Tried and True, Chapter 285: Broken Wings

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Chapter 285: Broken Wings

When Tamaes’s vision cleared, Adin was slumped over him. Shards, shreds, and spatters of luminous blood lay everywhere. Tamaes stirred, but moving made his wounds gush, so he went limp.

Adin’s forehead rested on Tamaes’s breastplate, and shudders wracked his body. “That hurt!” he hissed.

Long spines scrabbled along the floor, rattling as they dragged scraps of dimming glass through the muck. When Adin used them to push himself up, Tamaes realized. “You unfurled.”

Don’t mock,” Adin said through gritted teeth.

“Sorry,” he whispered.

Adin’s touch was unaccountably gentle as he inspected Tamaes’s face. “Taweel is going to be furious.”

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4 thoughts on “Tried and True, Chapter 285: Broken Wings

  1. Arian says:

    Yes… they seem to become like bats’ wings without the covering skin, and with sharp points on the end of the ‘ribs’.

    And wow, the sympathy’s bouncing back and forth here, isn’t it? Is he obviously evil? Do we feel horribly sorry for him? Yes to both. :(

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    • Arian says:

      *reads back over the last couple of chapters*

      Ah, I see.

      Knowing that Adin’s wing-spines later on had sharp ends, I’d formed a theory that Tamaes’ scar was caused by one, when Adin cut him with it either deliberately or inadvertently.

      Which kept me from properly processing the references here to shards of glass.

      So Adin’s wings actually broke into “scraps of dimming glass” that exploded everywhere. Ouch, for both of them.

      I’m sorry, LorriNanali, if I misunderstood you.

      I thought you meant you weren’t expecting the wings of a Fallen to look like that.

      But perhaps you meant you weren’t expecting the transformation of an angel’s wings when he Falls to happen in that way.

      And clearly, neither was I. :D

      I feel speculations whirling in my mind… essay-length musings may follow.

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