Danielle Coulter had never believed in anything except her mother, hard work and heartache. She never had time for religious fairytales. But when her mother died, Dani was forced to believe…or die.
Not only was she forced to accept that God and Lucifer are real, but also that she is the last living descent of
God on Earth. An undeniable fact when the Archangel Gabriel fell to Earth to protect her.
Archangel Gabriel; banished from Heaven over four million years ago for refusing to kill his brother, Lucifer, was about to get a second chance to re-enter Heaven. He was sent to Earth on a mission from his Father to protect
the last Daughter of God; the last woman to carry the Blood of God on Earth, and kill his brother, once and for all.
Gabriel had never expected to feel anything for Dani, but he soon found himself willing to fight Heaven and Hell to
keep her safe, even if it meant his own destruction.
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Where’s Michael?” Dani asked when she walked out onto the porch a couple of hours later.
“He left,” Gabriel said. “He’s been helping us as much as he can, but he still has responsibilities in Heaven.”
She sat down next to him on the steps and rested her head on his shoulder, “Did one of you knock me out? The last thing I remember is walking back in the house with the two of you.”
Gabriel laughed, “Of course we didn’t. You passed out as soon as you crossed the threshold. You’ve lost a lot of blood. You’ll be weak for a few days, but you’ll be alright soon.”
“Uh-huh,” she said.
She didn’t know why, but she didn’t believe him. She was sure she was weak from the blood loss, but she was equally as sure that she hadn’t passed out. Not on her own, anyway.
“So,” she said, changing the subject. “Did all the people at the restaurant die today when the demons converged on it?”
“No,” Gabriel said. “Humans can’t actually see demons unless the demon wants to be seen, and the demons today had no interest in the humans in that building. There was some screaming, but I imagine that was from the sheer smell of the demons. They probably thought they were breathing in poison.”
“Why can’t they see them?” Dani asked. “I’m human and I can see them.”
“You carry the Blood of God,” he said. “That changes things a bit.”
“That girl that helped me today,” Dani said. “She had no idea that she was a Nephilim. How is that possible?”
“No Nephilim knows what they are before they’re needed,” he explained. “Cambion only know what they are because they are contacted early in their life by their demon father. A demon that creates a Nephilim nevercontacts the child. To do so would alert other demons to what they have done. It would mean the death of them and their child.”
“So a Nephilim leads a normal life until they’re called on to serve God?”
“If they are ever called on at all,” Gabriel said. “Most Nephilim lead their entire lives without knowing they’re different from everyone else.”
“I guess it’s better that way,” Dani said. “That girl was terrified.”
“Are you alright?” she asked.
Gabriel took her hand and kissed her fingers, “I will be. I just didn’t expect to have to fight Heaven and Hell.”
Dani jumped when Gabriel jerked his head around and stared out into the darkness. She held her breath until his shoulders relaxed.
“What was it?” she asked nervously.
“Just a ghost,” he said. “Don’t worry, it can’t hurt you.”
“I know a ghost can’t hurt me,” she said. “I know there’s no such thing as ghosts, Gabriel, so stop teasing me.”
“Ghosts are very real,” Gabriel said, and smiled at her. “You’ve even met one in the last few days.”
“Right…” she said. “I think I would have noticed if I’d met a ghost, Gabriel.”
“I bet you wouldn’t have. Not now anyway, because he’s no longer a ghost. He was…I mean not to long ago…he used to…never mind, it’s a mess. A lot about Potter’s family is confusing. Even to me.”
“One of Potter’s family members used to be a ghost?” she asked in astonishment. “Who?”
Gabriel laughed, “If you don’t know, I’m not going to tell you.”
“That’s not fair,” she said.
He laughed again, “Life rarely is.”
“Are you serious?” she asked. “Is there really a ghost out there?”
“Yes, there is.”
“Okay then,” she said and launched herself into his lap.
Gabriel laughed and put his arm around her, “Are you telling me that you’re more afraid of ghosts than you are demons and Cambion?”
“I can see the Cambion and demons,” she said. “I can’t see the ghost. That makes it creepier.”
“I can fix that,” he said and raised his hand out in front of him.
In the distance, she saw something start to glow and shimmer. She didn’t know if Gabriel was causing it, but it was also getting closer. She buried her face in Gabriel’s neck.
“Look at it, Dani,” Gabriel said. “It’s not going to hurt you.”
She slowly raised her head and looked in front of them. What she saw wasn’t so much scary as it was sad. It was an old woman in long, old fashioned dress that went from her neck to her feet. The ghost gazed at them. The look in the woman’s eyes was almost as if she were pleading with them.
Dani whispered, “What’s wrong with her? Why does she look so sad?”
“She’s just lost,” Gabriel said. “She can’t go back and she can’t go forward. She’s stuck on this plane of existence and can’t find a way out.”
“How did she get lost?”
“She either chose not to go with her angel or her angel never came for her at the time of her death,” he explained. “Either way she’sstuck here until the final Day of Judgment comes.”
“Can’t you help her?”
“I could, but it’s not really my place to do so,” he said. “She has an angel somewhere that is responsible for her.”
“Well pardon me for saying so, but her angel has shit the bed on this one,” Dani said. “Help her.”
“Dani, I shouldn’t…”
“You did something horribly wrong tonight,” she reminded him. “Now do something right.”
Gabriel thought about it for a few seconds before nodding his head and standing up to walk over to the ghost.
“I’m going to help you,” he said to the woman. “This won’t hurt, but I need you to stay very still. Can you do that?”
The old woman nodded her head, and Gabriel slid his handsinside the ghost’s body. When he pulled his hands back out, the woman was gone and Gabriel was cupping a bright purple light the size of a softball in his hands.
He held his hand up and blew on the ball of light. It reminded Dani of how she’d blown on dandelion puffs as a child; scattering theseeds to the wind. The ball lifted from his hands and hovered in the air for a moment before starting to rise.
The light rose slowly at first, but the higher it went, the faster it flew. Soon it had zipped out of sight.
“That was beautiful,” she said in wonder. “Is it always like that?”
“Not for me. The souls I reap tend to be of a darker nature. The pretty work is for the lesser angels.”
“Are the souls always purple?” she asked.
“No,” he answered. “They can be any color at all. It just depends on the soul.”
“How do you feel?”
“A little better, actually,” he admitted. “It’s been a long time since I’ve actually helped a soul.”
Dani smiled at him, “Good,” she said and yawned.
“Bed,” Gabriel said and pulled her to her feet. “You need to rest if you want to get your strength back any time soon.”
“Okay, just don’t…”
“Knock you out, I know,” he said, and walked her into the house. “I promised you I wouldn’t do that again.”
“So it was Michael then?”
“Dani, let it go,” Gabriel said. “Go up to bed.”
“Not without you.”
“I don’t need to go to bed,” he reminded her. “I don’t sleep.”
“I didn’t ask you to sleep,” she said and pulled him up the stairs to the master bedroom.
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