A/N: It's time for the story to pick up a little bit now. I hope you enjoy.
Chapter 4: The Prophecy
I paced the dark room, back and forth, back and forth. The room had a secret entry from the hospital. Nobody but Jak and I know it's here. It's part of the mission we're on. My phone displays a time of fifteen after eight o'clock when I finally get a phone call from Jak.
"Finally," I exclaim into my phone.
"Calm down Maddie. I have this deep desire to stay with Taylor. It's like I can't leave her, and I don't want to. I have a desire to be with her 25/8," he says back.
"Can she hear you?" I ask.
"No, I'm going to the bathroom and we're closing up here at the ice cream shop," he says.
"You think you'll be able to join me?" I ask.
"Maddie, you don't understand. I can't leave her. The only way I'm coming to that meeting is if I tell my Taylor everything, and heck, I might do it anyways." The way he says my Taylor sends chills down my back. He's become attached. I didn't think the prophecy would actually have them attach that close.
"So what should I report to him?" I ask.
"The fact that... hmmmmmm," he says, "That the prophecy is falling into place?"
"How so?" I ask.
"Today I went to grab Taylor's hand to hold it, and a shock went through our bodies. She felt it, I know she did, and I felt it too," he says.
"That's all?" I ask.
"Oh," he sighs, "Kori didn't show up for work today. And she took the rest of the week off."
"What?" I exclaim. "Do you think it's Reese?"
"I actually went and did some investigating, thank you very much," he says, "Taylor was worried that Kori was mad at her or something, so she wanted to check to see the reason she called off. That's when we found out she called off the rest of the week. Then she wanted to see if Reese came to work today. Problem is, he didn't even get a job here. He didn't even care enough to get a job. I told you they are reckless. Taylor is scared for Kori."
"Dammit," I mutter, "I'll see what the big man says. We may just have to speed up the plan."
"So we good?" he asks.
"Ya," I say as I hang up the phone. He's not going to be happy about this. Kori is not playing into our hand. Someone needed to be closer to her, keep her away from the dark side. But no one listened to my idea. Now we have to solve this issue that could have been avoided.
--Twelve hours earlier-
"What do you mean, you want me to skip work today?" I gasp, still trying to recover from nearly being kidnapped by Reese.
Currently, both of us are sitting in my car, and he is driving too, well, I'm not entirely sure where we are going, but I do know that it is in the opposite direction of my house. I shift uncomfortably in the fabric seat cushion, hoping that my boss isn't plotting the worst way to fire me for ditching today. First, I was late almost every day thanks to Taylor, and now, I'm completely avoiding work altogether.
Reese's eyes flit over to me and he smiles. "Don't worry, I've arranged everything with your boss. Since Jak is working, you can be spared for the week."
My eyes bulge and I smack his arm. "Week? I'm not on holiday, you know! And I need the money to save up for college."
His grin is still easy and his face looks way more innocent than it should. I soften a little upon seeing the way Reese is looking at me. Maybe he really is innocent. Maybe he thought this is what I would want…
"I can reimburse you for whatever money you lose. Listen, I just wanted to spend more time with you. I have been thinking about this for a while, and when I saw your face today, I figured you could use a break," he says carefully. There's something about the way he says it that seems planned, because the words roll from his mouth to quickly.
I run a hand through my hair before realizing that it had been pulled back. In frustration, I rip the ponytail holder from my hair and shove it in my pocket. I huff and avoid looking at Reese by staring out the window. I really have no idea where we are.
"You don't have to do that," I mumble. "Next time just give me a little more warning." A pause. "And how did you know I didn't want to go to work?"
It's not like I'm that great at hiding my emotions, but I thought that at the very least my expression wouldn't betray me so much that my discomfort was obvious.
Reese gives me a thoughtful look before concentrating on the road again. It seems like I have caught him off guard, and he looks a lot different than he did before. It is almost like a different side of him is showing, but it only stays for a few seconds before his calm, collected mask comes back on.
I narrow my eyes in suspicion and wait for his response. Perhaps he knows how much is riding on what he says next, because he purses his lips together. If he doesn't answer just right, I'll know that something fishy is going on.
He takes a deep breath to steady himself before taking the plunge. "It was pretty obvious. After what happened last night with Taylor, I figured you might still be upset. I went to check on you, and sure enough you were debating on whether or not to say anything to Jak and Taylor, so I-"
I raise my hand to stop him. Something he just said did not make sense. Is what I am thinking right? Could he have…
"How did you know I was thinking about not talking to Jak and Taylor? I don't think my face can really show that much," I say while eyeing him cautiously.
He gulps and his bright blue eyes plead with me. "I- uh…"
When he doesn't continue, I decide to try something.
Stop the car, I say in my head.
He slows down and pulls off to the side of the road. Just as I suspected, he cannot keep my thoughts and spoken words separate. I honestly didn't expect this to work, but now that it has, I drop my head into my hands. I begin to laugh, unable to think straight.
"Kori? Kori, will you please just listen to me?" Reese asks, his hand resting lightly on my shoulder.
I shrug him off and bite my lip. If I go now, then I will regret never hearing what he has to say. But what if he is just going to lie to me? I shake my head to clear my thoughts and wait for him to continue.
He sighs in relief and begins, "Okay, well, you know how in Heaven, there are supposedly angels?"
I nod slowly. I really hope he isn't going to say what I think he is going to say. Reese looks up at the sky, almost like he is trying to see Heaven for himself.
