It had been a year since Josalin had fallen. I still didn't know
why it had happened. She had been so lively, so happy I never
expected her to rebel.
Deric was the same. Clueless. He had a new girlfriend too and I
got this funny feeling when I saw them together that I'd never
experienced before. I was still trying to figure that out.
After Josalin fell it felt like I was just going through the
motions. I felt empty; in complete and it was torture. Jonathon
visited me sometimes but I was so detached I hardly ever
participated in a conversation.
Right now I sat in one of the meadows braiding flowers into my
hair and humming to myself. It was one of my better days. The
flowers were infused with magic and they glowed blue in my hair.
No angels found me here I was completely alone with my thoughts.
I thought of Deric often and dreamed of what it would be like to
meet him. What Earth would look like up close? I tied my braided
hair off with a piece of lace and stood brushing dirt from my
Out of no where Gabriel appeared. I did a slight curtsey. 'What
are you doing out here?' Gabriel gave me a grim look and took my
arm in his strong hand. 'Please tell me that it's wrong. What He
said about you.'
'Who's he and what did he say?'
'The creator Rose your going to be cast out of heaven!' His voice
echoed around me and I couldn't believe what he was saying.
'But I have done anything wrong?'
'It's not about what you do Rose it never has been it's about
what you think.' Gabriel released me from his grip and I backed
'No. Please Gabriel you have to help me.'
'I'm sorry Rose I can't just please come peacefully.' I shook my
head trying not to let the tears slip past my eyes and touch the
ground. Who knows what that could bring upon Earth. I made up my
mind in that second, I would come peacefully.
I would help Deric find out who he is and live with the other
Fallen on Earth. I could be truly happy. But this was my home, my
beautiful home. How could I leave it?
Gabriel led me in silence to the meeting place. Everyone had
taken there seats even Him. I glared at the throne now. Any love
I'd once had for him had diminished. I saw Jonathon at the back
with other soldiers and fought back tears again.
The look on his face… So sad, so heart wrenchingly sad. I stood
at the front of the crowd with tears in my eyes and a quivering
body. Gabriel took his seat and that's when his voice boomed
trying to burst my ear drums. 'Rose of the Gabriel house you have
become unworthy of heaven and will be cast out because of this.
You have no one to blame but yourself.'
I fought back a sob and nodded. Gabriel and Michael shared a look
of desperation. They were my friends but they could do nothing to
stop what was about to happen.
'I am sorry it has to be this way Rose…' I heard the Creators
voice soften as the ground opened beneath me and I fell through.
I fell so fast my body started to burn up. But my healing kicked
in and it was a constant fight between the two.
Burning, healed, burning, healed. I did not scream, I cried. I
cried because I had just been cast from the only home I'd ever
known. I didn't dare release my wings in fear of breaking them
when I hit solid ground.
It felt like days before I did hit the ground of Earth. All at
once every bone in my body snapped. I moaned in pain and tried to
move to no avail. I closed my eyes and tried to ignore all the
pain. Eventually I was asleep and away from it all.
I woke to strong arms picking my broken body up off the ground.
My head lolled back because I didn't have the strength to move.
Behind me the world was dull and dark. I could see the outlines
of knocked over trees in a broken circle. I let myself fall back
to sleep wishing it would just end. Why hadn't my healing kicked
I was in and out of sleep for a while. Every time I woke there
would be a man standing over me washing my hair back from my face
telling me to get up but I couldn't. I just gave up again.
For what seemed like years that was my routine and then one day I
woke up and I was finally able to move. I sat up slowly and
patted my body down. I was still all here. Slightly sore but that
would fade. I wore a red sweater looking thing but the colors
were a lot duller than I was used too. This whole place was.
I was in a small room, on a wooden bed, the only furniture in the
room. The walls were white, plain. I stood up and limped on my
right leg to the door. I opened the door and went into the other
room. There was a couch and a television I think Deric had once
It looked like a black box. On the couch was a man, an Angel. He
woke as I limped into the room. 'You're awake.' He said running a
hand through his dark hair. He was tall and muscular. Like Deric
but with black hair and brown eyes.
'Who are you?' I asked leaning on the doorway for support.
'Warren and you shouldn't be up and about. You really didn't have
a good landing. Come sit down.' I looked at him warily but did as
he said. I sat on the couch as far away from him as possible.
'How did you find me?' I asked him.
'All of us know when an Angel has fallen you're lucky I was the
one to get to you first.'
'What do you mean?'
'There are some people who try to recruit new fallen angels like
'Lucifer,' I whispered. He nodded sadly.
'Why did I take so long to heal?'
'When an Angel falls they experience mortal injury. Your injuries
were so bad that if I hadn't found you, you would have died.'
'I was cast out of my home. I wish I was dead.'
'No because if you truly did you would not be here. You have
something that is keeping you alive. An incomplete mission,
'Who is Deric?' He asked me.
'He's three quarters Angel. I was assigned to protect him and
make sure he didn't find out what he was.'
'Really? Heaven is hiding peoples true selves from them?'
'Apparently. Where are we? I need to find him.' I stood up and
hobbled on my leg. 'You're not going anywhere until you're healed
fully.' Warren grabbed my arm.
'Who are you anyway?' he asked me as I gave up and sat down. 'My
name is Rose.'
'Rose? As in Gabriel's right hand girl Rose? I recognize you
'And he did nothing to help you? Why did you get cast down
anyway? What did you do?'
'He didn't help me and I didn't do anything. Gabriel said that it
was because of what I was thinking. But I don't know.'
'Free will,' Warren said.
'Free will? But I thought only mortals had free will.' He shook
his head, 'That's what He said. But really we do have it we were
just never taught to use it. We're soldiers, we're not meant to
think just act.' I shook my head,
'No. He wouldn't lie to us like that.'
'I'm sorry Rose but anything He ever told you was a lie.'
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