Tuesday, December 31, 2013
They are always on deck when there is a miracle to the fore - so as to get up in the picture, perhaps. Angels are as fond of that as a fire company: look at the old masters.
-- Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
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Mortals, angels and demons exist as the balance of the universe. Without darkness there would be no light, such as shadows define the features of the light one sees. If light and darkness were to disappear the mortals would also cease to exist. Mortals uniquely have the ability to choose either light or darkness to rule their lives. Though some straddle the fence, others choose immediately to follow the ways of the angels and guardians, or the demons and hellions that came before them. Still others are not given the right to choose and are thrown into a lifestyle completely void of the other way of life. All mortals have a guardian, whether an Elemengel or Hellion. The guardians thrive to protect their mortal no matter how innocent or sinful. These days most people do not believe in guardians. Recently, no one has ever seen one; therefore there is no evidence to suggest they ever existed. Nuns and monks who believe in such nonsense are ridiculed. Most people just believe in the wealth and power of the mortal man; the majority being irreligious and simply claiming to have a creed. The Dionne System has never seen such a struggle between the celestial beings and the twelve clans. The hellions greatly upset the balance. Perhaps a change is just a matter of time.
“Venus! Venus!” A tall, lean, but muscular man stood abruptly from his table searching for his now invisible daughter. “Where can that girl be?”
“I wouldn’t worry about it, Jupiter.” A slender young woman ran her hands through her chin length hair. “Venus is like a stray puppy, she will return when she’s hungry.”
“I guess you’re right.” Jupiter sat back down after adjusting the parasol to block more sun. “It sure is hot out here, Halo, are you sure you don’t want to eat inside?”
“No, I’m not use to being outside on a nice day. I rather enjoy it. Besides, we better not move so Venus can come straight back here.”
“I just don’t know where that girl could be.” Jupiter glanced about then back at Halo. “There are so many people out to murder me, they might take her hostage. I don’t know what I’d do if Mihos...”
“Please, don’t mention him unless you have to.” Halo stared sadly into her cup of tea. “You know better than anyone how hard Venus can punch, so please, can we get to business.”
Crouching from around the corner, Venus observed as they chatted away. She fiddled with her thick braid, watching her father laugh with Halo. “I wish mom was still here, she would show him a thing or two about flirting with another lady.” She pulled her braid around to the front of her face, and glanced thoughtfully as she ran her fingers along the bumps. She stood with the wall as support then began her daily stroll downtown. She enjoyed people watching, especially when people talked of their problems. She slid on the other side of a phone pole, eavesdropping on an upset little girl no older than Venus herself. She had the whitest skin Venus had ever seen. No one could be whiter. Two hair buns bound her long blue hair; her yellow eyes matched the sun.
“You wouldn’t believe it Phoenix, he said no... no to me! Can you believe that?!”
“I tried to tell you Io, all boys are no good.” Phoenix said.
“Yeah, I ought to kill him, and make him an example to other boys.”
“Wait now, you might end up on a wanted list yourself. You can take your frustration out on our next bounty!” The incredibly tall girl patted her little friend on the back and began walking her down the sidewalk when she noticed Venus crouched next to the pole. The girl couldn’t help, but smile down at the pretty little girl with pointed ears. She smiled and Venus smiled back revealing her large canines. “Come on Io, hop on we gotta get going.” She bent down for her little friend to jump on her back. They ran down the street together laughing the whole way.
“That was close.” Venus stood up scratching her scalp. “Those two were real bounty hunters. That’s so cool!” She bounded down the street grateful to have overheard such an interesting conversation.
Venus kicked a rock down the sidewalk, hardly paying attention to the passing people coming down the sidewalk. When her thinking ended, she glanced down an alley. Standing near an old tin trash can, chatted two boys. One of the boys looked so much like her she could not help but gawk. When he started to look around, she ducked and rolled next to the trash can, accidentally running into it. “What was that?” His friend asked.
“Nothing, you know how big the rats get here.” The boy said.
“Yeah.” The shorter one slicked up his hair and glared back at his friend. “So why is Mihos acting so strange lately?”
Mihos? Venus was certain she’d heard her father say that name before. “He’s acting happy... which I guess is a strange look for him. He thinks he has a fool proof plan for killing him. Not even you can get in the way, Dawn.”
“Hey! So, what is this big plan? It’s not going to be at the meeting in the park, is it?”
“Yeah, but it’s just a trick. Tonight in the central park, at around 11pm or so, he’s going to send a hit man to kill Jupiter.” Venus’s heart sunk in her chest; could it be her father? “That’s all I’ve overheard him say. I bet the real plan is more elaborate for the other leaders. You see, he wants to sit by and watch Jupiter die slowly.”