"Well, I happen to be one of those angels. You see, I've been sent to Earth by the Big Man to fulfill a prophecy. I have to create a bond to keep demons out. They want to take over Heaven and Earth, and the only way to do that is to break down a barrier. They've almost succeeded, so I was chosen to fix it by making a blockade against them. The only way to do that is to fall in love, mutually, with the one from the prophecy."
I stare at him and feel my face go pale and my hands grow shaky. No, this cannot be happening. There is no way that I could ever-
"And since you have a strong connection to Heaven, they sent me, a heavenly being, down to complete the prophecy," he finishes.
I feel a lot of things right now. Surprise. Confusion. Anger. But most of all, scared. The fate of the world literally rests on Reese and I. And I don't know if I can handle that.
Reese grabs hold of my hand to calm me down and keep me from passing out. My head is spinning and there are black spots beginning to form on the edge of everything I see. I close them and take deep breaths. That's when I realize that he could be lying, that this could all be a joke. Oh, no, now I must look like a complete idiot!
"You're not, and I'm being honest. There's another thing, too. It's about Jak."
I sigh. That was the real reason I wanted to talk to Reese anyway. I had planned on calling him to find out more about Jak.
"He's not who he says he is, either. He is also an angel, but he fell. He was always getting into trouble, and finally they just kicked him out. He was angry, and he found a way to join the demons. Now, he is trying to get your friend, Taylor, to fall in love with him. She has a connection to Earth just like you have a connection to Heaven. It was almost destiny that you two found each other," Reese says.
I jump in and state my own theory on Jak's plans for Taylor. "He wants to create a bridge between Earth and Hell?"
Reese nods. "In a way, yes. If he gets Taylor to love him, and he can love her, then all he has to do is break her heart. That will break the connection."
I put a hand to my mouth in surprise. I thought there was something off about him, but this? My eyes widen when I realize that I have no choice but to tell Taylor. How will she even begin to believe me? Will she be able to understand that Jak is bad?
Reese sighs. "I'm afraid she's already fallen in love with him. If you tell her now, it might break her heart. I can't tell for certain if Jak loves her yet, but we have to stop him."
I nod my head in agreement. "Could we replace the love she has for him?"
Reese freezes. His eyebrows furrow as he looks over at me. "I honestly don't know. I tried to stop this all before anything happened, but I was too late. That's why I got you out of work. I needed to keep you safe and tell you what was going on."
A car on the road passes by us, making Reese remember that he was going to drive somewhere. He puts the car into gear and is about to pull onto the road when he says, "Kori, I love you."
Despite the short amount of time spent between us, I can't help but feel a similar way. I don't know why, but something about Reese attracts me. He gives me a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I'm not sure if it's a good or bad one. So for right now, I stay silent.
It is weird having him understand exactly how I feel and what I am thinking as we continue the drive in silence. I have never had anyone that could tell when my thoughts and words did not match. Is it because of his mind reading that I feel a connection? Or is it really him that I feel something for? I cannot tell for sure, and that makes me nervous.
We finally arrive at a dead end. We get out, walk up the hill in front of us, and stop at the top. The grass beneath our feet is blowing in the breeze from the mass of water that sparkles before us. My mouth falls open and I take in the scene before me. Somehow, Reese's eyes sparkle just like the water, and his blonde hair shines in the sunlight. He fits in perfectly with the landscape, making me feel like I don't quite belong.
Suddenly, I ask, "What's Heaven like?"
Reese is surprised just as much as I am when the words pour from my mouth. I had not even been thinking about Heaven, so I do not know why I said anything.
He smiles, showing perfectly white teeth that rival the clouds in the sky, and says, "I can't tell you that. But seeing as you have such a strong connection to it, I figure you might already know."
I frown. "But I don't have a clue. I don't feel any connection to Heaven."
He laughs. "That's because you have had it your entire life, so you don't know any different."
I shrug. "I guess you're right."
When the silence between stretches out for a few seconds, Reese rests a hand beneath my chin. He tilts my head up and moves to stand in front of me, blocking out my view of the water. His lips find mine, and we both smile into the kiss.
Maybe I do love him.
I walk out of the bathroom to see Taylor on the phone. She looks flustered, "Yes mom. I'm going to stay at dad's again. Okay? I slept better there."
She slept better in my arms and it fills me with happiness.
"Yes mom, I'll be careful. Bye," she looks up to see me. I make a move towards her but she says "Stop."
"What did I do Taylor?" I ask.
"Reese told Kori everything. Stay away from me," she says tears in her eyes.
I don't want to leave Jak, but he wants to use me for evil. But I'd be evil for him, but evil is bad. I'm going to stay with Kori and Reese and far away from you. Ehh that sounds about right. The thought process of Taylor was adorable, being an angel and all I'm able to read minds. Since I still have my wings, I can tell the difference between thoughts and words, whereas Reese may not be as lucky.
"Reese is going to take me and we are going to close Heaven's gate from Hell for good," she says trying to stay calm, but she's totally not.
"Oh, you're so flustered. I'm not evil Taylor," I say.
"Yes you are! Kori told me everything!" she screams.
"Even if I was evil, Taylor, you like the bad. You wouldn't wanna stay away," I say calmly.
She looks at me her face of terror. "You're right," she mumbles. And finally her face falls, the terror leaving her beautiful face. "You're right," she repeats but louder this time, a tear falling from her eye.
"But it's okay Taylor, you know why?" I say smoothly trying to calm her down.
"Wh-wh-why?" she stutters.
"Because I'm not actually evil," I say truthfully.
"How do I know?" she asks.
"Can I bring you to somewhere? We're going to that meeting Maddie was talking about."
A/N: Plot Twist! Review and tell us what you think!