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(Contains: violence/gore and strong language)
     Oh Beautiful Death...
A love story By Paul Brinks

Soaring through the sky, vigilant like a hawk. Some would mistake her for a bird, or an aircraft, but she was more than this. Scythe in hand, jet black wings, black hair, and Ebony colored armor, she was an angel, and she was on the hunt.
I walked up to my door, grabbed my keys, and opened the door to my apartment. “Hello?” I called into the empty apartment. My live-in girlfriend should have been home by now, it was almost 7:00. I walk in and set my stuff down on the ground. “Well, I might as well start dinner, she may be home when she gets home” I said with a smile, little did I know I wouldn't be smiling very soon. On the way into the kitchen, I noticed a note on the table, picked it up and undid the neat folds. After a minute, I choked up, she had left. I crashed into the living room chair, devastated. After several minute of pouting, I looked up and realized, the television and DVD player were gone, as well as the Xbox. I clenched my fists not in sorrow, no, that had just left, I was angry, rageful. “Damn it! Damn Her!” My screams could be heard around the complex. Thunder began to crack as I beat the wall.
High into the stormy skies, The angel has found her target, a figure that seemed to be made of shadow, even when the lightning lit it up for the brief flashes. The only thing that shown were its piercing red eyes.
“Ah, Ariel, did he send you?” The shadowy demon said in a cold, inhuman voice, enough to make ones bones shiver. Thought the black angel held her ground, with unflinching eyes, clenching her black death scythe. “You know why I am here Azriel...” Ariel said as she lifted the massive scythe.
“Don't you know where we are, Ariel?” The demon said, with a grin having formed on what would be his head, but is rather just part of the mass of shadow that made his body. “We are on neutral ground, not heaven or hell...”
Ariel readies her scythe, for whatever the demon may send at her. “Oh please,” The Demon smirked, who taught you everything you know?”  In a flash of lightning, the shadowy, distorted figure disappears, and Ariel felt a sharp pain on her back, and she began to plummet toward the earth with the falling rain.
Everything was gone, all her stuff, the TV, Xbox Etc. All I have left to do is mope... And drink, I got up and went for the liquor cabinet. “Well, again, she cleared me out, perfect just Fu...” amid the sound of rain, a loud crash is heard outside. Did a meteor hit or something? I looked out the rain distorted window, and I couldn't believe what I saw, a crater in the lot next to the apartment. I stop and think for a moment, wondering whether I should check it out or not. “What the hell?” I grab my coat, a flashlight, and ran outdoors into the heavy torrent. I treaded through the mud, making my way toward the lot, and there, I couldn't believe my eyes.
“Ugh... What the hell hit me?” I thought to myself, how is he that fast? My back burned, on top of the pain of what was likely my wing being cut off. Is this what a mortal feels like, trapped in the mud, in pain? Wait, what is that? Is that a, human? Oh crap.”
I looked down, to see a woman deep in the muddy crater, and what was she wearing? Is that armor? “Hey, are you alright?” I call, needing to for the rain and thunder were extremely loud. “Come on, let me help you.” She still doesn't speak. I slide down the muddy crater, when she pulls a short sword tied on her leg, and forces herself to her feet, pointing it at me. “Stay back!” She orders. I retort, but my back meets the muddy wall. “Hey I’m just trying to help! So what gives?” Before the woman answers, she falls face first into them mud. “Well...”
In a split second decision, I grab her arm, and think, “Wow, this is real armor!” I sling her arm over my shoulder, and pick her up. she is surprisingly light, even in her steel armor, at least it felt like steel. I dragged her up over the mud, and back into the apartment.

