Wings. Part 6

Rose sat in her room and thought about the day. Even if her talk with Sebastian was all a charade she did love him. She had done the closest thing to lying that wasn’t actually lying, she hadn’t mentioned it. In a strange way it was lucky that she and Amber weren’t friends because she wouldn’t have a moment to spare. She cried real tears and didn’t open her eyes again until Medaday at 5:30. She slowly made her way through day after day. Learning to be a Mage was extremely boring. All he did as make her repeat the fire ball spell until it was perfect, then Ice Blow, then wind rush, it was boring. Unfortunately it was due to “Inner conflict” Max had described how if you have a inner conflict it makes your magic weaker. She had noticed that even though he knew quite a lot about magic he never used any. He also was quieter then he had been before Sebastian, he only spoke to inform her. She had be in Helio for 6 weeks when he told they had a test, that day, right then. Max lead her to a large room she had never been before. “Stand on that white line.” Rakmend said from his balcony. She stood on the line and everyone around her moved away. “You were all chosen for this group because you all started around the same time and none of you have any particular powers that would put you in the lead.” Rakmend announced. “You will run five miles top 3 will be written down as a possible warrior… GO!” In a instant everyone was wearing white track suits and we were on a track, the same track that rose practiced on 9 out of 10 days. It took Rose 19 minutes to run the five miles, she was #1. No one really noticed or cared. At the end of the race they were all suddenly back in the large room and they were told to once more stand on the white line. “Now is wresting  you will each be given a partner who is close to your height and weight… Go!” Then everyone was wearing same track suit and they were standing in front of there opponent. Rose was partnered with a sad looking girl with twig arms and stick legs. “I might be skinny but I’ll beat the stuffing out of a monster like you!” She yelled angrily. Rose lifted both fists, faked a punch and swiped her foot under the girl’s legs. The girl laid flat of her back. “How long does my partner need to be on the ground for me to win?” Rose asked loudly. Some laughed. “They must admit defat.” Rose turned to the girl and said, “say uncle.” The girl laughed a pained laugh, “never.” She said. “Then get up.” Rose said. The girl slowly go to her feet and Rose punched her in the face, “get up or say uncle.” The girl got up quicker this time. Rose let her get in a punch, then returned it with 2. One to the stomach one to the nose. The girl now looked pretty beat up, she was missing a few teeth and her nose was broken she likely also had a few cracked ribs, her wings were now wrapped around her in a defensive possession. “Um… I think my opponent has blacked out.” Rose shouted. Two angels with black wings ran over and grabbed her and carried her to the infirmary. “Rose and Wither are now to be pared up with each other, Wither will you please walk over to the glowing ring.” Rose looked down and saw there was a large, now glowing ring around her, around 7 meters in diameter. A teenage boy around 15 -16 year old with large muscles and a smiling face. Rose’s heart dropped, she didn’t want to fight this boy… he looked too much her brother. “Hi my name is Luther Wither.” She smiled a soft smile then something occurred to her, she was still here because she beat someone else, so he must have beat some else. Perfect! they both thought Luther because he considered girl weak and emotional people, Rose because she had a plan. Rose smiled shyly and lied, “Hi I’m Lily.” Don’t show your emotions Rose thought. Heh it’s now my catch line. Luther stuck out his hand and Rose took it, they shook hands. Luther didn’t let go. He flipped her over his shoulder and she lay on the floor unmoving. “Too easy.” Luther said proudly continuing louder, “Hey my opponent…

Meanwhile- Rakmend, Max, Sebastian.

It was a marble room like all the rest. There were two chairs, on occupied by Rakmend the other by Sebastian. Max was standing behind Rakmend. They were looking at a large glass screen showing all the different battles but they only watched Rose’s. “I thought you said she was well trained!” Rakmend yelled at Max. “She just flipped by her second opponent! They watched and listened to Luther say “Hey my opponent is dow…” Then Rose swiped her leg under his feet and was flat on his back. Rose was not one to be violent but she hated him. She sat on him and punched him till he passed out then she stood up and to the side so the medics could take care of him. “That is what I want to see.” said Rakmend. Sebastian looked shell shocked, then he said, “Is she going to become a teacher like Max?” “No she will be my personal guard, with Max.” They watched as Rose beat person after person, some she only hurt them enough to send them on there way, others she beat the stuffing out of. At the end without announcing the winner, Rose, they went to the big room. They went through Core work out, sword fights, Swimming, attack drills. Finally they where transported somewhere other than the big room. Every one was wearing their robes once more. “Okay all now is the most important part of all your lives, The warriors will now be decided.”

