When Angels Fall... a tale of feminine friendship and fate

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When Gaby finds herself 'cast out' after defying the wishes of her powerful boss, she befriends Alex, a young teacher, who is also at a crossroads in her life. As they pursue their own dreams, they become embroiled in a struggle for power between old enemies. With lives, including their own, at risk and a deadly virus about to be unleashed upon the world it's time for uncomfortable alliances to be made. *This is my first attempt at a longer piece of fiction writing in preparation for this year's NaNoWriMo challenge so, constructive comments regarding eg. characters, pacing and narration vs 1st/ 3rd person will be most welcome thank you.

Fantasy / Mystery
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Chapter 1 - The Day I Met Gaby.[i]

I remember clearly the day Gaby came into my life, which was at a bit of a crossroads, well actually it was a mess. I was a mess.

Walking through the park, gnawing at my cheese and pickle sandwich and mulling over recent events which meant I had to get Dan out of my life, I saw her. A lone figure sitting on a bench. She was looking down at her bare feet, golden hair wafting in the breeze. She looked serene yet somehow troubled. I walked closer.

“Are you okay?” I asked. Somehow I couldn’t just walk by. She looked up at me and smiled. Her eyes were beautiful, violet-blue and I felt she could see right into my soul.

“I am, thank you” she said, her voice gentle but strong. She held my gaze and I sensed she knew everything that needed to be known and more, “although you’re very kind to ask, you must have countless things on your own mind.”

“I’m just on my lunch break” I offered back, “I usually walk in the park when I need to think.” I don’t know why I was telling her this, I suppose because my mind was heavy and maybe it showed on my face. I noticed her style and wondered if she was a ‘hippie’. Maybe she read my mind.

“You must think I’m a right weirdo coming out for a walk in bare feet but I love the feel of grass on my toes. I suppose I’m a bit of a hippie-type.” I laughed, nodding my agreement, envying her cascading hair and cool, floaty white dress. I resented my tied back hair and stiflingly sensible work clothes.

“Do you want to talk?” she asked, “I’m a good listener.” Her smile was genuine, her voice reassuring.

“It’s okay thanks” I said, “I should really be heading back.”

“Well, I’m Gaby” she said, “and it was nice to meet you. Thanks again for your kindness.”

“I’m Alex” I responded, “and it was no trouble, you looked a bit lost.”

“Aren’t we all?” she said, looking into me again. “You know, when you need help you only have to ask.”


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