Damn, did I pass out, In front of a human? I dont think im outside anymore, its dry, and warm. I struggle to open my heavy eyes. Is that the human? “Hey, you're awake, bout time.” He sat up. “So, Who are you, and wasn't it a bit late for cosplaying?”
“What are you talking about human?” The woman protested. I retort, “Whoa ok,  sorry. Lets start over, Hi, I'm Nathan, nice to meet you, and you are?” Ariel’s face lightens a bit, “My name Is Ariel, and I am an angel.” I retort and raise my eyebrow in curiosity, not completely believing her believing her. “An angel? Look on, your really cute, but don't angels usually have white wings and trumpets or something?” And she was really cute, in a punk goth sort of way. She had several piercings, jet black hair that was combed one side and short on the other, and her armor was riddled with skull designs. Badass, but not angelic...I think?
“I'm an Angel of Death. And I have black wings” She responded flatly. A thick black smoke emanates from her back, a single massive jet black eagle wing appears. “Oh, Umm, Wow...just wow, but, where is your other wing?”
“A demon, the one I am hunting, he cast me down last night, when you found me, and he took my wing.” She looked down, with a defeated look on her face, as she leans to the side, allowing me to see the bloody stump on her back, where a great black wing once was.
“Oh crap... Let me see that” I rush to the kitchen and take the first aid kit from the cabinet, and took them to the couch where she was sitting, getting out hydrogen peroxide and bandage wrap.
“Hey, I don’t need help.” She protested. “Like hell you don't, this wound looks like it will fester if I don’t do something about it!” I declared. “Now hold still would ya.” I said as I began applying the antiseptic.
“So, what’s with this? You being on Earth I mean, and why are you hunting a demon?” She responded, with a grim look on her face, “His Name Is Azriel, and he was the first Angel of Death. He was called to train an apprentice, something that had never happened before, so he feared he would be replaced, so he went renegade, and I'm after him.”
“Wow, thats kind of harsh...” I continue to patch up her wing, but before my eyes, the open wound closed, and feathers begin to sprout. “...Woah, you heal fast!”  She turns to me, surprised “What? we heal like humans, unless we receive affection.” I suddenly notice her deep crystal silver eyes, almost haunting, and just how soft and fair her face really is. I turn away in embarrassment, as I could feel my face burning up. “Oh, Em, sorry bout that.” She lightheartedly chuckles. “Oh no, its alright, I'm quite flattered.” “So, While you recover, are you at all hungry?” I asked politely. “I've been on earth a little too long, so yes.” She said with a big, bright smile, which was contradictory to her dark, grim armor.
I prepared dinner for about an hour, talking with Ariel for several hours after, learning about her job as a death angel, and the afterlife. To think I had just been stabbed in the back by my Ex, and now I'm entertaining a lovely woman, and an angel no less! Then, I heard knocking on the door. “Oh, one moment. I'm coming!” As I went to the door, and was about to turn the handle, Ariel screamed, “Nathan, Dont!”
Suddenly, I felt a sharp, burning sensation through my right lung, as I looked down, what looked like black, metal spike was sticking through the door, and dripping with blood, my blood.
A sinister voice spoke from behind the door, “Oh honey, I’m home.” The door seemed to disintegrate, and I was flung back. When I could collect myself, I could see a red eyed, spoiled, shadowy mass, with sinnister, glowing sanguine eyes. I had been caught by Ariel, and she was talking to me, it looked like she was screaming, but I couldn't hear anything.
“Damn You Azriel!” Ariel Exclaimed, forming a black scythe out of thick black smoke that formed around her hands.  “Ha! Do you not remember what happened last time? You can die here Ariel, why not yield?” The demon said smugly, as twisted fangs appeared where a mouth should be, forming a sinister grin.
I was starting to hear again and was regaining my senses, bit by bit, And boy oh boy did it hurt, as I saw Ariel and the Demon face off, so I did what i could, and reached for the cabinet, or the lockbox inside. As I fumbled, I heard the demon cackled. “Haha, Look at the worm squirm.” Ariel lunged at him, “Don't take your eyes off your opponent!” She exclaimed in a mighty battle cry.
Lets see, lock box, I took the key and turned it, opening the box that had a .22 revolver in it, weakly, I took the gun, and pointed it at the demon. Taking aim...BANG! The bullet seemed to hit, and wound him.
“Filthy LITTLE!” The Demons shadowy mass began to form what looked like a spiked claw, and I knew he was going to eviscerate me. Then Ariel, in blinding speed, and attacking with Azriel’s distraction, swung her scythe through him, cutting the demon in half, causing his shadowy body to disintegrate.
It was the coolest thing ever, but my senses were beginning to fade again, slowly slipping into unconsciousness. Then I felt, as if I was in heaven, the pain I felt had disappeared, and warm, soft lips were pressed against mine, as I slowly opened my eyes, there was Ariel’s beautiful face. She pulled me up, and I saw I was still in my apartment, blood still on my shirt, but the wound gone. “How, how am I not Dead?” I asked in Disbelief. Smiling, Ariel said, “Affection from an Angel heals.” I Pulled her lips back to mine, and there we stayed for the shortest eternity of my life.
“I'm Sorry, Nathan, but I cannot stay here. My job is done, and I must resume my duties as the Angel of death.” She looked so defeated, and sorrowful. “Will I see you again?” I asked. She looked back, with those same eternally deep eyes, “Of course, but you must live your life first, and I'll be there when your time comes.” We both got up, and walked through my destroyed apartment. On the balcony, her two night black wings formed, and she turned to me, and we kissed one last time, before she flew away. One day, I hope I will see her again. No, I know I will see her again.
This was a story for creative writing class that was WAY out my usual comfort zone, A love story.... Ya. But I added in some elements im familiar and comfortable with, and it turned out decent I suppose. Anyway enjoy ^^
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Novarules Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Inigo: *Opens his eyes yawning* Morning......*Pulls the blankets off revealing sleeping fully grown Calla* Awwww ^^ even though you like to peck on my head and be abusive like your mom there's no better proof that you love me than waking up to you sleeping under the covers on me like when you were a baby ^^ only instead of adorable happy squeaks you normally give me painful pecks on my face ^^' *Carefully picks her up and sits up* Let's get you to your nest before that happens ^^' *Quickly and carefully walks over to Calla's next in the corner of his room and sets her in it* And I didn't even wake you up ^^ now to make breakfast! ^^ *Walks out of his room down the stairs and towards the kitchen* *Stops and looks around when hearing Umbra cawing* Umbra?  Miklir's already up? *Walks into the kitchen and peeks inside* You're never up before me unless your working on something? *Eyes widen* DAD!