Venus took a deep breath trying to prevent tears from rushing out. The long haired boy turned around sharply to see if anyone watched. She moved out of view as they walked out of the alley. She darted from the alley, holding back her emotions as best she could.
Up the street, her father pecked Halo on the cheek, before he helped her into the limo. “Are you sure you don’t need a ride handsome?”
“No, no...” Jupiter flushed. “Venus doesn’t like seeing us together. That’s probably why she ran off. Good night.” Halo smiled then rolled up her tinted windows with just enough light from the lamppost for Jupiter to see his face in the reflection. He smiled and waved as she drove off, just as Venus came sprinting up. She collapsed forward, using the support of her thin legs to keep her standing. “Venus it’s great to see you’ve returned.” Venus glanced up, sniffing, whipping her dirty arm along her face. “Ah, honey, I told you not to run around without your coat.” He placed her jacket around her shoulders. He pulled her arm from her face then stuffed a tissue paper in her fist. “Don’t whip your nose with your arm. What did you do play in a trash can? You musta had fun today?”
She nodded, calming down as he took her hand and lead her down the sidewalk. “I helped the old lady feed the pigeons, and, and I saw a blind nun collecting donations… I saw… oh, a rabbit! It was so cute… and then I saw two bounty hunters, daddy. Oh, and a boy that kind of looked like you!”
“What?” Jupiter looked down at her.
“Or maybe it was me... I can’t tell.” Jupiter looked away nervously rubbing his eyes. “Oh, and something else... uh well...”
“Can we go to church tonight? I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun!”
“Are you kidding? No one has church on a Friday night, unless you’re a ‘blind nun’.” He flung her by the waist onto his hip. “Besides church is never fun.”
“Then let’s stay up late and watch a movie, since there is no school tomorrow.”
Jupiter wrinkled his nose in playful confusion. “Um, Venny, you don’t go to school; I never enrolled you. What’s with you?”
“I want to stay up late and hang out with you pops!”
“Pops? Venny, I’m not sure wants going on, but I can’t play tonight, I have an important meeting.”
“Who has an important meeting at 11 o’clock at night?” She sighed.
Jupiter paused in the walk way. “How did you know what time my meeting’s at?” He peered across at her.
“Um... um... educated guess!” She said. He paused for a moment to think and then busted out laughing. Jupiter’s powerful laughter thundered through the neighborhood until they finally reached their apartment building. On one of the wealthiest blocks in the city, in the biggest apartment room of the smallest building there, lived Venus and her father. Their home rested on the top floor; from the roof, their own private getaway, they could view the entire city. He carried Venus up to her room, fixing her diner as she changed into her night clothes. They watched a couple of shows together, before her bedtime. Although she resisted his authority and even tried the “If mom was here...”excuse, he still unwillingly flung her over his shoulder and dumped her in her room. She banged and kicked on the door, as he locked it from the outside. “If you break the door, you have to pay for it; that means no allowance for a long time.” With one final intimidating pound, she stopped beating on the door and sprawled herself along her bed. “That’s better, now you go to sleep before I get back home.”
She sat on her bed and began to cry, making Jupiter frown and hesitate before leaving her door. “Daddy...” She called out. “You might not be coming back home!” She cried out suddenly. She waited a few minutes before moving towards the door. “Daddy? Did you hear me?” She jumped up, catching glimpses of an empty hall out her peep hole. “Dag, he’s gone!” She could hear a rustling, by pressing her ear against the door. She hurriedly dressed, leaped out the window, and slid down the garbage shoot. She crept out of the alley once her father passed, waddling behind him all the way to the park. “East Central Park, just where they said he would go. Well, here it goes.” From the safety of a tree she attentively watched over her father. She could see a good portion of the park from where she sat, ready for action. Jupiter hesitated then saw a figure standing in the shadows with a heavy coat on.
“So, I thought you wouldn’t show up.” Jupiter dropped his suitcase in the path, popping his knuckles after it landed. “How are we going to settle this? By fighting? Or compromise like two gentlemen?” He waited for a reply. “Huh? What’s it going to be?”
Venus could hear agitation in his voice, as he breathed puffs of smoke from his breath. Her stomach grumbled and gurgled with anticipation at a sound of footsteps scurrying in the distance. With a deep breath and a gulp, she forced herself to turn around, and her eyes met with a man speeding toward Jupiter. “Daddy, watch out!” At the last second, Jupiter spun around, reversing the knife in the man’s hands, flinging him to the ground. Blood oozed from the wounded man, staining the ground beneath him.
