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Purity in the living world became quite a problem. The tenshi-chi soon became desirable in all the wrong ways. Most of them looked like beautiful young women. Only twice a year did a boy come out. Even those were very attractive. It didn’t take long for Heaven to see the potential problem unfolding. Kami called a meeting in January.
“We cannot have our virgins being tainted so early,” he complained.
“But what can we do?” Gabriel asked.
“We could make them ugly,” Mi-chan suggested with a shrug. All eyes fell on her when she said that.
“What?” she asked.
“That never seems to be possible,” Michael complained. “I tried, they always come out looking prefect!” Gabriel raised an eyebrow at his brother.
“You tried to make a chi?” he asked. “Why?”
“I just wanted to try it out,” Michael said.
Kami cleared his throat. “Let’s stay on track here. What can we do about this?” His staff thought about a proper solution. Bayu lifted her head when she came up with an idea.
“We could do a virgin curse,” she said. The angels stared at her with big eyes.
“You can’t…” Raphael said.
“It will be different,” she insisted. “We could just make a fresh curse from scratch.”
“How would you do it?” Kami asked. Bayu sat back in her chair.
“Give me five days,” she said.
Bayu locked herself in her room. She combed through all of her old spell books. This curse had to be uniquely her own. With that in mind, she sat back and closed her eyes. She remembered her love for Lucifer for reasons she couldn’t grasp. Their lovemaking lit her bed on fire. Passion like that should only be with someone that you love. Bayu yanked open her eyes.
“That might just work,” she said to herself. With that she got to work.
Bayu started the first part of the curse by taking a piece of her own heart and placing it into a small box. She sent it straight away to Michael. At first he didn’t get it.
“Why are you giving me this?” he asked. The angel smiled at him.
“Just add something to it,” she said.
As a result, he contributed thorny stems of roses to the heart piece. Michael passed the box down the line to his brothers. Gabriel contributed wine and Raphael tied it all with a black silk string. More elements such as moss, buttons, angel feathers, and sour notes from a drunken lute player ended up in the growing box. Kami was the last one to add something to the developing curse. His element? He preferred to keep it a secret for the time being. The box returned to Bayu by the third Sunday in April.
“I thank you all,” she said. The angel turned and threw the stuffed box into a great bonfire. Bayu closed her eyes and began to chant.
“May a young woman sleep with the one man she loves and let the rest that she strays with or those who violate her die from poisoning,” she said. “Only after the woman’s love is dead is when she will be free to love another. The smoke bellowed to the sky and vanished.” Bayu opened her eyes and smiled as the power coursed through her body.
“Perfect,” she said. The angel fell back on the ground and drew her eyes closed again. The “virgin curse” as they would later call it took effect and stayed around even to this day. Though it would go through many changes, the basic principle of the curse remained.
JWalker: I loved this story from start to finish! It flows at a really nice pace and the story world feels so real. The fight sequences are a treat especially when Isanfyre is training to become a warrior. I found the names really cool and thankfully easy to pronounce. Personally I have always struggled w...
Erin Crowley: The concept here is really strong, but the execution is definitely lacking. Tenses, grammar, etc are all off, with at least one or more errors per 'Page' on my phone. The writing style is almost broken- sentences move into each other awkwardly, and are filled with an excess of "filler words", lik...
Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...
Hali McGowan: when will the third book be done? I am absolutely hooked. I red the first two books within less than a week. I'm itching for the third one. The plotline is absolutely wonderful. I've never been much for sci-fi ish books. but you've got me hooked on this series
Jessica Esa: With a tantalising end to the first chapter, the authour has given us a treat and a welcome addition to the fantasy adventure genre. To limit it to just such would be an injustice however, as this novel clearly draws on elements of historical fiction, fairy tale and horror. Simply, there's someth...
Catherine Kopf: Wow! This was a really great story. I really enjoy reading fantasy, so it didn't take long for me to become invested in the book and its characters like Jacob. I really liked your writing style, and it seemed to flow very well. The descriptions that you used for your world were also created n...
Krupa Kataria: the detailing is really awesome ....the characters, ur plots jst too Awsm ,m waiting for the further chapters please do complete it ...like m really craving for those ones ...great job with words too ..please complete the further parts ...
Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...
Althea Kerr: This is a tale that is all too familiar to South African readers having lived through a war era on our borders and beyond. It is obviously autobiographical as the mind under duress is so detailed and real. It has fantastic suspense if a bit disjointed - perhaps that is the fear and loneliness com...
Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...
dd1226: I love reading about other countries and I think this story about Cambodia after Polpot creates awareness of the tragedy that happened there and the actions of the U.N. to hold elections. The heroine of the story is easy to relate to, a modern, middleaged woman looking for an adventure, wanting t...
Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.
Ayesha Shaikh: I love the twists. 😆I like how the writer describes everyone's point of view and the character development. I'm gonna read all the books by this author (current and upcoming). She's one of my favorites now. The spelling mistakes are normal no big deal, the amazing plot makes up for it. Thank you ...