...I opened my eyes, looking around the darkly lit main chapel of a familiar temple "Starlight?" I slowly turned my head to see a girl shinning a bright white, her eyes glowing a beautiful sky blue and somehow, I knew who she was "Elettra...?" I said hesitantly as a small smile formed on her face before she ran over to me and gave me a tight hug. "You did it!" she quietly cheered as I raised a brow "Did what?" "Broke through to your true self" Elettra stated, pulling away yet now holding my shoulders "From the very moment you came into Michael's care up until now, you had been unconsciously blocked by an invisible wall, distancing you from what and who you really are" she explained. "Everything you were told whilst an angel had weakened and chained you... your powers and abilities watered down to nothing, part of you masked" she continued yet I was still confused about what she was going on about... until I looked down at my own body. My body was shining just as brightly as Elettra's, my eyes burning the same bright blue yet the tips of my hair and fingers were a glimmering gold. "What... happened to my body?" I questioned, looking down at my hands "This is what you truly look like... as a divine" Elettra answered before giving me another hug "I've finally reached you! and the others will soon" she assured me "Our sisters, your past lives-"
I jolted awake, immediately sitting up in bed, looking down at my body first to find it back to normal before bothering to look around the room... this is one of the guest rooms of the Lights' house- what am I doing here? I almost flinched a bit when I looked beside me, to my right, seeing Death sitting on the floor, leaning against the bed yet passed out with slight bags under his eyes.
How long have I been here?
My brows frowned a little as I looked down at him, watching him sleep. Very soft and faint snoring, head tilted slightly back against the bed as he held his sword tightly yet with it's blade rested in his lap. For a moment I debated whether to reach my hand out towards him before hearing the guestroom door open "Thank god- you're awake" a voice stated in relief as I turned my head, being met with Seraphina's mother, Eliora. I sat in silence as the angel lord carefully walked over to Death and gently shook his shoulder, his eyes tiredly opening a bit to look up at Eliora "Death, he's awake" she smiled as the ripper's head slowly turned to me, his eyes widening right before he stumbled up onto his feet, leaned over the bed and hugged me. I immediately hugged him back, just as tightly "You scared me- I thought you were dead" Death quietly admitted as I laughed a bit "I don't go down that easy" I replied, the ripper pulled himself back away from me "Never do that again" he told me in a warning voice "Almost dying? not planning on it" I answered before Eliora placed a gentle hand on the ripper's shoulder. We both turned our heads to the angel lord as she gently smiled back at us "Maybe you both should go downstairs and join the others for a late breakfast" she suggested and a second after agreeing, me and Death slowly made our way downstairs with Eliora following close behind.
We were guided into the kitchen, immediately seeing all the others.
Leo and Dark helping Jasper, Eliora's husband and Seraphina's father, cook the last bit of breakfast whilst the others; Angel, Akire, Seraphina, Anti and Skyler sitting at the table, talking amongst themselves.
When they all noticed we walked into the kitchen, and the fact that I'm awake, they all looked over at me. Angel was the first to get up and rush over to me, crushing me with a hug before immediately pulling away and flicking me in the forehead "Hey-" "Don't ever almost die on us again" she warned as I rubbed my head "Yeah- already got that from him" I stated, pointing a thumb at Death before Seraphina ran over and hugged me tighter than Death and Angel already did. "Sera... can't breathe-" "Give her some slack" Angel cut me off as she folded her arms "You were dying in her arms and she healed enough for you to-" the reaper quickly cut herself off as I raised a brow whilst Seraphina finally let me go "Enough for to what?" I questioned before finally looking around the room, noticing the staring "...why- what happened back at the warehouse?" I questioned "And why are you all staring?".
I could feel it. All their emotions- concern, worry, guilt, fear- all of them were feeling all these things... about me.
"Okay- seriously, if no one tells me what's going on-" "You don't remember?" Anti carefully questioned as I froze up a bit... remember? remember what? I slowly shook my head before Akire rolled her eyes "You lighting up brighter than the fucking sun and shattering the Sun Runestone" she stated as my eyes widened in disbelief. "Game... Game-" "no- I had my magic completely drained out of me before passing out" I cut Death off as he tried calming me down "I... I should be... dead- why am I not dead?" I questioned, looking around the room to be met with now worried faces "I'm.... I'm supposed to be dead... why aren't I dead? how am I alive?" I asked, starting to freak out. Seraphina reached out to me yet I immediately stepped back, away from everyone "I'm supposed to be-" "Game, please... you need to calm down a bit" Death gently told me "Don't tell me to calm down!" I snapped, a small yet slightly powerful shockwave spat out of me and hit the others, either pushing them away, causing them to stubble or fall to the ground. The moment that happened, my eyes glowed bright blue.
