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SEMI – FINAL

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I was only about ten feet from Rebekah, so I could hear everything she said, and

the sound of her rattling breaths escaping her weakened body. I felt like I was

intruding, but my body was much weaker than normal and I wasn’t sure I’dbe able to getup.

My eyes found Cain’s figure, slouched against the tunnel wall across from me, my body mere feet away from his. I found the close distance to be repulsive. His head lolled to the side, the vampire’s skin even paler than normal. The hilt of a knife

protruded from his chest and one of the monster’s hands was loosely clasped

around it as if he’d been trying to remove the weapon. I would’ve thoughthe was

dead, but Rebekah’s state told me otherwise. The bastard was incredibly hard to kill. I felt my fangs sharpen slightly as I stared at the bloodsucker, loathing

coursing through me. I could feel my Wolf’s hatred echoing my own.

Rebekah’s weak voice cut off my vindictive train of thought.

“Sorry I didn’t tell you,” she murmured quietly.

Gabriel was crouched next to her, a confusing jumble of emotions. He still felt a tenuous connection to his mother, but he had been so long without herthathe

wasn’t even sure how to feel. His grief was obvious, but it was different than the grief a normal wolf would feel when losing a parent. He had never really known her.

“I wouldn’t have let you,” Gabriel replied gruffly after a pause. I noticed that

Raziel had stood up and walked a few feet away, staring out into the starry night sky.

“Exactly.” There was apause as Rebekah took a shaky breath. “None of your pack knew. Just Raziel.”

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel was silent, but I could feel the sadness and resignation. He knew what he had to do, or what he was supposed to do; I wasn’t sure if my Mate could bring

himself to finish the job. Despite my loathing for Cain, I knew I wouldn’thave the strength to do it if it were up tome.

“I was the worst possible mother,” Rebekah said sadly, tone heavy with disgust that I knew was directed at herself. “I-“

“Don’t. You did what you had to do,” Gabriel cut her off shortly. I felthis confusion through our mind-link. He wanted to forgive her, but years of his father’s abuse made it hard.

Now I felt even more like an intruder. I peeked at them out of the corner of my

eye, not wanting to be caught full-on staring. Rebekah tilted her head up, her now- dull brown eyes meeting her son’s. “And now it’s your turn. Do what you must.” Gabriel tensed and looked away, his jaw working. Raziel’s form had gone rigid

from where he stood just outside the tunnel.

“You have to,” Rebekah urged. “You can’t let him live.” She sighed heavily. “You know that.”

“You’re that willing to die?” There was evident pain laced in Gabriel’svoice. “Just after you woke up?”

“At least I can finally do something for you.”

Gabriel growled with frustration, but I knew he was just putting off the inevitable. I bit my lip, willing the tears to stay away. Gabriel didn’t need my grief coupled

with his.

“Cain is like poison to this world. He needed to be stopped.”

“We could’ve found another way-“ Gabriel argued.

“You would have died following your plan. Skylar, too.” Rebekah’svoice seemed slightly stronger. I wondered if this meant Cain was recovering from his injuries. I idly wondered how they’d managed to bring him down in the first place.

 

Gabriel remained silent, knowing she was right. Rebekah sighed softly, raising one delicate hand and resting it on Gabriel’s face. I felt Gabriel’s internal reaction to

the foreign contact, but he did not pull away. Some distant part of him relished the unfamiliar touch. His Wolf, however, did not like being touched from someone

other than his Mate. Not even his own mother.

“He will recover soon…Raziel’s blood was not enough to finish him.” Rebekah glanced at Cain, dislike briefly glimmering in her eyes. “He’s so much stronger than the normal vampire…you will have to do it. I don’t think anyone else can.” Her hand fell away from Gabriel’s face and rested in her lap.

 

 

 

 

 

Just then,my ears pricked as I heard a faint commotion from outside, the sound of massive wolves in the distance. They were still pretty far from our location but my keen hearing could pickup such sound from half a mile away. I scented the air,

determining the group to be a mixture of our two packs. Raziel stood stiffly, like a sentry, while Gabriel turned to face the area outside the tunnel. Through our

connection I sensed that he was contacting the others, telling them to wait a

moment before approaching us. As the noise of massive paws trampling the earth slowed, Rebekah’s eyes found mine.

“Take care of him, Skylar,” she whispered, voice laden with affection. There was a warmth in her brown eyes despite the haze of pain, and I felt my own filling with tears. “You’re the best thing that ever happened to him.”

