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Fantasy Fiction

This story is not directly related to the prompt.

People featured in this story:

Ethan as Ethan

Sia as Sia

Luna as Liz

This story mainly revolves around the All-Beast battle, so any mentions in this story is minimal.

My breath caught in my throat, instant fear and horror overwhelming me. I barely registered that I had landed, looks of confusion on Ethan and Siaโ€™s faces.ย 

โ€œWhatโ€™s wrong?โ€ asked Ethan. โ€œWhat did you see?โ€

โ€œThereโ€™s so many,โ€ I mumbled. โ€œSo many more. And Azazel, heโ€ฆโ€

โ€œWait, did you say Azazel?โ€ asked Sia, the blood draining from her face.

I nodded numbly as the vibrations became more pronounced, the army of death coming closer.

One by one, the people around me faced the sound, instant fear emitting on their faces as they saw the red and black spider flags.

Everyone stood frozen as Azazel approached, thousands of soldiers behind him. His spider legs shifted on the bloody grass, inhaling the scent of death, smiling as if he was already victorious. Azazel stepped forward, and I followed his lead. Everyone else stood back and watched, not wanting to miss a single moment of the second Battle of the All-Beasts.

โ€œWe donโ€™t have to fight, you know,โ€ said Azazel. โ€œYou can join me, and we can get rid of-โ€

โ€œNo,โ€ I said.

โ€œBut are they not the ones who trapped you, experimented on you, treated you like a lab rat? You barely made it out with your life, the government should pay!โ€

I hesitated, and I suddenly wanted to join him. It all made sense- he simply wanted to end the governmentโ€™s cruel ways.

โ€œY...you killed my mother,โ€ I croaked, trying to fight the urge to drop my weapons and join him.

โ€œShe worked with the government. All of them do,โ€ he gestured to the Adapters behind me. โ€œThey work with the very ones who denied you your freedom. We are willing to take that freedom back.โ€

I backed up, shaking my head, trying to get rid of the fog already entering my mind. This is how he gained allies. This is how so many people were on his side.

โ€œ...never,โ€ I whispered, raising my knife.

โ€œYou knowโ€ฆโ€ said Azazel, fiddling with the knife in his hand. โ€œThe last time this happened, I was victorious. I tried to give you a chance, a chance to win and take revenge, but you refused. Iโ€™ve killed an All-Beast beforeโ€ฆ what makes you think I canโ€™t do it again?โ€

I hesitated, not knowing how to respond. โ€œYou wonโ€™t win,โ€ I said.

He chuckled, sending a shiver down my spine.

โ€œWeโ€™ll see about that,โ€ he said, thrusting the knife towards me. I pounded my fist into the ground and raised my hands, a wall of pure rock rising from the ground. The knife lodged itself into the wall as Azazel lunged for me. I flew into the air to gain the higher ground, throwing a smoke bomb at Azazel. The grey mist surrounded him, his glowing red eyes the last thing I see. I raised a knife in my hands, prepared to strike as soon as the mist dispersed. Out of nowhere, a flash of black emerged from the smoke, causing me to lose my balance in midair. It dashed past me, the gleaming blade of a knife barely missing my head. I regained my balance just in time to find Azazel flying in the air, the wings of a bald eagle on his back, his black spider legs dangling below him.ย 

I raised my hands and manipulated the winds, shooting a burst of air in his direction. He folded his black wings and dived towards me. I dodged right, his feathers brushing past me. Warmth flooded my arm, and I looked down to find blood spilling out of it. Azazel sneered, lifting his bloody knife. I barely noticed the ice that had formed behind me, and I ducked down right as the icy spikes flew towards me. One of them made its mark on my wing, blood spewing from beneath the feathers. I flapped frantically, trying to stay in the air. Azazelโ€™s mouth shifted, large teeth sprouting, sharp and white. I watched in horror and surprise as brown fur replaced his arms, large claws the size of daggers forming at his fingertips.

I gazed in wonder at the eagle wings on his back, tiger teeth, and the bear hands. All-Beasts could only transform one body part at a time, unless....

Sudden realization dawned on my face, Treasureโ€™s last words echoing in my ears.

He can mutate.