I could sense everyone within the house- everyone in here, a few guards standing just outside the doors of the house and... one other person. A very familiar person.
I bolted out of the kitchen and down the hallway, into the main room and upstairs whilst Jasper and Anti yelled after me. I found myself stopping at the door of one of the guestrooms, immediately opening the door and rushing into the room to come face to face with Michael, sitting on the bed with no shirt on but with a faint scar in the middle of his chest.
For a brief moment, I was relieved that he was alive and well but... very quickly, my other emotions took over.
"The fuck is happening to me?" I questioned him as sadness and guilt immediately built up on Michael's face "What am I?!" I yelled, all those emotions; anger, rage, confusion, just pouring out of me as finally Jasper and Anti reached the room, closely followed by both Eliora and Death. "Tell me!" I yelled, tears uncontrollably pouring out of my eyes and down my face as I broke down, falling to the ground, onto my knees, now refusing to look up at anyone. Michael slowly stood up, a quiet grunt of pain following after the action, and stepped over to me, kneeling down in front of me and gently pulling me into a hug "I'm so sorry..." he quietly spoke as I cried a little more.
10 Minutes Later
I sat on the couch in the living room, looking at a laptop, watching the recorded footage from the warehouse from that night. "I... I was asleep for two weeks?" I questioned as the others stood around the room with drawn worried faces "Yeah-" "Just keep watching" Angel cut off Anti, my eyes slowly shifting back to the screen, continuing to watch before a bright flash temporarily blinded the room within the footage and once the light dimmed, Death stood in black and red clothing tinted with gold, fists by his sides. "Death... you-" "Not the point" the ripper gently told me, standing behind the couch or at least the part where I was sitting. Jasper leaned over a bit, fast-forwarding the footage a bit to show another bright light, a mixture of purple and black light before showing Angel step out from behind a pillar, looking like some sort of living goddess "Angel-" "Keep watching" the reaper cut me off. I kept watching until it reach the moment where Seraphina's hand moved to above my heart, her hand glowing gold before one final bright flash of blinding light consumed the warehouse, leaving the footage blinded and corrupted for a good few seconds before returning to normal and when it did... my eyes widened. Seeing myself stand there, eyes glowing gold and dressed in whites and golds, shining as if pure light. I sat there, frozen and confused as I watched myself drain the Sun Runestone of all my stolen magic and breaking it into pieces.
This... this isn't me.
It can't be.
Jasper closed the laptop as I sat there in disbelief as Michael hesitantly walked around the couch and sat down next to me "Gamer... I-" "What the hell am I?" I immediately questioned the archangel, cutting him off, still staring at the laptop "...Gamer, you are a divine" Michael gently told me as tears started threatening my still sore eyes. "You are the Light Spirit" the archangel stated as I slowly started shaking my head "No-" "Aurea said-" "I'm not some stupid god-spirit!" I slightly snapped at him, tightly closing my eyes "Aurea told me the prophecy of the next spirit to take her place" Michael firmly stated.
"There will come a child of both shadow and light. Whose hair is of sun, eyes of clear blue skies and skin as pale as stardust. This child will be as their name and embrace all good and evil. They will act in step of Heaven and Hell uniting as one with their partnered love, a burning sun and a starry moon" upon hearing that, I slowly opened my eyes "Simone overheard all of it, even the part when Aurea told me the name of who this person was" Michael continued. "That's why Simone was obsessed with making you her own" Eliora quietly stated as I lifted my head up to the archangel "...I was going to tell you about all this when you were seventeen, but you fell into Hell and..." his words drifted off "That... that's why you wanted me back in Heaven so badly-" "I just wanted to protect you- from everyone... especially since Simone was the one who killed Aurea... the last Light Spirit" Michael said. I sat there, thinking for a good moment or two before daring to speak again "...are you sure that I'm the next spirit?" I questioned as Eliora answered "The Celestine Starling is the only one who can tell for sure if someone's the Light Spirit or not" she stated as my brows frowned "So... Lucia?" I questioned as both Eliora and Michael nodded their heads whilst everyone stayed silent. "Lucia is in her bedroom at the moment- if you want to, you can go and ask her if it's true" Jasper gently said "No one's forcing you to do anything, you take the wheel and do what you want" Jasper stated. And after a good few minutes of thinking, I hesitantly agreed to go see Lucia.
