Saturday, 31 May 2014

Prologue, Rough draft

Five hundred years of war was about to end. The demons, who had found a way to rule Earth from both below in Hell, and on the ground, had been winning the war but that was all about to change. The Cursed ones had a plan. Centuries of waiting were about to come to an end, Jude thought happily. He was a step closer to returning to the Order.

The Order is a group of beings with glistening, white-feathered wings and hair spun like golden silk. They lived in a different dimension, one that had been seemingly closed off to the human world. In the beginning they were meant to be the humans’ protectors, to help the human race stay pure like it had been created.

For a while, they watched as the earth evolved, dinosaurs came and went, then, humans appeared. These creatures fascinated the Order, some of whom had thought to break though the veil to visit these humans. They disguised themselves as animals and as gods, playing with human lives and mating with them so that new types of creatures, titans, came about. All seemed fine, until the titans wreaked havoc, daring to kill not only humans but also those from the Order.

The Order formed an army, sending them to kill all titans. A law was passed forbidding any member from the Order entering the human realm and so the thin veil was cursed. One group, however, was not happy with the law and passed through the veil, losing their wings while growing horns and scales. Another realm opened, dragging them into a world full of lava and brimstone. The demons would spend their lifetimes only ever looking up at the humans, never to touch them. As part of the curse from passing though the veil, it was deemed they were to never return back the Order, for they were now the Order’s enemies.

Over time the demons, or Fallen, found a loophole, one that allowed them to return to the surface of earth and create havoc. Wars broke out, humans bent on revenge, lust and greed. The Earth that the Order so admired and meant to protect was now in danger of being destroyed.

The Order, angered by the demons finding a way out of Hell, created an army of Cursed Ones. They cast them down to the human world as guardians, ordered to kill any demon that found a way back to the human realm. These cursed ones were forbidden from having relationships with humans; if broken they would be cast down into the new fiery hell and hunted like the demons. However if the Cursed ones fulfilled their duty, killing demons and protecting humans, then they would be allowed to return home.

Jude the Cursed One.

Jude swore to himself as he saw the startled look on the woman’s face after she heard a branch hit the side of the house. Thankfully there was a storm brewing and the wind had picked up, making the noise less suspicious. Her hand gently covered the monster that was growing inside of her. He knew it was only a matter of time before they would kill her and her little monster. Jude couldn’t think of the thing that grew inside the demon as a baby, for it would have made his task impossible to do.

Uziel shifted cautiously beside him. “I don’t feel good about this Jude.” He whispered. Jude didn’t either, but he wasn’t about to admit that.

“This is our key home. You heard what Michael said, if we kill the mother and child, then the curse will be broken and we will be able to return home, you know they have the power, you have heard the stories.”

“Yes I heard…but look at her, she doesn’t look evil and to kill a baby” Uziel sighed heavily. “I just don’t know if I can do that. There is enough blood on our hands as it is…we don’t need the blood of an innocent as well.”

“Don’t you want to go home?” Jude asked, knowing the answer; of course Uziel wanted to go home, all the Cursed Ones did. They lived an existence knowing nothing but bloodshed down here, instead of the bliss and inner happiness found in heaven. Uziel looked once more at the woman who was now seated in a large rocking chair in the lounge room. Her long ebony hair hung damp around her pale ivory face. She had her eyes closed as she rocked backed and forth, her mouth moving as she sung to the child that was inside her. He knew there was no way he could kill this woman and her child. In this moment, she was no more demon than any other human mother he had seen. Jude began to climb down the tree as Uziel continued to watch. The sooner the deed was done the sooner they could return home. It was then that Uziel noticed the slight grimace to the woman’s face and the shift of her body. ‘Oh shit’ he thought to himself ‘she is close to having the baby’.

Uziel jumped down from the tree, hitting the side of the house with a bang. A light from the upstairs window flicked on and there was yelling from inside. Jude looked furiously towards Uziel, before shoving him into the car.

A young man, looking no more than twenty and wearing jeans, exited the house, shouting “Who’s there?” as he checked the front yard. Jude drove a few blocks away before pulling over. His face was askew as he fought to control his temper.

“Why did you do that?” Jude hissed.

“They don’t deserve to die. No matter what Michael says, she is just a mother trying to protect her young.”
Jude paused; he couldn’t believe that Uziel was sticking up for one of THEM. Mother or not, Child or not, they were from the dark order…they didn’t deserve to live. Most of all, Jude just wanted to go home. This life was draining whatever part of his soul remained.

“You would risk staying here…risk the wrath of the Order… for what?…for HER?”

“If it is the right thing to do, then, yes. Jude whether you see it or not, she isn’t evil, she isn’t someone to fear and neither is her child. Don’t let your hatred blind you.”

Jude shook his head at his brother’s words; maybe he had been compromised somehow. Maybe this life had finely taken its toll on Uziel. Either way, Jude knew it was Uziel who was being blind. The woman might have had her life spared tonight but he would kill her and her child… soon. He would return to the Order, no matter what he had to do.

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