I groan. I try to move but find that I’m tied down. I also realize that my dagger is gone. My head is pounding and hurts really bad. I keep my eyes closed. “Did you have to hit her so hard?” I hear West ask angrily.
“She was about to go after you. Had to do something. It was better than killing her.” I hear Derek say.
I open my eyes. “Did you have to hit me so hard? I mean seriously. I was in the process of gaining back control or at least trying to.”
They turn to me. “Your back right?” West asks.
I nod. “Can you untie me please. I want to punch Derek.”
West starts walking toward me but Derek grabs his arm. “It could be a trick. She’s been a part of Anne since birth.”
I groan. “Seriously? Your only saying that because you don’t want me to punch you.”
Jim walks in and sees me anger flashes in his eyes. I take in a deep breath, inhaling his scent, and start to feel better. I smile softly at him. He looks at West and Derek. “Why did you tie her up?”
“Jim you don’t get it. The angel that also inhabits her body is dangerous. We have to take precautions. We can’t risk her harming herself or harming anyone else.” Derek says.
When I try pulling at the rope it starts to burn my wrists. I look up at Derek shocked. “You laced this with silver?” I look away hurt and give up completely. Closing my eyes I let out a sigh and relax so it doesn’t burn my wrist anymore.
“You took it too far.” Jim growls angrily.
I keep my eyes closed hoping no one will come over here thinking I went back to sleep. Tears are forming in my eyes and I try to fight them. A tear slips down my cheek. I open my eyes knowing it’ll be useless now. “I didn’t ask for this. I didn’t decide to have her in me. But your right Derek I’m a danger. I should be tied up like I am right? Treated like it right? Might as well stab a knife in my heart and twist it a couple time while your at it. Might as well kill me” Tears fall and my voice breaks.
I see West come toward me. This time Derek doesn’t stop him. I look into Derek’s eyes and see regret in them. West unties me and pulls me to him. I try to pull away but he tightens his grip. “Your not dangerous Anne. She is and it’s my fault. I was a coward. I left her in fear. She had changed by the time I had come to save her. Her wings were no longer the vibrant white I once knew. They turned black. I couldn’t handle it. I left her and she killed herself. I caused her pain that I shouldn’t have. I did something unforgivable ”
I continue trying to pull away. “West I don’t want to hurt you.” I say my voice just above a whisper. I look away from him. He forces me to face him.
“You aren’t going to hurt me.” He says softly. I look into his eyes and see trust and unyielding love.
My tears fall faster and I choke on a sob. He wipes them away and places his lips on my forehead. I hug him tight. He wraps me in a hug and we sit like this for a while.
His grip tightens. “I’ve missed you so much Anne.” He whispers. I look at him and see tears in his eyes.
I nod wiping them away. “Me too. I felt so empty without you.” I put my face into the crook of his neck pulling away just enough for me to say. “Like there was a hole in my heart.”
He moves his head closer to mine. “Well I’m here I’m not going anywhere. I’ll always be here for you. I’m so sorry I hurt you. That fear you saw in me eyes was not of you it was for you. I knew that wasn’t you. I knew it could never have been you.”
“I was hurt because I almost hurt you. Maybe not me spiritually but physically. It hurt to know that they needed to protect you from me. That even now they still do. I know she’s not gone. She’s hiding now.” I hear wing flaps and look to the window.
I don’t see anything but keep my eyes on the window just incase. “What?” West asks.
I get up and limp toward the wind. I clench my fists as I see the stupid figure. The Devil angel. I walk out of the room and head toward the front door. Derek is in front of me blocking my way. “Don’t.” He says his eyes pleading with me to see reason, but nothing can right now.
I flick my wrist feeling a strange sensation. He flies across the room and I walk out the door not thinking twice about it. “You don’t know when to quit do you?” I ask angrily.
He shrugs. “I told you it’s prophesied. We are meant to be together. I have no clue why you insist on fighting something that can’t be fought.”
I laugh. I feel Elizabeth try to push through and this time I let her. “You know that was written by me right? I wrote it and used you so I could be free. I knew that you would be gullible enough to do it, stupid enough. You only heard about that prophecy after my death yet you never thought twice about it apparently. It’s kind of sad really.” I push back and regain control this time feeling no resistance from her.
He looks at me shocked, confused, and angry. “What? That can’t be true. It can’t be.”
I shrug not feeling any sympathy towards him. “Apparently it is. You just met a very unfriendly spirit. You know the girl you took a hundred years ago. Elizabeth. She’s pissed at you about as much as I am. Thing is, she is absolutely right. You are gullible. You’ve also finally done the one thing I thought you wouldn’t. You’ve gone soft. ”
He growls. “That’s not my fault. Your spelling me somehow. Your using some sort of sorcery. I would never have feelings toward you if otherwise. You have to be doing something to me.”
I smile. “I am not doing anything other than warning you to leave me alone. To leave this realm alone. Or I’ll have no choice. I will kill you and not swiftly either. I will make you suffer for everything you’ve done to this realm.” I say.
He laughs. “Your too soft. You wouldn’t hurt me no matter how desperately you want to. Because you weak heart won’t let you.”
I run toward him with a new speed. I’m behind him in a split second. “You sure about that. Bad experiences change a person. Changed me. Changed Elizabeth.” I whisper into his ear.
He turns toward me with a smile. “Sounds like you’ve finally decided to accept the dark part of you sweetheart.”
I laugh. “No I decided to embrace my destiny. The one that says that I will kill you. To get rid of the darkness once and for all.”
His smile never wavers. “I’d like to see you try.”
My body tingles. I feel a strange sensation and look down to see that I’m changing. I feel my leg mend and fight the urge to itch it. A smile spreads across my face as I start to glow gold. I look at my wings as they appear and see that they are bigger and gold as well. I look at him seeing even clearer than before. I feel my ear move which is weird. I look at my hands and watch as they change looking like paws but still my hand as well as my fingers. “What?”
I watch Satan back away and glare. “I will beat you I will be back.” He flies away.
I see Jim, Mike, West, and Derek all staring at me. I feel like something is ripping from my body and I’m lifted off the ground. Fall back and groan. I look up to see a girl staring at me in awe. “How?”
It hits me. “Elizabeth?”
She nods. She’s on the ground. Looking at herself. “I’m back to normal?” She looks at me and walks toward me. I see all of them tense but I shake my head. She holds out her hand and slowly touches me. I see shock in her eyes. “This is impossible.”
I shrug. “I’ve learned that the impossible is always possible.”
’But I’m solid.” She says.
I nod. “And it appears human. You may have just given a chance at redemption. I suggest using it wisely.”
I look at West and smile. “I’m back.”
He shakes his head. “Your even more beautiful.”
I cock my head. “I feel whole. Like this is how I was supposed to be.”
I hear footsteps and turn to see Arny. “It’s time to go home. There’s a lot to discuss.” He says looking at me, West, and Mike.
I groan. “Come on can’t we just end it here. I feel amazing right now. I would like to end with a happy note.”
He laughs. “We have even begun to scratch the surface. Come on.” He helps me up.
West walks up to me. “You need to see what you look like right now.” I feel his fingers brush my ear that’s now on the top of my head. I close my eyes enjoying the feeling. I let out a purr and he chuckles.
He wraps an arm around my shoulders. “Let’s go.” He starts leading me into the woods.