I headed upstairs with Seraphina and her alone, leaving everyone else downstairs. We both stayed silent until we were at Lucia's bedroom door, Seraphina knocking on it a couple times before turning the doorknob and pushing the door open, showing Lucia's blue, silver and white room and said starling sitting on her bed with a small fluffy plushie of a white cat. "Lucia, look who's awake" Seraphina smiled as the young angel's head immediately perked up with a huge excited smile. "Gamer!" Lucia got off her bed, ran over and hugged me "It's great to see you!" Lucia smiled brightly as I shyly smiled back "Lucia, we need you to read Gamer's magic-line" Seraphina stated as the small starling let go of me and turned her head up to her sister "Why?" Lucia asked Seraphina "Because... we think he might be the Light Spirit-" "Well of course he is the Light Spirit" Lucia told us as we stared at her in disbelief. "I just don't get it- how do you already know I'm the 'Light Spirit'?" I asked Lucia as she looked up at me "Because I sensed it, the powerful hope and good within you... you are one of the purest people I've ever met" Lucia answered.
The entire time she knew.
"Why didn't you say anything?" I questioned as Lucia shrugged her shoulders "I thought you knew?" she answered and immediately, Seraphina smacked her hand over her face in response to her little sister's answer "Luc..." Seraphina groaned as I stood there, still in disbelief "What? I thought he already knew since he's with Darkness" Lucia stated- woah wait, the fuck did she just say? "Lucia- who's 'Darkness'?" I questioned the starling as she turned her head back to me, mouthing 'oh...' as Seraphina raised a confused brow. "Sera... I may need to talk to Gamer about this alone" Lucia stated, Seraphina looked back and forth between me and her little sister for a moment before hesitantly walking out of the room, closing the door behind herself.
Lucia immediately started speaking again about a minute after her sister left the room "In your story, you are 'Light'... you can't have the dark without the light" Lucia told me, I raised a brow "What do you mean 'my story'?" I asked and the starling answered. "Light and Darkness, the story of forgotten love of an angel and a demon" "Woah- wait... the story on the tribe cave walls in both Ridgeton and Riverside? that's my story?" I questioned, starting to panic a bit "Of course it is, you are the only angel that has literally fallen from Heaven for a demon" Lucia stated "You are the 'Heavenly Light Spirit' and your last name is shadow, and in the story you follow two different names". I stepped back a bit "But if I'm 'Light' in that story, according to that, the demon I 'fell' for is the one I lov-" I froze up at the realization "Gamer?" "Oh god... nononononono" I started freaking out more as I turned away from Lucia... there's no way- that can't be right, it just can't. "Gamer, you need to calm down- getting overly emotional is going to set off your powers-" "How can I calm down?!" I questioned the starling... slightly yelling at her "Those paintings in the caves- the story claims that I'm in love with my best friend" "Well... are you?" Lucia asked "N-" I froze up, hesitating to answer the question... no is my answer, I have to say no... I held my head "Oh... so it's complicated?" "You have no idea". I closed my eyes "My whole life has basically always been 'complicated' due to the situations or the people around me at the time" I explained "And the last three years, it's gotten to the point where me and Death basically no longer know what the limits are for the fucked up friendship we've created". I quickly turned to Lucia "Pardon my language-" "It's fine Gamer, I do not care if you swear a bit when confused about this new... 'news' you've learnt" Lucia hesitantly said "But let's focus on the current thing, you are the 'Heavenly Light Spirit'-" "I'm the reincarnation of five other people who's just learnt that he's now this stupid divine spirit and that a story states I'm supposed to be in love with a demon who's my best friend" I interrupted her. "If anything.... I deserve to freak out a bit..." I said, Lucia gently placed a hand on my arm, kindly smiling up at me "I know" she said "...so are you ready to meet the real you?" Lucia asked as I looked down at her, nervousness plaguing both my mind and stomach.
(Continued next chp)
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