As I could do was nod, my vision blurring. I knew Rebekah would not want my pity, but I couldn’thelp the stab of empathy I felt for her. She had just reunited with her family, and now she was leaving them.

“Gabriel, you have to finish him now,” she whispered.

Gabriel stared at her, some sort of mental understanding passing between them. I felt a wave of grief crash over my Mate that he tried to hold at bay, along with a burst of longing. He had never known what it was like to have an affectionate

parent, not the way I had.

“I don’t want everyone to see this. Thankyou for telling them to wait,” she

continued. “But now you have to hurry. His strength is returning.” Gabriel took a deep breath, squaring his shoulders.

“You couldn’t have made me prouder,” Rebekah said, so quietly that I scarcely

caught it, and I got the impression that I wasn’t meant to hear it. Gabriel swallowed

hard. His dark eyes held mine for a moment, and for once he was making no attempt to hide the pain away from me.

I tried to maintain eye contract, to smooth my expression into one of

encouragement. I knew he detected my grief over his mother’s fate but I didn’t want to make things worse for him.

Gabriel turned back to his mother, fixing his eyes on her. They were no doubt

having a mental conversation. Their eyes remained locked as Gabriel rose to his

full height and took a deep breath. Then, to my surprise, he began to Shift, fur

erupting from his skin and his body contorting as he transitioned into Wolf form. The sound of his bones cracking and molding into wolf shape resonated in the

cavern. When he stood on four legs, he turned to face Cain,a low growl erupting from his throat. The beast’s eyes were focused on the vampire, who I realized was beginning to stir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was momentarily confused before my Wolf responded to my question before I could even ask it: He has to behead him. It’s the only way to make sure.

The thought made my stomach lurch but I knew she was right. Tearing Cain’s head off would be no easy feat; it wasn’t like killing a normal vampire. Every ounce of the bloodsucker’s makeup was stronger than any other vampire. I didn’tthink any wolf besides Gabriel would have the brute strength necessary to finish the job.

Lip curling into a fearsome snarl, Gabriel took a few steps forward until his

massive form was in the center of the tunnel, between Cain and I. The tunnel was wider here since it was near the exit, but there was still scarcely any room and I could have reached out and touched Gabriel had I wanted to; his thick tail was

inches from my face.

Another growl tore from Gabriel’s throat, his sharp claws digging into the ground as his shoulders hunched. He didn’t want to do it. There were so many more things that he wanted to say to Rebekah, but Cain was groaning and shifting position. If the vampire pulled the dagger out of his chest there was no telling what would

happen.

My peripheral vision caught Raziel, crouched next to Rebekah and whispering

something to her that I couldn’thear over Gabriel’s angry growls that were riddled with grief and regret.

Cain groaned again.

A few heartbeats passed, the tension building until I thought I couldn’t endure it any longer. Gabriel’s growls reverberated around the tunnel, and Rebekah was

looking away, outside towards the night sky while Raziel clutched her hand.

Gabriel’s massive head turned and he surveyed her one last time, heart hardening with resolve.

Then, in a blur of motion, he lunged.

I couldn’thelp it. I looked away.

Perhaps it was cowardly, refusing to observe the vanquishing of my greatest

enemy, but I didn’t care. I couldn’t watch Cain or Rebekah die. I couldn’t watch the brutal killing that would take Gabriel’smother from this world forever. I

looked to the side, back into the darkness of the tunnel, and squeezed my eyes shut.

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriellet out a short breath of exertion, which was followed aloud snapping

sound. Cain’s cry of agony was cut off by a disgusting squelching noise that

muffled Gabriel’s fearsome growl. The stench of blood slowly permeated the air. The blood was tainted, sickening, and I tasted bile in my throat. I dug my nails into the skin of my palms, pushing the gruesome images out of my head.

Something dropped to the ground and rolled, and I did not have to look to know that Cain had successfully been beheaded. I heard the vampire’s body slide down the wall and flop onto the dirt. Some part of me felt a burst of triumph, knowing that he was gone forever, but this feeling was short-lived.

Inevitably, I turned to face Rebekah. Gabriel’smother had stilled completely. Her head was turned away from me so I could not see her face, but I didn’t have to in order to know she was dead. Her body was just an empty shell now.

Which is why I was left in complete shock when her body began to glow.

It was subtle at first, a glimmer underneath her pale skin, but as three pair of eyes focused on her still form, the light grew brighter. My breath caught in my throat.

The ethereal glowing increased in brightness and I blinked rapidly to adjust.