Wings. Part 5

Koiday was the worst day of her life. She woke up with 3 minutes to get dressed and get to  class. She threw on a white robe and ran to class just in time for 6. The moment she touched the mat Max punched her in the face. “Your distracted.” He said without doubt. “Can I learn to be a mage?” She said trying to dodge. Max faked a punch and swiped her off her feet. “No.”  “Why not?” She asked as she jumped to her feet and tried to retaliate, and failed. “Three reasons: one because I said so, two because mages are weak, three, when you study, from what I understand you have dinner then you go to sleep.” Max said. Rose blushed and gave Max the chance to give her several more bruises, and a broken nose. “Lucky for you I’m in a good mood, only 5 extra miles today. Go get cleaned up and meet me at the track.” Rose went and got her her self into the infirmary. While the nurse got her cleaned up Rose thought about how much more social Max was now compared to when she met him.

Meanwhile – Seth (That’s not actually his name.)

“Sebastian! Get Up!” Sebastian lay on the ground thinking of the grey eyed girl. Her strange hair. “Sebastian… did something happen over the Radi?” Tanner, Sebastian’s trainer asked. “That girl…” Sebastian started  How do you describe perfection? He closed his eyes and smiled at her face in his mind. “Tell me about her.” Tanner said rolling his eyes. He was a stickler for the rules, they were there for a reason. However he could see Sebastian was not going to be get any learning in that day. “She has must be a skunk because there must be some nox in her but she is mostly lilac… except…” He started thinking about how white her hair was, but then when she was mad it became mostly black with some white tips. That sounds like that Rose girl, the one with grey wings! Tanner thought. “What was her name?” he asked sounding mildly interested. “Rose.” Sebastian said in a love struck voice. “I have to go, stay here.” Tanner said. At first be began running to talk to Max, her trainer but chanced courses as it did involve Sebastian. Into the meeting room Tanner ran. “Tanner, why are you not training Sebastian!” Rakmend asked/yelled. “Sir…” Tanner panted. “Sir your son *pant* is in love with *pant* the creature Rose!” “What!!!!” Rakmend yelled.

Meanwhile – Rose

Rose was sitting in the infirmary getting the last of her scraps and bruises healed when Max burst in and grabbed Rose by the arm and dragged her to the Meeting room. Max burst through the doors and threw Rose to the ground.  “When did you meet Sebastian?” Rakmend demanded. “I have never met anyone with the name Sebastian, I don’t think.” Rose said defiantly. “MAX!” Rakmend yelled. Max roughly turned said, “What did you do on Redi other than have breakfast with your fake friend Amber?” Rose was furious one for bringing her here, and two FAKE FRIEND! “I wandered the halls and met a new fake friend Seth.” She told Max. “Sir” a man Rose hadn’t before noticed said, “Seth is what Sebastian goes by when he doesn’t want people to know who he is.” “Thank you Tanner.” Rakmend said smugly “Rose I deem you a liar, your sentence to wear your wings whenever you are not training or resting in your room. Open them now. Now with open wings go say hi to Sebastian.” “I know no Sebastian, so I will do so with pleasure.” Rose said coldly as she opened her wings. Tanner walked in front of Max so as to lead them to Sebastian. Max roughly grabbed Roses arm and dragged her out of the room. As soon as they were out of Rakmend’s sight Rose pulled Max’s hand off her arm and said, “I  can walk Thank You.” In silence they walked down the halls. Rose wanted to run, to hide. But she knew Max he would grab her and drag her there. Tanner opened a door and said, “Sebastian I would like you to meet someone.” Rose, without looking at Sebastian walked into the room, bowed and said, “Pleasure to meet the high ranking Sebastian.” “Rose…” Sebastian started. He felt horrible, he wanted to go kiss her and tell her he was sorry, then he felt something else, anger. “Looks like I’m not the only one who lied.” He said viciously. “Never have and never would lie you Mr. Sebastian.” Rose said keeping her eyes down cast.  Sebastian walked up to Rose and grabbed her robe as Tanner and Max watched. “Look at me, you LIED. Look me in the eye and tell me you don’t know me” Sebastian yelled at her stone cold face. Emotionless she said, “It would be rude of a creature such as my myself to look you in the eye, however I can honestly say I never lied to Mr. Sebastian” Sebastian’s fists tightened on Rose’s robe. “Look me in the eye, I demand it.” Rose looked up at him small tears in the corner of her  eyes. His eyes softened, then hardened again. “Now tell me you never lied to Seth.” Rose looked at him with sad eyes then said, “I never lied to you.” Then quieter said, “I didn’t want to lose so I just skipped it.” Then she desperately tore away weeping and ran from the room. She stepped to the side and stopped crying “Never show your true emotion.” Max told me that well I showed him what he wanted and hopefully when Max comes out I can finish the plan. Rose thought wiping the last signs of sadness from her face. Within the minute Max came out no doubt ready to drag a crying Rose back to training. He was not however prepared for a stone face Rose. “It was all a act?” He asked curiously. “Yep.” Rose said turning toward the track. As they walked Max looked at Rose. That day when they ran 20 miles Rose did so silently with the exception of her panting, she ran and she staggered. Not once did she try to fly or walk. At lunch when food was thrown at her she made her wings scaly and dragon like. She ignored the fact that Amber ignored her. After lunch she swan her laps with extra time so they did pull ups, push ups, sit ups, ect. After which before she left Max stopped her and said, “We’re starting Mage craft. Redi 6 Mage academy.” In response Rose opened her wings and left. Worst day EVER.