A deep rumbling laugh broke the silence. The stranger laughed. “That poor son of a...”
“What? You sent him to kill me, and then laugh at his death?” Jupiter ran up to the shadowy figure, and smacked so hard, its head flew off. “That a-- he’s not even here.” He picked up the head, noticing black eyes focusing on his face. “You idiot, if you want to start something try doing it yourself!” He crushed the head in his hands then dumped it on the ground. “Piece of sh...”
“Excuse your French!” Venus called out while running up to her father.
“Venus, I thought I heard you.” Venus stood over the body, holding both gloves in one hand as she felt the man’s cheek. The man’s cold eyes stared into space and his deep black hair mangled across his pain filled face. “Baby, don’t touch him!” he pulled her away, setting her on his hip.
“He’s probably sorry now; we should forgive him. He’s going to be alright, right daddy? He’s just a little cold… we should get him some blankets...”
“Or call an ambulance. Wow, I’ve never seen a cut let out so much red, at least when I get a cut. Why is there so much?”
He set her on the ground and stared into her eyes. “Well, you see...”
“I think I understand...” She said. He brought her close to his face, breathing warm air down her neck. “Daddy, what am I going to do when you go cold?” Jupiter burst into tears, gripping her closer to him.
The manager of the classiest hotel in downtown paced around the maid’s quarter watching each one check in and receive her assignment. She glanced down at her watch then paced around again. She stomped her foot then stormed out of the swinging doors. “Who knew, Venus would not be spotted today. I swear that girl is just like a comet; sighting her on time is rare, but whenever she is it’s always special.” She glanced down at her watch again then glared up suddenly into Venus’s frantic face. “Well, well...”
“I’m sorry...” Venus apologized bowing very low.
“I know there aren’t any more excuses in the book. Just get in there, and hurry to your post. One of these days I’m going to be in a bad mood.” She nagged, holding the door open for her.
Venus busily cleaned, mopped, and fixed beds through plenty of rooms. She moved so fast, she even went around the maids that had been on time. For her next task she would need to grab clean bed spreads from the dryer and make the beds of several rooms upstairs. She threw the wet linen into the dryer, and read a newspaper until the load had finished. “Hum, hum... hummmm. Hey this is interesting?” She turned the page to the rest of the article. “Mechs gone wild... says local convenience store owner. Some mechangels rioted yesterday, shouting about ‘Robotic Rights’, ‘Rho can Blow’, and mentioning something about a ‘Robotic Revolution’. Hum, interesting.” She glanced down at her watch. “Whoa, how long have those sheets been in?” The clock set to run for two hours, only had a few more seconds left. “Oh please let them still be full size… I hope they didn’t shrink to twin.” She threw the door open and quickly ran upstairs, with the hot mound of cloth consuming her view.
Coming up the hall on the seventh floor, walked Halo half asleep chatting with a client. She continued to glance out the window while she was talking. She would listen long enough to make a comment then drift away again. “Blah, blah, blah...” She yawned.
“Are you even listening, Mayor Halo?” The woman fumbled to organize her notes. “These papers may be a lot more important in busting the hellion operation wide open than you think. They might even have a tie in this ordeal with the mechs.”
“I’m happy you found it, really. I just wish... well, things were more exciting in the past. Now all we have is a bunch of paperwork. Makes me want to take a nap.”
“Me too, if it weren’t for the info we’re digging up.” The client said.
From up the hallway, the elevator door opened and Venus stepped out. “Now which way am I supposed to go?” Venus said unable to see around the bed sheets. Hyperion appeared before her but hid from her view.
“Why don’t you turn right? I’m sure you will get to exactly where you need to be that way.” Hyperion advised.
“Oh thanks!” Venus said then turned right down the hallway heading in the direction of Halo and her client. Hyperion laughed a little then vanished into the air.
“Our business will do much better once they’re eliminated.” The client said. Venus could hear someone talking, but could not see where she was going. Halo walked with her head lowered and the client walked and talked while looking between Halo and the spreadsheets. “We should find enough dirt to blow this scandal sky high!” The client laughed with enthusiasm, just as she collided with a stack of warm bed covers. To the client’s dismay, bed sheets scattered with spreadsheets all over the floor. Venus peered around the covers still in her hand, to watch the damage she caused.
“Oh, I’m sorry miss! Let me help.” Venus said.
“No...” Halo said. Venus stopped in her tracks looking at Halo. Venus noticed the decorative eye patch over her right eye, and thought the woman might be one of those gang leaders she had tried so hard to stay away from. Halo’s exposed eye had a glossy hazel hue; her hair had a light color with only a few streaks of grey. A few tears escaped from her eye as she stared at Venus. “I can’t believe...”