*Miklir is laying on the kitchen floor passed out, covered in a sweat, looking terrible*

Inigo: *Runs over to him* Miklir are you okay?! *Picks him carefully and walks to Miklir's room laying him in his bed* Miklir? *Places his hand on his forehead* Dear Lord Vires you're skin is burning up, Miklir?  Miklir are you ok?  What's wrong?  Can you hear me? *Looks around the room then quickly runs back to the kitchen grabbing a rag and pushing it into a bucket of cold water, wrings it out a bit before running back to Miklir's room and pacing it on his forehead* Miklir! *Eyes wide with worry*



(Sorry I've been dying to start the mini rp while Miklir gets sick and Inigo takes care of him.....and Miklir of course trolls the hell out of Inigo XD I don't remember what illness what said Miklir would have though, I think it was the black death?  Does that sound about right? And I figured maybe Miklir was trying to get to the kitchen to get water or ingredients for medicine)

(And yes I had him yell "Dad" on purpose, that is what he views Miklir as and that's what came out when seeing Miklir like this)


(Wanted to add even more to that ^^' sorry)
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Biju3tails Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist

Miklir: *He begins to weakly come to, and open his eyes. He coughs a bit* Uhhhh... Inigo? What happened?


(It could be something as simple as the flu. They had no immunization, and the Spanish flu killed a lot of people. So this could be a Flu strain)

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Novarules Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Inigo: I should be asking you that!  I woke up came to the kitchen and heard Umbra cawing, you were laying on the floor passed out!  What happened to you?  Your skin is burning up so I tried to cool you down with a cold rag, and you look terrible, are you ok?  What's wrong? *Inigo's eyes reflecting the worry in his tone*



(Ah okay :3 And Miklir mentioned that Dosus's mom was a herboligist once so it sort of sounds like Miklir met or knew Dosus's mom so I was thinking that maybe that maybe she taught Miklir and Dosus's both about all kinds of helpful important plants and therefore maybe even a cure for what Miklir has? :3)
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Novarules Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Inigo: *Opens his eyes yawning* Morning......*Pulls the blankets off revealing sleeping fully grown Calla* Awwww ^^ even though you like to peck on my head and be abusive like your mom there's no better proof that you love me than waking up to you sleeping under the covers on me like when you were a baby ^^ only instead of adorable happy squeaks you normally give me painful pecks on my face ^^' *Carefully picks her up and sits up* Let's get you to your nest before that happens ^^' *Quickly and carefully walks over to Calla's next in the corner of his room and sets her in it* And I didn't even wake you up ^^ now to make breakfast! ^^ *Walks out of his room down the stairs and towards the kitchen* *Stops and looks around when hearing Umbra cawing* Umbra?  Miklir's already up? *Walks into the kitchen and peeks inside* You're never up before me unless your working on something? *Eyes widen* DAD!

*Miklir is laying on the kitchen floor passed out, covered in a sweat, looking terrible*

Inigo: *Runs over to him* Miklir are you okay? *Picks him carefully and walks to Miklir's room laying him in his bed* Miklir? *Places his hand on his forehead* Dear Lord Vires you're skin is burning up, Miklir?  Miklir are you ok?  What's wrong?  Can you hear me? *Eyes wide with worry* Miklir!