Wings.

Rose Huston was dying she knew. She had no idea how but one morning she woke up and thought, “I’m going to die today.” She wasn’t sad or worried. She didn’t call her family, they hated her. She didn’t finish her bucket list, she have one She poured a can of soda into a wine glass and grabbed her favorite book. She curled up on the old fuzzy scarlet sofa and began to read. Around 2 pm she noticed her curtain of black hair almost covering something. She looked up to see a silver angel. “Rose Huston, 16 years old, black hair, brown eyes, one half Native American, one half Swedish?” The angel looked up with tired eyes. “My name is Darrin Coast and you… are about to die.” he looked at her expectantly.”Okay.” She said continuing to read her book. He looked at her in awe for calmness then continued. “My job is to brief you on what to do once you die. You will first find yourself in a jail, you will them be taken into a court room, they will inspect your wings and decide what will happen to you. Then…” Before the angel named Darrin could finish Rose died. Her life didn’t flash before her eyes and she didn’t see a tunnel with heaven at the end. She felt her heart stop and heard the angel gasp, she felt the angel shake her body and she tasted him put a coin in her mouth it was sour. Then it all stopped, it was dark and she felt as if a wind was blowing her. Then she opened her eyes to find her body being inspected by her family. Her mother beautiful as ever, her father blake as ever. They were exactly as she had left them last December when she ran away. Then she saw her little brother and it broke her heart. She saw his now handsome face filled with sadness. She heard a police officer say,”It doesn’t look like a murder we are unsure of cause of death.”Her mother made a show of dabbing her face with handkerchief wiping up non-existent tears. Her brother walked forward and knelt before her and said, “Goodbye Rose.” and he gently closed her eyes. She felt her body get heavy with sleep and this time when she opened her eyes again she was in a jail cell. She was laying against the wall, the floor was dirt and her hands were chained to the wall with steel cuffs chained to the wall. She was wearing a sky blue halter dress that looked like a waterfall pooling around her bear feet. With a natuarl ease curls her wings about her body, ducking her head beneath her wing-blanket and quickly fell black to sleep. Rose opened her eyes when she heard someone walking up, “Come Rose time to get tested… AHHHHHHH!!!!!” The man without wings screamed and he ran into another room. She could barley hear him yell, “Wings… not… either…. help… won’t…. AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!” She could hear his voice slowly disappear. She pulled her wings into her back and they disappeared. A woman without wings calmly walked into the room and looked at Rose for only a moment then left. Moments later a wingless man came in with a strip of worn but clean cotton. “Turn around.” he said. He didn’t introduce himself he didn’t fake kindness. using a key he opened the door and walked up to her back. He blindfolded her using the strip then unlocked the chains then he tied what appeared to be a simple piece of string around her wrist. He guided her out of the cell and into a large room. The crowd silenced and she felt the piece of string being tied to a post and she heard him leave. “Are you Rose Huston?” A deep voice asked. “Yes.” she said “What did you do to have attention of Max Riddle?” “Sir?” She asked sounding confused even though she was pretty sure she knew what he meant. “Max Riddle only takes people like you if no one else will.” “I have no idea why, likely because I can’t see a thing.” She said in hopes they would remove the blindfold. “Show us your wings Rose.” Trying to buy time for reason she was unsure of she asked, “Who is us?” “The Judges.” Rose slowly opened her wings slowly. Then she felt stones being pelted upon her. Protect me! She thought. She felt her wings quickly become big enough to cover her whole body. The once soft feathers became hard scales with sharp horns that she used to cut her blindfold. HISSSSSSSS!!!!!!! The noise sounded through the whole hall which she now saw was packed. They stopped throwing stones. She noticed she was the one making the sound and stopped. “MAX! Get in here!” The deep voice yelled.