“I’m sorry ma’am I really didn’t mean to!” Venus cringed, afraid to meet with her one eye.
“You! It’s you, isn’t it?” Halo’s face lighted up, sending the wrong message to Venus who was already frightened of her.
“Please, don’t hurt me!” Venus back up, then jetted down the hall, with an elated Halo on her heels.
“Wait, Venus!” Halo called to her.
“How does she know my name?” She punched the elevator button, leaped in then pressed the door close button. Halo banged on the door just as it closed, then headed for the stairwell. Venus clinched her covers in fear of what her manager will say for disturbing a customer. “I’ll lose my job for this!” Venus tripped from the elevator, just in time to see Halo emerging from the stairwell.
“Hold on, kid!”
Venus dashed to the lobby, still carrying the load of sheets. Avoiding all the luggage and people that she could see, she finally made it to the grand stairs at the entrance. Halo stood within grabbing distance, reached out, but Venus jumped forward gliding down the side railing. Halo slid down then fell down after grabbing Venus. Hoping the covers would break their fall, Venus and she became entangled in sheets and neither could move even if she wanted to. Halo managed to sit up, and wrangled with Venus. “Please, I need this job! I can’t keep a dime to my name. I just keep spending it on people or animals in need. I haven’t eaten in... I can’t remember... But I...” Venus went quiet as a knife came up through the sheets and split a hole open. “Oh please don’t cut me! I scar so easily!” Halo laughed pulling herself through the hole in the sheet.
“Sweetheart, it’s alright... it’s me Halo, don’t you remember?” Halo took her arm and put the knife up. Realizing she hadn’t taken a good look at her face, Venus dropped her defenses. She stared long and hard into Halo’s friendly face. Her warm smile triggered a memory inside of Venus.
“Oh, thank goodness.” Venus fainted into the sheets. “A long lost friend!”
Hotel maintenance cleaned the mess they made, and Halo took Venus outside to get a breath of fresh air. Halo seemed the same as she did when she was younger, but the fine lines on her face told her age. “How you been kid?” She asked lighting a cigarette. “Haven’t laid eyes on you since... that day...”
“Don’t you mean eye... singular?” Venus wondered, without realizing what she said. “I’m sorry.”
“Oh,” Halo touched her eye patch. “I wouldn’t worry about it. I think the best way to lose something, is for someone else. Do you understand?” Venus shook her head slowly. “Like I said, don’t worry about it. So what have you been up to lately?”
“I’ve been hustling to try and live on my own these last few months. I missed the city and all my friends. I lived with grandma until she passed away a few years ago. The clan wanted to keep me safe, but I just missed the city.”
“Why didn’t you come to live with me and Uno?” Halo asked.
“The land lady was nice enough to let me stay as long as I did chores around the apartment building. Times got so bad after her husband died that she had to file for bankruptcy and could no longer give me the room for free. I lied and said I had somewhere to go, so I left. That was about three months ago. I’ve been living around ever since.”
“And it’s been long seven years since anyone’s seen you. You poor girl. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. You gained his looks as well as his stubbornness.” She took a long drag from her cigarette. “Tell you what… you’re welcome to ask for help, anyone who knows you would be willing to help. If you want you could come stay with me for a while. I don’t like you staying out here; things just aren’t safe out there... Get Down!” She yelled pushing Venus to the ground.
Two men in a car came swerving up the valet parking area. One armed with a gun leaned out the window of the passenger side. “Metal lasts longer than flesh!” He laughed manically, shooting his gun into the building. Venus watched from under Halo’s protection, as a woman crumpled over from a wound. She gritted her teeth, and dashed from underneath Halo.
“No! Damn it!” Halo cried reaching after her. Bullets shattered the glass doors of the hotel and Halo ducked down to avoid being slashed. Venus glided through the glass fragments without a scratch. Venus chased after the car, running so fast her feet seemed to no longer touch the ground. Her hair flashed with light and energy poured from her fingertips. Finally, she caught up to the car, pulling the hit man’s gun before he could shoot it off again. As he struggled for the gun he could see the nozzle beginning to melt under her touch. Still he tugged against her, eventually being pulled from the window. Before he could fall out, he released the gun and fell back into the car.
“Don’t come back again, or I’ll really mess you up!” She waved the gun in the air, realizing it had a shiny metallic arm attached. The hand released the gun, to Venus horror, and trotted after the car. Venus turned back to Halo. Halo stood in awe, gapping at her power. “You were saying?” Venus asked gently.