 

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“What’s-“ Gabriel began,having abruptly Shifted back to human form, but Raziel cut him off with a jerk of his hand. The Angel’s expression was one of complete captivation, mouth open in awe of what he was beholding. I got the impression he knew what was going on.

Rebekah glowed brighter and brighter, yet her body remained still. The light

emanating from underneath her skin was a whitish-gold, and I almost thought I was dreaming. I could think of no logical explanation for what was happening.

Once again, the glow increased until it was practically blinding. I was forced to close my eyes against the overwhelming light streaming from her body and

obscuring her from our view. It was as if Rebekah were concealed behind a giant orb of brilliance. I could still see it imprinted against the blackness of my closed eyelids.

I half-opened one eye, determined to figure out what was happening. The glow was pulsating like it had a heartbeat. I felt the vibrations against my skin as the pulse

radiated outwards…one, twice, three times.

 

 

 

 

 

The radiance increased further and I was forced to turn away for fear of my sight

being burned away. Somehow, despite the overwhelming situation, I was not afraid. I instinctively knew that the brightness was good. I felt the heat of

Rebekah’s glow against my skin and the pulsing increased in frequency.

Once, twice, three times, four times….I lost count of the number of pulses as they grew closer together, but the glow was growing hotter and hotter the faster the

pulses came.

Just when I thought that the pulsing, glowing heartbeats were reaching a peak,

everything abruptly stopped. The light vanished, throwing us into darkness again that seemed more absolute than before.

I tentatively opened my eyes, blinking rapidly. Bright spots hung in my vision and it took me several seconds to adjust. The world almost seemed…emptier now that the orb of brilliance was gone. Rebekah remained in the same position as before, yet something was undoubtedly different. Gabriel was standing stock-still,

absolutely transfixed. Raziel had a look of wonder etched on his features.

“I don’t believe it,” The Angel breathed, breaking the shocked silence. “She Ascended.”

“ ….what?” Gabriel asked. I was equally befuddled.

“When Angels are punished by being sent to Earth, they can redeem themselves. It usually takes centuries, but when Heaven deems that they’ve made up for their

wrongdoing, they Ascend. They return to Heaven.”

“You’re saying Rebekah …”

“Her soul just Ascended, returned to Heaven. I’ve never witnessed an Ascension

before, and she’s not even a pure Angel.” Raziel’s eyes were alight with relief. My brain was trying to wrap around the subject of souls, and Heaven, without much

success.

“Why would Heaven accept her if she’s half werewolf?” Gabriel asked cautiously, as confused as I was.

“She gave her life for a noble cause, and destroyed a being of pure evil. Heaven must have decided she earned her place, eventhough she’s only a half-blood.”

“So is she a full Angel now?” I cut in, curiosity getting the better of me. I wasn’t sure whether I should be grieving her death or rejoicing her “Ascension” .

“She must be. I’d never expected this….I was denied my chance to Ascend once I committed a sin on Earth and lost my wings. I thought Rebekah would be resigned to the same Fate, coupled with the fact that she’s not a pure Angel. But it seems

like killing the oldest vampire is a worthy enough feat to be let in.”

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel shook his head. “She’s still gone,” he said bitterly, and I echoed his sentiment.

“But she’s in the best place she can possibly be. It’san honor. It’s better than I ever could have expected,” Raziel breathed. Leaning forward, he gently pushed some

hair away from Rebekah’s paleface. I saw a look of sadness flicker across the Angel’s features but he quickly subdued it.

I knew I should be happy, since Raziel obviously thought it was the best thing that could have happened. But seeing Rebekah’s empty, glassy brown eyes was still

deeply unsettling. Even knowing her soul was in a better place could not ease the grief of losing her here. Gabriel’s thoughts were as confused and jumbled as my

own. He stared athis mother’s lifeless body, jaw clenched and hands curled tightly into fists. Raziel suddenly spoke up.

“She will want a funeral as a werewolf.”

Without another word, the Angel moved forward and lifted his daughter into his arms before Gabriel could move a muscle. Again, I saw the sadness cross his

expression, and I knew he was still mourning her death despite her Ascension into heaven. He was putting on a very brave face, probably for Gabriel’sbenefit.

I forced down my sadness and tried to struggle into a standing position. Gabriel

came over to support me, wrapping a muscular arm around my torso and lifting me to my feet. His touch made goosebumps arise on my skin, and I felt like I was

home again. I glanced up at him, examining the grim set to his perfect features. His countenance was rigid as he tried to adjust to the fact that his mother was gone

almost as soon as she gothere. My Mate’s eyes met mine and he didn’tneed any words to convey all of the emotions he was feeling.