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I was so caught up in the moment, I almost didnโ€™t notice the blur of brown that swept in front of my face. Three fresh claw marks appeared on my face and I lost my balance, flailing my injured wing. I plummeted to the ground, landing on my back. Azazel jumped down in front of me, his wings shriveling behind his back. I lifted my last dagger and he instantly smacked it out of my hand, leaving me unarmed. I concentrated on the claws of a cat, and surprisingly, small bits of fur sprouted on my fingers. Azazel reached towards me, and I scratched at him using my newly formed claws. He clutched his arm, fresh blood dripping through his fingers. I leaped forward to attack, and he instantly swiped at me with his bear claw, sending me to the ground again. I charged again and again,ย  but each time he sent me back on the ground with a new wound. I got up, swaying and wobbly, swinging at him with all I had. He shoved me to the ground, and this time, I didnโ€™t have the energy to get up.ย 

I laid on my knees, breathing heavily, clutching my side. Azazel chuckled, rubbing the blade of a knife on his fingers, the bear fur and claws dispersed.

โ€œI will enjoy this,โ€ said Azazel. โ€œI will take my time and teach you a lesson no one will ever forget.โ€

I lifted my hands, refusing to give up, sending a boulder in his direction. He dodged it easily, and I took the opportunity to try and escape. I flapped my wounded wings, barely gaining any altitude, when Azazel gripped my ankle. He pulled me back to my knees, his foot on my back, his knife raised. I had no time to react when the blade severed the wings from my back, and just like that, the one thing I had left from my mother was gone.

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Warmth spread through my body as fresh blood spilled down my back and arms. I stared at the limp feathered bodies at my side, willing them to move, willing them to still be attached to me. I glanced behind me, and I heard someone scream as I saw the bloody stumps that once held beautiful grey wings. It took me a while to realize the one screamingโ€ฆ

โ€ฆwas me.

Azazel smiled, delighted by my horror. โ€œAll-Beasts may be able to transformโ€ฆโ€ he said. โ€œ...but they cannot replace body parts.โ€ He gestured to one of his spider legs, and I noticed that it gleamed as if it was made of metal. I shuddered on the ground, my back light and my head heavy. Azazel lifted his knife to deliver the final blow when an arrow whizzed through the air, knocking it out of his hand. I glanced over to find Liz, bow raised, another arrow loaded. Several others had their bows or knives raised, all of them trained on Azazel.

โ€œYou fools!โ€ he yelled. โ€œGet them!โ€ย 

His army hesitated as Azazel lost his grip on their minds, previous promises of revenge disappearing into the air.

โ€œWhat are you waiting for?!โ€ yelled Azazel. โ€œGet them!โ€

Several of the soldiers shook their heads, dropping their weapons, refusing to attack.

One by one, everyone slowly dropped their weapons. Adapters and Predators alike unarmed themselves.ย 

What caused the sudden revelation, I didnโ€™t know. But it was a sign: a sign of peace, a sign that they were on the same side with a common enemy.

Azazel growled, realizing the odds were against him. While he was distracted, I attacked, creating a circle of fire around me. I grabbed the knife Azazel dropped and turned around, aiming for the kill. Startled, he jumped back, falling to the ground and exposing his abdomen. Large vibrations were coming from his belly, and I lifted the knife.ย 

I stabbed him, and a sudden pain came from my own abdomen. I was confused, wondering how I was feeling his pain. My brain became foggy and muddled, and I noticed people running around me. Ethanโ€™s face appeared in front of me. He was telling me something, but I could barely hear him. Someone was pulling me away from Azazel, who lied motionless on the ground, and thatโ€™s when I noticed the purple scorpion tail dripping with poison before blacking out.

April 27, 2021 15:51

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this was fantastic and I could ramble about it all day but- are you okay? Please don't feel like that, and if you need a break or someone to talk too, I'll be here <333 ~ Amethyst

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Eeep, love it! You write action incredibly well and the end is freaking crazy. I love the name Azazel, by the way :) Great job! Also, about the note in your bio...Iโ€™m really sorry you feel that way. Sometimes life feels like itโ€™s crushing down on us and itโ€™s hard to get past it or accept it or do ANYTHING... I wish there was a way for everyone to erase all sadness and stress and just replace it with happiness. But remember have an entire galaxy and a beautiful life ahead of you. Nothing in life is ever easy, but what's important is that YOU...

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20:28 Apr 27, 2021

Ok serious talk time I know how you're feeling, emotions are tough and hard to handle. If you wanna talk, my comments are open. And if you need to take some time off Reedsy to focus on yourself then go right ahead.

