The Descendants - Rise of the Reaper Army

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Nineteen

Just when it seemed Aurora might get her happy ever after, Gabriel had to go and ruin everything. Why couldn’t he see that Harrison was a threat to them? He hadn’t confessed everything, at least he had been smart enough to keep their secrets, but none of it made any sense. Had he not learned anything about how quickly people could turn on you? Had he not learned anything from what happened with her sisters? He seemed to think this person wanted to help them but once Harrison found out the truth he would turn on them, she was certain of it. To make matters even more complicated, now he wanted to go and see his parents. And he wanted her to go with him. It wasn’t that she didn’t want to go, she wanted him to reunite with the people he loved, but the idea of seeing him embraced by his mother and father frightened her. It would reopen the pain of losing her own parents and the knowledge she would never again feel the warmth of their love.

She sat back against the pillows and hugged her knees to her chest. She didn’t want to admit it, but she had also gotten used to the idea that it was just the two of them. She and Gabriel against the world. Now there were going to be other people in his life, important people. People who were his blood. How could she ever compete with that? What if they convinced him to forget about their quest? What if they convinced him to go back and live a more human life? After all, she had taught him how. If he wanted to, he could blend in seamlessly with society now. He could have a life with his parents and friends. And what would she do? How would she fight without him?

She padded over to the window and watched him moving snow from the path. He hadn’t said it out loud, but she knew he loved her. Maybe she was just overreacting. Maybe everything would be alright. But thought of losing him…

When he came inside, she pulled him close. “Promise me we’ll see this through together Gabriel, no matter what. Promise you won’t let me down.”

“Aurora, what’s brought this on?”

“Just promise me Gabriel, I need to hear it.”

“Aurora, I promise,” he told her. “Don’t you know by now?”

“Don’t I know what?”

He traced his finger down her cheek and smiled. “That I love you and I’m in, all the way.”

He loved her. Gabriel really loved her. “I love you too,” she told him. “And maybe…”

“Maybe?”

“Maybe we don’t need to leave right away?” She grinned and pulled him in. “Maybe we could sneak back to the bedroom?”

He gave her a playful squeeze and stepped away. “We don’t have enough time for that. And besides, once we figure out how to stop these Reapers we’ll have forever and believe me, I won’t be wasting it.”

As she marvelled at the idea of a lifetime spent together, something began to change in her body. Her skin burned and her head swam. It was happening, another one of her visions.

“Gabriel,” she managed, but it was too late.

Heat seared through her body, rushing from her head out along her arms and into her legs. Her vision blurred and Gabriel’s face morphed into something else entirely. Suddenly she could see them standing back to back in a grassy field, ravens circling above. She could see terror in her own eyes and feel fear pulsing through her body. They were everywhere. Reapers. At least 100 of them stood shoulder to shoulder in a circle around them. Knowing it was the end, she reached for Gabriel but he didn’t take her hand. Suddenly shots rang out behind them and she spun around. To her surprise a group of people were running toward them, humans shouting and firing weapons at the Reapers. To her right one of the demons took a hit to the shoulder and stumbled back. Confused, it peered down at the wound and winced. The bullet was not lethal, but it would slow them down. Gabriel leaned in and kissed her but instead of feeling warm, his lips were cold. A chill ran through her body and she didn’t need to see Gabriel’s death to know it was a certainty. If Gabriel went to battle with the Reapers, he would die.

“Aurora…” His voiced punched through the vision, bringing her back.

“Humans,” she managed.

“Humans? What about them?”

“We need them Gabriel. We need humans to help us defeat the Reapers.”

He sat back and stared at her. “Aurora what are you talking about? There are no humans who can help us.”

She took a deep breath and steadied herself. “Then we need to find some.”

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