Tried and True, Chapter 289: Empty Words

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Chapter 289: Empty Words

Adin faltered at the sight of Taweel, which created the opening Nock and his brothers needed. They seized Adin, dragging him backward.

“It’s not my fault, Taweel!” Adin struggled in their grasp. “I never meant to hurt him!”

He silently plucked Tamaes’s sword from Adin’s hand.

“I know what you’re not telling!” he accused. “About how your wings tremble in tune to the beat of one child’s heart! How they rule you and ruin you!”

Taweel turned his back.

“Leave Tamaes to me, and he’ll never be pierced!” Adin’s voice hoarsened. “I’ll save him!”

Still, Taweel spoke not a word.



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3 thoughts on “Tried and True, Chapter 289: Empty Words

  1. Arian says:

    Well, he could mean it, in the sense of “keeping Tamaes from being pierced”, which would certainly be true if he Fell and thus never had a charge.

    Adin has just suffered the pain of having his own charge die – the only reason he’s not (literally) pierced himself is because he rebelled instead of allowing Valerian to do it.

    And he knows what that same suffering did to Taweel… and he tried to become everything his charge needed. So he may now believe that he can preserve Tamaes from ever feeling the same way – not taking into account the fact that being Fallen involves far more suffering in the long run.

    The thing is, the Fallen are self-deceived as well as deceptive, which is why it can be hard to tell whether they’re lying on purpose, or are sincere in saying what is in reality false.

    An angel doesn’t just turn round one day and decide to be evil, after all. He starts by being mistaken, deceived by his own feelings and thoughts, before he begins to wilfully deceive others. We’ve gotta try and catch them soonerrrrrr!


    • Arian says:

      “None can catch those who Fall. We can only be Faithful, trusting Him who is Faithful.”

      *sigh* Yes, all right, Taweel. But it doesn’t mean we don’t want to.


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