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21:08 Apr 27, 2021

i get that, but think about the people who DO want you to live. I only just started talking to you, but i know i'd be sad if you suddenly just stopped living. life sucks, but sometimes we gotta keep going for the people who want us to

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i dont want to burden you with this. I dont want t take up another persons time worrying about me, tiring themselves out to try and help me when its just gonna happen again and again. How much longer before they get tired of me, if they arent already?

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22:03 Apr 27, 2021

don't think like that! please? i'm supporting you cuz you need it, it's not a waste of my time. trust me

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20:24 Apr 27, 2021

ok hold up- HOW DO YOU WRITE FIGHT SCENES SO WELL?!?! TEACH ME YOUR WAYYYYYS and I was actually SCREAMING when Azazel cut Harper's wings off. Like...nuuuuuu and that ending. Abbi I'm begging you from the depths of my heart PLEASE do not kill off Harper. We've already lost enough-

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19:57 Apr 27, 2021

Ahhhhhh, good job, Speedy, love all the depth and descriptions you weave into all your stories. Keep up the great work!!! :DDDD

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Lol I can barely comment on the story bc I HATE spiders but I love your comment below "Heyy! I can try but there's so many girls wanting love interests and so little boys, especially since SOME OF THEM ARE DEAD" Lol reedsy cast struggles. As literally one of the only guys, I'm just thrown around eVeRyWhere with girls, meanwhile having a major major crush on a fictional boy, lol.

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Lol imagine in one reedsy cast if I was just like "Plz put me with a boy"... then I could be with like just ari, lol

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lol XD unfortunately I am not good with romance.. especially gay romance... NOTHING AGAINST IT its just against my religion but I DO NOT JUDGE FOR OTHERS since it is their decisions and beliefs. Just had to clarify that since I've been hated on for it.

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Lol okay yeah. I mean... if you're not gonna call me a slur or say I'm not real, fine. I just don't like when people do stuff like that. I mean, where I live, I'd have to be okay with like borderline homophobia or I would MELT lol

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No ofc not! It's very rude that people would say that. I simply don't support or would do it myself, but that doesn't mean that you should hate on the other person for it you know? Just because you like ice cream and someone else lieks cake doesn't mean you hate on them for their choice. It doesn't affect you or your rights so it shouldn't matter much to you. I don't like when ppl say how I'm homophobic and racist and unaccepting and anti-life and in reality im neutral. If someone asked me whetehr or not i would pass a law banning it or mak...

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Valerie June
18:16 Apr 27, 2021

I loved this Abbie! The battle, the descriptions, everything. You had some really nice turns of phrases that I admired like, "His spider legs shifted on the bloody grass, inhaling the scent of death, smiling as if he was already victorious." You're so speedy with getting these parts out. Here I am, posting a story a week 3 minutes before the deadline. XD Can't wait for the next part! (Oof. Saw that some ladies want a love interest. The girls will be fighting over Ethan and me lol. XDDDD)

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Yes lol, just a couple little sentences I'm proud of :'). Yeah, I'm bored a lot in school so I use the time to pop out stories. #speedwriter XD yeah lol. Problem is I only can have that one girl that can bring Luke back into reality since he's on a major guilt trip and Ethan is already taken by... well, me XD we already have a envious Ivy lol, so I'm trying to work out as much as I can with the few guys I have.

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Valerie June
18:28 Apr 27, 2021

That's so me. It's weird, during class I have the greatest urge to write! How many other guys are there besides the two of us that are still alive? XD Wait a moment, why is there a 'funny' tag on this story Abbie?! lol

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Valerie June
18:58 Apr 27, 2021

I love how you said TAKEN in all caps. If you ever make another Reedsy cast and you need another guy, I can help you out. ;) XDDDDD

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I need a love interest lol Also- NOOOOOO YOUR WINGSSSSS NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO azazelllll come onnnnn you died so easily-

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XD lol I'm trying there's so many girls that want love interests and so little males- I'll try ehehehehehhehehe- yeah ik but a spider's weak point is the abdomen, one shot there and their through- it's like being stabbed in the heart to a spider

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Eeeeeee we neeeed a new villain- Wait what if me brother takes charge or something-

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XD lol ima wrap up the series here, maybe put out a pre/sequel here and there of Mother Heather's life, or revolving around the characters I didn't feature much in this series, or Harper's life before the Adapters, or Azazel's life before he turned evil... so many ideas lol

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aaaahhhhhhhh you keep scaring me saying iโ€™m gonna die so iโ€™m nervous and gosh this series is so freaking suspensfulllllllll you are really good at describing things figurative language, descriptions, imagery, all of it is amazing and i donโ€™t think i say this enough, but bottom line, you are really good at writing I always feel like iโ€™m reading a novel when I read your stories Great job Abbie and I canโ€™t wait for the next pt!!

