Spring was starting to become visible in the city. The cold and icy winter was passing by, and taking the good, and not so good memories with it. It had been nearly a month since Mason went completely insane and tried to kill me, and almost killed Shun. Speaking of the Fallen I shared a Bond with, he was still recovering from the damage caused from Mason.

Shun was strong enough now to walk around on his own, and even fly. But not for a long period of time though. Bertha and I had even forced him not to leave the tenement building until he was 100%. It was safe to say that Shun wasn't much in favor in our decision, but he didn't argue with us about it.

He knew all too well that we would win. While I was out and picking up some supplies for Bertha, a chill went up my spine. I had felt it one too many times. It meant something wasn't right. Before my Bondage with Shun, it would have gone right past me. But now that I could see and sense everything that angels could, I was able to pick up on these invisible and hidden things.

I looked around to find the source, but it wasn't anywhere on the ground. Expecting to see a Fallen flying above me, I looked up. I felt the breath leave my body at what I saw. It was a current of darkness flowing through the air just like water in a stream. I couldn't see where it was coming from, but I knew it was a long way away. And I couldn't see where it was going either thanks to the buildings.

It wasn't right though. Last time I saw darkness like this, was when Mason was trying to kill me. Not only was he bathing in it, but he also commanded it to keep me from getting away. Feeling that I overstayed my welcome under the river of darkness, I started to jog back to the tenement building, being careful to hold on tightly to Bertha's supplies.

Last thing I wanted to do was drop them and have to spend more time hanging around with whatever was in the sky. I could have never been happier when I slammed the door to the tenement building shut behind me. I hurried into the newly remolded kitchen and put down Bertha's supplies on the table. She was sitting at the table and sipping her coffee.

It was her day off after all. She looked at me and asked, "Is everything alright, child?" I felt calmer whenever Bertha spoke. It always felt like everything would be ok. Maybe that was one reason she was assigned to be a Caretaker. I sat down, feeling for the first time that my hands were shaking as if I had been dumped in ice.

I told her, "I saw something on my way back from the store." Her interest was sparked now, and she asked, "What did you see?" My mouth went dry at the thought of going into detail about what I found in the sky. "It was like a river of darkness. I don't know where it was coming from, or going to. All I knew was the I wanted to get the heck away from it." Bertha looked at me with wide eyes, and a shocked expression on her face.

"A river of darkness? Where did you exactly see this?" I clenched my hands together to try and reduce their shaking. It helped some. "In the sky about two blocks from here." She leaned forward and said, "The sky?" I nodded my head when Shun walked into the kitchen.

Bertha said, "Afternoon, Shun." He nodded his head to acknowledge her and said, "Afternoon." He walked over to where I was sitting at the table, and wrapped his arms around my shoulders and kissed me on my cheek. Shun had gotten much more protective of me since our close brush with death.

He looked at me and said, "Is everything ok? You look pale." All of the color in my face must have drained from when I saw that darkness, and it must not have come back yet. "Yeah. I'm fine. Just a little spooked is all." He leaned away from me and looked at me with his gold eyes. "What has you so spooked?" His voice carried concern.

Bertha saved me from explaining what I saw. "Alice saw what she's described as a river of darkness in the sky." Shun's eyes were wide. "A river of darkness?" I nodded my head and said, "Yeah. Well, not like an actually river. More like just a flowing current going from one place to another. And it was big."

Shun let go of my shoulders and sat down next to me at the table. He said, "This can't be good at all. Do you remember where you saw it at?" I nodded my head and told him, "About two blocks away from the building. Why?" He leaned back in his chair, and his shirt came up a little and revealed the scar left from when Mason attacked him. "Cause I'm thinking about sending Thatch or Adam there to check it out."

"What?" We all turned and saw Adam standing in the doorway with his arms crossed and an unpleased look on his face. "What did I just get volunteered to do?" Shun narrowed his eyes and said, "Odds are you heard loud and clear, or else you wouldn't be asking. But just in case you really didn't hear, you and Thatch are going to check out something Alice saw."

Adam rolled his eyes and said in a whining voice, "Why do I have to go?" Shun stood up from the table and said harshly, "Because I said so. I'd go myself, but I have to stay here until I've fully recovered. Understood?" Adam sighed and said, "Understood. I'll go find Thatch and come back down here to see what we're looking for." Shun nodded and I watched Adam leave the kitchen and start to yell Thatch's name.

Upstairs I heard him yell, "What do you want with me you drunk!" I heard something break upstairs and Adam was trying to tell Thatch what was going on. The upstairs quieted down, and the two Fallens walked into the kitchen.

Thatch's hair was a tangled mess that could only be caused by bed-head. Guess Adam woke him up. Thatch said in a sleepy and slurred tone, "What is that you need, Shun?" Shun said to him, "I need you and Adam to go and check out something that Alice saw a few blocks away. It might cause us some problems if something isn't done about it." Thatch scratched his head and asked, "What is that we're looking for?"

