“Oh look at that,” Bella sneered, her voice cold and awful.
I pried my eyes open, knowing in the pit of my stomach that something bad was happening. Then the pillow under me moved. Kuryo. Oh shit. We were still snuggled up together – except now there was Bella looming over us like a dark storm cloud. An angry storm cloud.
I sat up guiltily, but Kuryo spoke first. “Look at what?”
Bella tilted her head to the side, arms crossed and sour all over. Kuryo sat up, his gaze challenging her.
“You’re just so cute together,” Bella hissed.
“Jealous?” Kuryo asked sharply, wrapping his arms around his knees, apparently not caring that he was at her kicking height.
“Whatever,” I muttered, rising so I was blocking them from each other. “Just-”
“Get ready!” Bella barked. “I don’t have time to sit around waiting for you two! Get up!” and she very nearly did kick Kuryo. I felt it in the air – but she turned and marched away, slamming the door to her bedroom and leaving us alone.
Oh gods, I let out such an exhale. That was stressful.
Later, as we were leaving the room, both dressed in fresh clothes and presentable, I tried to coax some sense into Kuryo. “Just try not to set her off, would you?”
He gave me a look like I was the weird one here. “You’re placating her,” he said softly. “And I’m not going to do that.”
“Could you try just – not to get yourself beat up?” I hissed. “I’m watching out for you here!”
“You’re just scared of her,” he muttered as we reached the bottom of the stairs.
“Maybe you should be!” I snapped angrily. She had successfully cornered the both of us! Sneaked and bullied her way into the top of the deity realm! Maybe, just maybe, we should be careful around her?
But Kuryo snorted as if that was ridiculous. We entered the living room with him in a cold mood and me being fidgety.
“You’re late,” said Bella angrily, as if she had given us a time to show up for. She set her mug of cocoa down on the hand table.“Am I supposed to stick around all day waiting on you two?”
Kuryo made a face and I sharply elbowed him. I just didn’t want to see him getting hurt. But Bella must have picked up on that. A sneer curled her lip. She chuckled.
“Interesting,” she said snidely. Then she caught up her coat from the side of her chair and marched to the door. I scurried after her, Kuryo in tow.
There was an army-load of vampires out of the house. They were ready for war, armed to the teeth and looking as aggressive as anyone can with a winter coat on. Or with fluffy mittens. It was just – hard on the mind to register them as a threat when they looked so fuzzy and cold. But I mean, they got points for trying, right? They were all wearing their most badass expressions, complete with stoic frowns and victory poses (legs planted, chests puffed out). Which was a whole lot of expression for a vampire, mind you.
Bella seized me by the arm and dragged me towards where everyone was facing – a massive portal ready to swallow us all up. It smelt of treetops and happy times (at least for me). It led to the air realm, certainly.
“Your job, along with your sweetie little boy-toy,” Bella said sneeringly, “Is to protect me. You’re not allowed to stray more than ten feet from me, the either of you. Got that?” She turned to smirk at Kuryo, who scowled in response.
“I’m not a fighter,” he objected.
“Be useful,” she snapped. “Or should I recycle you?”
Kuryo blanched just enough. Bella chuckled. Then, patting me on the arm like I really was her sweetheart, she dragged me after her into the portal.
Ick. Yuck. I was just too sleepy for this so early in the morning. The world swirled and my stomach churned, and we reappeared in a soft, fluffy feeling. It was a world full of light, breezes whipping up nearby treetops, and a land that was covered in gentle grasses.
It was heaven, I realized. The sanctuary of the Trinity. The holy land for millions of souls. And uh, there was their god, and several others besides, including the Thunderbird. They were all looking so angry.
And was it me or were their eyes zeroing in on me? No? Really? Especially Thunderbird?
“Oh, it’s so good to see you all,” Bella cooed, interlacing her fingers in mine. “What a lovely opportunity this is for all of us.”
Now’s your chance, the voice intoned in my head. I almost fainted from shock. This was my chance for what? Huh?
I looked at yhwh pleadingly. What did he want? I couldn’t murder Bella! Not with all her thralls appearing through the portal behind us. I’d be eviscerated!
No, no, the voice said steadily. You need to open the battlefield. Trust me.
“What?” I muttered under my breath, so silently that no one noticed.
Except the God. He stepped forward, carrying the grace and nobility of one who had once held the hearts of millions. “I would like to speak to Chaos, alone,” he said coldly. “I trust you understand.”
Bella laughed softly. “Of course,” and she let my hand go.
Yhwh guided me aside. Bella stepped to mingle with the other gods, grinning like a maniac. Lucifer appeared, along with Bella’s other council members. God placed a hand on my shoulder.
“Child,” he said in that deep voice.
Jittery, I looked all around, then tried to focus on those deep eyes.
You need to attack me, the voice said, full of conviction and strength. Do it now. Do it! This is our chance!
I took a good look at God. He was giving me such a patronizing, caring, and heavy gaze. Suddenly, I felt a surge of respect for him, as well as guilt for having fought him before. He wasn’t a bad guy.
“Okay,” I said softly. I’d do this for him. To get rid of Bella.
God inhaled deeply, drawing himself up as if to say something. There was a smile on his lips.
Strike in the heart, the voice said so clearly. It won’t hurt me.
God’s eyes as I flicked my weapons out and attacked – I’ll never forget them. It was shock and – betrayal?
I struck him in the heart, just as the voice said.
Except there was a piercing shriek. Two other voices shrieking in tandem. The trinity- I felt it die more than I saw it.
It was as if I saw them from three different views, the dove and woman standing before Bella, suddenly collapsing and disintegrating into white dust –
There was screams. Shrieks of anger. Hatred. I was frozen, staring at the disappearing god at the end of my swords.
I’d killed him.
There was a clash of the battle beginning, but I couldn’t move. I was just watching the white dust dissipate, taking away the god who had been loved and adored by millions.
A hand snatched me and I was yanked sideways just as an arrow whizzed past. A clap of lightning struck where I had just been. Over Kuryo’s shoulder I saw the Thunderbird with his bow and arrows across the fray, aiming at me.
Kuryo yanked me again, and we toppled into the portal.