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aaaaahhhhh omg thatโ€™d be awesome! please do! Iโ€™d love to have it on my shelf;)

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Btwww could I get a love interest? Ik its weird but I wanna try ittt BROOOOOOOOOOO THAT IS CRUELLY WONDERFULLY chefs kisses Ahhhh beautifully written Abi!! Action packed daddy And. Nooooo her wingssss that part was really well written, but maybe add more surprise or wails, etc.

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Heyy! I can try but there's so many girls wanting love interests and so little boys, especially since some of them are dead. I can try but I cannot guarantee, especially this late in the story :) tysmmmmm so glad you liked it- im not so good with expressing pain in my stories lol thx for the feedback

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Amany Sayed
16:25 Apr 27, 2021

How do you keep it action-packed AND interesting? Not to remention dedication. Ten+ parts now? I'm just here writing cliffhangers that will never have second parts (at least not soon). I think your only problem with writing the action is ignoring the pain. Make them distracted, a little weaker. Having your wings chopped off has got to hurt, so make them act like it. Wincing, being a little more surprised at the blood if it for some reason DOESNT hurt, reluctant to move or attack, gasping in pain, etc. Keep writing!

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Kylee Haverty
18:44 Apr 28, 2021

I just read this part: My breath caught in my throat, instant fear and horror overwhelming me. I barely registered that I had landed, looks of confusion on Ethan and Siaโ€™s faces. And then I saw something that said something like there was a dead body! And I also read your bio. And OMG I already know I am going to love reading this. I am going to start from the beginning though. I am so excited to read these stories and I will get back to you when I finish them. I love it when people make an amazing story then leave it on a cliffhanger and e...

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Kylee Haverty
19:21 Apr 28, 2021

Lol. I love your energy! Great stories!

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Kylee Haverty
00:50 Apr 29, 2021

OMG I JUST READ ALL OF THEM IN ONE SETTING!!!! IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!! OMG HOW? JUST HOW? IT WAS SO AMAZING I HAVE NO WORDS! Azazel hahaha you died. Thatยดs what you get. But oh no Harperยดs wings! No! So many people have died, poor Luke, that was brutal lol. Ok but seriously how is this so good. I LOVE this! Also, oooohhh Harper and Ethan. Poor Palak. Sorry I am most likely spelling all these names wrong-cool names though. I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR THE NEXT PARTS!!!!!!!!!! Although I am so sad that all those people died, lol. Anyways...pl...

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Kylee Haverty
01:03 Apr 29, 2021

Also, I read your bio. I am so sorry you are feeling like this. And because I know everyone has told you it will be ok, I am not going to do that. I donยดt believe it will help. So I am going to give you the truth. Itยดs hard. At some points you donยดt feel like you are going to make it out of this. Everything hurts, making you want to stop that pain. But guess what: There are people who still want you. Still need you. And if you wonยดt do anything for yourself, do it for them. For the people who love you. Life sucks at points but that is just l...

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16:33 Apr 28, 2021

MWAHAHAHAHAHA I HAVE FILLED OUT YOUR NEW REEDSY FORM ARE YOU GOING TO KILL ME AGAIN???? XDDDD

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Writer Maniac
02:38 Apr 28, 2021

Hey Abigail, I'm Mania! I don't think we've ever interacted before. A friend of yours requested me to talk to you, so here I am! From your bio, I can tell that you are not in the best place right now. I'm just here to let you know that you are going to be okay. You are going to come out of this happier and stronger. You are beautiful and smart, and an incredible writer and a wonderful person. The world still needs you, even if it's doing a crappy job of letting you know. I know that right now, the world seems like it's against you and your h...

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Amazing work! I just want you to know that I'm continuing to pray for you. I think you need to believe your own words, when you said: "This is an attack of the enemyโ€ฆ Others are feeling horrible and want to hurt themselves or disappear and people are trying to help but they are feeling the same way. This is an attack and we canโ€™t let this happen. We need to stop this. I am praying for every one of you. Iโ€™m not in the best place either but I am trying to help you guys and worry about myself later because I value your lives more than my own. ...

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๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– Keep your chin up Abbie. Also- You dropped this. ๐Ÿ‘‘

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