(Sorry I've been dying to start the mini rp while Miklir gets sick and Inigo takes care of him.....and Miklir of course trolls the hell out of Inigo XD I don't remember what illness what said Miklir would have though, I think it was the black death?  Does that sound about right? And I figured maybe Miklir was trying to get to the kitchen to get water or ingredients for medicine)

(And yes I had him yell "Dad" on purpose, that is what he views Miklir as and that's what came out when seeing Miklir like this)


(Wanted to add a bit more and fix a mistake ^^')
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Biju3tails Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Student General Artist

*Miklir stirs, though he is not well. He weakly opens his eyes, and coughs several times*

Miklir: Uhhh... Inigo... I think I caught what that village had.... *Inigo remembers that a few weeks ago he and Miklir went to help a Village that was having an epidemic of something, though they don't know. They helped most of them, though it had been s long they thought they didn't catch it and would not get sick, looks like that's not the case*


(Well, the Black death had different symptoms, this could just be the Flu but remember a long time ago the Flu was no joke. Do you know the Spanish Flu? Worse than the bubonic plague in terms of death toll, but that's because they didn't have simple antibiotics. So it could simply be a bad strain of the Flu*

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Novarules Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Inigo: *Eyes widen, fear rising within him* What do I do?  What was in your herble remedy?  I'll make it for you so you can get better!



(No I had never heard of the Spanish flu but even now the flu can be deadly, I have asthma and I've gotten the flu so I know personally how bad it can get and that if I didn't get the medicine I would have died.)
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Biju3tails Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student General Artist

Miklir: ...Yea... Miriam and that toadstool with the brown spots... Crush those and add that red solution in my workshop... That takes the Fever down *He coughs Violently* And it will let me get better... Then fix some Echinacea Tea, that also helps... suppress the sickness


(Yea, it was bad, like really bad)

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Novarules Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Inigo: Okay, I'll be right back! *Runs out of Miklir's room and to the kitchen* Okay! *Starts looking through the cupboards* Miriam.....miriam......why can't Miklir ever label these!? *Eyes widen* Miriam! *Grabs the jar and opens it taking out a few leaves* I don't know how many to take.....I hope this is enough *Puts them in a cup before searching for the toadstool* Brown spots.....brown spots....where is it?  Ah! *Grabs another jar taking it down and grabbing one toadstool and putting it into the cup* *Opens one of the drawers and searches for something to crush them with* *Eyes widen* There! *Pulls out a small slender stone that is smooth and rounded at one end using it to crush the leaves and toadstool* *Puts the cup down running to Miklir's workshop and looks for a red vile* Ugh....Why don't you ever label anything!?  *Starts looking through cabinets and drawers before he finds what he's looking for* There! *Runs back to the kitchen and pours the vile with the crushed ingredients*

*Once Inigo finishes mixing everything he runs to another cabinet grabbing a tea cup and filling it with water*

Inigo: At least the tea I know well enough to not need labels *Opens another cupboard grabbing the Echinacea tea and putting the leafs in the water* *Holds the cup up above his head before breathing in and blowing a small flame to heat the tea instantly* Done! *Grabs both and runs back into Miklir's room* I got the tea and your remedy, I wasn't sure how much Miriam or toadstool to use so I put about 5 leafs of the Miriam and 1 toadstool, and here's your tea but it's really hot so be careful *Holds the tea cup out*

(I know when I got the flu I had a fever of 105.3 you can actually suffer organ damage from that ^^' so my mom was freaking out)

(I had no idea what that little thing is called but hopefully you know what I'm talking about ^^')
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Biju3tails Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student General Artist

Miklir: *He has sat up in a chair, and he takes the cup of Tea, and blows on it a little bit, then drinks. His face retorts from the taste, but he finishes it* Thank you Inigo. *He coughs* Im glad your here to help... *He holds out his hand for the remedy*


(Damn, Im Glad your ok. That's a hell of a Fever)

(I mean the Spanish flu, just one of the most deadly epidemics in recorded human history. Wasent a big deal *Sarcasm* :3 )

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Novarules Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Inigo: Sorry if it doesn't taste very good....I didn't add any milk or sugar, I just wanted to give it to you as soon as possible so you could get better faster *Holds out the remedy*


(Yeah highest fever I've ever had, hopefully nothing will ever beat it and I'll never get it again ^^' Asthma and the flu don't mix ^^')

(Oh okay)
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