“I’m so sorry,” I whispered, choked up with emotion and trying to hold the tears

off. He shook his head slowly, then leaned forward, lips pressing a feather-light

kiss to my forehead. I felt my entire body heat up and I pulled Gabriel into a tight hug. It felt like forever ago that a hug would have been a monumental step forward in our relationship. Now, it was a necessity.

Gabriel crushed me against his chest and I felthis heartbeat, strong and steady. “It’s what she wanted,” he finally whispered. I had no reply to that.

Gabriel began to lead me out of the tunnel, me leaning heavily on him for support. Raziel was outside holding Rebekah’s still form. He looked very drawn, but I knew

there was no chance he was letting go of his daughter. Despite the Angel’s

exhaustion, he clutched her tightly to his chest. He had known her better than Gabriel had, so I supposed it was only right.

I averted my gaze yet again, feeling my throat constrict.

 

 

 

 

 

“Skylar…” Gabriel started once we were outside. He turned me to face him, large hands gripping my elbows to hold me in place. I stared up at him expectantly,

memorizing every detail of his face as I drank him in. “I never should have left you.” His guilt resounded through our bond.

“No, you shouldn’thave,” I replied softly. “But I understand why you did.” I was too tired even to be angry at this point…I was sure that would come later.

“I couldn’t have you trying to stop me.” He spoke almost ironically.

“Well I tried anyways,” I replied. Gabriel’s eyes inadvertently glanced towards his mother.

He released a heavy breath. “I’ll make it up to you. I know it must have been

hard…I barely got through it.” I blinked, surprised he was admitting to his own weakness.

“It isn’t pleasant waking up after your first night with your Mate, only to find he has abandoned you right after Marking you.” I couldn’thelp a bit of resentment from leaking into my voice, leftover from that terrible morning.

“It had nothing to do with you, Skylar, you know that,” Gabriel replied heatedly, his normally impenetrable dark eyes burning into mine with fervor. I got the

impression he’d been wanting to say this for a while. “ You were perfect,” he added mentally.

Gabriel’s eyes traveled down my body leisurely and then backup to my face and I could feel the affection radiating through our bond.

I blushed and couldn’t reply. Standing next to a naked Gabriel while I myself was unclothed, referring back to the night where we completed the Mating Ritual, sent my thoughts very much astray. It just didn’t feel appropriate for this moment but my animal instincts couldn’thelp it.

This whole situation felt surreal, having this conversation and knowing Cain

wasn’t lurking right around the corner anymore. A sudden thought occurred tome and my eyes trailed down to Gabriel’s neck. How could I not have noticed the

significance of his red Mark before? It was still there, prominently displayed on his skin. Sure, it could just betaking a while to fade, but it was still encouraging.

“We don’t have to worry anymore, do we?” I asked timidly after a moment of

silence. I heard commotion in the distance and realized Gabriel had called to the

others. I felt a burst of anxiety to make sure everyone was okay. I knew my parents were fine, because I still felt the dormant mental link to them, but I prayed Maria

and Will were safe, too … .

Gabriel glanced at Raziel, who stood as still as a statue, cradling his daughter. At least he knew her Fate was a good one…but that couldn’t make it much easier.

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel’s gaze then traveled to the tunnel where, just beyond the fringe of

darkness, Cain’s corpse lay. I did not follow his gaze to see the bloodsucker’s

mutilated body. I did not need to double-check to know he was dead…I could feel it in the open air, in the complete absence of evil. His coven must be gone, too. We had done the world a great favor.

Well, more specifically, Rebekah had done the world a great favor. Cain and his minions were gone….forever.

Echoing my sentiments, Gabriel nodded his head once, firmly.

“It’s over.”

#Tobecontinued…..

 

So the final & last Happen of the story drops on Monday.

Hopefully that should answer any lingering questions.

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#gist

And of cos, anticipate the arrival of our next story.

It will be Part supernatural

But….

No Alpha,werewolf, mate or vampire thingy,

Nah, we’ll betaking a break from all that.

 

Expect a different nature of supernatural setting,

One you’ve never encountered before, designed to get you off your seat, and racking ur brain for what comes next!

Oh!

Am freaking excited already!….. ☺

 

Let be not sugar coat the story b4 it’s impending arrival.

But as you know,

I will bring you nothing but the very best….

_ _-Agboola-_ _

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