wings out. They were larger even than mine with
tiny flecks of gold when the light hit it just right.
The sky today was a beautiful blue and from up here you had a
spectacular view of our home. I jumped off the roof at the same
time as Jonathon, flapping my wings once I was in the air. I flew
next to him past the gradens and forests of things no mortal
could imagine, past other groups of angels walking towards the
meeting place. Why walk when you could fly?
We reached the place where all meetings of importance were held.
There were four shining thrones. The one in the middle raised the
highest was for Him, the three in front for the Archangels,
Gabriel, Lucifer and Michael. Of course no one had sat in
Lucifer's throne for a very long time.
He had been the first to fall of many to come. And after many
treacherous acts now rules over Hell by another name; Satan. The
other fallen ones either joined him or lived on earth. Halfway
between Heaven and Hell. Neutral ground. We all had to learn the
history of our people when we were training.
I was here when Lucifer fell and I witnessed the making of man
kind. That may seem very old but in fact I am considered to be
young, in mortal years only a year older than Deric.
Angels had already started to gather on the flat stone in front
of the thrones. All the angels were separated into two houses of
the brothers Gabriel and Michael. But all Angels served the
creator better known as God.
I took my place next to Gariel's throne. I guess you could say
I'm his right hand man or in my case woman. Jonathon took his
spot in Gabriel's ranks as well. He was a soldier.
Gabriel and Michael entered the crowds that separated for them.
They wore shining gold battle armor and blue coats, the normal
attire for male Angels at these gatherings. So did Jonathon.
'Rose you look as lovely as ever.'
'Thank you Gabriel. Do you know who it is?'
'I believe her name is Josalin.' Josalin?! NO!
'But she's so yo..young.' I stuttered over my words. He sat atop
his throne nodding his head sadly. 'Yes there a more going every
year. It is not good. The creator can't keep up with how many are
leaving.' Josalin seemed so normal yesterday.
Everyone took there places and there was a blinding white light
that meant He had taken his spot too. I dared not face Him for it
could reveal my true nature towards Heaven. Josalin stood at the
front of the crowd shaking in fear.
Poor girl. 'You have disobeyed the laws of Heaven. Do you wish to
know the consequences?' The voice boomed like thunder over the
crowd. I flinched. 'Y…yes.' Josalin stuttered.
'You have given me no choice. You have rebelled too far and
therefore must be cast out of heaven.' The voice sent shivered up
my spine frightening me more than it used too.
I kept my mouth shut trying not to look as the stone opened up
beneath me and Josalin fell through. 'No!' I heard her scream
before her voice disappeared completely. I turned away from the