Shun cleared his throat and said flatly, "A river of darkness." Both of their eyes widened, and they looked at each other. Adam said, "Is this some kind of joke? Cause if it is, I ain't laughing."

Shun ran a hand through his hair and let out an exhausted sigh. He looked much older, and tired ever since the whole Mason ordeal. "I'm not joking, ok? You should know if you see it or not. Just go and check it out, then come back here and tell me what you find out about it. Can you two handle that?"

Thatch and Adam both nodded, and left the tenement building. Shun wobbled on his feet, and almost fell back. Bertha and I caught him, and helped steady him into one of the chairs at the table. Bertha said to him, "Maybe you should take it easy the rest of the day." Shun shook his head and stood up.

"I've been taking it easy for the past month!" I had known for a while that Shun not being able to do normal, everyday things, would eventually wear on his nerves. Looks like that last nerve just snapped. When Shun yelled though, I thought for a minute I saw his eyes flash red. Just like Mason's had.

They were their normal gold color though when I checked again. Was I just imagining it? Bertha got him to sit back down and said, "And you'll be resting another if you don't rest and relax. You took a hard hit from Mason, and it's going to take a while for you to bounce back from it."

Shun sighed and said, "I know. I lost my head for a minute. I'm just getting sick of being crammed in this building." A loud crash sounded from outside, and Adam and Thatch came tumbling in from outside.


Laying on the floor in the living room were Adam and Thatch. Both of them were cut up, and their blood was seeping onto the wood flooring. Alice took in a shocked breath and said, "Oh my god! What happened?" Bertha was already by their sides, and was looking them over.

Adam was lying on his back, and completely unconscious. He was the one Bertha was looking over at the moment. Thatch was holding himself up on his hands and knees, and trying to catch his breath. He coughed and said, "We found that thing you were talking about…..When we went up to it, it beat the crap out of us."

Adam finally came to and Bertha had sat him up when he said, "Yeah….It lashed at us with these things like whips of darkness." That would explain their gashes. Bertha said, "It's a good thing I sent Alice to get me some medical bandages. Somebody had them to me." Alice dig into the paper bag and handed her the boxes of gauze and bandages.

I watched as Bertha used half of the gauze to just stop their bleeding. When she finally got it to stop, she started to bandage them up and said, "There. That's good enough for now. You two, up to your rooms. I'll be up there in a little while to finish patching you up."

They nodded their heads and limped to their rooms. Bertha looked at Alice and said, "Do you mind helping me clean up the mess?" She was pointing down to the blood covered floor. Alice said, "Um. Sure. I'll help." Bertha threw her a pair of gloves and rags to mop up the blood.

"What happened down here!" Ebony was staring horrified at the pool of blood. I said hoarsely, "Thatch and Adam got a little bloodied up." Her mouth was partially opened as she looked at the crimson pool and said, "A little? It looks like they got attacked by a meat cleaver."

Alice mopped up the last of the blood and asked Bertha, "What do you want me to do with the rags?" Bertha pointed to the trashcan and said, "Throw them away. They're ruined now."

Alice nodded and hurried over to the trash and threw the rags and her gloves away. Bertha thanked her and our Caretaker ran upstairs with her bag of medical equipment to patch up my injured Clan mates.


Whatever that darkness in the sky was, it was only going to be trouble from here on out. It had easily taken out two strong Fallens and almost made them into thin sliced deli meat. Shun sat down and rubbed circles in the temples on the side of his head. I pulled up a chair next to him and placed my hand on his leg and asked, "You doing alright?"

He stopped rubbing his temples and said tiredly, "Yeah." He took in a deep breath, and let it out as a long, exhausted sigh. I said, "How about you turn in early?" He ran a hand through his hair, and with closed eyes, nodded his head. I walked with him upstairs to his room.

He sat down on the edge of his bed, and I sat next to him. I hated seeing him so tired and stressed out. He lowered his head and looked straight and asked, "What am I going to do, Alice?" I laid my head on his shoulder, and he wrapped and arm around my waist and pulled me closer to him.

I said, "I don't know. Hope for the best I suppose." He sighed again and asked me, "Don't you have to go back to Runo's?" I did, but at the moment I felt like Shun needed somebody by him. "Yeah. But I think I should stay here with you for a little while. To make sure you're ok."

He said back to me, "Thank you." I smiled and turned my head to face him, and he did the same to me. His lips then met mine, and when we parted I told him, "We'll figure this thing out soon enough. I know it."

yes yes yes. the shorly awaited 3rd and final book in the Fallen Love Trilogy. ^^ -claps and does happy dance- since i'm wrapping up my x-mas special, i decided to start work on this. XP oh i'm such a workaholic. i was being a nerd and listening to pokemon music while typing. XD lol. what am i gunna do with myself? XP story title is based off the song by Breaking Benjamin. and is and epic song. check out my profile for it and all of the other songs my stories have been based off of. also check out the story cover for this is you havent already done so. i also have a poll for those who havent checked. it's just random and asks which of my stories is your favs. read, review, and other things. ~Copperpelt~